Australian e-book site to close down

By Chris Meadows
June 18, 2015 // 4 Comments

Australian e-book advocacy site has announced it will close down at the end of June, 2015. Although we have only mentioned the site a couple of times on TeleRead as nearly as I can tell, the site has been in existence since 2001—a year longer than TeleRead—and has covered e-books [...]

Aurealis Awards shortlist shows dark, demented stirrings Down Under

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Australia: the venue for H.P. Lovecraft’s incredible The Shadow Out of Time, for Picnic at Hanging Rock, for Mad Max, but still not always the first place that springs to mind in connection with the futuristic, the fantastic, and the frightful. But perhaps that does poor justice to the [...]

FAA failure to keep up with commercial drone use could prevent innovation

By Chris Meadows
February 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

At the risk of droning on, it seems like there has been a lot of news involving drones lately. We covered Amazon’s announcement of package delivery (someday) via drones, and some responses to it. Clearly, drone services could fill the middle range between snail-mail delivery and electronic [...]

How reading can bridge the social divide

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

Australian website Momentum Books has just shared a post listing “Nine reasons that being a book loving shut-in is better than being a social butterfly.” And while it’s always good to see quiet solitary reading defended, there are also plenty of reasons why reading can actually [...]

Caution: Low-flying books Down Under as drone delivery service launches

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 16, 2013 // 1 Comment

Aussies could soon be ducking to avoid more than low-flying kookaburras as New South Wales textbook rental and student services company Zookal … ahem… launches an airborne book delivery service using drones. The service, called Flirtey, is a JV between Zookal CEO Ahmed Haider and [...]

Kobo Goes Direct in Australia

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 31, 2013 // 1 Comment

Given the latest news about Australian moves to push down hardware and software prices, change copyright legislation to encourage resale of e-books, and generally break open the current restrictions on digital media, it’s interesting to note that Kobo has just launched direct sales of its [...]

Australia says no worries on Apple e-book pricing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 23, 2013 // 2 Comments

According to coverage in the Australian Financial Review, Australia’s competition authority, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, is taking a hands-off attitude to Apple’s e-book pricing practices past and present, despite pressure from some quarters to act in a similar [...]

Pearson Pulls Back in Australian Education

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

An announcement from Pearson Australia, the Oz arm of Pearson PLC, ultimate part-owner of the new Big Five publishing behemoth Penguin Random House, indicates that the trade and educational publishing giant is not having things all its own way everywhere. Pearson Australia has decided to pull back [...]

The Book Salon opens in Australia for better writing Down Under

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Steph Little, author, publishing professional, and online and offline marketer, has launched a new website and resource center for Australia’s authors, The Book Salon, offering them guidance, pointers, resources, information, or just straightforward encouragement, according [...]

Dust jacket envelopes make it easy to donate your books by mail

By Dan Eldridge
May 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

A social entrepreneurship company based in Australia, Mailbooks for Good, has recently launched a literary-minded project that combines good design and a simple but strong idea with the joy of philanthropy. The company’s tagline, “Re-gift the gift of reading,” does a decent job of [...]

E-Books means never having to say "excuse me"

By Jon Jermey
December 17, 2012 // 3 Comments

It’s the week before Christmas, and the post office and local stores are full of people I’ve never seen before. Where do they shop the rest of the year, these folk? Do they live in suspended animation till December? I can only surmise that the warmer weather here in Oz wakes them up, like [...]

Digital resource use growing in schools across Australia and New Zealand

By Paul Biba
July 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the press release: Softlink, leading developer of Knowledge, Content & Library Management (KCLM) Systems, and OverDrivedistributor, observes the growth of eBooks and audio books in schools. Australian and New Zealand schools are embracing the use of digital resources as more libraries, [...]

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