IPRIA Seminar Series

New Models for Book Publishing

Podcast recording of this seminar available below

A free public seminar in Melbourne proudly presented by IPRIA in association with the Centre for Media and Communications Law (CMCL), Melbourne Business School (MBS) and the Publishing and Communications Program at the University of Melbourne.


The book publishing business seems to be changing irrevocably in the digital age. How will traditional book publishers and book stores cope with new modes of production and distribution in the 21st century? What new business models are being tried by book publishers, retailers and authors? Will the way we read books change entirely, and how might this affect the shape of the industry? These questions will be examined by a distinguished panel of book publishers, sellers and authors, chaired by Emmett Stinson of the Publishing & Communications Program at the University of Melbourne.



Emmett Stinson

Emmett Stinson (Chair) is a Melbourne-based writer and a lecturer in Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. His debut collection of short stories, Known Unknowns, was published in 2010. He is a recipient of The Age Short Story Award and a Lannan Poetry Fellowship. President of SPUNC (Small Press Network) and a fiction editor for Wet Ink: The Magazine of New Writing. Emmett is also a panellist on the Department of Innovation's federal book industry strategy group.

Nathan Hollier

Dr Nathan Hollier is the Manager of Monash University Publishing. He was previously Editor of the cultural and literary magazine Overland. He has been a writer on various aspects of Australian culture and society, has organised conferences and festivals, and was a member of Arts Victoria’s Creative Development Panel and a Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards judge. Nathan was also Founding President of the representative body for small and independent publishers in Australia, the Small Press Underground Networking Community (SPUNC Inc).  

Piers Pickard

Piers Pickard is Editorial Director at Lonely Planet, where he has responsibility for publishing in both print and ebook form. He worked for a decade in the travel industry, leading trips everywhere from Kazakhstan to Timbuktu, before becoming a journalist and magazine editor in the UK. With his twin loves of travel and publishing, it was inevitable that he should eventually find his way to Melbourne, the home of Lonely Planet. Piers is particularly interested in finding ways to present reference books on electronic devices.

*We regret to advise that Vivek Wagle is no longer available for this seminar

Graeme Connelly

Graeme Connelly is the CEO and Director of Melbourne University Bookshop and the president of the Australian Campus Booksellers Association. He is also a member of the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research’s Book Industry Strategy Group. Graeme has worked previously in academia (Philosophy) in universities in Australia and the United Kingdom. He is particularly interested in the connection between bookselling and publishing and the implications of electronic publishing.   

Max Barry

Max Barry lives in Melbourne where he currently writes full-time. He wrote his first novel Syrup in 1999 while working for Hewlett Packard. His second novel Jennifer Government was published in 2003 and his third novel Company was published in 2006. His fourth novel, the serial Machine Man, is due in 2011 and is based on a real-time interactive serial written and delivered one page a day from his web site. He also created the online game NationStates.   

Kwanghui Lim

Kwanghui Lim (Discussant) is an Associate Professor at the Melbourne Business School and Associate Director at IPRIA. His research explores the strategies used by firms to manage intellectual property and the commercialisation process. Before joining the Melbourne Business School, Kwanghui was an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore. He has conducted workshops for WIPO, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and the Academy of Management. His industry experience includes consulting experience at Booz Allen & Hamilton.  


DATE: Wednesday 9 February, 6pm - 7:30pm (Refreshments from 5:30pm)

VENUE: Coles Theatre, Melbourne Business School, 200 Leicester Street CARLTON

COST: Free of charge

New Models for Book Publishing: Part 1. Introduction

New Models for Book Publishing: Part 2: Nathan Hollier

New Models for Book Publishing. Part 3: Piers Pickard from Lonely Planet

New Models for Book Publishing. Part 4: Graeme Connelly

New Models for Book Publishing. Part 5: Max Barry

New Models for Book Publishing. Part 6: Kwanghui Lim (Discussant)

New Models for Book Publishing. Part 7: Questions and Answers 







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