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‘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...

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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...

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21 November 2018
‘I love the industry but it’s incredibly underpaid. I might have to think about moving to a different industry in a few years if I ever want more from my...

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14 November 2018
'Once you move from thinking in terms of retrofitting to an inclusive publishing model, which embeds accessibility requirements into the publishing workflow, much of the cost actually falls away'—Sarah Runcie...

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8 November 2018
‘If we’re not encouraging our boys to read books with girls as the main characters, we’re doing them a great disservice. What are we telling our boys? That stories about...

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31 October 2018
‘Currently, many decisions are made on instinct and impulse ... It’s [hard] to get good data on the most basic question: Who is buying the book? Imagine if the publishing...

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24 October 2018
'In a shrinking and fragmented media environment a publicist’s job can be challenging but having a group of book publicists and journalists in a room does remind you how much...

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17 October 2018
‘We should not be afraid of people consuming other forms of media. For us, this is a positive. Ultimately it drives people back to the book. And consumers have demonstrated...

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10 October 2018
‘Good editors, where once they would have put all their time into the text, now have tons of other corporate and bureaucratic responsibilities, as well as pressure from higher up...

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3 October 2018
'The funding raid is especially galling because it is effectively a reverse Robin Hood: taking from the poorly funded independent sector to give to one of the wealthiest and best...

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26 September 2018
‘We can learn a lot by seeing what ideas and topics people considered unacceptable even 20 years ago ... That helps us to see the value of reading outside our...

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19 September 2018
‘Books are the last frontier of freedom and wilderness for kids, for imagining dangerous things, for imagining craziness and worst-case scenarios’—Children's author Andy Griffiths on putting the anarchy back into...

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12 September 2018
‘Teens—maybe more than ever—need to be included in our cultural programming in thoughtful, and challenging ways ... they are integral to continuing the culture of writer’s festivals in this country’—Youth...

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5 September 2018
'We are either ignoring, or describing, exploring or grappling on the contested ground of stolen lands, with unsettled matters. This is the fuel of creativity in the engine room. This...

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29 August 2018
‘Our jacket art often has social media in mind, as we often create animated gifs, profile icons, and moving images that expand on the book jacket art and are designed...

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22 August 2018
'It’s only once the book has done well elsewhere that some of the chains will take more copies ... It is as though the customer has to prove that there...

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15 August 2018
‘Authors ... will continue producing their art, even as the odds of earning a living off of it grow longer. But thanks to the effects of price points set by...

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8 August 2018
‘Bookshops should be safe spaces, and are very often the refuge of the oppressed, the fearful and those looking for guidance at difficult times; they are special places for so...

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1 August 2018
‘Everyone is very comfortable with having women behind the counter at a book fair or on the sales floor, but it would be a healthier trade if more women were...

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25 July 2018
‘Given the changing shape of fiction, it was only a matter of time before a graphic novel was included on the Man Booker longlist.’—The judges for the Man Booker Prize...

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18 July 2018
‘Traditional literary gatekeepers now live a kind of half-life; representatives of a zombie culture: the walking dead. The power to consecrate cultural texts, now, rests in the hands of readers,...

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11 July 2018
‘We must continue to break industry boundaries, pushing for greater Indigenous representation in leadership roles, as well as fostering a culture of Indigenous-led and controlled initiatives throughout literary culture in...

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4 July 2018
‘I’m here to tell you it is possible to change the world. And it really is in your power as children’s booksellers. We don’t just need diverse books. We need...

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27 June 2018
‘The fact that Amazon is moving into physical stores is a reflection of their recognition that, actually, physical is complementary to digital’—Paul Currie reflects on the sustainable future of bookstores...