Weekly Book Newsletter
12 April 2012

Google to discontinue ebook reseller program by 2013; Dymocks, Booktopia and Co-op to stop selling Google eBooks x

Google has confirmed to Bookseller+Publisher that it will discontinue its ebook reseller program with Australian retailers by early 2013. Google said in a statement last... Read more

APA to present new digital innovation award at ABIAs x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced that it will present a new award for digital innovation as part of this year’s Australian Book Industry... Read more

Education Works closes SA and Vic Wooldridges stores, warehouse x

In a letter to suppliers, school bookseller Education Works has announced the closure of its Wooldridges retail stores in Magill, South Australia, and Moorabbin, Victoria,... Read more

Queensland Literary Awards to replace axed Prem's awards

The Queensland Literary Awards (QLAs), established by a volunteer committee to replace the recently axed Queensland Premier’s awards, will take place in 2012 and are... Read more

Apple, Macmillan, Penguin to fight DOJ conspiracy charge in court x

As reported overnight by Publishers Lunch, three US publishers have reached a settlement agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ), after the DOJ formally... Read more

Changes to NSW Premier's Literary and History Awards announced x

The New South Wales Government has announced that this year’s NSW Premier’s Literary and History Awards will be presented at the State Library of NSW... Read more

O’Hara to step down as BWF director

Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) director and CEO Jane O’Hara has confirmed that this year’s festival will be her last. ‘Jane provided more than twelve months... Read more

Grover appointed Fusion Retail Brands CEO

Former Dymocks CEO Don Grover has been appointed CEO and managing director of Fusion Retail Brands (FRB). FRB was launched in September 2011 to ‘secur[e]... Read more

Harry Potter ebooks published without DRM x

Ebooks sold online through JK Rowling’s Pottermore website are being published on most devices without digital-rights management restrictions (DRM). In place of DRM, each ebook... Read more

'Cash mob' visits Sydney’s Ariel Books x

A group of approximately 30 people visited Ariel Books in Paddington, Sydney, on Saturday 25 March as part of a new initiative designed to support local businesses. The... Read more

New bookshop opens in Hobart x

A new bookshop has opened at the State Cinema in Hobart, Tasmania. The State Cinema Bookstore started trading on 3 April, and is located adjacent... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Often, in the rush to bestow prestige on the recipient (and benefactor), administrators of literary awards can forget that giving out an award is only... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The wife of a diplomat goes on a much needed weekend getaway with her three best friends. While enjoying themselves in Monte Carlo, their fun... Read more

Harlequin reports sales, earnings decrease for 2011; digital revenues account for 15.5% of global sales x

Harlequin has attributed declines in its revenue and earnings in 2011 to lower print sales in overseas markets. In its latest financial results, released by... Read more

Sales and profits grow at Elsevier in 2011 x

International publisher Elsevier has recorded a two percent increase in underlying sales and a four percent increase in underlying operating profit for 2011. In its... Read more

Australian Poetry director resigns amid controversy x

Paul Kooperman, director of Australia’s peak poetry body, Australian Poetry Ltd, has resigned, following the resignations of general manager Robert Lukins and publications manager Victoria... Read more

2012 ABIA finalists announced

The finalists for this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. The winners of the awards, as well as the Lloyd O’Neil Award... Read more

Australian titles win international food writing awards x

Australian cookbooks were among those honoured at the 2012 International Association of Culinary Professionals (ICAP) Food Writing Awards earlier this month. Christine Mansfield’s Tasting India... Read more

SA Govt increases cash prize for Adelaide Festival Awards

The South Australian Government has announced that it will offer an extra $15,000 for the Premier’s Award at the next Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature,... Read more

Changes to NSW Premier’s Literary and History Awards announced

The New South Wales Government has announced that this year’s NSW Premier’s Literary and History Awards will be presented at the State Library of NSW in... Read more

Bob Carr leaves Dymocks board x

Dymocks has confirmed that, as a consequence of his appointment to the Senate, newly appointed Foreign Minister Bob Carr has resigned from the Dymocks Board.... Read more

Dymocks Ponsonby closes x

Dymocks has confirmed to Bookseller+Publisher that the Dymocks store in Ponsonby, Auckland, has closed. A spokesperson for Dymocks told Bookseller+Publisher that the store finished trading... Read more

Dymocks 101 list for 2012 x

Dymocks has released its 101 Club list of the best books of all time for 2012, as voted by members of the company’s Booklover loyalty program.... Read more

New award for Indigenous playwrights x

Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney has created the new Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award, which offers $20,000 for the creation of a new play by... Read more

Hugo Awards shortlists announced x

The shortlists for the 2012 Hugo Awards for science-fiction have been announced. The nominations for Best Novel include Among Others (Jo Walton, Tor), A Dance... Read more

2012 Williamstown Literary Festival x

The 2012 Williamstown Literary Festival program has been launched and is available online. This year’s festival will be held on 5-6 May and will be... Read more

Penguin to publish winners of EWF Monash undergraduate creative writing prize x

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has announced that Penguin will publish the winners of its Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing. EWF said that... Read more

FAW Awards winners announced x

The Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) has announced the winners of its 2011 National Literary Awards. The Sid Harta Literature Award was awarded to Into... Read more

Radio National Books and Arts Daily launches classics book club x

Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily has launched a new book club which aims to revive interest in classic Australian novels. The book club, which... Read more

Bowker Market Research launched x

Bowker, the US parent company of Thorpe-Bowker, which publishes Bookseller+Publisher, has announced it has merged its US-based PubTrack Consumer brand with its UK-based Book Marketing... Read more

William Boyd to write new James Bond novel x

UK author William Boyd (Restless, Any Human Heart) has been chosen by the Ian Fleming estate to write the next official James Bond novel. Boyd... Read more

Amazon launches new Spanish-language ebookstore x

Amazon has launched a new Kindle bookstore dedicated to Spanish-language titles for its US-based customers. eBooks Kindle en Español, which operates within Amazon’s existing Kindle... Read more

Yahoo seeks patents for ebook advertising systems x

Yahoo has filed US patent applications for ebook advertising systems which suggest the company is investigating revenue opportunities from ebooks ads. According to Yahoo’s patent... Read more

Two 'big' US publishers refuse to renew Amazon contracts x

The Bookseller reports that ‘at least two of the big six publishers in the US are refusing to renew contracts with Amazon.com, with the giant... Read more

2012 Shared Leadership Program for Victorian public library staff x

Victorian public library staff are invited to apply for the 2012 Shared Leadership Program, aimed at enthusiastic future leaders. Those selected will participate in a... Read more

Pottermore’s approach to ebooks and libraries x

In a move that may prove very positive for libraries, Pottermore’s approach to library lending differs from those of the big publishers, who have either... Read more

Registrations open for National Simultaneous Storytime x

The Very Cranky Bear by Australian author Nick Bland (Scholastic) has been chosen for this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime, taking place on Wednesday 23 May... Read more

New library opens in Penrith x

St Clair library in the City of Penrith, NSW, has been renovated and reopened with new air-conditioning, carpet, desks and paint. The renovations were funded... Read more

SLQ shares memories of Queensland floods x

The State Library of Queensland has launched two exhibitions and a series of events which pay tribute to memories of Queensland floods and celebrates the... Read more

Roberts begins as new CEO at State Library of Victoria x

Sue Roberts, the State Library of Victoria’s new CEO and State Librarian has taken up her position this week. A published author and leading thinker... Read more

'Metadata obscura: Zoe Dattner on the nightmare that is ebook metadata supply' x

‘It’s Thursday morning and I’m waiting at SPUNC HQ for Imogen to arrive. Today we’re going to upload 80 ebooks to Roger, Syd and David*.... Read more

Gideon Haigh's 'The Office: A hardworking history' x

We have had histories of salt, porcelain and even double-entry bookkeeping—so why not the office? It is an integral part of many people’s lives and... Read more

Central Book Services to Cease Distribution of Slack Incorporated x

Agency Change Details Publisher: Slack Inc. ISBN Prefix: Various Old Distributor: Central Book Services New Distributor: Eurospan Changeover date: 18 May 2012 Returns cutoff date:... Read more

Carr resigns from Dymocks board x

Newly appointed Foreign Minister Bob Carr has resigned from his position on the board of Dymocks.

Grover joins Fusion Retail Brands x

Former Dymocks CEO Don Grover has been appointed CEO and managing director of Fusion Retail Brands (see News).

Roberts begins as new CEO at State Library of Victoria x

Sue Roberts, the State Library of Victoria’s new CEO and State Librarian has started in her position this week (see News).

Kooperman, Lukins, Amy resign from Australian Poetry Ltd x

Paul Kooperman has resigned as the director of Australian Poetry Ltd, following the resignations of general manager Robert Lukins and publications manager Victoria Amy. A... Read more

Registrations now open for National Simultaneous Storytime x

Registrations are now open for National Simultaneous Storytime, an annual national literacy campaign taking place on Wednesday 23 May at 11am AEDT this year. A... Read more

Australian Book Industry Awards – Tickets on sale now! x

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) will be presented at a gala dinner at the Ivy Room in Sydney on Friday 18 May as part... Read more

Book Industry Digital Innovation Award x

The Australian Publishers Association is proud to present the new Book Industry Digital Innovation Award sponsored by Publishing Technology as part of the 2012 Australian... Read more

Earlybird Registration for ABA Conference Closes Today! x

If you’re an ABA member and you haven’t taken advantage of the earlybird registration price then make sure you register by Midnight Tonight (Thursday April... Read more

Queensland Literary Awards 2012 x

Since 1999, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards have recognised, nurtured and sought out great talent in Australian writers. In 2012 the new Premier’s decision to... Read more

Pascal Press buys Steve Parish Publishing assets x

Pascal Press recently purchased all the Publishing assets of Steve Parish Publishing Pty Limited, including Calendars and Diaries, Educational and General Interest books, and Greeting... Read more

HarperCollins Publishers Australia congratulates CBCA shortlisted authors x

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is delighted to congratulate Jackie French and Emma Quay whose books were shortlisted in the 2012 CBCA awards. Nanberry: Black Brother White... Read more

Availability of Allen & Unwin CBCA Shortlisted Titles x

Congratulations to all the Allen & Unwin authors and illustrators whose books have been shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the... Read more

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