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Over 18k view virtual ILD, Booktopia and QBD make AFR top 500

At the time of writing, over 18,000 people have viewed this year’s virtual Indigenous Literacy Day event, which was streamed live on YouTube on Wednesday, 2 September.

Booktopia and QBD have made the AFR’s list of top 500 private Australian companies, with Booktopia reporting its sales increased by 150% during Victoria’s stage four lockdown. In other business news, Hardie Grant has acquired full ownership of its children’s publishing division.

The winners of this year’s Queensland Literary Awards, NSW Premier’s History Awards and Educational Publishing Awards were all announced this week, and shortlists were also announced for the Banjo Prize, Blake Poetry Prize and PANZ Book Design Awards. The longlist for this year’s Richell Prize was revealed, while the Emerging Writers’ Festival announced a new remote writing residency program.

Overseas, Penguin Random House (PRH) parent company Bertelsmann expressed interest in buying S&S as PRH reported a 1.4% drop in revenue for the first half of the year. Meanwhile, Bonnier Books UK is introducing flexible working for staff and Hachette UK has acquired gift and arts book specialist Laurence King Publishing.

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