We recently attended Australian Writers’ Week in Beijing, China – here are some snaps.
We’re delighted to announce we have reach agreement to publish Davide Cali and Anna Laura Cantone’s latest picture book for kids, ‘What is this thing called Love?’
If tiny little businesses such as ours can be transformed into efficient GST-collecting machines, it should be a cinch for Amazon and co with their fully automated service delivery.
Texas has sent a bill for a massive US$269 million to Amazon.com for unpaid sales tax.
North American booksellers can now obtain our books through Trafalgar Square Books, a subsidiary of major US book distributor Independent Publishers Group.
It’s hard to convey Lat’s standing in his own country. In 1994, he was granted the honorary title of Datuk by the Malaysian Government. His cartoons are seen regularly in the national newspaper, a film and TV series of Kampung Boy was made in 1997. Malaysia has even issued postage stamps of his Kampung Boy drawings, and AirAsia has decorated one of its Boeing 737s in his honour.
I’ve been rejecting an increasing number of proposals from authors recently and it’s struck me it might be helpful to them to set down some of the things we’re looking for or not looking for.
Over the past few years, Wilkins Farago has built a reputation for publishing children’s picture books from around the world. Our next book couldn’t be more different. It’s adult nonfiction, has only minimal illustration and the author is Australian. But it’s probably the most important book we’ve published so far.
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Join Andrew Wilkins of Wilkins Farago and other SPUNC members at the Victorian Writers Centre for a panel discussion on Small Press and Magazine Publishers, 31 March 2010.
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Much as I’m full of admiration for Penguin’s campaign, which has seen titles from its “Popular Penguins” series appear seemingly everywhere, dare I suggest there’s some mythologizing going on here?
Buying secondhand books can sometimes bring unexpected additional pleasures.
Released this month, Wilkins Farago’s The Bear with the Sword is the story of a handsome bear who does something stupid, but realises the error of his ways and goes about helping those hurt by his stupidity.
Wilkins Farago’s Andrew Wilkins was on ABC Radio National’s The Book Show today with author Gideon Haigh discussing the current state of Australian book reviewing.
Our January 2010 best sellers.
Given Apple’s come-on to publishers, I hope you’ll begin to see some pretty cool multimedia productions in the iPad e-book store before long. The bar has been lifted.
‘The Red Piano’ was our top seller in December. View our Top 10 here.
Wilkins Farago sells Chinese language rights to John Cheetham’s ‘Grow Up!’
‘While many jobs in publishing, printing and bookselling have probably been saved (in the short term at least) by the Federal Government’s rejection of the Productivity Commission’s proposal, the pressures that led to the enquiry in the first place have not gone away and are only likely to increase.’
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‘The Red Piano’ was our top seller in bookshops during November.
Our first picture book of 2010 will be ‘The Bear with the Sword’ by Davide Cali and Gianluca Foli.
The new Wilkins Farago website is launched this week. We take a little look under the bonnet.
Where have all these vampires come from? … According to the website The Vampire Library, there are now about 100 fiction series about these bloodsuckers in circulation and you can bet your coffin more are on their way.
Now that the Productivity Commission’s proposal to abolish parallel import restrictions has been defeated, how about getting the Government to do something that would support Australian booksellers: force overseas online etailers like Amazon to charge GST on books (and other goods?) sold to Australia?
Today, an intense year-long debate about the future of Australia’s publishing industry effectively came to an end with the announcement that the Australian Government had rejected a proposal from its own think-tank to turn Australian into an open market for books.
‘It is impossible to conceive of a future Australian education system that does not take the study of Asia seriously.’
Of course, our preference is to sell books through booksellers, but that’s not always possible—while many booksellers love our books as much as we do, some simply won’t stock them no matter what we or our distributor, The Scribo Group, seem to do.
Just returned from this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. It’s the world’s largest and an important fair for Wilkins Farago.