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The author next door: Stocking self-published books 

19 March 2019
Kelsey Oldham talks to booksellers about stocking self-published books. Most Australian bookshops acknowledge that stocking self-published books is important—in theory. In practice, however, store policies are often opaque or ad-hoc,...

Waging battles: Author income in Australia 

19 March 2019
The book industry begins with authors. They toil for hours to release their ideas on the page, but each day they also struggle with making ends meet. Elizabeth Flux looks...

The ASA: The story so far 

19 March 2019
The Australian Society of Authors is the professional association for Australiaʼs authors and illustrators. CEO Juliet Rogers shares some history and future plans of the organisation. Once upon a time,...

Galleys and galleries: The art and design book market 

19 March 2019
Australian art gallery attendance is at an all-time high and BookScan data suggests a correlation between gallery attendance and the sales of illustrated art and design books. Kelsey Oldham explores the...

Class act: Facilitating in-school author visits 

19 March 2019
An inspiring in-school appearance from an author is often the key to getting kids interested in reading. Andrea Hanke spoke to four speakers’ agencies about facilitating these important interactions. For Victoria-based...

Lifelong learning: Younger readers editions 

1 November 2018
Kelsey Oldham investigates the role played by younger readers editions in the growth of children’s nonfiction. It’s a well-established fact that adult nonfiction titles sell strongly in Australia. In 2018...

Making the deal: The state of rights sales in the UK 

24 October 2018
While the UK remains a tough market for Australian publishers to break into, UK indies are showing an interest in Australian voices, reports Catherine Moller. Several Australian independent publishers have had...

Mapping the future: The state of travel guidebooks 

30 August 2018
Jackie Tang talks to Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher, APA Publications’ Agnieszka Mizak and former Dymocks category manager Ali Hammond about the state of the travel guidebook. Australians are travelling more...

Reading the audience: the LoveOzYA readership survey 

5 July 2018
In 2017, the LoveOzYA committee conducted a survey into the reading habits of the Australian YA community. Committee chair Stacey Malacari reports on the survey’s findings. The LoveOzYA movement was...

The winning ticket: The literary prize sales effect 

3 July 2018
Nielsen Book associate director Julie Winters talks to Jackie Tang about the sales effect of Australia’s biggest literary prizes.  How much does a literary award affect a book’s sales? It’s...

For the love of poetry: Looking beyond Instapoetry 

3 July 2018
Angela Elizabeth finds out how local publishers are committing to poetry beyond the ‘Instapoetry’ trend.  ‘Poetry is the medium of the moment,’ proclaimed UK National Poetry Day executive director Susannah...

Up for promotion: Digital marketing strategies 

24 April 2018
Danielle Binks investigates how publishers and authors are using digital marketing and promotional strategies to reach new readers. Word-of-mouth, it has been said, sells books. But the question remains: how...

Personal growth: 2017’s fastest growing categories 

20 April 2018
This year Books+Publishing will publish a regular column from Nielsen BookScan Australia associate director Julie Winters on book data trends. In her first column, Winters looks at the fastest-growing subject...

Write on: 2018 fiction preview 

23 October 2017
New books by Ceridwen Dovey, Kristina Olsson, Melissa Lucashenko, Lloyd Jones and Gerald Murnane, and a number of highly anticipated debuts, are among Australian publishers' local highlights for 2018, reports...

Write on: 2018 nonfiction preview 

23 October 2017
Andrea Hanke reports on Australian publishers' local nonfiction highlights for 2018. Click here for the fiction highlights and here for the children’s and YA preview. ‘Riffing on the Anh Do...