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The financial model for Australian poetry publishing is rich and rare. The financial model for Australian poetry publishing is rich and rare. Erich Ferdinand

Profit is rare, but poetry’s weird blooms persist

Recently on The Conversation, I described a remarkable moment of language experimentation highlighted by recent Australian poetry prizes. Panning out to a wider view of contemporary Australian poetry…
Australia has not yet signed the Marrakesh Treaty and time is running out. Australia has not yet signed the Marrakesh Treaty and time is running out. China's Nanjing Blind School. EPA/Jerry Lu

The Marrakesh Treaty could bring the world’s books to the blind

An estimated 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired. Some 90% of those live in developing nations, where less than 1% of the world’s books are available in a form they can read. In developed…
The Tibetan Book of Proportions, produced in Nepal during the 18th century. The Tibetan Book of Proportions, produced in Nepal during the 18th century. The Public Domain Review

Sublime design: an ode to the layout grid

Staring at a blank page is daunting. Where to make the first mark? As designers have known for centuries, one way is to start with a grid. A grid is a structure of lines used by designers to help organise…
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. kieri d l h

Welcome to the global boudoir, where sex is so bad it’s gaga

Do you remember how people used to walk about with ghetto blasters, so you could hardly escape the high-volume throb of some visceral drumbeat? Being alive now is like having your head permanently wedged…
Highbrow or trash? No one ever needs to know. Highbrow or trash? No one ever needs to know. Annie Mole

Digital chart reveals what we really want to read

E-readers have been a regular sight on public transport for years now but until recently, little has been known about the impact they are having on the publishing industry and readers alike. For the first…
Reading, in particular printed books, aids in the development of concentration and the ability to focus. Reading, in particular printed books, aids in the development of concentration and the ability to focus. Flickr/Denise Krebs

In praise of the printed book: the value of concentration in the digital age

There is an old saying that anxiety is the enemy of concentration. One of the best pieces of sports journalism I ever read was by Gene Tunney, world heavyweight champion of the 1920s, writing about how…
Our digital era has seen the emergence of many reading technologies but students still prefer the printed book. Our digital era has seen the emergence of many reading technologies but students still prefer the printed book. Flickr/Declan Flemming

Printed journalism may be dying, but books still have a future

The cultural transformation brought about by digital convergence and networked communication has been dizzying, and, for many, disorienting. None of the old certainties – political, corporate, economic…
Are mega-deals between publishing houses the new business model for the book publishing industry? Are mega-deals between publishing houses the new business model for the book publishing industry? AAP

A last gasp from a dying industry? Analysing the Penguin-Random House deal

Two of the world’s biggest English-language book publishers, Penguin and Random House, are forming a joint venture. Bertelsmann, the owner of Random House, will have 53% of the venture with Penguin’s owner…