Both the ABA and APA have welcomed the federal government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme, which ‘could not have come soon enough’, according to ABA CEO Robbie Egan. While bookshops such as Readings have closed their shopfronts this week, most Dymocks stores remain open. The chain has reported a steep rise in sales of children’s nonfiction and overall online sales.
Australia’s writing organisations and the ASA are calling for more money to OzCo in light of the effects of Covid-19 on writers’ livelihoods. Meanwhile, OzCo has suspended its grant programs to put together an urgent response package, which opens on Friday.
Overseas, Bologna Children’s Book Fair is going digital, two UK distributors—Gardeners and Bertram—have temporarily closed, PRH and the UK Booksellers Association are backing a crowdfunding campaign for booksellers, and Barnes & Noble has closed 400 of its shops.
‘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 social media gods will look kindly on your efforts (provided the publishers don’t lay off their Gen Z social media marketing team under a “last-in, first-out” policy)?’—For the LA Times, Ed Nawotka looks at how Covid-19 will change book publishing in both the short and long term.
CBCA Book Week 2020 will be postponed until term 4, 2020, at a date to be announced.
‘The Board made this decision taking into account all of our stakeholders: our members including schools and libraries, the creator community and the publishing and bookselling industries,’ said CBCA national chair Margot Hillel. ‘The CBCA is committed to remaining relevant and dynamic in a very changing business, arts and community environment. We will embrace every opportunity to continue our work celebrating Australian children’s literature and supporting our stakeholders to do this.’
The new date for CBCA Book Week 2020 (with a theme of Curious Creatures, Wild Minds) will be announced very soon.
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