Bookseller Briefing 34/17 – week ending 25 August

Australia to tax online overseas book orders Australia will reportedly begin a 10% tax on books ordered online from within Australia and shipped from abroad. Beginning in July 2018, the new regulation follows lobbying from the country’s retailers and the Australian Booksellers Association according to Publishers Weekly. The trade body has argued that its members are…

Books Australia – The Guardian

  The independent chain was awarded International Bookstore of the Year this week. According to Readings’ manager Mark Rubbo, it’s all about community Melbourne bookshop Readings, which won International Bookstore of the Year at the London Book Fair. Photograph: Readings It was February 2011 when Borders Group collapsed, with the thundering crash of a retail…

Radio and TV – ABC Budget Cuts

ABC cuts: Managing director Mark Scott announces more than 400 jobs to go By Jessica Kidd and staff Updated 10 minutes agoMon 24 Nov 2014, 10:54am PHOTO: Managing director of the ABC, Mark Scott, outlines how the national broadcaster will make $254 million in savings over five years. (ABC News) RELATED STORY: ABC news division…

BITM – Edward Abbot – The English and Australian Cookery Book: Cookery For the Many As Well as the Upper Ten Thousand

Edward Abbot | The English and Australian Cookery Book … | Australia’s first colonial cookbook with kangaroo brain, roasted wombat recipes is republished after 150 years PM By Nick Grimm RELATED STORY: Australia’s ‘first cookbook’ goes on show MAP: Australia A colonial-era cookbook featuring recipes like battered kangaroo brains deep fried in emu oil and…

TV – First Contact – SBS TV

First Contact | SBS TV and NITV | 3 episodes, 18, 19, 20 November First Contact shines a light on the deep divide between Indigenous Australians and the rest of the nation by taking six non-Indigenous people and immersing them into Aboriginal Australia for the first time. To watch the programme on YouTube, clink the…

BITM – Alasdair McGregor – A Forger’s Progress

Alasdair McGregor | A Forger’s Progress: The Life of Francis Greenway | UNSW Press 9781742233789 | A$49.99 | Nov Talented, well trained and confident in his own abilities and worth, Australia’s first government architect was also hot-headed and tactless. Sentenced to death for forgery, then granted a last-minute reprieve, Francis Greenway was transported to New…