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  • December 27, 2010
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Yes, I was surprised too – but then, thinking about it, not really. The Sony Touch Edition (PRS-650) is a great unit, isn’t locked to a proprietary format like the Kindle, and has a new-gen touchscreen e-ink screen that is very responsive and a joy to read on. The build quality, as I said in…

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  • December 26, 2010
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With Christmas not quite over in the US, but only a memory in Australia, here are a couple of early discounts I’ve found. I’d expect the floodgates to open from now on, so weigh up your options if you’re in the market for a new eReader, or some shiny new reads… Kogan, the king of…

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  • December 24, 2010
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What I love about the idea of self-publishing is that there’s no bigwig behind a desk that can tell you you can’t. “That’s ridiculous.” “You’ll never make it.” “But you’re only young.” Why not have a go? And, as they say in the classics, if you’re going to have a go, you may as well…

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  • December 23, 2010
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I knew our new Answers page would pay off. The payoff has come already in the form of me answering a really good question from Sean (here’s his profile page – he’s lighting up the board with answers for others as well – nice) and realising that I haven’t written a post on it. (Insert…

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  • December 22, 2010
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Just got off the phone with Mark Tanner, who is Google’s ebooks rep in Australia. He’s ensconced down in Sydney in the Googleplex (Aust version) in Pyrmont. Interesting guy. He’s the man charged with getting the Google Ebookstore successfully launched here and publishers and retail partners signed up. He emailed me the other day and…

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  • December 22, 2010
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Here’s a great little idea – especially for Kindle 2 owners in places where the Kindle 3 hasn’t taken over yet. Like Australia. Anyone who has clicked down to that “experimental” option, switched on their Wi-Fi and tried to use their Kindle 2 for web surfing, or has Whispernet  access, knows that it will drive…

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  • December 22, 2010
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I don’t really mean to be snide, but really. Some things give me no choice. The Australian Bookseller + Publisher published a survey of independent booksellers the other day. According to AB+P, 400 booksellers participated, and were polled on their ebook plans. Remarkably, it was revealed that more booksellers will be selling ebooks in the…

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  • December 11, 2010
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I’ve been talking a bit about using the Google eBookstore of late, and how to check it out from outside the US. Then I thought, instead of writing about it, I should show you – those who’d like a peek, without really delving into it fully. So here’s a screencast … Let me know what…

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  • December 9, 2010
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Back on Oct 30, 2009, I wrote my first post on a blog about something called “ebooks”. Now, 14 months on, I’ve just published my 1000th post – on Kobo’s new ebook gifting. This is just a big “thank you” to people who still come here to read and learn, teach and rant, and complain (mainly…

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  • December 9, 2010
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A couple of days back, I did a price comparison of pbooks and ebooks, comparing local online suppliers and those overseas. It was in response to a laughable “story” from the Sydney Morning Herald that pbooks are cheaper in Australia than sourcing them overseas. Anyone who has ever bought a dead tree book (I remember…