Making Books: Studies in Contemporary Australian Publishing

Making Books: Studies in Contemporary Australian Publishing

by David Carter, Anne Galligan


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Making Books: Studies in Contemporary Australian Publishing by David Carter, Anne Galligan

This collection of essays discusses contemporary publishing in Australia—a trade that generates nearly $2 billion annually—while analyzing the structure and dynamics of the industry in the context of social, cultural, and legal forces. Diligent focus is paid to key topics such as the culture of an average Australian publishing house, the decline of literary publishing, and the impact of new technologies on the industry. Discussions on the publishing of specific genres—from romance and crime fiction to poetry and feminist literature—are also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780702234699
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Publication date: 08/01/2007
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

David Carter is the director of the Australian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland. He is the author of A Career in Writing; Images of Australia; and Thinking Australian Studies, Teaching Across Cultures. Anne Galligan is a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland.

Table of Contents

List of tables and graphs     viii
Contributors     ix
Abbreviations     xiv
Introduction   David Carter   Anne Galligan     1
Industry dynamics
Exploiting the imprint   Jenny Lee     17
The culture of the publishing house: structure and strategies in the Australian publishing industry   Anne Galligan     34
Generating content: book publishing as a component media industry   Simone Murray     51
Publishing and bookselling   Lorien Kaye   Katya Johanson     68
Publishing and the state   Stuart Glover     81
The business, craft and profession of the book editor   Louise Poland     96
The decline of the literary paradigm in Australian publishing   Mark Davis     116
Colonies of the mind; republics of dreams: Australian publishing past and future   Richard Flanagan     132
The industry and new technologies
New technology and the publishing firm: business development, culture and models   Nick Walker     151
Stand and deliver: print-on-demand   Penelope Davie     167
Copyright and the regulation of the Australian publishing industry   Leanne Wiseman     177
Collecting,measuring and analysing book sales information   Michael Webster     198
Industry sectors and genre publishing
Educational publishing   Peter Donoughue     209
Book publishing and the university sector in Australia   Robin Derricourt     221
Boom, bust or business as usual? Literary fiction publishing   David Carter     231
Poetry publishing   Bronwyn Lea     247
Indigenous book publishing   Anita Heiss     255
Feminist publishing, 1970-2006   Diane Brown     268
Love under the coolabah: Australian romance publishing since 1990   Juliet Flesch     279
Supermarket: Australian children's publishing   Robyn Sheahan-Bright     286
Australian confidential: Australian crime fiction   Anthony May     305
Capitalising on anxiety: financial literacy and the publishing industry   Tom O'Regan     315
Food and drink: the appearance of a publishing subculture   David Dunstan   Annette Chaitman     333
Government and government-funded policy and program intervention in the value chain for print publishing     352
Publishers of literary novels, 1990-2006 (four or more titles)     358
Glossary   Anne Galligan   Kath McLean     360
Notes     367
Index     402

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