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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Better Reading?

Better Reading aims to be a source of independent book recommendations for Australian readers and their families. Brought to you by Cheryl Akle and the team behind Get Reading! and The Book Circle, Better Reading is all about sharing great stories and helping people discover new books and authors. We want to make choosing your next read a friendlier experience.

Subscribe to our free mailing list and every month we’ll bring you inspirational stories and authors from Australia and around the world. Look out for our regular lists of reader favourites, award winners and seasonal picks. Stay in touch with the latest news, watch Better Reading TV, and join us on Facebook and Twitter to make sure you never miss an update.

How do I find a book to read?

There are several ways to explore the site. The easiest way is to start with our Book Lists. There you’ll find award winners and shortlists, themed selections and other favourites. Each month we’ll be highlighting our choice of Books That Won’t Let You Down.

You can also browse by Subject. All the obvious ones are there, and also some special ones like Miles Franklin Literary Award winners. Looking for a book by a new author or a favourite author’s first book? Try browsing by Debut. And of course, you can also search the traditional way – by title, author, series name.

Cheryl’s blog will be the place for book news and awards, and to find out how she’s going with her ‘to read’ pile. And of course there’s Better Reading TV.

How are the books on Better Reading chosen?

Although it is growing every day, our database is deliberately limited. We take our inspiration from the best bookshops, and we don’t try to cover everything – just a carefully curated selection of titles. It’s about quality – stories we love – rather than quantity.

The titles on Better Reading are chosen by an editorial committee led by Cheryl Akle. Between them, the committee members have more than fifty years of experience in the Australian book industry, from editing to reviewing, sales to marketing, retail buying to hand selling on the bookshop floor. We all love great stories, and we love sharing them with readers.

Where can I read the books from Better Reading?

We love great books, and we love great bookshops (and libraries too!). We’re all about great stories, whether you enjoy them in physical, digital or audio formats. When you find a title you like, we encourage you to visit your favourite Australian bookshop or library – physical or digital.

I’m a library / bookshop. How can I get involved?

Better Reading will support bookshops and libraries with resources to download, print and share. We also encourage you to use our lists to develop your own promotions. Libraries and bookshops will soon be able to access a secure part of the site containing downloadable resources – logos, artwork and sample material. And if there’s something specific you’d like, get in touch. Let’s work together to get more people reading.

Can I submit my book for consideration by Better Reading?

We are happy to accept unsolicited submissions from publishers and authors. Please post a copy of your book to Better Reading Level 1, 114a Pyrmont Bridge Road, Camperdown NSW 2050, with an accompanying pitch letter explaining why your book is right for us. Note that we cannot respond to submissions unless we choose to include them.

Where can I find more information?

If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, please get in touch with us.