Dark Emu has sold over 250,000 copies – but its value can’t be measured in money alone

Sun, 19 Feb 2023 14:10:34 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu, first published in 2014, represents that rare bird
in small press and independent publishing in Australia: a long-term sales

Dark Emu attempts to debunk the idea that pre-European Aboriginal people were
purely “hunter-gatherers”.

Indeed, it suited settler-colonists, Pascoe argues, to fail to recognise
Indigenous agricultural practices as organised, intelligent land management. In
the original publisher’s press release, Pascoe described it as a book “about
food production, housing construction and clothing”.

By mid-2021, seven years later, it had sold an impressive 250,000 copies.

But sales are just one way to demonstrate the success, or value, of a book."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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