A Survey of Australian Reading Habits

Photo of a man reading a book as part of the #ManReads campaign.

The following survey provides insights into contemporary preferences, behaviours and attitudes of Australians towards books and reading. The Australia Council has partnered with Macquarie University on this third and final stage of their three-year research project titled ‘The Australian Book Industry: Authors, Publishers and Readers in a Time of Change’. Key Findings – Australians value

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Bookshops Host ‘Civilized Saturday’

Independent bookshops across the UK have had a ‘Civilized Saturday’, which was launched last year as an antidote to the consumer madness of Black Friday that occurs every year in the United States. The Bookseller reported that “Great British Bake Off-inspired events, wine, chocolate and the coziness Danish lifestyle philosophy of hygge feature heavily in

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Why Do Readers Abandon Books?

Why do readers abandon books?

Goodreads have compiled a list of the top 5 most abandoned books. The following infographic touches on the psychology behind why readers abandon books as well as the reasons why people can’t put down a book down. Follow Writerful Books on Goodreads

2016 Man Booker Prize Longlist

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded each year for the best original novel.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction longlist for 2016 has been announced. Thirteen novels have made the list in total. Six are by women and seven by men, with five American writers, six British, one Canadian and one South African. The list includes writers such as Coetzee, who is the first person to win the

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Kim Kelly on the Stories That Shaped Her Writing

Kim Kelly is an Australian author who has published four books.

Kim Kelly is the author of six novels, all lorikeet-coloured tales about Australia, its heritage and its people. An editor and literary consultant by trade, stories fill her everyday – and most nights, too. Can you tell us some more about yourself, Kim? I’m a book editor in ‘real’ life and have been for twenty

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Kindle Instant Previews

Kindle Instant Book Previews allows customers to read previews of kindle books anywhere for free.

Amazon has launched a new widget called Kindle Instant Previews which allows authors, publishers and Amazon associates to embed samples of books onto their websites and blog pages allowing the customer to read a preview of the book anywhere for free. This simple widget allows authors and publishers to increase views of their books and

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Diverse Books Needs to be More Than an Online Trend

We need more books and readers.

A recent article in The Guardian by Nikesh Shukla questioned how to make the publishing industry less ‘posh’, ‘white’ and ‘male’. In the article Shukla suggests that the “absence of any black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) writers on next year’s World Book Night list [has] provoked an outcry” and asked various writers and prominent

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The International Dublin Literary Award 2016 Longlist

The International Dublin Literary Award Longlist 2015 is one of the world's most prestigious book awards.

Book lovers everywhere will be pleased by the announcement of 160 books that have made the 2016 long list for the International Dublin Literary Award. The prestigious book award which in its 21st year is among the lengthiest in its already distinguished history. 53 titles which have been translated from other languages have been nominated

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Amazon’s New Bookstore

Amazon has opened a new bookstore called Amazon Books.

Amazon Books—like the surrounding mall—feels like it’s predicated on anxiety. Its very existence may be meant as an answer to anxieties within the company about a persistent inability to overcome the question of ‘discovery,’ both for Amazon Publishing titles and in general—the company remains dependent on consumers finding products they’re interested elsewhere and then buying

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Technology’s Impact on Publishing

Technology is changing the face of the book publishing industry according to a new study from Australia.

An Australian first study of Australian authors highlights the dramatic and profound impact that technology is having on authors and the publishing industry. Technology has opened up significant opportunities for self-publishing with the study showing that 84 per cent of fiction authors are changing the way their work is published or distributed. Technology is impacting

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The Future of Books is Unwritten

The future of digital and print books is uncertain. Photo shows Man Booker prize winner and innovative Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai.

Man Booker prize winner László Krasznahorkai. Courtesy of Flavorwire. News from the Association of American Publishers that digital sales have dropped by ten percent in the first five months of 2015 has prompted big publishing to build and expand warehouse space for print books. But it isn’t just the precipitous decline in sales that is

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Have Men Ended Their Love Affair With Books?

Photo of a man reading a book as part of the #ManReads campaign.

Whatever happened to lads’ lit? Why don’t men read books by women? And how do we change the fact that many men haven’t picked up a book since school, asks Chris Moss. Think of a man. Think of a book. What do you see? A shiny sci-fi novel? Crime, or horror perhaps? A “how to”

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Is Technology Killing or Kindling a Love of Reading?

Girl reading a book. Creative commons attribution.

Read whatever you want, whatever you feel like reading, wherever you feel like reading, but read. Read for God’s sake as it will make you a better person. It will teach you how to handle different situations. And it will provide you advice on your own problems. “Technologies certainly do create cultural phenomenon, whether for

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