The ABA's event page is a central calendar exclusively offered to ABA members. The calander can be used to compliment a members own own database. A comparison would be the event pages of each city council.

A book lover quite often has a favourite author but may miss out on an author event unless they frequent the host bookshop. Listing your event may lead to a bigger event, or a new customer.

Firstly you must login to the Members Section. You will need to enter your shop's main email address which acts as your Username. The password by default is your ABA Membership Number (unless you have requested a change in password)

Step One

You should now be looking at the main page on the member's side of the website. Figure 1.Click on the last menu item Add an Event.

  Figure 1

Step Two

Fill in your event's details as shown in Figure 2. Ensure you select your state and leave the Status set to Published

  Figure 2

Step Three

The large empty box – as seen in Figure 3 –can be used to more creatively explain your event. There is no need to format or stylise the wording because the website will display your event using our own formatting. Hyperlinks will also not work.

  Figure 3

Step Four

Now you just need to add an image.


Click on the Picture icon as shown in Figure 4

  Figure 4

Step Five

A new window will pop-up Figure 5

Click on the Upload button and another screen will pop up as in Figure 6

  Figure 5

Step Six

Click on Browse and find the image you would like to use on your computer. Then click Upload

  Figure 6

Step Seven

The name of your file should be shown in the box after uploading

  Figure 7

Step Eight

Select the file you just uploaded from the middle column of Figure 8 and click Insert

  Figure 8

Step Nine

You should see the image and your text on the main Add Event page.

  Figure 9

Step Ten

Now click the green Save button. Your event should be listed immediately on the public side.

  Figure 10

The Australian Booksellers Association has joined with the APA, ASA, Children's Book Council, the Print Industry Association of Australia and the Australian Literary Agents' Association in opposing changes to current copyright rules and the proposed dropping of Parallel Importation Restrictions.

The Australian Booksellers Association is working collaboratively and cooperatively with the Australian Publishers Association. We are actively exploring options for further improving competitive pricing, available of stock, whether 14/14 code of practice is working as well as it appears to be, and ensuring the quality of the data.

Both organizations are absolutely committed to the importance of Australian territorial copyright – in providing value, range and quality to Australian readers, and to the crucial long-term value to the industry and our customers.

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Between the Covers, Behind the Counter, Sydney.


On Tuesday a group of 50 booksellers, publishers and authors gathered at Allen & Unwin for our fifth Between the Covers, Behind the Counter Children’s Bookselling and Publishing seminar organised by the APA’s Children’s Publishing Committee and the Fiona Stager and the ABA.

The day was spent covering the many varied aspects of publishing and selling children’s and YA, from cover design to sales statistics and everything in between.

The opening address was delivered by Davina Bell, writer (All the Ways To Be Smart), editor and passionate advocate for children’s books and promoting a love of reading. Davina shared her experiences of working across the different aspects of publishing.

Next up was Julie Winters from Nielsen Book Australia to present a review of 2018 with a focus on the children’s market. The good news is that children’s sales continue to grow and is now 44% of all book sales in Australia. The stand out category in children’s last year was non-fiction with the sub category of ‘personal development’  with the likes of Stories for Boys Who Dare To be Different leading the way.

This was followed by a fascinating session with Tristan Bancks (author), Astred Hicks (freelance designer) and Zoe Walton (PRH publisher) on the story behind the cover re-design of Tristan’s Tom Weekly series. A lot of insight was shared on the decisions made for both the covers and internal design from Tristan canvasing the kids and teachers at his school visits to Zoe consulting with the various teams in the children’s division at PRH. Astred explained how kids today are so much more design literate, even down to what fonts they like, and how this informs her design work. This is especially pertinent when designing for YA with readers having grown up with an Instagram design aesthetic.

The Behind the Counter session on book buying and selling featured three booksellers Libby Armstrong (Beachside Books), Paul McDonald (The Children’s Bookshop) and Sarah Young (Children’s buyer, Dymocks) with Penny Evershed (Inventory Manager, Simon & Schuster) asking the probing questions. The key message from all three booksellers when it comes to deciding what to buy is to really listen – to reps, your staff, your customers and your community. Other suggestions for keeping up with the thousands of new releases were Goodreads, following other bookshops with similar demographics on Instagram, book awards and book lists (eg Guardian’s best books), and international trends as we are very much operating in a global market. As Paul pointed out, Australian kids buy bestselling US books they see on social media even if there are local titles that are better.

When it comes to working with schools both Libby and Paul emphasised how expensive this side of the business can be to run and involves a lot of hard work both during and after business hours. Unfortunately, this doesn’t lead to a school being loyal to your bookshop, so you really need to consider if this is a path you want to go down.

Another strong message from this session was the importance of handselling especially when it comes to backlist. For Paul, backlist is determined by his staff who know how to sell what they love.

The day concluded with a discussion on the future of the industry chaired by Anna McFarlane (publisher, Allen & Unwin) with Erin Gough (author), Anna Low (Potts Point Bookshop) and Cristina Capuletto (publishing director, HarperCollins).

Erin spoke about being influenced by ‘the politics of the here and now’ when writing YA fiction as her readers are more engaged (the good side of social media) and have a greater awareness of the issues of the day so this is reflected in what they want to read. In publishing, when asked what the next big publishing trend was going to be Cristina acknowledged that there’s not going to be anything as big as the paranormal phenomenon around the next corner but for now there’s a real focus on middle grade and humour and potentially this could move into YA. Aside from trends, publishers are always on the look-out for that book with a long shelf life. For Anna, one of the big changes is the way that her customers discover books, and this will only continue into the future. More controversially she suggested that maybe publishers could take a moment before adding to the number of books published every month but did point out a few areas of children’s publishing where there are gaps such as non-fiction and crime for teens and good cookbooks. 

All in all, it was a fantastic day with lots of opportunities for participants to share ideas and exchange knowledge.

The next Between The Covers, Behind The Counter seminar will be in Melbourne on Tuesday, 25 June (following the ABA Conference 23-24 June). 



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