Monthly Archives: April 2013

Keeping bookshops alive – the Kindle amnesty

Susan Wyndham’s Undercover column in The Sydney Morning Herald has drawn my attention to Pages and Pages’ Kindle amnesty. (Pages and Pages is an independent bookshop in the Sydney suburb of Mosman.) Owner Jon Page—who also happens to be the president of the Australian Booksellers Association— encourages bookshop owners to enter e-business instead of watching helplessly as Amazon becomes a

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The Specimen by Martha Lea

I look forward to reading Martha Lea’s next novel; this is only her first. I have to say, though, that The Specimen didn’t live up to my expectations. The Specimen has interesting Victorian-era themes and characters: an intelligent, independent-minded major character, Gwen, who has a passion for science but is held back by her gender; a murder mystery; Darwinism versus

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Bye, bye Goodreads

You may have read that Amazon has gobbled up Goodreads, to mixed reactions. As dealing with Amazon isn’t compatible with supporting independent bookshops, authors and publishers, I’m closing my Goodreads account tonight. I stopped buying from Amazon a long time ago and don’t want to feed my reading habits and reviews directly to them. I wasn’t comfortable with the fact

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