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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Toronto’s Kobo e-reader takes the independent route in US market

Kobo to become the US independent booksellers’ e-reader of choice. One thing is certain: E-books continue to make gains in market share. According to the Association of American Publishers, sales of e-books more than doubled from 2010 to 2011, accounting for about 15 per cent of sales. E-books now bring in more revenue than hardcover sales. A good chunk of that revenue, which reached $282.3 million in the first quarter of 2012, is for young adult and children’s books, with titles like The Hunger Games selling millions of copies. One of the reading devices that’s helping drive the increasing sales in e-books is Toronto’s own Kobo. The Kobo reader—that’s an ... Read More »

Wanted: take-charge personalities for condo boards

Condo board members should have a working knowledge of the Condominium Act, as well as of the condo documentation pertinent to the community they represent. And a sense of humour.   In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office. Ambrose Bierce   It’s fun (and easy) to joke about the people who hold public office in any society. Whatever they do, someone is offended. But we need them to keep things running. After all, if we didn’t elect politicians—and board members—some form of tyranny would naturally evolve and we’d have no say ... Read More »

TREB files court challenge to Competition Bureau

Canadian home searchers online have less access to data about properties for sale than US counterparts.  The Toronto Real Estate Board’s long-running battle with the federal Competition Bureau has taken a new turn as TREB filed a court challenge that could forestall a hearing that was scheduled to take place before the competition tribunal in September. TREB’s challenge is based on the argument that the real estate industry is provincially regulated and therefore beyond federal jurisdiction. The Competition Bureau’s complaint against TREB, and the basis of its suit, is that TREB is anti-competitive in refusing to make certain information about its online listings available to the public, and to other ... Read More »

Parents can prevent cyberbullying by monitoring kids’ online activities

Survey by McAfee found that fully one-quarter of teens admitted to posting “mean” comments on social media. Before school begins next week, parents should sit down and talk to their kids about that one big topic that is so difficult to discuss: cyberbullying. The Mayo Clinic says you can’t know what your child is experiencing online if you’re not involved, and offers some practical advice on how to approach the subject. Unfortunately, kids are better than ever at concealing their activities and at deceiving their parents. This is not new. Kids have always concealed their activities and deceived their parents. But the playing field is a little different today, and ... Read More »

Pretty pumps from England are colourful and fun

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the big difference. Take these soap pumps, for instance. Having one of these in your bathroom or kitchen could make the difference between boring and wow! If you enjoy it when guests say, “Where did you get that?” then you might enjoy these soap pumps from the UK. With thanks to the folks at Furnish. Eva Solo soap pump from Red Candy Not an inexpensive choice with a list price of £63 (about $98.50), the Eva Solo is one smart-looking soap dispenser. At 18cm tall, it’s positively sculptural in appearance, and very impressive with its sleek shape and polished chrome finish. It’s made ... Read More »

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