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  • March 4, 2011
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If you haven’t heard of Joanna Penn and her writing blog The Creative Penn, you are probably not into writing blogs, and certainly not in Australia. No-matter. In December 2010 her blog made it into the Top 10 Blogs for Writers and the Top 5 writers’ blogs in Australia. She recently did a Q&A about her self-publishing…

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  • March 3, 2011
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I choose to believe that their decision isn’t influenced by the ebook pricing investigations that have just started in Europe, And last month’s similar investigation into ebook pricing in the UK, and the relationships between publishers and retailers. Yes, I can barely control my glee as publishers in Europe are under scrutiny by the trade watchdog…

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  • March 1, 2011
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This just popped up on Twitter – via Bookseller + Publisher It’s news, and I’m no accountant, but it doesn’t seem like a quick fix… Ouch: administrator: RedGroup owes staff $7.8mill, unsecured crditors $44mill and PEP is secured creditor at $118 mill. Store closures likelyless than a minute ago via TweetDeckBookseller+Publisher BplusPmag   UPDATE: Bookseller…

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  • February 25, 2011
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In a marketing no-brainer, Dymocks has extended the hand of opportunism friendship to the poor vouchers holders who have been shafted by (the administrators of) Borders and A&R. In a release Dymocks said it’s: “Inviting Australian booklovers to bring in their old Borders or Angus & Robertson rewards card into stores nationwide during March to…

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  • February 23, 2011
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I caught up with Malcolm Neil, publisher relations manager (Australasia) for Kobo, yesterday. Interestingly, he didn’t seem overly fazed by REDgroup retail’s situation in Aus and NZ, and the questionmark over the associated Borders, Angus & Robertson and Whitcoulls brands. In case you are new to the situation, Kobo supplies the ebook software “engine” that…

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  • February 21, 2011
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So REDgroup is well and truly living up to its name. In case you’ve been on a media diet lately, both Borders in the US and in Australiasia more-or-less announced they were broke last week. The events were linked by nothing apart from coincidence. In Australia, the Borders chain and Angus & Robertson are both…

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  • February 18, 2011
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Here’s how to burn any remaining sympathy or goodwill that the book-buying public has for your ailing bookselling business – not honour the gift vouchers that were purchased in good faith by your customers before you announced you were in dire financial straits. The SMH is reporting that that is the situation facing customers now…

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  • February 17, 2011
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Oh man – and here I was saying that Borders US and Borders AU weren’t linked. Financially, they’re not – the US firm sold off the AU operation years ago, so maybe it’s a co-incidence, since its parent company REDgroup Retail has been in financial difficulties for years. In any case, it just got to…

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  • February 15, 2011
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This is not strictly ebook-related news, but the release of iOS4.3, if it contains the rumours “hotspot” feature, if going to make a big difference to my ereading life. In case you haven’t heard, there have been uber-coders that have spotted clues in the iOS4.3 beta releases that suggest there will be a way to…

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  • February 14, 2011
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Hot on the heals of the news that Vodafone has scored the rights to the new Samsung tablet – the Galaxy S II – in Australia, comes the newsier news that the device will come with the Kobo store preloaded, and obviously the reading app too. It’ll be released in Australian in the second quarter…