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Australian market overview

28 February 2019
For the past few years the Australian retail book market has been posting marginal growth (‘flat is the new up’ is a common catch-cry). In 2018, Nielsen BookScan reported that...

Podcast spotlight: The Wheeler Centre podcast

12 December 2018
Established in 2010, The Wheeler Centre (TWC) podcast features full recordings of talks hosted in TWC building in Melbourne. TWC senior digital editor Jon Tjhia has been working on the...

Christmas predictions: Louise Pfanner from Gleebooks in Sydney

12 December 2018
In the lead-up to Christmas, the busiest time of year on the bookselling calendar, Books+Publishing is asking booksellers across the country to predict their biggest sellers and ‘surprise sellers’. In this final instalment...

Christmas predictions: Sean Guy from The Bookshop Darwin

7 December 2018
In the lead-up to Christmas, the busiest time of year on the bookselling calendar, Books+Publishing is asking booksellers across the country to predict their biggest sellers and ‘surprise sellers’. In this instalment,...

Christmas predictions: the Hobart Bookshop team

7 December 2018
In the lead-up to Christmas, the busiest time of year on the bookselling calendar, Books+Publishing is asking booksellers across the country to predict their biggest sellers and ‘surprise sellers’. In the this week’s...

Podcast spotlight: So You Want to Be a Writer

14 November 2018
Established in 2014, So You Want to Be a Writer is made by the Australian Writers’ Centre (AWC) and co-hosted by author Allison Tait and AWC CEO Valerie Khoo. Each episode covers...

Podcast spotlight: Write Through the Roof

8 November 2018
Hosted by speculative fiction author Madeleine D’Este, Write Through the Roof is a podcast for writers who want to improve their craft. Guests have included crime writer Emma Viskic and...

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...

Shelf talk: Crime pays 

30 October 2018
As readers wave goodbye to those long lazy days surrounded by books and blankets, there are a few killer books coming out over summer to spark a bit of danger...

Shelf talk: Fantastic fiction 

30 October 2018
The new year is the time I always tell myself I’m going to step back a bit and recover from the Christmas retail frenzy. I never do though, since there...

Shelf talk: Women’s stories 

30 October 2018
Humour is back in a big way in women’s fiction, starting in February with The Rosie Result (Text). Could there be a more fitting title to the final book in...

Written in the stars: Minnie Darke on ‘Star-crossed’ 

30 October 2018
Minnie Darke’s Star-crossed (Michael Joseph, March) follows an aspiring journalist who begins to tinker with her paper’s astrology section after learning that her crush consults his horoscope whenever he’s faced with making...

Bound together: Kate Richards on ‘Fusion’ 

30 October 2018
Kate Richards’ Fusion (Hamish Hamilton, February 2019) tells the story of conjoined twins, their carer, and an injured stranger who is brought into their isolated bush home. Reviewer Jacqui Davies described...

Ringing in the new year: 2019 title preview 

30 October 2018
New books by Peggy Frew, Claire G Coleman and Carrie Tiffany are among the local highlights from Australian publishers, reports Sarah Farquharson. Fiction After the success of Christian White’s The Nowhere...

Book bites: A taste of books to come 

30 October 2018
Picture this With a brand new year of school on the horizon, there are plenty of picture books to get early readers prepared for their first day: On The First...