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  • April 18, 2011
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Regular readers might have noticed that things look a bit different around here. I’ve recently been thinking about the news posts I’ve been doing and whether they should be linked to the “straight” ebook news from around the web, or stand alone. Obviously, looking at the revised layout hereabouts, I’ve decided to aggregate the best…

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  • March 29, 2011
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Who said augmented reality has no non-geek practical purposes? Even though we never need to do this with ebooks, pbook libraries will be around for a while yet. And while that is the case, librarian will have to shelve books. I’m gonna send this to a librarian friend and wait for the squeal…

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  • March 9, 2011
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Sigh. I suppose it was naïve of me to think that customers (little guy) could force a large company (big bully) to act fairly – in this case regarding their policy of anti-competitive ebook pricing. Yesterday I wrote that they were breaking the ACCC law that governs “Resale Price Maintenance”. I said I’d tell the ACCC…

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  • February 7, 2011
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I know I’m going on about The Daily a bit – but there’s very little else happening in the ebook world at the moment – the entire US seems to have stopped for the Superbowl. But digital reading won’t be shut out, man! Here’s a very pricey ad that ran during the big game this…

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  • January 26, 2011
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After kicking off in New York on Monday, Digital Book World 2011 is where the movers-and-shakers of the ebook world put their heads together and discuss the big issues surrounding digital publishing. And our man (or at least TeleRead‘s man, and editor) Paul Biba is all over it. In a good way. Over the next…

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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 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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  • November 24, 2010
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OK – there’s big news at REDgroup Retail, parent company of Borders and Angus & Robertson in AU, and Whitcoulls in NZ. Redundancies Bookseller + Publisher is reporting that there have been a round of redundancies at the firm. A PR spokesperson said that “a small number of staff” have been offered redundancies and that…

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  • November 20, 2010
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So I got my email invite to Copia yesterday. You remember Copia – the reading startup with the big ambitions (that got slightly smaller recently when it dropped its plans for a line of cheap ereaders). Its premise is as the “social reading experience”. But what is it? It’s a reading platform – you can…

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  • November 19, 2010
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“Hi everyone, and thanks for tuning in! Welcome to another episode of Publishing Hypocrisy … the game where we show both faces of the bookselling industry!” “Our first contestant tonight – is Jane from Melbourne! Hi, Jane.” [Applause] “Hi, Brad! I’m a bit nervous!” “Jane! [Pulls her in close] You’ve got nothing to worry about…