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Books Becoming Cheaper in Australia?


The link below is to an article that asks the question, ‘are books becoming cheaper in Australia?’ In my opinion, they need to be a lot lower.

For more visit:
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2014/06/have-books-actually-become-cheaper-in-australia/

Article: Ebooks Hitting traditional Bookshops


The link below is to an article about how ebooks have impacted on one particular traditional bookshop. However, I would say that this type of impact is now becoming commonplace, especially among booksellers who seem reluctant to open an online dimension to their store.

For more visit:
http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/courier/news/traditional-bookstore-hit-hard-by-kindles-and-e-books/article_e32cba3b-e58b-54f9-ad87-c545d7cbab28.html

BookYap: Book Recomendations


I am about to start using a new web application called BookYap. Put simply, BookYap is an application that recommends books based on criteria you enter. There are over 650 000 books in its database, so chances are it will find a book for you.

You can search for a book by using keywords or the filters it has available (based on personality types). By becoming a registered user, the application learns more and more about you and your reading habits, improving the recommendations it makes for you.

Books appear with thumbnails of their covers and book ratings. A brief description appears by hovering over the thumbnail. You are able to interact with the application and associated community by sharing books you have read and your reviews of them. There is connectivity with both Facebook and Twitter also.

You are also able to add books to a reading wishlist if you like. Books can be purchased from Amazon when you choose a book to read.

Visit BookYap at:
http://bookyap.com/

 

Edmund Barton, by John Reynolds


Yes, I have finally managed to put up another post on this Blog – been quite a while I know. I apologise for that – been very busy with other pursuits.

Today’s book review is on ‘Edmund Barton,’ by John Reynolds. This book is the first in a series on Australia’s Prime Ministers by Bookman Press. The Bookman Press series sought to re-publish the best biographies on each of the Australian Prime Ministers to coincide with the centenary of Australian Federation. ‘Edmund Barton,’ by John Reynolds, was first published in 1948.

This book, though about Edmund Barton, is also a good introduction to the process of Australia becoming a federation of colonies to form the modern day nation of Australia. A biography of Barton must be a study of the beginning of Federation as Barton was probably one of the most important players in bringing Federation to pass, which also meant the creation of Australia as one nation. It is a fascinating introduction to just how a modern Australia was born from the federation of the various colonies that were then situated on the Australian mainland and in Tasmania.

As far as reading goes, I found the book to contain much that interested me, as I have not read or studied a lot on the federation of Australia and the process by which it was achieved. For me this has been an important addition to my understanding of Australian history in an area in which my understanding was quite poor. Having said that, I do not think the book is necessarily an easy read, but requires discipline to keep at it.

Changing the World: November 14 – Become an Entrepreneur


Today’s suggestion for changing the world is not quite what I expected – become an entrepreneur. Hmmm, interesting. I doubt I have the sticking power, finances and a plethora of other requirements necessary to pull this one off!

Ahhh – the suggestion is for becoming a social entrepreneur. Still have the same problem in putting this one into effect none-the-less.

Interested in anything like this? Have a look at:

www.ashoka.org

www.socialventures.com.au

www.pioneersofchange.net

Well worth a thought – and if you have an idea for effecting social change in the world, one of the above sites may be able to help you.