Inside the Australian and New Zealand book industry

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Egan on Christmas bookselling in 2020

7 October 2020
'There will be no airfreighting of books into Australia for this Christmas. If it’s not here or in a container on a ship now it’s not going to be available.’—ABA...

Rabble takes Rowling off the shelf

23 September 2020
'Whilst stocking a book isn't an endorsement (good grief, that would be a minefield), and we will always take orders for books that aren't in stock, there are more worthy...

Increasing diversity in STEM starts with kids books

9 September 2020
'Stories inspire, challenge and motivate. Real-life stories of success make the dream possible. How many more young readers would be inspired to pursue their STEM dreams if more Australian stories...

Ali Cobby Eckermann on the necessity of writing

19 August 2020
'My decision to share my personal story through literature has been paramount to my emotional and holistic health, the cathartic telling guided by many senior healers and law-holders from my...

Kate Forsyth on the importance of Writing NSW

12 August 2020
‘I may never have achieved my lifelong dream of being a published writer without Writing NSW. As a young unpublished author, I attended courses, publishing seminars, and literary festivals in...

Heiss on the surge in sales of Indigenous books

1 July 2020
‘This increase in passion, in the desire to learn, to understand, to be part of the necessary process of change that requires ALL of society’s citizens to participate—that passion is...

Data is integral to promoting the value of books

24 June 2020
'Data, and reliable credible data, is critical to being able to talk to policy makers and politicians. Particularly when talking about the economic and cultural value of the book industry....

Youth literature programs move online

20 May 2020
'In the rush to keep so many IRL programs and events alive it feels as if there was more thought placed on the translation to digital than on the programs’...

New Zealand publishing is under threat 

6 May 2020
‘This is the year to buy New Zealand books, if you want to be sure our books are still around in the future.’—Publishers Association of New Zealand president Julia Marshall...

Covid-19 reveals crisis in arts funding

8 April 2020
'Covid-19 is an opportunity to ask ourselves as a nation why we take our artists and cultural organisations for granted. Why, even in an emergency, can’t we find the money...

Pub dates: To move or not to move

1 April 2020
‘The great debate is over what to do with forthcoming books: Do you move them, like the new James Bond movie ... Or do you plow ahead, and hope the...

Covid-19 is already affecting writers’ incomes

25 March 2020
'As review space has shrunk over the years, live events have become even more crucial. Writers' festivals, launches and events promote our books, our passion, our intellectual capital. They give...