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Federal Minister Questions Viability of Bookshops
Federal Minister for Small Business Nick Sherry predicted this morning that online shopping will wipe out bookstores within the next five years. Senator Sherry made the comments at the launch of a campaign called Driving Business Online, an initiative intended to encourage small business owners to develop the online side of their business.
The Australian Booksellers Association’s CEO Joel Becker said he was “gobsmacked”…
Cory Doctorow on Curated Computing
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Meanland guest Cory Doctorow believes that ‘the personal and the handmade’ are the future of content, according to his latest Guardian column.
He argues that while pulling together information in curated websites or iPhone apps is the future there are still two things that defy curation: the personal and the tailored. The personal is obvious (Doctorow reckons it is…
Australian Threatens to Sue for Twitter Defamation
The Australian’s editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell has threatened to sue academic Julie Posetti for defamatory tweets she allegedly made about Mitchell, according to an ABC report.
Posetti was tweeting quotes from a journalism conference at Univeristy of Technology, Sydney, when she allegedly defamed Mitchell. Posetti was tweeting comments from the Australian’s former rural reporter when she wrote “Walhquist: ‘In the lead up to…
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Man Macmillan Signs Up First Title for Ebook Imprint
An Australian writer is seeking to become a pioneer of digital publishing with a venture that’s making the most of new publishing technologies. Nathan Farrugia has an ambitious project in mind - in fact, he’s calling it ‘the future of story-telling’. The Chimera Vector is, according to its author, “a conspiracy techno-thriller of unusual depth, snappy dialogue and edge-of-your-seat action”. Farrugia has turned to…
ABA Conference Tweets
Wondering what’s on your local bookseller’s mind? The 86th annual Australian Booksellers Association Conference has just finished in Brisbane this week and much of the talk was online.
Angela Myer found herself on a panel about social media looking at how bookshops can use these tools. Myer thought it answered crucial questions around Twitter, Facebook and blogging including “"who in the store might do…
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