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In simple terms, readers of ebooks and readers of print books are both readers. It doesn’t matter in what format people choose to read their books. What matters is that book publishers continue to find new ways of connecting authors with readers.

I've been lucky enough to have been the Rights Manager at Random House Australia for nearly 17 years, and it’s one of the most exciting areas in publishing. How do we sell rights? Rights Managers have a network of international contacts in different publishing houses throughout the world. We pitch our titles at book fairs including those in London, Frankfurt, Bologna and Taipei and take sales trips to specific territories like New York and Korea.

Andrew Solomon opened this year’s Sydney Writers Festival with a moving and provocative address that brought the audience to tears and laughter with stories of his experiences as a gay man and tales from his book, FAR FROM THE TREE.

Penguin Random House hosted the first-ever National Book Bloggers Forum in Sydney. The day was an overwhelming success with 97% of attendees rating the day as “excellent" or “very good”.