BookUp: Australian Book Industry Conference 2024

Join your colleagues in trade and educational publishing as the industry comes together for the APA’s BookUp Conference, at State Library Victoria in Melbourne on Wednesday 7 August 2024.

This year's program explores opportunities for innovation and adaptation, alongside discussions about staff development and support.

We’ll take a look at the big industry themes of the day, with practical takeaways on the applications (and risks!) ofAI in publishing, hiring and supporting staff, and the strategic use of industry data. There will be insights into publishing complex content sensitively, and how publishers can work better with schools. Back by popular demand, we’ll also take a look at the latest research into reading behaviour and how we can overcome barriers to reading.

2024 program 

At BookUp you can expect a day full of experts from publishing and beyond, discussing thought-provoking ideas and delivering valuable professional development for publishing staff at all levels.

Session topics include:

  • Overcoming barriers to reading
  • How to use data strategically
  • AI and publishing
  • Working with schools
  • Supportive workplaces: How to create and sustain them
  • Publishing complex content sensitively
  • Marketing and innovation case studies from industry award-winners

View the full program here

The conference will conclude with networking drinks, hosted by the Copyright Agency in celebration of their 50th anniversary alongside the APA's Independent Publishers Committee. This will include the announcement of the Australian publishing industry’s Rising Star award – proudly supported by Media Super.



Don't just take our word for it though:
‘BookUp was such a huge success. The program was topical and relevant with great speakers, industry experts, panel discussions and presentations. An excellent learning and development opportunity for Hachette staff.’

Louise Stark – CEO, Hachette Australia
'I am a big fan of BookUp. It is hugely important for the publishing sector's development to have this opportunity to come together and discuss the big issues facing our industry. One of the keys to the success of BookUp is that staff from all parts of publishing – sales, marketing, publicity, editorial etc – attend.’

Keiran Rogers – Sales and Finance Director, Affirm Press

Tickets & pricing:

Tickets include all day access to the conference and networking drinks, including food and refreshments throughout the day, plus access to session recordings following the event.

If you aren’t able to join us in Melbourne, you can still watch the BookUp conference online. Online ticket prices and bookings will be available from 4 June.

Early birds – book now and save!

Purchase your tickets before 7 June and receive a significant early bird discount of over 30% – that’s a saving of $100 per ticket!

Bundles – buy five get one free!

Even bigger discounts are available with our bundle offer – buy five tickets and get a sixth ticket free! 

In-person tickets
Early bird pricing, until 7 June:

  • Members: $200
  • Non-members: $300
  • Bundle: buy five, get one free

Standard pricing, until 15 July:

  • Members: $300 
  • Non-members: $400
  • Bundle: buy five, get one free

All prices exclude GST. In-person tickets include conference attendance, lunch and refreshments, plus post-event networking drinks, and access to the session recordings after the event.

Online tickets: 
(Until 5 August)

  • Members: $150
  • Non-members: $180
  • Online discount: buy five tickets, get one free

All prices exclude GST. Online tickets include online conference attendance via livestream and discussion, plus access to the session recordings after the event.


To book tickets for this event you must either sign-in or sign-up for an account below. Read our guide to registering for events, which covers booking and managing multiple tickets or bundles, and assigning tickets to colleagues. Multiple online tickets should be purchased using the Register Someone Else option – the bundle options are for in-person tickets only.

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BookUp is made possible thanks to the continued support of the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund and Books+Publishing

7/08/2024 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time
State Library Victoria 328 Swanston St Melbourne, VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA

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