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Tim Coronel: What Next for the Australian Publishing Industry?

Five years ago, the tone of discussion about the book industry shifted from ‘confidence’ to ‘crisis’, as online shopping and the emergence of e-books shook up the established ways of doing business.

In this Lunchbox/Soapbox event, we partner with the Small Press Underground Networking Community to present Tim Coronel – bookseller, editor, journalist and publisher – as he discusses the book industry’s rapid, perhaps desperate, transition. He’ll explain how the involvement of massive and powerful international technology businesses such as Amazon, Apple and Google has changed the publishing and bookselling landscape forever.

He also looks, with a positive eye, to the Australian publishing future.

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good rant. Every Thursday, the Wheeler Centre hosts an old-fashioned Speakers’ Corner in the middle of the city, where writers and thinkers can have their say on the topics that won’t let them sleep at night.

Featuring some of our most compelling voices across just about every sector of human endeavour you can imagine, the themes dominating Lunchbox/Soapbox are proudly idiosyncratic. BYO lunch. Ideas provided.


Portrait of Tim Coronel

Tim Coronel

Tim Coronel has been involved in the book industry for over 20 years. After studying professional writing and editing at RMIT, in 2002 he took on what was meant to be a 10-week temp job at Thorpe-Bowker’s book-industry trade magazine Bookseller+Publisher and ended up staying there for nine years, becoming editor of the magazine and the Weekly Book Newsletter in 2005 and publisher responsible for all Thorpe-Bowker publications in 2007.

Lunchbox / Soapbox

We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.


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