Weekly Book Newsletter
18 April 2012

Orange Prize 2012 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction has been announced. The UK prize, worth £30,000 (approximately A$46,000), is awarded for the best novel... Read more

Booksellers, publishers find success at Supanova 2012 x

Booksellers provided space for genre authors to meet with fans at the Supanova pop culture expo at Melbourne showgrounds on 13-15 April. Dymocks North Sydney ran... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We understood that the shift to agency would be very costly to Penguin and its shareholders in the short-term, but we reasoned that the prevention... Read more

Kobo self-publishing platform to launch globally within months x

Ebook provider and retailer Kobo has confirmed to Bookseller+Publisher that its self-publishing platform will launch within months and will be available to users in Australia... Read more

Pulitzer Prizes announced, no fiction prize awarded

The annual Pulitzer Prizes were announced on 16 April, with the exception of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction which was not awarded this year. Instead,... Read more

Bloomsbury Australia creates new digital marketing role x

Bloomsbury Australia has appointed Bethia Thomas to the newly created position of digital marketing manager. Thomas, who joined the publisher in March, has previously worked... Read more

Lonely Planet launches country guide apps x

Lonely Planet has announced a series of new country guide apps for the iPhone and iPod touch, available via the App store. The first apps... Read more

Readers of Whitehorse bookshop closes x

Independent Melbourne bookstore Readers of Whitehorse has closed. The store, which was located in the Centro shopping centre in Box Hill, Melbourne, finished trading on... Read more

Bombala Writers Festival kicks off this weekend x

Inspired by an image posted on Facebook of the Bombala Literary Institute—a decaying building dating back to 1865—several authors have banded together to bring the... Read more

HarperCollins announces field sales review x

HarperCollins Australia has announced that it is reviewing its field sales operation. CEO Michael Moynahan said in a statement this week that the publisher will... Read more

ARBR opens two new A&R bookstores in Queensland x

Angus & Robertson Book Retailing (ARBR), the sister company of former REDgroup-owned newsagency chain Supanews, has opened two new Angus & Robertson (A&R)-branded bookstores in... Read more

Apple, four publishers, to settle in EU antitrust case x

As reported by the Bookseller, Apple and four publishers under investigation by the EU Competition Commission regarding ebook pricing have made proposals to ‘reach an... Read more

RiP Nick Webb x

Nick Webb, author and former publisher, has died aged 63. Webb’s works include Wish You Were Here (2003), The Dictionary of Bullsh-t (2006) and The... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The books from Suzanne Collins’ ‘Hunger Games’ series (Scholastic) dominate the charts once again, with Catching Fire still at the top of both the bestseller and highest... Read more

New Dymocks store opens in Melbourne x

A new Dymocks bookstore opened on Saturday 14 April at Knox Shopping Centre in Wantirna South, Victoria, taking the place of a space once occupied... Read more

Darwin WordStorm 2012 program announced x

The program for this year’s WordStorm festival, to be held in conjunction with the National Poetry Festival, has been announced. The festival will run from... Read more

Weekly Book Newsletter published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the ANZAC Day public holiday next Wednesday, Bookseller+Publisher’s Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday 26 April. The deadline for... Read more

Movie double-pass giveaway! x

Lloyd is on top of the world—beautiful girls, great club sounds and a neverending supply of the love drug, sustained by a smuggling sideline for... Read more

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

Meyer creates literary video series x

Literary blogger and former Bookseller+Publisher acting editor Angela Meyer has started an online video series ‘A Drink with…’ with episodes of 15 minute literary chats... Read more

Random House to launch Children’s Vintage Classics list x

Random House will launch a new Children’s Vintage Classics list in August. The list will be priced at $9.95 and will be promoted in a... Read more

SA small business commissioner appointed x

The South Australian Government has appointed Mike Sinkunas as the state’s small business commissioner. Sinkunas, who has previously worked in education, computing and the SA... Read more

New owners for Melbourne secondhand bookstore x

Alice’s Bookshop, on Rathdowne Street in Carlton, Victoria, has been taken over by new owners Ellen Boyd and Joshua Green, reports the Age. The secondhand... Read more

Sir Julius Vogel Awards finalists announced x

The finalists for the 2012 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced. Awards are presented in the professional award categories for best novel, best youth novel, best... 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

Bookseller aprehends NY library book thief x

A New York-based thief responsible for stealing and selling valuable library books has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. The New York Post reports that Andrew... Read more

Oxford, Vatican libraries to digitize x

The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Vatican library intend to digitize 1.5 million pages of ancient texts and put them online... Read more

Scholastic to launch Storia ebook platform this year x

In the US, Scholastic has begun beta testing of its Storia ebook platform after more than 18 months of development, and plans to officially launch... Read more

'Three Cups of Tea' author to reimburse charity x

Following lawsuits regarding fraudulency and deception, Greg Mortenson, the author of Three Cups of Tea, published in Australia by Penguin, has been ordered to reimburse the... Read more

Electric Literature to launch new literary journal x

Electric Literature, a US-based independent publisher, will release the inaugural issue of its new digital literary magazine Recommended Reading in May. Recommended Reading will be... 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

Softlink launches new app x

Softlink has launched ‘Library Link’, a mobile application for android and iPhones that allows users to search for resources, place renewals and check alert messages... Read more

New Carindale library opens x

The Carindale Library reopened on 29 March in a new $2.67 million premises in the front of the new $300 million extension of Carindale Shopping... Read more

Better ebook access for NZ’s blind and print disabled readers x

A new initiative announced by the Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind and Copyright Licensing Limited is intended to improve blind and print-disabled New Zealanders’... Read more

Brisbane's mayor promises $100,000 for 'Writers in Residence' x

At the recent opening of the new Carindale library in Brisbane, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced an election commitment to spend $100,000 on a new... Read more

Health libraries PD day x

Health Libraries Australia will hold a professional development day in conjuction with the ALIA Biennial conference in Sydney. It will take place at the Garvan... 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

Spotlight on Text's new Australian Classics x

Got a suggestion for a future Text Australian Classic? ‘If readers want to email me with suggestions, I would be thrilled to receive them,’ publisher... 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

Libby Gleeson's 'Red' x

Spring-boarding off the recent wave of global natural disasters (particularly Queensland), Gleeson does a chillingly effective job of destroying all that is familiar and safe.... 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

NewSouth Books to distribute RMIT University Press Titles (see classified) x

Publisher: RMIT University Press ISBN Prefix: 9781921426 Old Distributor: Modern Journal New Distributor: NewSouth Books Changeover Date: 18 April 2012

Changes at Bloomsbury x

At Bloomsbury Australia, Bethia Thomas has started in the new role of digital marketing manager, Hannah Temby has been promoted to the new role of marketing... Read more

Burke new regional MD of Prenax x

Tim Burke is now the managing director for the Australia, NZ and Asia-Pacific region at global subscription services company Prenax.

Cavanagh, Hocken promoted x

Sarah Cavanagh has been promoted from CLS sales manager to public library sales manager for James Bennett and Baker & Taylor International, replacing Andrew Hocken... 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

APA Professional Development x

April: An Introduction to Australian Book Publishing Sydney Thursday 26 April. Unfortunately we’ve had to cancel Melbourne’s course, but fortunately we can still offer places... Read more

60th Annual Book Design Awards – Tickets on sale x

Tickets are on sale for the Book Design Awards, to be held at the Powerhouse Museum on 17 May as part of Sydney Writers’ Festival... 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

RMIT University Press Titles to be distributed by NewSouth Books x

NewSouth Books is delighted to announce that effective immediately, they are now the exclusive distributors for publications from RMIT University Press. For orders, contact: NewSouth... Read more

NewSouth Books announces SWF authors x

NewSouth Books is thrilled to announce that the following authors have been invited to participate in The Sydney Writer’s Festival (May 2012):  Robert Gray, Geoffrey... Read more

Freelance Book Publicist x

Experienced freelance book publicist is available to nationally promote upcoming titles. Reasonable rates and always delivers great media results. Specialising in non-fiction, all subject areas.... Read more

Hachette Australia Congratulates 2012 ABIA Shortlisted Authors x

Our heartiest congratulations go to William McInnes for Worse Things Happen at Sea (General Non-Fiction Book of the Year and Book of the Year); Favel... Read more

HarperCollins Announcement x

HarperCollins today announced a review of their field sales operation. Michael Moynahan, CEO, explained: ‘Unfortunately the current market necessitates a change. We are committed to... Read more

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