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Here’s to a little disruption in the world of university textbooks

With resolve and gusto, the Melbourne pair has set out to challenge the stranglehold of universities over the appalling cost of textbooks, which are mostly boring as heck anyway. The Booklist lets you source all those overpriced anthologies of bleeding heart poetry and cranium-crumpling mathematics at competitive prices through its network of more than 20 online book retailers.

Dual Drivers: Ahmed Haider and Tia Saunders, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Winners

UTS students Tia Saunders and Ahmed Haider found their entrepreneurial breakthrough when they discovered the hidden cost of education: textbooks, besides being heavy to lug around, were steeply priced. In 2010, Haider and Saunders launched Zookal, an online textbook rental service billing itself as "by uni students and for uni students." The site received 18,000 hits within its first two weeks and Zookal rented out all books in stock in its first semester of operations.

Through the glass darkly: What will we no longer need when the future arrives?...

A commercial for Corning glass follows an inhumanly tidy family through a day filled with touch-screens, heads-up displays, GPS mapping and 3D projections. Not a sheet of paper, book or PC in sight. What's next for obsolescence?

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How To Grow Your Business and Profits with Jason Cunningham [CHEAT...

Recorded guerrilla-style in the basement of York Butter Factory, the linked video course is a rollicking, authoritative lesson (with some colourful language, mind you) from someone who has been through it all. In this Cheat Sheet, we cover three hot tips from the lesson, with a focus on helping business owners grow and increase profitability: Why entrepreneurs need to think about “the end," why cash flow is king – no matter what you’ve heard, and why you need to have a vision for success.

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Seven steps to crafting the perfect email, with James Tuckerman [FREE...

We are all bombarded by emails every day. We bombard others with emails. It’s a congested superhighway of e-promises, lead magnets and chit chat out there. So how on Earth are your emails going to stand out? James Tuckerman is a man who knows a thing or ten about online marketing. In this cheat sheet, he shares seven steps to achieve two very clear goals: Opens and click throughs.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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