Every year since 2000, the Australian Publishers Association has presented the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). A diverse and respected judging panel of more than 100 industry figures, publishers and booksellers compile the ABIA books shortlist and select the winners. The announcement of the winners is the biggest industry event on the nation’s literary calendar, acknowledging the best books and most talented creators.
ALIA and public libraries across Australia support the ABIAs by promoting the shortlist and the winning titles through library displays and social media, and by hosting author visits. This is an important part of the work libraries do in supporting the Australian book industry.
ABIAs in libraries 2016
In an unprecedented honour for a first-time author, Magda Szubanski won the gold ABIA for Book of the Year after winning Biography Book of the Year for Reckoning: A Memoir (Text Publishing). She is on the cover for the JulyAugust edition of INCITE.
ABIAs in libraries 2015
Chalkboard at Glenelg Libraries, Portland, VIC
Book of the Year winner Andy Griffiths (with illustrator Terry Denton) is the front cover feature for INCITE June/July issue.
ABIAs in libraries 2014
In 2014, 20 libraries reported on their activities promoting the ABIAs to their library users. These are some examples: