Paper Empires: A History of the Book in Australia, 1946-2005

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2006 - Business & Economics - 433 pages
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Will Australia’s once booming book industry be replaced by e-publishing? Are independent publishers and booksellers on the way out? In a world where one ‘mega-author’ can sell millions of books, can anyone else compete?Paper Empires tells the inside story of Australian publishing over the past half-century. It begins with the larrikin pioneers of the 1950s and 60s and follows the fortunes of the independents and multinationals that followed in their wake. Two fascinating local successes include the reinvention of Allen & Unwin as our largest independent, and the creation of Lonely Planet which has turned a passion for travel into world-beating success. The contributions made by branches of global companies such as Penguin and Scholastic have also been part of this post-war growth. With dozens of in-depth profiles of book trade identities and their companies, as well as many themed case studies, Paper Empires explores the myths and traces the interconnected histories of book publishing, bookselling and reading.Includes: • editing, design and production • booksellers and the retail trade • writers, bestsellers, magazines and pulp fiction • readers and reading • Indigenous writing and publishing • educational publishing and children’s literature • awards and funding • the future of publishingPaper Empires is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the business of books. (Also available in hardcover)
 

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Contents

CHAPTER
3
Flagship Angus Robertson George Ferguson with Neil James
10
Andrew Fabinyi and Cheshire John McLaren
19
CHAPTER 2
31
Lansdowne and Lloyd ONeil John Currey
38
Packer Publications Bridget GriffenFoley
47
New Wave Seventies Jim Hart
53
Innerurban and Outback Morry Schwartz
63
Peter Careys True History of the Kelly Gang Paul Eggert
195
CHAPTER 8
202
Collins Booksellers Michael Zifcak
221
Bookworld Where You Never Pay Full Price Terry Herbert
228
CHAPTER 9
235
Pulp Fiction Ian Morrison
257
Feminist Publishing Diane Brown and Susan Hawthorne
263
For Children and Young Adults Robyn SheahanBright
278

UQP Frank Thompson
73
CHAPTER 4
81
Thirty Years On Robert Sessions
89
Lonely Planet Tony Wheeler
105
Magabala Books Diana Giese
111
CHAPTER 5
118
Copyright and Electronic Text Leanne Wiseman
134
Writers Centres Robyn SheahanBright
146
Festival Big Top Ruth Starke
156
The AustralianVogel Literary Award Tess Brady
162
CHAPTER 7
174
Editors and Authors Hilary McPhee
182
Editing Indigenous Writing Josie Douglas
189
Building New Lists Barbara Ker Wilson
296
Scholastic Australia Robyn SheahanBright
302
Translations and Overseas Editions Kerry White
310
University Presses Frank Thompson
328
Dictionaries and Style Guides Susan Butler
336
CHAPTER 12
344
Biggles and Beyond A Young Mans Reading John Nieman
356
The Womens Weekly and Good Reading Patrick Buckridge
362
Romancing the Reader Ingrid Day
368
The Role of National and State Libraries Cathrine HarboeRee
378
Illustrations
394
Index
413
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David Dyergrew up in a coastal town in NSW, Australia, and graduated as dux of his high school in 1984. After commencing a degree in medicine and surgery at the University of Sydney, he soon decided it was not for him.

David went on to train as a ship's officer at the Australian Maritime College, travelling Australia and the world in a wide range of merchant ships. He graduated from the college with distinction and was awarded a number of prizes, including the Company of Master Mariners Award for highest overall achievement in the course. He then returned to the University of Sydney to complete a combined degree in Arts and Law. David was awarded the Frank Albert Prize for first place in Music I, High Distinctions in all English courses and First Class Honours in Law. From the mid-1990s until early 2000s David worked as a litigation lawyer in Sydney, and then in London at a legal practice whose parent firm represented the Titanic's owners back in 1912. In 2002 David returned to Australia and obtained a Diploma in Education from the University of New England, and commenced teaching English at Kambala, a school for girls in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

David has had a life-long obsession with the Titanic and has become an expert on the subject. In 2009 he was awarded a Commonwealth Government scholarship to write The Midni

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