The Australian book industry is united. Access to high-quality, trusted reading material is more important to our society than ever before. Reading helps us to understand the world around us, increasing our tolerance, empathy and connection to our community. Public libraries play an essential role in ensuring that all Australians have  access to books and […]
Australians have been called to the ballot box. Books Create Australia has prepared an agenda of the outcomes and policy changes that we think will benefit Australia’s writers, publishers, booksellers, libraries, and readers. The most important outcome is that Australia remains a nation of readers. Reading is a habit that pays personal, educational, civic, and […]
The tenth annual Australian Reading Hour, presented by Australia Reads, exceeded expectations in 2021  with an unprecedented number of authors, illustrators, librarians, educators, booksellers, publishers,  and Members of Parliament participating despite Covid-19 lockdowns across the ACT, NSW and Victoria. Since its inception by local libraries a decade ago, Australian Reading Hour has become embraced as […]
The Australian Publishers Association (APA), the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and the National Copyright Unit (NCU) for Australian schools are pleased to announce an update regarding school storytimes to ensure that teachers (including teacher librarians) are able to read stories to students in a virtual classroom environment. It is the policy of the APA […]
In 2021 Australia Reads will further expand beyond the showcase Australian Reading Hour to an “always on” campaign, championing reading to increase the number of Australians picking up books, and the frequency with which they read, with a new aim – more Australians reading more books, more often. Louise Sherwin-Stark, CEO of Hachette Australia and […]
Dr Stuart Glover has recently been appointed Government Relations Manager at the Australian Publishers Association – one of the four partner organisations in Books Create Australia. This role will see him advocate for issues concerning most creative people – copyright, fair pay, creative policy and funding matters and so far he has contributed to or […]
While activity in the book industry has been impacted by COVID-19, good work has continued with some of the sector’s major projects. Recently the Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative (AIPI) made a submission to the Australian Government Disability Standards for Education 2020 Review. Public consultations opened on 16 July 2020 and closed on 25 September 2020. […]
Want to support your local bookstore? Check out the ABA’s Love Your Bookshop page to find out what local booksellers are doing near you! This list from Simon and Schuster is pretty handy too. Or check out this article from Books + Publishing. We’re also loving all the bookstore love popping up on social media including #BackYourBookshop. […]
A special arrangement for school storytimes during the COVID-19 outbreak has been announced by the APA, ASA and the National Copyright Unit. We believe that all children should be able to enjoy books and stories from their earliest years – and to have this available to everyone, including those without books at home. What does […]
To find the latest health news on COVID-19 visit the Department of Health website. Further information may be available from the State or Territory health departments: ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia’s book industry is acting rapidly. A lot […]