Update 2011. In 2011, 4 titles were removed from the Classic Australian Works collection by request from the author or the author's estate:
Foveaux by Kylie Tennant
Lantana Lane and The Little Company by Eleanor Dark, and Seven Emus by Xavier Herbert
Update 2007. In 2007, 2 titles were removed from the Classic Australian Works collection by request from the author's estate:
A Cardboard Crown by Martin Boyd
Lucinda Brayford by Martin Boyd
Happily these titles are destined for new print runs with other publishers.
This collection features 25 selected books that should always be available for readers and students as part of our national cultural heritage. These works retain their influence and impact, the richness and quality of their writing, and their importance as a record and reflection of Australian life and perspectives, but have disappeared from traditional publication. (See also SETIS texts for more Australian books in print.)
An initiative of Copyright Agency Limited (CAL), working with writer members, Classic Australian Works is supported by the Australian Society of Authors, the National Library of Australia, and the University of Sydney (Library and University Publishing Service). Classic Australian Works broadens the choice consumers have in the works they can access while providing an ongoing economic return for copyright owners.
The works were selected following a survey conducted by the AustLit: The Resource for Australian Literature of university teachers and scholars who were asked to nominate significant works of Australian literature which needed to become more widely available. These works will be searchable as part of the SETIS Australian Literary and Historical Texts collections.
Classic Australian Works introduces the Digital Object Identifier (DOI®) - a system for managing intellectual property, for which CAL is the Registration Agency in Australia. The project uses digital printing technology to print books on demand and deliver them to the consumer.