100 years of Allen & Unwin: 1914 – 2014

August 4, 2014

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The venerable publisher, Allen & Unwin, has just turned 100 years old! And they are sharing the birthday goodies by offering up a competition for residents of Australia and New Zealand to win 100 books from their backlist! Better get over there fast to sign up! http://tinyurl.com/nnbqp9l    

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Zenith give away with Rafflecopter

July 15, 2014

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In the quest for spreading the word wider, a newish trend seems to be working – Rafflecopter. This provides a series of things for people to do such as tweeting, liking and blogging about an event, completion of the simple tasks putting you into the running for whatever the prize is. I first came across […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Comedy Rules by Jonathan Lynn

June 20, 2014

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  Comedy Rules; from the Cambridge Footlights to Yes Prime Minister Jonathan Lynn Faber and Faber Limited 2011 9780571277964 Jonathan Lynn is not a household name to many of us. But a lot more of us know his work from the Yes Minister series that he co-wrote with Antony Jay. But as is usually the […]

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OPINION: Should publishers be aware of Indigenous protocols? I think ‘yes’.

June 4, 2014

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Confession time (again). I used to consider Australia Aboriginal spirituality and lore as something like Ancient Greek mythology – something to be read, enjoyed, studied and appreciated as a cultural artefact from the past. It was finding myself with a very dear friend who is an Aboriginal that I learned very differently. For many Indigenous […]

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UPDATED OPINION: Literary gender bias – how do we fix it?

May 30, 2014

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UPDATE – well even the best of us can make a mistake and mugs like me can make even more. Thanks to Sarah (below) there is some Australian data on readership courtesy of the Australian Bureau of Statistics. No idea why this did not turn up during my search of the ABS website when I […]

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OPINION: DRM – another view

May 29, 2014

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I have previously sounded off about use of Digital Rights Management. Tor decided to remove active DRM from their e-books. Their verdict? “Ultimately it comes down to the desire to be where our customers are, to play fair with them in the assumption that they’ll play fair with us. And you know something? It’s worked.” […]

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REVIEW: Icon by Doug Anthony Allstars

May 29, 2014

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To pretty much a generation of Australians, the stand-up comedy show, The Big Gig, was mandatory viewing. And one of the biggest names on the show was Doug Anthony Allstars. Paul McDermott, Tim Ferguson and Richard Fidler pretty much ruled the show. In Australia they were HUGE. While other acts sold out venues in places […]

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