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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 14, 2011
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Here we go. The first very large book chain is about to file their chapter 11 – bankruptcy to you and I – in the US. Borders was very late in the game to get onboard the ebook bandwagon, a long way behind Barnes & Noble, and their Nook (who are doing quite nicely, thank…

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  • February 9, 2011
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As I wrote earlier this week, eReader prices continue to fall, with the more obscure or superceded models crashing a quite a way through the $50 barrier in the US. And the current or mainstream brands have been following suit. Embattled book chain Borders in the US has permanently dropped the price of the Kobo…

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  • February 7, 2011
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Having an US iTunes account has its advantages, so I hear – it allowed me to download the free two-week sample of Rupert Murdoch’s new news app The Daily late last week. Now you can do the same, without iTunes address tomfoolery or VPN shenanigans. Over the weekend, The Daily lobbed in the Aussie iTunes store,…

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  • January 12, 2011
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For those who don’t know, I live and work in Brisbane, and things are looking a little grim for the city right now. On top of the tragic events in Central Queensland, Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley (inland from Brisbane) over the last few days, the CBD is slowly flooding. For those overseas, Brisbane CBD…

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  • January 1, 2011
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Ah, the fresh, shiny scent of a new year – there’s nothing quite like it, unless you are the one of the myriad revellers who can’t smell anything yet because your nostrils are filled with dried vomit. But let’s hope not, and instead start the new year off by making your reading life easier, with…

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  • December 31, 2010
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Overnight, Amazon has activated official “lending” of Kindle ebooks. There are some restrictions – aren’t there always – but the upshot is that this is another step in bringing ebooks into line with p-books (and erase another reason others digital is inferior). As Mashable reported, there are the restrictions to Amazon’s lending feature. To lend…

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  • December 29, 2010
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I’m a journalist, and a member of the journalists union, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (of which the Australian Journalists Association, the AJA, forms part). All members receive a monthly magazine with news and in-depth articles about the industry, but this year is special – it’s 100 years since a wily bunch of Aussie…

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  • December 28, 2010
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The UK’s Telegraph has a story that has confirmed a couple of experiences my wife and I are already having at my place. The story looks at the ebook “bestseller” lists and “discovers” that ye olde classic novels (ebook versions) are dominating the most downloaded lists on ebook retailers. The Telegraph reports: Classic novels by…