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On 1 March, EU inspectors conducted raids in the offices of publishers across Europe. The EU explained the raids were motivated by concerns that ebook publishers “violate EU anti-trust rules that prohibit cartels and other restrictive business practices”. Here’s how the Guardian saw it.
Last year, a stand-off occurred that pitted Amazon against publishers. Publishers were concerned that Amazon might become a monopoly retailer…
The Disappearing Book
Over at Slate, Jack Shafer is marking the decline in importance of books - both in the shrinking newspaper coverage and in the value of the printed object.
Shafer remembers the glory days when the New York Times Book Review “could hit 80 pages in the 1970s” but now numbers only 28 pages. While he takes some heart from the recent announcement from…
News That’s Newer Than New
A two-day conference being held tomorrow and Saturday as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival is taking a look at the impact of digital technologies and culture on the business and practice of news. ‘New News’ is a program of events - most of them at the Wheeler Centre - that will explore a dazzling variety of topics and feature some of Australia’s most…
Zadie Smith vs Facebook
Poster from the film, The Social Network
The New York Review of Books has published a scathing review by novelist Zadie Smith on the film, The Social Network.
Smith damns the bio-pic of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg not for its portrayl of the boy genius but as “a cruel portrait of us: 500 million sentient people entrapped in the recent careless thoughts of…
Australian publisher gets gritty with iPad
Australian publisher Allen & Unwin has launched its first iPad app - just in time for the Australian arrival of Apple’s latest game changer.
Underbelly: The Golden Mile has been launched with a free “lite” version as well as a complete version selling for just under $15. The success of books on the iPad depends on how well they can use the new medium…
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