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10 days to go until #readinghour

There are only 10 days to go until the Reading Hour takes place across Australia on 18th August 6pm-7pm.

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New Book: Surveillance

coverAllen & Unwin have published a new book called ‘Surveillance’.  Written by Crikey correspondent Bernard Keane, this thriller is about security in the digital age, and how far governments may go to conceal the truth.

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2015 Miles Franklin Award Winner Announced

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The winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Award is Sofia Laguna’s The Eye of the Sheep.

Originally trained to be a lawyer, Laguna continues to have a successful writing career for both adults and children books.

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UTS Library Retrieval System

Any blog about the digital age, books and libraries without a mention of the new purpose-built Library Retrieval System (LRS) that recently opened at the University of Technology Sydney.

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And the winner of the Miles Franklin Award is….

Novel pic Evie Wyld for All the Birds, Singing.

The Miles Franklin Award is presented each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

The Miles Franklin was first awarded in 1957. Since then, the annual announcement of the winner has become an event anticipated and discussed throughout Australia and around the world.

Read more about the 2014 winner

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National Simultaneous Storytime is tomorrow!

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Pullitzer Prize Winning Author releases eBook of classic novel

Industry NewsAuthor Harper Lee’s famous classic To Kill a Mockinbird will be available on eBook and Audiobook from July 8, according to HarperCollins.

In a statement, Lee, now 88, said that “I’m still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries…I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation.”

First published in July 1960, Mockingbird has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and still sells more than one million copies a year, according to HarperCollins.

eBook lending supplier Overdrive has not yet announced if it will hold the eBook for lending through libraries.

 

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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

The Reading Hour

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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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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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