Tassie readers, Google Books in Australia, cover snark, cost of shipping books, state of the Australian book industry, Becca Fitzpatrick events and more

Tassie readers, Google Books in Australia, cover snark, cost of shipping books, state of the Australian book industry, Becca Fitzpatrick events and more

News, links and interesting thingsTasmanian romance readers

ARRA has put out a call for Tasmanian romance readers to please contact the organisation. It might lead to a romance-related Tassie event. Please let them know you’re interested!

The Boomerang Bride in print

The Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe, featuring a fruit cake-toting Aussie bride-to-be, will be published in print through the Harlequin Reader Service in February 2012. (Unfortunately, this service isn’t available in Australia.) (Source: @FionaLowe)

Google ebook store coming to Australia

According to this article in The Bookseller, Google is planning to launch its ebook store in Australia ‘soon’. Not only will this provide competition, which is good for consumers, it may also help booksellers looking to get into the ebook market:

‘With Google eBooks, readers can access their books across a variety of devices; publishers have an open platform for selling their works; and booksellers have an easy-to-implement way to sell digital books in addition to their existing offering.’

From this article in Ausdroid, it sounds like Google Books combines the multi-device compatibility that we love about epub, and the pervasiveness we love about Kindle.

Dear Cover Artist

Jane from Dear Author has created a tumblog celebrating bad, bad, BAD covers. Okay, it’s more mockery than celebration, but…seriously. With a title such as How My Twin Soul Wife Became A Prostitute, can you blame her? And yes, it includes mainstream titles and authors.

My favourites are pixelated vampire junk, cowboy Flashdance and the magnificent pussy. You know they’re awesome just from reading that.

Possibly NSFW, because bad covers don’t use safe words.

Cost of shipping books

Eloise Keating posted this great article on Fancy Goods: Why is it cheaper to post a book from overseas than within Australia? Australia Post, the Royal Mail and the cost of shipping books.

BISG report

The Book Industry Strategy Group (BISG), commissioned by the government, has released its final report. You can download copies of the reports here. The Market Analysis Research Report is the main report, and the Digital Technologies in Australia’s Book Industry document is an overview of the Australian digital book industry.

There’s a lot to digest in the report, and I’m not sure I agree with all the conclusions, especially those drawn from the reader survey. But then, I’m not an industry expert either.

If you’ve read the report, what did you think? Did anything stand out, good or bad?

The Black Hand Ball

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush Saga, Book 3)Fans of the Hush, Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick will have a chance to meet the author at one of three events during December. The Black Hand Ball will be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in December:

Sydney — Wed, Dec 7
Establishment Ballroom
6.30pm to 9.30pm

Melbourne  — Fri, Dec 9
State Library Vic
6.30pm to 9.30pm

Brisbane — Sat, Dec 10
State Library QLD
6pm to 9pm

Tickets are $45 via Ticketek. For more information, visit www.ilovepatch.com. Silence, the third book in the series, was released last week.

Ebooks @ Readings

I recently noticed that Readings now has ebooks on offer online. You can browse their catalogue at ebooks.readings.com.au. Sadly, there is no romance category in their list of collections. But perhaps this will come as no surprise to anyone.

Don’t trust the bookshelf

According to this article in the Mail Online, more than 1 in 2 Britons display literary classics on their bookshelves to impress people. The study was conducted by Lindeman’s wine; I’m not sure how well the research was designed.


I got an email from the founder of GoneReading, an online shop for reader-friendly gifts. According to their mission statement, the company donates all year-end profits into funding libraries and literacy projects in the developing world. I had a quick look around. They’re using CafePress and their blog only dates back to June of this year, so I’m guessing they’re relatively new. It seems like a good cause, but because they’re so new, I’d suggest doing your own research before purchasing, just to be sure.


  1. Marg says:

    My understanding is that the Readings ebooks are all in the cloud books – so no good if you don’t have internet access on your ereader like me.

    Could have changed though, but I don’t think so.

  2. Kat says:

    I think you might be right. I feel sorry for the booksellers. I don’t think they’ve had much luck partnering with companies that will supply the ebooks.

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