Weekly Book Newsletter
25 January 2012

Christmas sales up for most as retailers regain some of REDgroup's market share x

As reported in a Weekly Book Newsletter special bulletin on Monday 23 January, 80% of respondents to our annual post-Christmas survey reported that Christmas sales... Read more

2012 Indie Awards shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2012 Indie Awards has been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction Caleb’s Crossing (Geraldine Brooks, HarperCollins) The Street... Read more

ALA Awards 2011: Printz, Newbery, Caldecott, Stonewall x

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced its awards for children’s and young adult literature, including the Printz, Newbery, Caldecott and Stonewall. Craig Silvey’s Jasper Jones... Read more

CAL digital publishing resource to include 'how-to' guide and website x

Digital Publishing Australia, a new community resource to be launched by the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL), will include an introductory how-to guide to digital publishing and... Read more

Apple releases iBooks update, self-publishing app x

Apple has released a new version of its iBooks application for iPad and a new self-publishing application, which together will allow Apple users to self-publish... Read more

Amazon Kindle-edition prices 'set by the publisher' x

Several Kindle-edition Australian ebooks listed on Amazon are accompanied by the statement ‘this price was set by the publisher’. The statement, which accompanies Kindle-editions of... Read more

New bookstores open; bookstores change names, locations x

New bookstores have recently opened in New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand. Independent bookselling chain Unleash Books opened two new... Read more

Perth Writers Festival program launched x

The program for the 2012 Perth Writers Festival has officially been launched. The festival will be held between 23 and 26 February as part of... Read more

Penguin to launch Australian ebook 'shorts' list x

Penguin Australia will launch an Australian list of short ebook-only titles this year. To be called Penguin Australia Shorts, the list will be similar to... Read more

Appleton leaves Hachette Australia x

Jon Appleton has finished in his position as publisher for Lothian Children’s Books at Hachette Australia and has moved to the UK. Appleton finished in his... Read more

Morgan Stanley says a local Amazon site would be 'a natural progression' x

A new research report has fuelled speculation that global retailer Amazon is considering establishing an Australian-facing retail website. The Australian Financial Review and SmartCompany reported... Read more

Eurospan opens Australian office x

London-based marketing, sales and distribution agency Eurospan has announced that it has opened a sales and marketing office in Melbourne. Eurospan said in a statement... Read more

Penguin accepting unsolicited electronic submissions once a month x

Penguin Australia’s general publishing team has announced it will accept unsolicited manuscripts electronically once a month. The initiative, called ‘the Monthly Catch’, invites electronic submissions... Read more

Boomerang launches new bricks-and-mortar style search tool x

Australian online bookstore Boomerang Books has partnered with 3D search technology firm Thereitis.com to create an online search tool that emulates the book-browsing experience of... Read more

Registrations open for PANZ conference x

Registrations are now open for the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) International Conference 2012, which will be held on 1 and 2 March in... Read more

WAGUL selects Ingram as sole content supplier x

The Western Australian Group of University Librarians (WAGUL) has announced that it has selected Ingram Content Group as its sole library content supplier. The move,... Read more

In Brief x

Australian Romance Readers Awards 2011 finalists announcedThe finalists in the 2011 Australian Romance Readers Awards were announced on 16 January. Members of the Australian Romance... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to distribute Amazon books in... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘While I agree with [Louise] Adler’s call for more subsidies, the question remains where and how the resources should be invested. I remain somewhat unconvinced... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, David Gaunt reviews Mateship with Birds (Carrie Tiffany, Macmillan), Andrew Wrathall takes a look at some of the bestselling ebooks... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SoldFiction–Random House Australia has sold The Trouble with Fire (Fiona Kidman) to France; Rocking Horse Road (Carl Nixon) to Germany; and... Read more

On tour x

January James Duigan, Kyle Books (Clean and Lean Cookbook) Sydney. David Sedaris, Hachette (Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk) Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. Kirsten Tranter, Fourth... Read more

Got news? x

If you’ve got news you think would be of interest to Weekly Book Newsletter readers, let us know by emailing bookseller.publisher@thorpe.com.au.

Bestsellers this week x

A man is serving a life sentence for a murder he did not commit. Private investigator Paige Holden witnesses the execution of the man’s fiancé,... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Peter Carey’s latest novel The Chemistry of Tears (Hamish Hamilton) received the most mentions in Media Extra this week. When her lover dies suddenly, all... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Midsumma Festival, Melbourne: 15 January to 5 February Digital Book World... Read more

Stay in touch with us x

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