iBookstore Australia Launch: iBookstore Opens In Australia | Apple

Australians can now use ther iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch as a serious e-book reader after Apple opened the doors to its iBookstore today via iBookstore Australia Launch: iBookstore Opens In Australia | Apple.

This is what Asher Moses wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald of 3 November 2010. What a dumb statement!

I am Australian. I own an iPod Touch and I have been reading books (seriously) on it for some time now via the Amazon’s Kindle application – an application that is portable across my non-Apple PC, and my non-Apple smartpone as well as the iPod Touch.

The rest of the article goes on to sing the praises of the local service where again, it seems, that Australians will be forced to pay a premium on books – e-books in this case. I suspect this is the industry “protecting” the Australian literary e-industry from nasty foreign incursions and the devastation of competing openly.

Moses notes, on prices, that

Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight books cost $12.99 each on the iBookstore, compared to $US8.99 on the US version of the iBookstore and $US8.59 on Amazon’s Kindle.

At $4.50 a book difference between iBookstore Oz and Amazon … well, you don’t need to be a brain scientist to work that one out. Hell, I’d like to know with an e-book store how the iBookstore Oz can mark-up the price 45% above the US iBookstore price.

I think I’ll keep using Amazon’s Kindle software at the moment – Kindle and Calibre – my two e-book friends.

What next?

Jeffro was burgled last night. He and the guys he lives with, including Steve, went out with Lyn and Haakon for a while (about 2 hours 40 minutes it seems). When they came back they found the house had been burgled. Apart from a couple of games consoles, two laptops were stolen. One was Jeffro’s Apple MacBook, the other love in his life (apart from his deep and enduring love for me … his somewhat kooky and wayward Dad).

I know the feeling of loss when robbed and frankly, I cannot think of a penalty harsh enough for those that steal from other people. Students scraping together whatever they can to buy a laptop – and yes, he does need it for his study, he’s studying a computer science type course – makes this an even more despicable crime. Worse was the month’s worth of research that was on the PC.

Sitting in Saudi Arabia at the moment makes me wonder if some of the old world penalties may be better for those that commit these types of crime – such has having them pay compensation back to their victims, no matter how long that took. Here the criminal that did this crime would get a period in gaol and about 100 lashes as well as maybe having to compensate the victims. Can’t really say that this penalty is too harsh anymore.

And don’t fret Jeffro – it’ll turn around –  it always does. Yours was the 5th robbery around me in the last two years – so it is not you boy, but it is me. Twice my apartment, once in the office, once in the five star Beijing International Hotel in Beijing and now you. Again Jeffro, I am sorry that you have to feel bad because of this lowlife’s actions.

Thieves should compensate victims!

Talking about Thomo gets Burgled …. Bloody TWICE!!

Just for the record, it happened again. This time was the office though and we know who did it. Luckily all I had stolen was my PC bag (the guy left my PC and stole Bayarmaa’s instead). Mind you, in the bag was a book (yes, Ulaanbaatar’s thieves are now becoming very well read) a couple of USB cables (including the one that allows me to download music to my mp3 player), 19,000 tugrig or so, my apartment key (but no address fortunately) and a packet of peppermints impossible to get in Mongolia.

Sigh – my apartment twice, Beijing and now the office.

At least the security cameras were working here and the police know who did it. They are looking for him now.

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Thomo gets Burgled …. Bloody TWICE!!
Last Friday I moved house. I moved out of the hotel and into an apartment. Apartment is good, new, has 24×7 security. Because of functions on Friday afternoon and night, I grabbed my bags in the afternoon, and my laptop, and moved them into the apartment. Left them overnight (came back and slept) and unpacked everything in the morning. The office mobile phone, which I was not using because mine is better, was left here along with battery chargers for both phones, phone pouch for my good phone and the rest of my cables and such. I went into the office with the good phone and the laptop. That was about 11:00 am (I had gone to the office and had to come back as I had left my glasses here).

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Well, I guess I just need to wait and see whether Mongolia gets better or worse. Buying a small island off the coast of Thailand is seeming more appealing by the day.

Thomo gets Burgled …. Bloody TWICE!!

Last Friday I moved house. I moved out of the hotel and into an apartment. Apartment is good, new, has 24×7 security. Because of functions on Friday afternoon and night, I grabbed my bags in the afternoon, and my laptop, and moved them into the apartment. Left them overnight (came back and slept) and unpacked everything in the morning. The office mobile phone, which I was not using because mine is better, was left here along with battery chargers for both phones, phone pouch for my good phone and the rest of my cables and such. I went into the office with the good phone and the laptop. That was about 11:00 am (I had gone to the office and had to come back as I had left my glasses here).

Saturday afternoon and most of Sunday I was about with a mate here. Monday morning I got up for work and could not find the mobile phone. Hmm, thinks Thomo, I must have left it in the office with the move and everything. Went to the office and could not find it. Checked thoroughly through the apartment, could not find it. Could not find the charger for either that phone or my phone or indeed the belt pouch for my phone. Continue reading