Weekly Book Newsletter
26 April 2012

Adler elected APA president; Seale, Barnett and O’Brien step down x

Melbourne University Publishing CEO Louise Adler has been elected the new president of the Australian Publishers Association (APA). The APA announced Adler’s appointment following its... Read more

Baillieu appointed 'ABR' deputy editor x

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced that Amy Baillieu has been appointed as the magazine’s new deputy editor. Baillieu, who is currently ABR philanthropy... Read more

LBF: ‘busy’ and ‘hopeful’ x

While official attendance figures are yet to be released, this year’s London Book Fair (LBF) has been described as ‘busy’ and ‘hopeful’ by Australian publishers,... Read more

WH Smith to open second store at Melbourne’s Southern Cross station x

UK bookselling chain WH Smith will open a second store at Southern Cross train station in Melbourne next month. A spokesperson for WH Smith told... Read more

Byron Bay Writers Festival 2012 to focus on children’s, YA and science x

The 2012 Byron Bay Writers’ Festival will be run from 3-5 August, with an increased focus on young adult, science and children’s books. Festival director... Read more

Commonwealth Writers Prize shortlist announced, Text scoops three nominations x

The shortlist for the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize has been announced. Text Publishing received three of the four Australian nominations for the Commonwealth... Read more

MUP moves sales and distribution to Random House x

Melbourne University Publishing has announced it will move sales and distribution of its titles to Random House from 1 August this year. The publisher, which... Read more

Preliminary report recommends GST on imported goods should be payable by offshore suppliers x

A preliminary report commissioned by the Federal Government’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) Distribution Review has recommended that GST revenue currently forgone on imported goods... Read more

MUP reports $2.1 million loss x

Melbourne University Publishing has reported a year-end overall loss of $2.136 million, compared with a loss in 2010 of only $395,000. The publishing company, which... Read more

Pearson to move to net pricing in NZ x

Pearson has announced that it will move to a ‘net price model’ in New Zealand next month, following a similar move in Australia last year.... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It seemed people had, for the most part, stopped talking about the state of the industry, and started talking again about their books, their authors... Read more

Auckland Readers & Writers Festival 2012 program released x

The program for the 2012 Auckland Writers & Readers Festival has been released and is now available online. This year’s festival will be held from... Read more

2012 SCBWI conference program released x

The program for the 2012 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI ) Australian & New Zealand conference has been released. The SCBWI conference... Read more

ABA Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award shortlist announced x

The books shortlisted for this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award have been announced. The award recognises Australian new-release titles that... Read more

RiP Dora Saint x

Dora Saint, a UK author who wrote under the pen name Miss Reed, has died aged 98. Saint wrote about life in the fictional villages of... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Scholastic Australia has licensed French-translation and English-language rights to Some Dads and The Runaway Hug (Nick Bland, illus. Freya Blackwood) to Canada. Acquisitions Harlequin... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Calico Joe (John Grisham, Hachette), a story about fathers and sons set in the world of major league baseball, is first on the highest new entries... Read more

Whitcoulls to close Lambton Quay store x

Whitcoulls has confirmed that, after 104 years on the same site, the Whitcoulls Lambton Quay store will close at the end of May. A statement... Read more

ACCC 'aware' of international developments in ebook pricing investigations x

A spokesperson for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has told Bookseller+Publisher that the commission is ‘aware of the developments in other jurisdictions concerning... Read more

Williams leaves, George appointed COO at PMP; 2012 expected earnings downgraded for second time in six months x

PMP chief executive Richard Allely has added the position of general manager of print and distribution to his role following the departure of Andrew Williams... Read more

Magabala Books celebrates 25 years x

Magabala Books, Australia’s oldest independent Indigenous publisher will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. The Broome-based publisher was founded in 1987 to restore, preserve and... Read more

Dempster to leave EWF

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has announced that this year’s festival will be the last for current director Lisa Dempster. The 2012 festival, which will... Read more

Clunes recognised as international booktown

The International Organisation of Booktowns has declared the Victorian town of Clunes as an international booktown. This recognition places Clunes alongside 14 other international booktowns,... Read more

Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival 2012 program announced x

The program for this year’s Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival in Western Australia is now available online. This year’s festival will be held between... Read more

Scott to deliver Miles Franklin Oration at Curtin University x

Kim Scott will deliver the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award Oration on 1 May at Curtin University in Perth. Scott, who won last year’s Miles... Read more

'Seizure' launches novella competition x

Biannual literary journal Seizure (ed by Alice Grundy) has launched a new novella competition open to Australian and New Zealand writers. The novella must be 20–50,000... Read more

Patrick White exhibition opens at NLA x

A new exhibition celebrating the life and works of Patrick White opened on 13 April at the National Library of Australia in Canberra. ‘The Life... Read more

Clunes recognised as international booktown x

The Victorian town of Clunes has been declared an international booktown by the International Organisation of Booktowns. This recognition places Clunes alongside 14 other international... Read more

Wheeler Centre program launched x

Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre has launched its ‘Programme Two’ with 10 events per week running from May to July. As part of the program, 10 writers... Read more

EWF program announced x

The program for the ninth Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) in Melbourne has been announced. The festival begins with storytelling and performance at the Stories that Matter... Read more

Cambridge appoints dedicated trade sales rep x

Cambridge University Press has announced it has appointed a dedicated trade sales representative. The publisher said it had ‘decided to service the trade channel directly’... Read more

Shearer’s wins Business Champion Award x

Shearer’s Bookshop was named Australia’s Champion Specialised Retail Small Business on Saturday 21 April at the Australian Small Business Champion Awards. Shearer’s, now based in... Read more

Awa Press nominated for business award x

Awa Press is a finalist in the 2012 Wellington Creative Gold Awards. The awards, which have been running since 1999, were initially set up in... Read more

Stella Prize to fund places for women at Varuna workshop x

The Stella Prize Committee has announced that it will fund three places for women at a workshop on literary criticism run by the Australian chief... Read more

Kobo-branded stores to open inside WH Smith stores x

Ebook provider and retailer Kobo announced at the London Book Fair this month that it has reached an agreement with UK bookselling chain WH Smith... Read more

Brooks on Chautauqua shortlist x

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Fourth Estate) was shortlisted for the first Chautauqua Prize. Sponsored by the Chautauqua Institution, NY, the prize, ‘celebrates a book... Read more

Wiley US files piracy lawsuit against four individuals x

In the US, John Wiley & Sons has filed lawsuits against four individuals over alleged illegal downloading of its titles, reports the BBC. The suits... Read more

Tor/Forge ebooks to go DRM-free x

Tom Doherty Associates, publisher of Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape and Tor Teen imprints and subsidiary of Macmillan US, has announced that by July, its entire... Read more

Spanish rail service, Random House encourage commuters to download books x

As part of its National Reading Plan, the Catalan Government Railways has placed posters with QR codes linking to the first chapters of popular novels... Read more

Amazon adds in-app purchasing capability to app store x

Amazon has added in-app purchasing software to its app store, with Andriod app users now able to make purchases within applications sold in the Android... Read more

Timbuktu librarians hide manuscripts from rebels x

According to Reuters the desert trading town of Timbuktu has been overrun with rebels from the Tuareg militia since 1 April, prompting librarians, scholars and... Read more

'The Slap' nominated for BAFTA x

The Slap, the television adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ novel of the same name (A&U), has been nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television... Read more

CourseSmart may expand offering to include trade titles x

American etextbook platform CourseSmart has announced that while its focus remains core textbooks, it is looking to expand into trade titles soon, in the UK and the US. The platform, which is... Read more

British Library acquires earliest intact European book x

The British Library has acquired the St Cuthbert Gospel, a seventh-century manuscript believed to be the earliest intact European book, for £9 million (A$14million). The money was... Read more

Hachette Livre sells ebook distribution business x

Hachette Livre has sold the ebook distribution platform that it acquired in 2008, reports the Bookseller. The publisher sold the Numilog platform to its founder... Read more

Amazon launches Spanish ebookstore x

Amazon has launched a dedicated Spanish-language Kindle store. The ebookstore launched at the beginning of April within Amazon’s existing Kindle store in the US. Publishers... Read more

Ancient Egyptian scrolls found at Queensland Museum x

A British historian has accidentally discovered a trove of rare Egyptian ancient scrolls in the collection of the Queensland Museum. John Taylor, an internationally respected... Read more

Rare convict book discovered in Tasmanian charity sale x

A rare book of poetry once owned by Australian convicts has been found in a charity sale in Burnie, northern Tasmania. Local Pam Thorne was helping... Read more

New arrangements ensure continuity of Waverley literary award x

Waverley Council has guaranteed the continuation of the ‘Nib’ Waverley Council Award for Literature this year by committing to maintain the value of the prize... Read more

A little TLC: Tanya Caunce on making her store a success x

Tech-savvy bookseller Tanya Caunce says her Brisbane store has ‘found general fiction to be a dying category and we now specialise in more niche and... Read more

Romy Ash's 'Floundering' x

The Vogel Award is announced tonight. Floundering by Romy Ash was shortlisted for last year’s award and was subsequently published by Text this month. ‘It’s... Read more

Central Book Services to Cease Distribution of Royal Society of Chemistry x

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry ISBN Prefix: Various Old Distributor: Central Book Services New Distributor: N/A Changeover date: 1 April 2012 URL: http://www.centralbookservices.com.au/

MUP Sales & Distribution moves to Random House (see classified.) x

Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing ISBN Prefix: Various Old Distributor: MDS New Distributor: Random House Australia Changeover date: 1 August 2012 Returns Cut-off date: 21 September... Read more

Baillieu appointed 'ABR' deputy editor x

Amy Baillieu has been appointed deputy editor of the Australian Book Review, replacing Mark Gomes who is joining the National Gallery of Victoria as an... Read more

Changes at PMP x

At PMP, CEO Richard Allely has added the position of general manager of print and distribution to his role following the departure of Andrew Williams,... Read more

Dempster to leave EWF x

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has announced that director Lisa Dempster will leave EWF after this year’s festival. (See news).

Book Industry Digital Innovation Award Nominations x

Nominations are open for the new Book Industry Digital Innovation Award. presented by the Australian Publishers Association and sponsored by Publishing Technology as part of... Read more

Australian Book Industry Awards – Tickets are selling fast, be sure to get in quick! 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

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. presents: 'Not-so-secret agents' x

Tuesday 1 May  at 6.30pm                                                                    ‘Not-so-secret agents’ Guest speaker, literary agent Fiona Inglis What do literary agents do, and how have new developments changed... Read more

MIFF 37ºSouth's Books at MIFF - Call for Submissions x

MIFF 37ºSouth Market, the film co-financing market organised by the industry programs unit of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). BaM facilitates relationships between publishers,... Read more

Australia Council for the Arts seeks committee member to join the VIPs Committee x

The Australia Council for the Arts is seeking a committee member to join the Visiting International Publisher’s (VIPs) Committee for the 2013 and 2014 Visiting... Read more

Books from our Backyard 2011 - A call for Queensland writers x

Queensland Writers Centre is calling all Queensland writers who have published a book in 2011 to send details for inclusion in Books from our Backyard... Read more

The Age 2012 Book of the Year Awards x

The Age is inviting entries to its 2012 Book of the Year awards. Three prizes of $10,000 will be given to the winner of the... Read more

‘No Remorse’ now available through John Reed Books x

The Kirkus Review said about Ian Walkley’s incredible debut action thriller No Remorse: "Walkley’s beefy prose and rousing action sequences deliver a thriller to satisfy... Read more

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