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Moloney wins 2019 CBCA Nan Chauncy Award

16 August 2019
The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has presented James Moloney with the 2019 CBCA Nan Chauncy Award for his contribution to Australian children’s literature. Moloney is the author of...

CBCA Awards 2019 winners announced

16 August 2019
The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each of the categories are: Older readers...

CBCA Awards 2019 shortlists announced

26 March 2019
The shortlists for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Older readers Between Us (Clare Atkins, Black...

Stella Prize 2019 shortlist announced

8 March 2019
The shortlist for the 2019 Stella Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Little Gods (Jenny Ackland, A&U) The Bridge (Enza Gandolfo, Scribe) Pink Mountain on Locust Island (Jamie...

Publishers satisfied with strong sales 

30 January 2019
Christmas sales in 2018 were close to expectations for almost all Australian publishers surveyed in Books+Publishing’s annual post-Christmas survey. Almost half of publishers reported sales were up compared to the...

Booksellers optimistic 

18 December 2018
Twenty-four percent of booksellers are expecting sales to be 'excellent' this Christmas, double the number who had high expectations for the same time last year (12%). Most respondents, however, are...

The books: Strong offering led by standout fiction 

18 December 2018
Most booksellers are pleased with the books on offer this Christmas, with 75% considering the titles available ‘strong’, and just one percent considering them ‘disappointing’. The remaining 24% consider the...

Publishers’ perspectives: Sales up on last year 

18 December 2018
Australian publishers are reporting that so far Christmas sales are up compared to this time last year, and most are expecting overall Christmas period sales to be excellent. Bracing for...

CBCA Awards 2018 winners announced

17 August 2018
The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each of the categories are: Older readers...

The books: Jane Harper leads strong local offering 

29 January 2018
There was a strong showing from local authors in booksellers’ most-mentioned bestsellers across fiction, nonfiction and children’s. Jane Harper topped the most-mentioned fiction title list, ahead of UK author Philip...

Supply: Frustrated booksellers call for industry strategy 

29 January 2018
For many booksellers, addressing the trade’s issues with delivery and availability is becoming more important with Amazon’s arrival, with stores frustrated by unreliable supply threatening their relationships with customers. Sophie...

Publishers’ perspectives 

29 January 2018
Christmas sales in 2017 were better than expected for three quarters of Australian publishers surveyed in Books+Publishing’s annual post-Christmas survey, with the remaining respondents reporting sales were ‘close to expectations’....

Indie Book Awards 2018 shortlist announced

15 January 2018
Leading Edge Books has announced the 2018 Indie Book Awards shortlist, for the best Australian books published in 2017. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction Force of Nature...

Supply, stock, staff and sales 

15 December 2017
Many booksellers reported improved delivery services so far this Christmas, although issues with supply availability, damages and unavailable titles remain a problem for some. ‘It’s been pretty good this year’,...

Publishers’ perspectives 

15 December 2017
Australia’s large and medium-sized publishers are expecting a steady 2017 Christmas trading period, with most reporting that sales are either up or ‘about the same’ compared to the same time...

Expectations in check 

15 December 2017
After a slow start to Christmas sales, booksellers are almost unanimously keeping their expectations in check, despite what’s hoped to be a bumper last week of sales. Almost four in...

Online sales and ebooks 

15 December 2017
Thirty-seven percent of bookstores surveyed aren’t selling print books online this Christmas, with 17% not having a store website at all. For those that are selling online, the majority are...