Weekly Book Newsletter
2 May 2012

Quote of the week x

‘Many publishers I visited talked about the value of strong strategic partnerships with external companies and brands who could help foster the in-house skills base... Read more

Locus Awards 2012 finalists announced x

The top five finalists in each category of the 2012 Locus Awards have been announced by the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Melbourne artist Shaun Tan... Read more

Parliamentary inquiry into technology prices may look at ebooks x

A federal parliamentary inquiry into the prices of software and other electronic products will look at ebook pricing ‘if price differences in that market are... Read more

PMP receives mystery takeover bid x

PMP, parent company of book printer Griffin Press, has revealed that it has received a ‘highly conditional, non-binding indicative offer’ from an undisclosed bidder to... Read more

‘The Last Viking’ wins SCBWI Crystal Kite Award x

The Last Viking by Norman Jorgensen and James Foley (Fremantle Press) has won the Australian and New Zealand division of this year’s Crystal Kite Member... Read more

Celarc appointed general manager of publishing at OPUS; Fahy steps down as MPG CEO x

OPUS Group has appointed executive director Richard Celarc to the newly created position of general manager of publishing, following the group’s recent reverse takeover of McPherson’s Printing... Read more

ILF receives $20,100 to produce two children’s books, among several children’s book initiatives funded by CAL x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) has been allocated $20,100 in the most recent round of Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) Cultural Fund funding. As a result... Read more

ABA receives CAL funding to put conference sessions online x

The Australian Booksellers Association is among several industry-related bodies to receive funding in the most recent round of Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) Cultural Fund funding.... Read more

Shortlist for NT Chief Minister's Book of the Year announced x

Four titles are in the running for this year’s Northern Territory Chief Minister’s Book of the Year. The titles shortlisted for the award are: Northern... Read more

$20,000 for the Big Issue fiction edition, among several projects funded by CAL x

Several industry bodies have received funding from the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) in its latest round of Cultural Fund funding. In addition to the Australian... Read more

New bookstores open x

A new Dymocks bookstore will open this week at Charlestown Square Shopping Centre in Charlestown, New South Wales. Dymocks loyalty and marketing manager Elain Richards told Bookseller+Publisher... Read more

NT History Book Award 2012 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Darwin Spitfires: The Real Battle for... Read more

Moynahan to retire from HarperCollins ANZ; Kellow appointed CEO

HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand has announced CEO Michael Moynahan will retire from the company at the end of this month. The publisher said in... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

At the age of 16, Abigail Lowery witnesses a shocking mafia murder that forces her to flee her old life and identity for good. Fifteen... Read more

RiP Ernest Callenbach x

Ernest Callenbach, an American film scholar and environmentalist who wrote about an ecologically sustainable society in 1976 in the novel Ecotopia, has died aged 83.

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

Society of Editors (Vic) is renamed Editors Victoria x

The Society of Editors (Vic) has changed its name to Editors Victoria. Editors Victoria established a Facebook page on 3 March and has launched a new website:... Read more

Norman Lindsay Festival a success x

The annual Norman Lindsay Festival took place on Sunday 25 March at the Norman Lindsay Gallery in Faulconbridge, New South Wales. Named in honour of... Read more

Magabala announces partnership with Ubud writers festival x

Magabala Books has announced a new partnership with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali, Indonesia, which will involve a Magabala author participating in... Read more

Currency Press author wins Max Afford Award x

Currency Press author Declan Greene has won the 2012 Max Afford Playwrights’ Award. Greene was awarded the prize for his script Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore... Read more

The ‘Hoopla’, ‘Conversation’ launch online book columns x

Two new online book columns have recently launched. The Conversation has started talking books with a column by Bronwyn Lea titled ‘The Mind Field’. Lea... 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

B&N creates ‘Newco’ subsidiary with investment from Microsoft x

US bookselling chain Barnes & Noble has creating a new subsidiary for its digital businesses and college bookstores in partnership with Microsoft, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

Kobo to launch in Brazil this year x

Kobo vice-president Todd Humphrey has confirmed that the ebook retailer and provider plans to expand into Brazil this year, reports the Bookseller. Humphrey has confirmed... Read more

Judge dismisses ‘Three Cups of Tea’ civil case x

In the US, a federal judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit against Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson and his publisher Penguin Group (USA),... Read more

University of Minnesota pushes for open source textbooks x

The University of Minnesota has launched an online project to source and catalogue free ‘open-source’ textbooks for students. It’s part of a national effort across... Read more

Ingram partners with South African bookseller, Foyles in UK x

Ingram announced in April that it will partner with South African bookseller Van Schaik to provide etextbooks via its VitalSource platform. Van Schaik, which has... 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

Harvard objects to high prices of academic journal subscriptions x

Harvard University, one of the world’s richest academic institutions, has announced it can no longer afford academic journal subscriptions, advising staff to support open-access publishing... Read more

City of Sydney’s book amnesty a success x

City of Sydney’s first ever month-long book amnesty has resulted in thousands of borrowers returning their books, renewing library cards or signing up as new... Read more

ABC looks for '10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die' x

The ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club is calling for people to vote for their favourite Australian books to create an ultimate reading list. To coincide... Read more

NLA acquires rare globes x

The National Library of Australia has acquired two pairs of rare floor globes from a New York gallery. The two pairs of terrestrial and celestial... Read more

NLA and major international libraries to implement RDA cataloguing x

The National Library of Australia is joining other major libraries across the world in adopting a new standard for cataloguing in the first quarter of... 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

Key findings from Joel Naoum’s Unwin Trust Fellowship report x

Momentum publisher Joel Naoum packed his bags for London last year to investigate experiments in digital publishing among UK trade publishers. His report includes case... 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

Randa Abdel-Fattah’s ‘No Sex in the City’ x

‘Randa Abdel-Fattah’s first adult novel … the cleverly named No Sex in the City is unadulterated Aussie chick-lit with a twist: lead character Esma is... 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

'Island' magazine distributed by Dennis Jones x

Publisher: Island magazine ISBN: 978-0-9871470-3-5 New Distributor: Dennis Jones & Associates Changeover date: 2 May 2012 URL: www.dennisjones.com.au

Herron distributing Toots Books x

Publisher: Toots Books ISBN Prefix: 978-0-9803 New Distributor: Herron Books Changeover Date: 1 May 2012 URL: www.herronbooks.com.au

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

Changes at OPUS Group x

OPUS Group has announced that executive director Richard Celarc has been appointed to the newly created position of general manger of publishing. Celarc will take... Read more

Moynahan to retire from HarperCollins ANZ; Kellow appointed CEO x

HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand has announced that CEO Michael Moynahan will retire from his position at the end of this month. James Kellow, currently... Read more

Adler elected APA president x

Melbourne University Publishing CEO Louise Adler has been elected president of the Australian Publishers Association (APA), replacing Stephen May. Several other positions on the APA... Read more

Svarc joins Hardie Grant x

Monica Svarc, former publicity manager at Bloomsbury Australia, has joined Hardie Grant in the role of publicity manager. Svarc replaces Rosalind McClintock who has left the... 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

Entries for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards for 2013 x

Change to entry of Picture Books: In 2012 Publishers must choose one of the following categories for each book: Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood,... Read more

APA Professional Development: SWF Design Discussion panel and bookings now for June/July x

SWF Design Discussion panel:18 May at Wharf Two from 10–11am. The annual free Book Design Discussion Panel on the morning after the Book Design Awards... Read more

Editors Victoria Dinner Meeting – ‘The Business of Freelancing’ x

‘The Business of Freelancing’ hosted by Editors Victoria freelance affairs officer Fran Madigan, with guest panellists Campbell Aitkin, Express Editing Writing & Research; Brad Collis, Coretext;... Read more

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

Electronic invoices now available from Herron Books x

PacStream is pleased to announce that electronic invoices are now available from Herron Books. If you are a Herron Books customer and would like to... Read more

Herron Books to Distribute Toots Books x

Herron Books are excited to announce the new release of Toots gift books to the Australian Market. Herron have acquired the exclusive national rights to... Read more

Senior Changes at HarperCollins ANZ x

Sydney, London, New York, 1 May 2012: HarperCollins today announced that Michael Moynahan has decided to retire as CEO of HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand,... Read more

'The Light Heart of Stone' by Tor Roxburgh x

The Light Heart of Stone Author: Tor Roxburgh ISBN: 9780980524918 RRP: $29.95 Epic fantasy at its wonderful best. A rich and tantalising world. Characters you... Read more

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