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UK book trade predicts the coming trends in 2020

22 January 2020
‘The climate crisis will continue to dominate headlines [in 2020], but it will affect us more on a practical, day-to-day level, including how we operate our businesses and how we...

The decline in new-title publishing

15 January 2020
'New-title publishing has become much riskier and more expensive for all publishers. They naturally react to that by publishing fewer new titles, and that describes the tactics of just about...

Marketing for small publishers 

4 December 2019
‘We have to create demand for our books precisely because they are not stacked up at the front of the shop—on ‘the dick table’ as Clare Wright so memorably called...

The gift of being underrated 

27 November 2019
‘This is what fuels a fiction writer: the ongoing life of the ideas we love. The saddest thing about a book failing to reach an audience is not the wound...

Open access a ‘laughable’ model for UWA Publishing 

13 November 2019
'Open access has an important role to play in academic publishing, but it is laughable to claim UWA Publishing’s cultural impact can simply be replaced through open access.'—academic Emmett Stinson...

The decline of the midlist author

7 November 2019
‘You want to be debut, literary, or bestselling; you don’t want to be midlist. The midlist is like the middle class; it’s the group that gets squeezed. They don’t get...

Publishing in a time of political instability

16 October 2019
'As publishers we should be publishing political books from the left, from the right, from the centre. It's important we’re not retreating back to publishing the sort of liberal books...

Adler on her new role at Hachette 

4 September 2019
‘I see an audience and I see books. Other people see an audience. For me it’s that business of engaged writing by engaged writers. People who are interested in the...

The era of throwaway arts

21 August 2019
‘The four-year model is supposed to invest in the arts and organisations long-term, but now it seems more like it’s reinforcing the project model: prioritising new programs that are disposable,...

Diversity lacking in the Australian arts sector

14 August 2019
‘The data is unequivocal: Australia’s cultural leaders are simply not representative of our richly diverse Australian community. The question now is, what are we going to do about it?’—Jackie Bailey,...

The shortcomings of literary awards

7 August 2019
‘Yes, prizes generate income for a few authors and publishers, but I am hard-pressed to think of any other aspect of literary culture that has been genuinely enriched by literary...

UK Booksellers Association urges shops to go green

24 July 2019
‘Booksellers can take the lead in their communities, and in the trade—where there is already a high awareness of the challenge—and the green manifesto is designed as a key step...

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...