Aug 21, 2015

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I received an interesting email this week announcing the merging of two of Australia's largest Christian book distributors.  This is indicative of the Australian book-selling industry as a whole, where Australia seems to heading away from opening more bookstores and either merging or closing existing ones.

In other news this week I came across a few articles about the 'surprising' convenience of reading ebooks on your phone!  What do you think about that?  If you have any comments on this issue head over to my YouTube channel Have You Considered 'Going Digital' With Your Reading?  and leave me a comment.

Now it's time to sit back with your favourite beverage and enjoy the weekend reading...


  • Bible Society Australia Partners With Koorong
  • The Rise of Phone Reading
  • Pocket-sized screens are in again: The rise of smartphone e-reading
  • Random House Germany Goes Halfway, Adopts “Soft” DRM
  • Simon & Schuster to Give Away eBooks via Hotels.com
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Bible Society Australia Partners With Koorong


koorong.com - Bible Society Australia – a charity whose important cross denominational mission is to translate, distribute and engage people with the Bible – has acquired Koorong in a union that we believe will make us and the Christian community, stronger.  Both Bible Society Australia and the Koorong Leadership Team have sensed the hand of God in this move as we have worked together over the last few months to get to this announcement day.  Read more...




The Rise of Phone Reading


wsj.com - It’s not the e-reader that will be driving future books sales, it’s the phone; how publishers are rethinking books for the small screen. Last fall, Andrew Vestal found himself rocking his baby daughter, Ada, back to sleep every morning between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Cradling Ada in the crook of his arm, he discovered he could read his dimly-lit phone with one hand. That’s how he read David Mitchell’s 624-page science-fiction saga “The Bone Clocks.” Read more...




Pocket-sized screens are in again: The rise of smartphone e-reading


teleread.com -  Jennifer Maloney at the Wall Street Journal has just noticed that more and more people seem to like reading on little tiny pocket-sized devices. Of course, those devices are now smartphones rather than Palm Pilots or iPod Touches, but the principle remains the same. Read more...

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Random House Germany Goes Halfway, Adopts “Soft” DRM


the-digital-reader.com - Bertelsmann announced on Tuesday that its Germany publishing subsidiary, Verlagsgruppe Random House, will allow its distributors to start using digital watermarks, or "soft" DRM, on 1 October. Read more...





Simon & Schuster to Give Away eBooks via Hotels.com


the-digital-reader.com - With Penguin, HarperCollins, Kobo, and B&N giving away ebooks or excerpts to travelers, 2015 has turned into the year of the ebook freebie. Now Simon & Schuster is getting into the act. The publisher is partnering with ebook startup Glose and hotels.com to give away ebooks to travelers who book a two-night stay in select US destinations through the website  Read more... 


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