The Australia Council for the Arts has released a new report on the publishing industry, A case for literature: the effectiveness of subsidies to Australian publishers 1995-2005.
As the title suggests the report strongly argues the case for subsidising literature citing that 884 books were subsidised between 1995-2005 with more than 60 publishers mostly “independent Australian-owned companies”.
Written by Dr Kath McLean and Dr Louise Polland, the report makes five reccomendations including increasing funding “in line with contemporary production costs, but not allow publishers to apply some part of their funds to strategic infrastructure development, including editorial capacity, conversion to digital formats, marketing and promotion”.
The Literature Board of the Australia Council will consider the report at a meeting in February 2011.
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