This Saturday (11 August) is National Bookshop Day, a day to celebrate bookshops’ important place in our communities. To celebrate, we’re focusing this week on some of the bookshops which are local to Wilkins Farago’s own community in Melbourne’s inner south. Today: Readings St Kilda.
New book alert! Our latest kids picture book, Empty Fridge by Gaetan Doremus, is released today and we’re delighted to announce it has been selected by Readings Books Music Film as their Kids Book of the Month for August.
Davide Cali is appearing at Melbourne bookshop Readings tonight – don’t miss the rare chance to get a signed copy of one of his books.
Today, independent Melbourne bookseller Brunswick Bound highlights Davide Cali and Anna-Laura Cantone’s ‘What is this thing called love?’ on their news blog. Davide Cali blog tour day 11.
Red Piano ‘a solemn and beautiful presentation’: Lift Bridge Books
Delighted to note that Readers Feast, one of Melbourne’s best bookshops, is re-opening in the old Georges site in Collins Street.
Where have all Melbourne’s bookshops gone? According to our modest study, Melbourne’s CBD has lost around 30% of its bookshops in just 13 years.
A nice little plug for David Cali and Anna Laura Cantone’s new picture book, ‘What is this thing called love?’, on the blog of Ulysses Bookstore.
We are delighted to secure the services of Dennis Jones and Associates to distribute our books as of 1 August 2011. Dennis and his team will start representing our September list nationally with immediate effect.
Texas has sent a bill for a massive US$269 million to Amazon.com for unpaid sales tax.
Our top 10 bestsellers in bookshops in March were:
‘Surely there has not been a better-depicted bear since “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”.’—Readings Hawthorn on ‘The Bear with the Sword’
Nice little write up for The Bear with the Sword in The Gleaner, a zine produced by leading Sydney independent bookseller, Gleebooks.
Nice to see A Dad Who Measures Up getting a recommendation from one of Australia’s best children’s bookshops, The Little Bookroom.
‘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.’
‘The Red Piano’ was our top seller in bookshops during November.
Book lovers all over Australia are receiving copies of the Summer Reading Guide. This year, we’re delighted to see our title ‘The Red Piano’ is in it.
The new Wilkins Farago website is launched this week. We take a little look under the bonnet.
John McIntyre of the Children’s Bookshop in Wellington reviewed ‘The Red Piano’ on Radio New Zealand’s ‘Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan’ show today.
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.
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.
Australian publisher Wilkins Farago should be congratulated for bringing the much-loved Malaysian cartoonist Lat’s Kampung Boy to Australia.
‘The telling of Zhu Xiao-Mei’s story in picture book form is reminiscent of Mao’s Last Dancer children’s edition and tells the story of one person’s courage with the combination of sparse, well-chosen language and sensitive, unforgettable illustrations.’
This is really an argument about bestsellers, profit margin and market power …