‘Net News: 25th June 2012

1. What on earth is going on with ebooks?

The Book Depository is closing their ebookstore – users only have until the end of this month to download any ebooks they’ve bought.

Meanwhile in France, where ebook (and book) prices are fixed, the brick-and-mortar bookstore industry is doing just fine, thanks.

“Books are living things… They need to be respected, to be loved. We are giving them many lives.”

Slightly off-topic, but continuing the reverence for the lives of books is this beautiful post on the history of a particular book.

Books travel. They’re gifted and borrowed, they’re passed down the family as their owners die, they end in second-hand bookshops where somebody buys them to start the cycle all over again.

If you are curious about ebooks and digital publishing, I recommend Digital Publishing Australia as the place to find out just what is happening in the ebook world.

2. Modern teenagers

Don’t understand kids these days? Find out what it’s like to be 12 years old in the year 2012.

If you need some inspiration on how to educate today’s teenagers, this TEDx talk by Tony Wagner will get you going.

What the world cares about is not what you know, but what you can do with what you know. And that is a completely different education problem.

3. Discovering great reads

Riffle hopes to be the new social media tool for discovering books online. A new product from marketing developer Odyl, Riffle is slated to be invitation-only, facebook-friendly, and quality-controlled.

4. Miles Franklin winner announced

Just in case you missed it, (what, was your internet broken?), Anna Funder won the 2012 Miles Franklin award for All That I Am. Congratulations, Anna!

5. How I Live Now Film Update.

Filming for the How I Live Now movie has begun. It will be interesting to see the finished product and see how the independent movie measures up to the big blockbusters like Twilight, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.

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