Home' Scoop : Scoop 50 Summer 2009 Contents THE LOCAL PUBLISHING industry is
claiming victory with the Federal Government's
decision to reject the Productivity Commission's
recommendations to lift restrictions on foreign
book imports. WA authors and publishers had
warned that allowing books to be brought in
from overseas would threaten the viability of the
local industry and impact on Australian culture.
The productivity commission said it would make
books much cheaper for consumers.
THE PERTH POETRY SCENE is thriv-
ing according to one of our promising young
poets, Scott-Patrick Mitchell. Scott-Patrick,
who has recently won the PressPress Chapbook
Award, has also been made a representative
for Melbourne's emerging writers festival and
is among three WA poets selected to be in
a new poetry anthology to be published by
Fremantle Press next July. Shorelines 2 will also
feature the works James Quinton and Emma
Rooksby. Their work was selected from the
submissions of 36 new and emerging poets by
a panel of judges, headed by poet Tracy Ryan.
THERE'S NOTHING, many say, like having a
good book in your hands. Well, what if 100, 200,
500 or 5000 of your favourite titles were right at
your fingertips? With a portable e-book (electronic
book) reader you can have just that.
Australians have been slow to take up the
electronic book but the arrival (albeit via Internet
sales only) of Amazon's Kindle device is about to
shake things up big time. Kindle (rrp $313), like
competitors BeBook, the EcoReader and Sony's
THE SHAPE OF LOVE Kelsey Kirkland. It is rare to see someone find true
contentment in the course of their career, much less amid the pressures of
fame. American ballerina Kelsey (who now lives in Melbourne) is an exception.
Her love of ballet is compelling. She has plenty to say on love, life and her
profession. This autobiographical sequel to Dancing on my Grave deals with
the challenges of her comeback in 1986, eating and drug addictions and the injury that ended her
stage career. I read this book when I was deciding to become a professional ballerina. It opened
my eyes to the intensity and hardship of the ballet world -- though Kelsey went to extremes! I was
moved by her passionate account, which offers inspiring insights and heartfelt humour. To this day,
I carry her philosophy on how to be and how not to be. Jayne Smeulders, leading artist West
Australian Ballet, WA Citizen of the Year 2009 (Arts, Culture & Entertainment).
The book that changed my life...
Reader, allows readers to download hundreds of
books. The Kindle catch is you'll only be able to buy
titles from Amazon, whereas other models have no
restrictions on sourcing compatible titles.
The Kindle can store 1500 titles, weighs just
280g and is thinner than a copy of Scoop. You never
need to bookmark a page; the Kindle always opens
the last page read. The Australian version will have a
USB connection for charging via a computer.
The $499 BeBook (invented by Dutch company
Endless Ideas), works using E-ink technology which
excites molecules into displaying type; you only
need to draw on battery power to turn a page, and
the makers say a four-hour charge is good for 7000
page turns. It has a slot for an SD memory card
and 512MB onboard memory, which, in theory,
means you could store thousands of books. At just
1cm thick and measuring 185mm x 120mm, the
BeBook is about the size of a small diary.
Once you've bought an e-reader, you'll still need
to shell out for your book, with prices ranging from
$8.95 to $25.00. There's also a plethora of free titles
(many of the classics) and some e-readers, such as
the EcoReader, come with a range pre-loaded.
Melbourne-based wholesaler Central Book
Services is marketing the EcoReader for $449. It also
uses E-ink technology and comes with a 512MB of
memory, expandable via an SD memory card.
E-books may never replace the good old
dog-eared paperback, but there's something very
appealing about being able to take your entire
library, or your favourite author's entire works,
with you on holiday. -- Norman Burns.
For more information see: bebook.net.au, amazon.
com and ecoreader.com.au.
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