Inside the Australian and New Zealand book industry

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Nathan Hollier on the future of MUP 

3 July 2019
‘To thrive and indeed survive as humans we need to develop our capacity to make rational decisions based on evidence, logic, and an open, imaginative, empathetic engagement with each other,...

Jon Page on the retail recession

19 June 2019
'I call it a retail recession. We spoke to retailers on the strip where we are and some of them have already closed and got out, and some are having...

Bruce Pascoe on the reception to ‘Dark Emu’

29 May 2019
'I had a feeling this book would reach a wider audience. It just goes to show that Australia is changing its mind about its own history—there’s a conversation going on,...

The value of sensitivity readers

22 May 2019
‘A science fiction writer needs to know how an object moves in zero gravity, or what a black hole looks like ... a cis, white, able bodied writer should be...

Morris Gleitzman on school libraries

1 May 2019
‘Even if your library has only a limited number of books, most kids will find one that will do it for them. But once that connection is made, their thirst...

Book buyer spotlight 

24 April 2019
'Store events with visiting authors not only help book sales but if done well, can take a bookshop from just a retail outlet to a central part of the community,...

A love letter to the Centre for Youth Literature

17 April 2019
‘Love for reading not only should—but needs—to be kept alive, especially with us teenagers. YA literature and books in general are a way to relax, calm down and chill out...

Tony Birch on identity and storytelling

10 April 2019
'What has changed in the last decade, a remarkable shift that critics of festivals ignore, is that Aboriginal writers now appear in greater numbers, and we get to speak for...

Waterstones staffers agitate for wage increases

3 April 2019
‘Waterstones’ much-celebrated return to profitability has been engineered by Daunt, but built on the labour of booksellers, much of it inadequately remunerated and unrecognised ... Theirs is the tireless effort...

‘The Saturday Paper’ shelves anonymous book reviews

31 January 2019
‘The problem with pseudonymous reviewing is that it deprives us, as readers, of encountering strong critical voices and developing a relationship with them at a point when Australian book reviewing...

ASA pens open letter condemning unauthorised lending

23 January 2019
'Australian authors, along with their counterparts around the world, are struggling to generate a sustainable income from their work ... While authors are happy for their work to be read...

Quote of the week

16 January 2019
‘Too many editors and publishers “curate” collections such as this. They see writers fitting a particular niche—or even as a f–king brick in the creative wall. They instruct you too...

Alice Grundy on the Chinese children’s book industry

28 November 2018
‘In a country where 20 million babies are born in a year and there are around 3000 bookshops in Shanghai alone, children’s book publishing is booming—and there’s room for growth.’—Brio...