What Australian Authors Need to Know About Legal Deposit of Books and the National Library of Australia

What Australian Authors Need to Know About Legal Deposit of Books and the National Library of Australia

March 15, 2024

The National Library of Australia (NLA) is making it easier for indie authors and non-traditional publishers to understand the legal deposit process for new books in Australia.

Basically, it’s been law for more than 100 years in Australia that a copy of any book published (by traditional publishers as well as self-publishers) needs to be sent to the NLA collection – and to your state library too.

With the advent of ebooks, the National Edeposit service (NED) makes it even easier for authors to comply as there is now no print or postage cost required to do so. (If you do not have an ebook version of your book though, you will still need to send the print copy).

Visit the NLA website for the latest information and instructions for legal deposit.

They’ve also put together a video about why Legal Deposit is important to the history of Australia. And if you’re a romance writer – they’ve added some author love with a special blog about Australian romance books in the library’s collection.

There’s also a step BEFORE you publish that many authors forget to take advantage of – and it’s crucial if you want your book to appear widely in library systems across the country – it’s the NLA’s prepublication data service. This is where you go to ensure details of your upcoming book are available to Australian libraries, library suppliers and others.

To understand how all this fits into publishing your book, get yourself a copy of Look-It’s Your Book! which explains in detail all the steps to take to give your book the best chance of success in the current market. You might also want to check out the helpful courses on Bold Authors that drill down into exactly what to do and when as you move toward your book launch.

Happy writing, publishing and legal depositing!