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Academic print books are dying. What's the future?

Donald Barclay, University of California, Merced

The print-format scholarly book, a bulwark of academia’s publish-or-perish culture, is an endangered species. The market that has sustained it over the years is collapsing. 1,305 more words

Academic Writing


Elsewhere, in the deep and perplexing enormity of chaos, otherwise known as the universe, without warning or resistance, a book moved. It had previously been on a planet nearing the centre of the universe; one moment of matter displacement and it returns home, on a very high shelf in the Library of Life. 1,461 more words

Why didn't they want me?

After my tour of South-East Queensland libraries and bookstores this spring, I am astonished by the number of people who have been touched by forced adoptions. 388 more words

Baby Farm

Giving My First Talk as an Author

My first author talk at my local library has now been and gone but I am still glowing from the wonderful evening I enjoyed there. The library staff were very kind in helping me set everything up beforehand and I had a good sized audience on the night with lots of friendly faces. 884 more words


Pinerolo Open Day!

The sun came out after a misty start to the day and shone beautifully all afternoon at Pinerolo the Children’s Book Cottage at Blackheath!

 Thank to Margaret for inviting me to be a guest and I thoroughly enjoyed my day surrounded by glorious illustrations and lots and lots of children’s books! 26 more words

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Saturday Adventures......

The girl decided that after shopping for 3 1/2 hours on Black Friday afternoon that she shouldn’t have to participate in Small Business Saturday. Her brother didn’t want to get up so I dragged her with me against her will. 695 more words