Reading in a busy schedule…

For most of us, there’s hardly any time to fit in any leisure reading.  So what are some strategies we can use?

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The Reading Hour is tonight!

The Reading Hour has come upon us!  Read from 5pm-6pm tonight, and kick start a daily habit of reading just 10 minutes a day.

But don’t just leave it till then.  There are events happening all day at most libraries and bookshops to celebrate the joy of reading.  Book signings, children storytime and much more…

Find out more at http://www.love2read.org.au

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The Reading Hour is tomorrow!!

Reading Hour 2013

Read from 5pm-6pm nationwide, and join in this celebration and promotion of literacy in Australia.

Events are happening all day at many libraries and bookstore around Australia. Book signings, storytime and more!

Get excited!

For just 10 minutes a day, an hour a week, you can help your child experience the joy of reading.

Find out more:  http://www.thereadinghour.org.au/

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The Reading Hour this Saturday!

The Reading Hour will be held nationally 5pm-6pm this Saturday!

What is The Reading Hour?

The Reading Hour is a national event to encourage everyone to read for at least 10 minutes each day.  The program is aimed especially at parents to read with their children.

When did The Reading Hour start?

The Reading Hour was first held during Australia’s National Year of Reading 2012.  The continuation of the Love2Read brand in 2013 has seen The Reading Hour continue into 2013.

Find out more: http://www.thereadinghour.org.au/

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It’s Book Week! Time to read across the universe…

Book Week starts today, a whole week of wacky fun to celebrate children’s books.  If you’re as excited as I am, read on…

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Today is National Bookshop Day!

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  A happy time of year.

Notwithstanding all the election chaos, National Bookshop Day is still going ahead as planned today, Saturday 10th August 2013.  Organised by the Australian Booksellers Association, National Bookshop Day celebrates bookstores and the people who run them.

Bookstores are important because they promote the literary careers of many Australian authors, and also for promoting freedom of thought and communication.

A list of National Bookshop Day events can be found here: http://www.aba.org.au/events

Notable events include the winner of the search for Australia’s Favourite Bookshop and author signings and freebies at many bookstores around Australia.

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The real Robert Galbraith and J.K. Rowling’s birthday

I thought I’d write this post since it’s J.K. Rowling’s 47th birthday today, July 31, the same day as her protagonist in Harry Potter.

After selling 8500 English copies in paperback, eBook, library and audiobook, it was revealed last week that Robert Galbraith, author of the crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling, really is J.K. Rowling.  News spread around the world and resulted in a surge of sales and at least 140 000 reprints.  The book shot to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.  J.K. Rowling has since explained….

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Taking the love out of fan fic: Kindle Worlds

Last week, Amazon announced Kindle Worlds, a new imprint and store allowing anyone to publish fan fiction, and earn money from it.  The Amazon royalty rate of 35% of the sale price will be used and writers paid monthly.  A proportion of proceeds will also be paid to the original licence holder.

Amazon has been able to do this through an agreement with Warner Bros, licensing Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries as three different ‘Worlds’.  Writers can pick a world, then write fan fiction using the characters and settings as per the original text.

But what is Kindle Worlds doing to the world of fan fiction?

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National Simultaneous Storytime 11am AEDT TODAY!

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Library and Information Week 2013

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Visiting the library never went out of fashion.

Celebrating libraries and the librarians which make them lively hubs, Library and Information Week highlights the many purposes libraries serve today.  From computer lessons to music videos, and story-time to study-time, libraries really are the only stop you need for recreational and study activities.

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