The Return of Print?: Contemporary Australian Publishing


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ISBN 9781925495294

Mannion, Aaron






Weight 0.35 kg
Dimensions 15.3 × 23.4 cm


This collection of essays by established and emerging
scholars of Australian publishing examines the industry in the wake of both the
Global Financial Crisis of 2008 and the various shocks and upheavals associated
with the rise of ebooks. The authors here look beyond the digital, so prominent
in many considerations of contemporary publishing, to questions of the book as
a material artefact. As consumer trends increasingly suggest print will remain
the central medium for the global publishing industry, it is asked if the messy
state of affairs existing now, `after’ the digital revolution, can be described
as `post-digital’. With reference to a range of cultural, economic and
technological issues, these essays examine how publishers are leveraging the
possibilities afforded by multiple modes of dissemination.

About the author
Aaron Mannion is associate publisher at Vignette Press, fiction editor at Antic, deputy chair of the Small Press Network and co-convener of the Australian Independent Publishing Conferences academic day. Aaron read English Literature at the University of Cambridge and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne. He has been shortlisted for the Wet Ink Short Story Prize and for the Penguin Manuscript Award twice. Emmett Stinson is a Lecturer in English at the University of Newcastle and was previously a Lecturer in Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. He researches contemporary Australian publishing, focusing on small publishers and literary publishing. He also researches Modernist literature with a focus on aesthetic autonomy and satire. His collection of short stories, Known Unknowns (Affirm Press, 2010), was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Literary Awards.

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