Weekly Book Newsletter
28 March 2012

Australian romance writers honoured x

The Romance Writers of America (RWA) has announced the finalists for the 2012 RITA and Golden Heart Awards and several Australian authors are included in... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

With the film adaptation of the first book in the ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy (Scholastic) hitting Australian cinemas last week, the charts are populated with Suzanne... Read more

Quote of the Week x

‘Consumers may get cheap or free postage from overseas online retailers but because of the International Postal Union Treaty, Australia Post has to pay for... Read more

O'Sullivan joins Hachette x

Hachette Australia has announced that Suzanne O’Sullivan will join Hachette in April as commissioning editor on the Lothian Children’s Books list, replacing Jon Appleton.  O’Sullivan... Read more

Hachette accepts unsolicited manuscripts x

Hachette Australia has announced it is accepting unsolicited manuscripts via its website. This follows initiatives set up by other major publishers, including Penguin with ‘the... Read more

Currie, Dicinoski win 2012 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships x

A poet and an author—Queensland writers Christopher Currie and Michelle Dicinoski—are two of the five winners of this year’s Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships. The scholarship... Read more

Bologna: 'back to basics' as fantasy, vampires and dystopia reach saturation point x

Nerrilee Weir, rights manager at Random House Australia, writes: The Bologna Children’s Book Fair was held in unseasonably warm weather this year, with the always... Read more

New study finds Australians among highest adopters of ebooks x

Twenty-one percent of Australian web users surveyed earlier this year had purchased an ebook in the six months prior to the survey. The survey, undertaken... Read more

Hartnett shortlisted for 2012 Carnegie Medal x

Australian author Sonya Hartnett has been shortlisted for the 2012 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Hartnett’s book The Midnight Zoo (Viking) is one of eight titles shortlisted... Read more

Australia Post to increase parcel, bulk mail prices in April x

Australia Post has confirmed to Bookseller+Publisher that it will increase its prices for parcel and bulk mail services by an average of 3.8% in April.... Read more

Miles Franklin 2012 longlist announced x

The longlist for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Blood (Tony Birch, UQP) The Spirit of Progress (Steven... Read more

Dymocks appoints Cox as MD

Dymocks Booksellers has announced the appointment of Steve Cox to the role of managing director. Cox has worked with the bookselling chain since 2011 in the... Read more

New specialist bookstore opens in Melbourne x

A new bookstore specialising in science-fiction, fantasy and horror books, has opened in Melbourne. Notions Unlimited Bookshop is located in Chelsea in Melbourne’s South East.... Read more

Pegasus Books to expand distribution to Australia, New Zealand x

US-based publisher Pegasus Books has announced that it will expand its distribution into Australia and New Zealand this year, as well as into the UK.... Read more

McPherson's shareholders approve OPUS merger x

Shareholders of McPherson’s Printing Group (MPG) have approved the company’s merger with OPUS Group. OPUS Group said in a statement this week that 97% of... Read more

Melb Uni Bookshop to close; Co-op Bookshop to open stores in existing locations

The University of Melbourne has announced that the Melbourne University Bookshop will close in May, and the Co-op Bookshop will operate the bookstores at the... Read more

A&U to publish ebook 'shorts' in May x

Allen & Unwin has announced that it will publish a new series of short stories as stand-alone ebooks in May, called A&U Shorts. The ebooks... Read more

Australian Poetry launches 'crowd-funding' campaign for online festival x

Australian Poetry is currently running a campaign with ‘crowd-funding’ platform Pozible to raise money to deliver its national poetry festival online. This year’s festival will... Read more

Carey to receive Bodley Medal x

The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford in the UK have announced that Australian author Peter Carey is the latest recipient of the Bodley... Read more

ALA Presidency up for grabs x

This month members of the American Library Association (ALA) will vote online for the association’s key leadership positions. The ALA has two presidential candidates: Gina... Read more

Bilbary founder criticises UK library service x

Ebook website Bilbary has launched in America, with founder Tim Coates announcing that US libraries participating in his service could earn a share of the... Read more

Ingram to expand Lightning Source operations with new licensing agreement, acquisitions x

Ingram Content Group has announced a new licensing agreement with EPAC Technologies and the acquisition of assets of two EPAC print facilities in the US, as... Read more

New ISO identifier code created for public identities x

Publishers and libraries will now be able to more accurately locate information via web databases about identities pursuing creative activities. The International Organization for Standardization... Read more

Recipients of PLA small grants announced x

Public Libraries Australia (PLA) has announced the recipients of its small grants scheme to support smaller libraries in delivering programs in support of the National... Read more

Centre for Modern Australian Writing launched in Ballarat x

The Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute’s new Centre for Modern Australian Writing was opened on 23 March by Dominic Brine, manager and breakfast presenter at ABC Radio... Read more

Harry Potter ebooks now available for purchase and library loan worldwide x

Library users worldwide, including in Australia, will be able to ‘borrow’ Harry Potter ebooks from 29 March, if their local libraries are signed up to... Read more

Ebooks: a short story x

As Allen & Unwin announces its contribution to the sector, we take a look at the burgeoning genre of the digital short. As Tim Coronel... Read more

Garth Nix’s ‘A Confusion of Princes’ x

Khemri is a prince of the empire, which governs the staggeringly huge population of humanity scattered across the galaxy. Taken from their parents as children... Read more

Macmillan ceases distribution of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press x

Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press ISBN Prefix: 97808796; 97809710; 97819332; 97819361 Old Distributor: Palgrave Macmillan New Distributor: Cold Spring Harbor Changeover Date: 1 May... Read more

Capricorn link appoints new Tasmanian agent x

Capricorn Link has announced that Christiana Szczerba of Top Shelf Agencies will represent Capricorn Link in Tasmania from 1 May, replacing former agent Belinda Shreeve.... Read more

Cox appointed Dymocks MD x

Dymocks Booksellers has announced that Steve Cox, previously general manager of buying, marketing and operations for the retailer, has been appointed to the new role of... Read more

O'Sullivan joins Hachette x

Suzanne O’Sullivan will join Hachette Australia on 2 April, as commissioning editor on the Lothian Children’s Books list. O’Sullivan was previously senior editor at Walker Books. (See News).

Changes at Perth Writers' Festival x

Danielle Benda, festival program manager for 2011 and 2012, is no longer with the Perth Writers’ Festival. Katherine Dorrington will resume in the role to... Read more

APA Professional Development x

We have a busy schedule ahead, which means there is a raft of skills building, efficiency facilitating, über fun workshops on offer, no less than... Read more

'Owl Know How' competition x

Thames & Hudson announce that Owl Know How stock has just arrived and will be flying into stores this week!   As seen in Frankie... Read more

Oxford University Press – Annual Stock Take – 2 and 3 April x

OUP will be closed on Monday 2 April and Tuesday 3 April for annual stock take. Dispatching of orders will resume on Wednesday 4 April. ... Read more

Spinifex Press Announcement x

Lara Fergus, author of My Sister Chaos, published by Spinifex Press has been nominated for the Lambda Literary Award in the Lesbian Debut Fiction section.... Read more

Cengage Learning’s Secondary Price Increase x

Nelson Cengage Learning’s Secondary division will be implementing a price increase as of 1 April 2012. All new orders and backorders released will reflect the... Read more

Suzanne O’Sullivan to join Hachette Australia x

Suzanne O’Sullivan will join Hachette on 2 April as Commissioning Editor on the Lothian Children’s Books list. Suzanne, who replaces Jon Appleton, was most recently... Read more

‘Fish-Hair Woman’ now available x

Merlinda Bobis’s Fish-Hair Woman (ISBN: 9781876756970) is now available in Australia and New Zealand, but not available in USA and UK until the 2012 Northern... Read more

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