Google Promotes Coding Among Young Australians With New eBook

Google wants Australians to take coding seriously to ensure there is enough manpower to take care of the country’s future requirements in the computer field. The online search giant has embarked on a campaign to make coding appeal to younger tech users , which includes promoting a video as well as an ebook Start with...

iOS App Store Increasing Prices in Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa

App store users in certain zones will be seeing some rate increases, according to an email announcement from the app store. According to an email sent to users, the app store has decided to increase its app pricing to match foreign exchange rates in certain regions. Within the next 24 hours, the following changes will...

Barnes & Noble Promotes Nook App in Australia

[Press Release] Barnes & Noble Comes to Australia with Exclusive NOOK® for Windows 8.1 Offer: Customers in Australia Get Free NOOK Books® and Magazines with Download of NOOK App for Windows 8.1 Customers Receive Five Free Bestselling Books and Five Free Top Magazines, Available for a Limited Time on NOOK for Windows 8.1 in Australia...

Kindle News: 9.7″ e-Ink DX Graphite, w/ free slow 3G web lookups, now $199. Paperwhite 2 with 3G back in stock in 2-3 weeks. Kindlestore launches in Australia, HDX’s arrive in the UK. Pricing drops updated. Amazon and USPS beginning Sunday deliveries in two cities.

The 9.7" e-Ink Kindle DX Graphite is now $199.This one doesn't carry language about a "limited time" offer...

Amazon Launches Kindle Store in Australia

[Press Release] Amazon Launches Australian Kindle Store The new Australian Kindle Store offers over 2 million eBooks sold in Australian dollars, the most English language best sellers including 9 of the 10 best sellers from the Sydney Morning Herald list and more than 400,000 Kindle-exclusive titles The Australian Kindle Store is seamlessly integrated with...

Australian Bookseller Plans to Deliver Textbooks with Drones

Flirty is a new start-up down under that’s planning to use drone technology to bring students their heavy reading materials. The UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) company is teaming up with textbook retailer Zookal, to test drone product delivery in Australia next year before bringing the service to the US in 2015. continued… New Career Opportunities...

Australia funds authors, publishers, in digital publishing, cultural exchanges

In an initiative that other countries might well envy, Australia’s Copyright Agency Creative Industries Career Fund has just announced its latest series of career development grants to “Australian writers, artists and publishers.” According to the official release, “fourteen recipients will share in over AUD$38,000 [$35,400] to build their skills through opportunities ra...

Woman in Australia scammed for $1,335 for two apples rather than iPhones

By Hammad Saleem If you’re planning on buying an iPhone or any other device through classified ads or from websites like Craigslist, you should definitely read this: A woman in Australia paid AUS $1,500 (almost $1,335) for what she thought would be two shiny new iPhones in a sealed box. She never checked inside, as...

Kobo Goes Direct in Australia

Given the latest news about Australian moves to push down hardware and software prices, change copyright legislation to encourage resale of e-books, and generally break open the current restrictions on digital media, it’s interesting to note that Kobo has just launched direct sales of its reader devices to customers Down Under, according to IT Wire...

Australian government report urges its citizens to circumvent geographical restrictions, buy cheaper digital media from overseas

That thud sound you just heard was my jaw hitting the floor. Nate Hoffelder on The Digital Reader just posted an article about a report issued by an Australian government committee officially recommending that Australian citizens ignore geographic restrictions and buy digital content from other countries because it’s so expensive to buy it in Australia...

Australia says no worries on Apple e-book pricing

According to coverage in the Australian Financial Review, Australia’s competition authority, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, is taking a hands-off attitude to Apple’s e-book pricing practices past and present, despite pressure from some quarters to act in a similar fashion to the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and bring a price-fixing case. Indepen...

Pearson Pulls Back in Australian Education

An announcement from Pearson Australia, the Oz arm of Pearson PLC, ultimate part-owner of the new Big Five publishing behemoth Penguin Random House, indicates that the trade and educational publishing giant is not having things all its own way everywhere. Pearson Australia has decided to pull back from vocational training and trade education print work,...

The Book Salon opens in Australia for better writing Down Under

Steph Little, author, publishing professional, and online and offline marketer, has launched a new website and resource center for Australia’s authors, The Book Salon, offering them guidance, pointers, resources, information, or just straightforward encouragement, according to Australia’s Books and Publishing. Herself a Brit, Steph relocated to Australia and now works as a marketing...