Newsflash for Australian Authors

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Yes, this is an Ozpecific post. I’ve invented a word specifically for Aussies!

Did you know that the Cataloguing in Publication service (CiP) has been changed? It’s now called the Prepublication Data Service (PDS). As well as the exciting reduction in keystrokes to type the words, the big change for authors is that the application form is now much simpler and is processed immediately instead of the previous two-week turnaround.

What’s it all about?

If you are wondering what I’m talking about, the now-PDS is a cataloguing service offered by the National Library of Australia (NLA). It lists forthcoming titles published in Australia, on library databases in Australia and overseas. Libraries, booksellers and the general public can search Trove ( for forthcoming titles. This can, and often does, mean extra  book sales! So I encourage all authors to take advantage of this free service. I’m constantly surprised by the sales that come through this service.

What I find a little sad is that the wording that must be included on the Imprint Page of books has changed. Instead of  useful information about the book, its various contributors and the subject categories it falls under, we now have a ‘cataloguing statement’, which simply declares that a catalogue entry exists. Slightly less personal, I must say.

Back to the good news

The application form now only requires contributor details, ISBN and publication info, format of publication (eg paperback and eBook) plus a very generic genre selection. No need to upload Contents Page, Introduction or Book Blurb. So the process is certainly less daunting than it used to be.

Oh, and it’s still free! How many services can we say that about?

Visit to have your book listed. Yes, now, while you are still writing it.

PS If you list your book with PDS, don’t forget to send a copy to the National Library and one to a deposit library in your home state

Alex Fullerton

About Alex and Author Support Services

Alex Fullerton is an author's consultant and self-publishing specialist at Author Support Services, based on a pineapple farm in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Australia. She has spent the last fourteen years working with business people to create concise, compelling, and comprehensive books that complement their businesses and increase their professional standing. Alex is supported by a dedicated team who provide a full self-publishing service, from planning to printing and promotion.

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  1. thomas on August 4, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Hi Alex,

    Thank you for this info. Very useful.

    May I ask what does ‘published in Australia’ mean? Does it mean that I have apply for an ISBN in Australia and catalogue in PDS? Can I self-publishing on amazon once I have an ISBN and PDS?

    Thank you for you input.

    • Alex Fullerton on August 5, 2020 at 5:31 am

      Hi Thomas
      Yes, you are correct. Publishing in Australia means that you have an Australian ISBN, and identify as an Australian author. Once you have an Australian ISBN you can apply for an Australian PDS with the National Library. You can use your own ISBN when you sell your book with Amazon and with other retailers; it is for your own use everywhere your book is sold, everywhere in the world.
      I hope this helps,

  2. thomas on August 5, 2020 at 8:56 am

    Yes, this helps a lot. Thank you for the clarification.
    Best wishes
    – thomas

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