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The Reading Hour is today!

The National Reading Hour is today 6pm – 7pm!  Share a book with your friends & family to spread the love of reading.

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eBook Anti-Trust Lawsuit settled outside of court

Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement with plaintiffs seeking compensation for an alleged e-book price-fixing scheme in the United States.

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eBook Anti-Trust Compliance at $840 million

Apple is finally cooperating with independent ebook monitor Michael Bromwich in efforts to examine Apple’s compliance policies and procedures.  Bloomberg has reported that “Bromwich said his team experienced “unexpected delays in its efforts to evaluate Apple’s antitrust compliance policies, procedures and training” following his October appointment. After the appeals court ruling, his team attempted to “reset” the relationship, which resulted in constructive responses from Apple, he said.”

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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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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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Love2ReadTV: We believe in Reading! Do you? Librarians Episode

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This Love2ReadTV special episode features librarians all across the nation. From Albany in WA to Shellharbour in NSW, and Darwin in the NT to Moreland in VIC, this episode celebrates the wonderful libraries and the librarians which make them lively hubs.

Love2ReadTV is a project celebrating the National Year of Reading 2012.  See more at www.love2readtv.com.au

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Literary community mourns loss of author Bryce Courtenay

There are few who haven’t heard of this man.  An inspirational author with 21 books to his name, Bryce Courtenay has inspired millions of people around the world…

The South-African born Courtenay passed away on Thursday night at his Canberra home due to a stomach cancer. Tributes have flowed to the Mr Courtenay’s Facebook page as readers, publishers and authors alike mourned the loss of an amazing author.

The Herald Sun has reported:

Author Fiona Macintosh, considered his protege, said his gift to the world was his ability to inspire readers and writers.

“He’s one of the greatest storytellers for Australia and history will attest to that,” Macintosh said.

“Nearly every year for the past 25 years he has given Australian readers a grand story to get lost in, and usually about Australia, about themselves, about their own people, or our neighbours. I think that’s how he’ll be remembered.”

Bryce Courtenay was also for an ambassador for the National Year of Reading 2012, which has reached out to thousands of communities across the nation. His contribution and work was praised by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard, opposition leader Tony Abbott and Arts Minister Simon Crean today.

Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/tributes-to-author-bryce-courtenay-a-great-storyteller-who-inspired-readers-and-writers/story-fncynkc6-1226523079151

 

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Love2ReadTV Episode 5 now out!

Love2ReadTV Episode 5 is now out, letting you meet even MORE Friends of the National Year of Reading. In episode 5, we feature:-

  • Wendy Orr
  • Fleur McDonald
  • Liz Deep-Jones
  • Paul Collins
  • Ken Hall

Meet all the Friends and watch the videos at www.love2readtv.com.au

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Kobo joins independents

When Google closed its eBook delivery network to bricks and mortar booksellers earlier this year, it sent news-waves throughout the bookselling and publishing industry that eBook’s weren’t taking off in line with expectations.

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GROW….Reading theme for September

Think ‘Grow’.  Think ‘Plants’. But that doesn’t always have to be the case. Reading can also help us grow.

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