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Book Industry News Bite

by Mark Rubbo

Amazon is a pretty clever company; you could say it invented online retailing and, in doing so, changed the way people shopped. The Kindle device also changed the way we read. The other thing that it has been really good at is avoiding tax. In the US, it set up in the state of Washington so it could sell to customers in the more populous states tax free, and it’s rumored that founder Jeff Bezos o…

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Round-Up of Kids' and YA Books for November

by Emily Gale

Halloween may be a distant, sugary-hazed memory, but the children’s and YA line-up this month has a horrifying theme - from the creepy to the downright silly.

***This Is Not A Test* by Courtney Summers**

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to k

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The Best Young Adult Books of 2012

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings' staff.

Here our children and YA specialists share their picks for best Young Adult Fiction of 2012.

**Kim Gruschow recommends Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner**

Sally Gardner treats the reader to a remarkable perspective and a…

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The Best Picture Books of 2012

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings' staff.

Here, our children and YA specialists share their picks for the best Picture Books of 2012.

**Emily Gale recommends The Family Hour in Australia by Tai Snaith**

A beautiful book that combines elegant, quirky art wit…

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The Best Junior & Middle Fiction of 2012

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings' staff.

Here, our children and YA specialists share their picks for the best Junior and Middle Fiction of 2012.

JUNIOR FICTION

**Holly Harper recommends The Dragon Prophecy by Geronimo Stilton**

Mouse journalist Geronimo…

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The Best Food & Wine Books of 2012

by Chris Gordon

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings' staff.

Here, our resident foodie, Chris Gordon, shares her favourite food and wine books of 2012.

***Whole Larder Love***
Rohan Anderson

This hip collection of lifestyle ideas and recipes even has a technique for cooking g…

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The Best Classical Music of 2012

by Kate Rockstrom & Phil Richards

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings' staff.

Here classical specialists Kate Rockstrom and Phil Richards share their top ten classical recordings of 2012 - Phil, the top five and Kate the bottom five.

***Italia* by Nicola Benedetti**

On her debut album on the …

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The Best Crime Fiction of 2012

by Fiona Hardy

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings staff.

Here Fiona Hardy shares her top ten crime books from 2012.

***The Midnight Promise: A Detective’s Story In Ten Cases* by Zane Lovitt**

A private investigator in Melbourne’s grimy heart charts the slow crumble of his business and…

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Winners of the 2012 National Book Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 National Book Awards, presented to U.S. authors for the best books published in the United States during the award year:

Nonfiction: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

Fiction: The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Young People’s Literature: Goblin Secrets by William Alexander

Poetry: Bewilderment:

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What I loved: To Siberia by Per Petterson

by Jessica Au

Readings Monthly editor Jessica Au shares with us a book she loved for our new ‘What I Loved’ series.

It is possible to think about reading as a series of turning points. Every now and then, a book comes along like a shock – making and breaking, staying with you. It’s an ‘ah’ moment of recognition, when you finally realise that writing can be done like that, often leading to a whole new plane …

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