Text Classics is a series from Text Publishing. Publisher Michael Heyward said about the initiative:
'Our words, our deeds, our hatreds and our loves gave rise to these books. Reading and discussing them, we are part of a conversation that could never happen with the same inwardness or intensity anywhere else.'Titles range from early works such as 1788 by Watkin Tench and Terra Australis by Matthew Flinders to The Dig Tree, Sarah Murgatroyd’s book about Burke and Wills, first published in 2002.
Text Classics are also bringing out Patrick White's first novel, Happy Valley, in September. First published in 1939, the book won the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 1941, but White would not permit it to be republished in English in his lifetime.
House of Books is an initiative by Allen & Unwin. The new imprint 'aims to bring Australia's cultural and literary heritage to a broad audience by creating affordable print and ebook editions of the nation’s most significant and enduring writers'.
Works being made available include fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry. More recently published books that have fallen out of circulation will also be reprinted, either as ebooks or in paper editions created via print-on-demand technology.
The current best-seller is Return to Coolami by Eleanor Dark. Second is Coda by Thea Astley, followed by Wild Weeds and Windflowers by Ric Throssell. Other top sellers include: