Category Archives: Fiction – Australian Literature
Are e-books entering a new phase of the digital revolution?
3 years since eBooks hit the market by storm, the eBook revolution is now entering a new phase. Phase 1 can be summed up with two words: ‘market capitalisation’, with Kobo, Amazon, Sony and the ‘Nook’ (Barnes & Noble’s exclusive eReader) emerging as the top four bestselling eReaders around the world. Australia’s uptake has been slower, in part due to the closure of Borders bookstores in 2011, which ended for several months distribution of the entry-level Kobo eReader. Competitors such as Dymocks did not, at the time, have any entry-level eReaders – their offers were in the ~A$3oo range.
But now that the eReader fight has subsided, with eReaders being sold widely, not just in bookstores, the fight has turned to content licensing. And the field isn’t a pretty one.
When August 2012 started, and the NYR theme changed from Question to Grow, it got me thinking. Is it through questioning that we grow?
Leading eReader manufacturer and eBook distributor Kobo has unveiled a new range of exciting eReaders.
The new eReaders include one which can fit in your pocket, as well as an eReader which has an adjustable soft glow to enable reading at night.
Due to lack of resources & funding, low levels of indigenous literacy has hindered the lives of many of Australia’s Indigenous people.
Low levels of literacy can lead to education and employment barriers, social isolation, and personal insecurity. Statistics show that only 15% of Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory meet the minimum literacy benchmark. 33% of indigenous Australians aged 15 and over will face considerable difficulties in their lives due to their literacy skills.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation helps Indigenous Australians in remote areas learn to read. Your donation is important to help keep the vision of the ILF alive, so that more books can be provided to children across the nation.
Find out more at http://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/
The 2012 National Book Week has arrived!
The National Book Week is an annual event run by The Children’s Book Council of Australia. Every year, schools and public libraries hold celebrations and special story-times to celebrate books, Australian authors & illustrators.
The National Year of Reading theme for August is Question!
What will you question this August?
>> Posters for download
“At the end of the weekend I drive home, thinking about my own relationship with reading. It is true I first opened the trapdoor because I was looking to escape a difficult place.”
Richard Glover, columnist, broadcaster and fantastic ambassador for the NYR talks about his younger son’s new embrace of reading…and reading in his own life too. And it was all kicked off by one of the greatest stories of all time, Sherlock Holmes.
Read the entire article at the SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/readership-riddle-solved-by-sherlockloving-son-20120726-22s3b.html