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Making Books

Contemporary Australian Publishing

By David Carter (Edited by), Anne Galligan (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: Australia, 01 August 2007
A MUST HAVE FOR ANYONE INVOLVED OR INTERESTED IN THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY A wide-ranging study of contemporary publishing in Australia, specifically focusing on the period from 1990 onwards, and looking towards the future. The Australian publishing industry turns over almost 2 billion dollars a year. This collection of essays analyses the structure and dynamics of the industry in the context of social, cultural and legal forces. Making Books presents a sophisticated introduction to the structure and dynamics of the contemporary publishing industry. Chapters focus on topics such as-the structure of the Australian publishing industrythe culture of the publishing houseeditorial practice and policypublishing and cultural policythe 'decline' of literary publishingBookscanthe impact of new technologies on the industryand much, much more.

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EAN: 9780702234699
ISBN: 0702234699
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.5 x 3.2 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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An interesting look at Australian publishing.

The editors suggest that with media corporations buying book companies with an eye on spinoff products they still don't quite get it, and no matter what they do, they can't get the considerably over double digit profits that they want to make out of it, despite cost cutting.

Apparently a new cool scientific idea in bookselling not too many years ago was to count the actual books sold.

Sounds like they have to be a bit more sophisticated than that to work out models to improve their bottom line, so that seems to be part of the problem.

Other criticisms include paying huge advances to celebrities, which means leaving other authors languishing, or not publishing them at all, or, bizarrely, not choosing new authors.

No surprise that some book chains are starting to struggle as people realise there is not as much choice there as there used to be, and find it more easily online.

It is also rather focused on 'literature' and what they see as possible increasing decline for this sort of book given the lack of instant marketability compared to celebrity cooking or a crime series.

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