History of the Book in Australia: Paper Empires

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Jul 1, 2010 - 788 pages
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This new volume in UQP's History of the Book in Australia series explores Australian book production and consumption from 1946 to the present day. In the immediate postwar era, most books were imported into a colonial market dominated by British publishers. Paper Empires traces this fascinating and volatile half-century, using wide-ranging research, oral history and memoir to explore the worlds of book publishing, selling and reading. After 1945, Australian publishing went from a handful of fledgling businesses to the billion dollar industry of today with thousands of new titles each year and a vast array of imported books. Publishing's postwar expansion began with the baby boom and the increased demand for school texts, with independent houses blossoming during the 1960s and 70s followed by the current era dominated by global conglomerates. All aspects of print culture are explored, from authorship and editing to bookselling, libraries and reading habits, in the context of today's rapidly changing publishing landscape with its many technological challenges. A wide range of expert contributors, including book-trade practitioners, have produced this lively and indispensable account of our vital cultural industry.
 

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Contents

After the
3
Sixties Larrikins
49
New Wave Seventies
85
Into the Global Era
132
Bookfutures
192
BOOK BUSINESS
212
Writers
227
Editing Design and Production
284
Beyond Bestsellers
379
For Children and Young Adults
450
Educational and Reference Publishing
509
Readers and Reading
558
Notes on Contributors
619
Illustrations
640
Further Reading
642
Also from UQP
692

The Retail Book Trade
329
REACHIN GREADERS
377

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