If the government decides to remove regional trade protections on the book industry, it should compensate Australian authors. But given how unlikely new funding would be, the best option – for everyone – is to leave well enough alone.
Bookstagrammers captures the aesthetic beauty of book covers and jackets.
The #bookstagram hashtag on Instagram is changing the way the world looks at reading.
Pages one and two of issue 31 of OZ magazine.
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Richard Neville was a man of his times: a smart-alec student in the 60s; a drug-smoking hippie on trial in the 70s; to a family man, writer and public speaker in the 80s and 90s.
Getting up close and personal with science has huge benefits – for the scientist, too.
There is mounting evidence to show scientists and researchers why public engagement is worth their while.
What could be better than browsing in a bookstore?
Five years ago, the death knell was sounded for the bookshop. But the paper book, which offers hours of deliciously deep, screen-free reading, has not gone the way of Kodachrome. In fact, bookstores are staging a minor comeback.
Young adult literature is booming – and the secret is in the communities of young book lovers forming online.
Experts once thought that young adult literature was doomed. Now it's got some of the fastest-growing sales in publishing. What changed? Social media might be the key.
Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff drives his vehicle called “Arma de Instruccion Masiva” (weapon of mass instruction) through Buenos Aries. What is Australia doing to protect its publishing industry?
Books contain ideas. They enable minds to shine. Our publishing industry is under pressure on many fronts – yet cultural matters seem of little significance to the federal government.
Paying for expensive textbooks could become a thing of the past.
An open access textbook model is gaining traction in the US and Australia and shaking up the publishing industry.
In the current publishing climate culture is always subsumed to business.
The perception of publishing as a business, even a creative one, means that the question of book sales dominates our conversations about it. But publishing offers far more to our culture than that.
Something wiki this way comes.
Wikipedia is celebrating its 15th birthday, but it's eight years since contributor numbers peaked. What does this tell us about its future?
Parallel import restrictions are bad for Australian consumers, and not the best way to support Australian books.
The uniquely Australian literary voice is worth protecting, but parallel importation restrictions are not the way to do it. Rather, we should lift those restrictions – and subsidise Australian booksellers directly.
The issue of parallel imports will not go away – but there are other options to explore.
Our contemporary age may be the first in which parallel importation is undertaken not by booksellers in competition with each other, but by individual consumers in competition with local booksellers.
Publishers need to stop indulging in apocalyptic fantasies of doom and destruction.
The Australian government yesterday announced it intends to repeal parallel importation restrictions on books, which has again caused concern in the publishing industry. But, really, what's the problem?
A new study examines the responses of Australian authors, publishers and readers to global changes in the contemporary publishing environment.
A study into the responses of Australian authors, publishers and readers to global changes in the contemporary publishing environment suggests authors are being innovative, but financial rewards can be elusive.
Chief Executive and Publisher of Melbourne University Press, Louise Adler, will chair the new book council.
The Book Council of Australia began to take shape last week when MUP director Louise Adler was announced as its chair. But what is its purpose, and how will it embrace the industry's new voices?
These fans should be happy.
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J R R Tolkien died over 40 years ago and since then there have been over 30 titles bearing his name. Is this warranted?
‘Alice thought the whole thing very absurd.’
The release of the long list has opened the gates to the annual torrents of literary hobnobbing.
Paperback and hardback editions of The Book of Days, an illustrated anthology edited, designed and produced in three weeks.
As well as a souvenir of the 2015 Sydney Writers' Festival this anthology is a compelling argument for the future of books in print. Book objects are talismans as much as vessels for the content they carry.
Making a splash in letters may be harder under changes to Australian arts funding.
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It's hard to work out how funding for literature – if at all – fits into the draft guidelines of the new National Program for Excellence in the Arts. So what are the politics, and problems, at play?
And the birthday presents have arrived.
The company is hardly the evil megalomaniac that many have depicted: it's actually been very good for the book industry.