Weekly Book Newsletter
9 May 2012

Quote of the week x

‘Any publisher banking on ebooks being around five years from now is in for a rude surprise’—Lonely Planet publishing platform architect Jani Patokallio argues that... Read more

Candado replaces Goonan at St Pauls Publications x

Michael Goonan has finished in his role as editorial director at Catholic publisher St Pauls Publications. In an email to members of the St Pauls... Read more

Franco replaces Chance at Currency Press x

Currency Press has announced that Victoria Chance has resigned from the position of publisher and has left the company. Deborah Franco, formally sales and marketing... Read more

Ditmar Awards ballot announced x

The shortlisted works for the Ditmar Awards ballot has been announced and voting has commenced. Shortlisted works include: Best Novel The Shattered City (Tansy Rayner... Read more

Michael Hastings withdraws from SWF, Auckland writers festival x

US author and journalist Michael Hastings has withdrawn from his sessions at the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival and the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF). The... Read more

Norma K Hemming 2012 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2012 Norma K Hemming Award has been announced.   The award is for a work of speculative fiction published in Australia... Read more

Google Books trial could take place as early as September x

Litigation in the Google Books case could begin as early as September as the parties wait for judge Denny Chin to rule on whether the... Read more

Budget delivers small business tax relief, funds for small business commissioner; Indigenous literacy and numeracy funding redirected x

Small businesses that are currently making losses will be able to claim losses against previously taxed income from next year as a result of the... Read more

Zeiher appointed Asia Pacific sales and marketing director at Lonely Planet x

Lonely Planet has announced that Chris Zeiher has been promoted to the newly created role of Asia Pacific sales and marketing director. Zeiher was previously... Read more

Guest of Honour status results in unprecedented NZ rights sales x

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has announced that its position as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair has increased rights sales... Read more

Miles Franklin 2012 shortlist announced x

As reported in a Bookseller+Publisher special bulletin on Thursday 3 May, the shortlist for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The shortlisted... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Will Robie, a freelance hit-man hired by the US Government to eliminate suspected enemies, has no problems with killing the ‘bad guys’ but when his... Read more

2012 Romantic Book of the Year Award finalists announced x

The finalists for the 2012 Romantic Book of the Year Award, known as the R*BY Awards, have been announced. The finalists in each category are:... Read more

MWF secures $12,500 from Tourism Victoria for interstate promotions x

The Victorian Government has announced that Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has received $12,500 in funding from Tourism Victoria to promote the festival nationally. The government... Read more

Oz, NZ titles recognised at 2012 IPPY Awards x

The 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) results have been announced. The winners in the Australian and New Zealand Best Regional Fiction category are: Gold:... Read more

RiP Andrew Etheridge x

Andrew Etheridge, book industry veteran and bookseller at UNSW Bookshop, has died. The UNSW Bookshop team writes: ‘Some of you may have heard of the... Read more

RiP Maurice Sendak x

Maurice Sendak, the much-loved author and illustrator best known for his picture book Where the Wild Things Are, has died aged 83.  Sendak received numerous awards over his... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction–Scholastic Australia confirms three Chinese language deals for Anna Pignataro’s gift book trilogy: Always, Brave Little Penguin and Together. Hachette Australia has sold German-language... Read more

ASA Children’s Picture Book Illustrators grants announced

The recipients of the Australian Society of Authors’ (ASA) Children’s Picture Book Illustrators grants have been announced. Trace Balla and Craig Phillips are both recipients of the... Read more

Miles Franklin Literary Award 2012 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Blood (Tony Birch, UQP)  All That I Am (Anna... Read more

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 Book Grocer in Albury x

A new Book Grocer store has opened in Albury, New South Wales. The store opened in April and is located on Olive Street in the... Read more

Monash prize shortlist x

The shortlist for the Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing has been announced. Judges shorlisted 15 authors from almost 300 entries. See the list of authors here. ‘Creating... Read more

A&U to launch new out-of-print Australian ebook list x

Allen & Unwin has announced it will launch a new ebook list of out-of-print Australian titles. The House of Books list will launch in June... Read more

Literature Lane launch in Melbourne x

Literature Lane will be Melbourne’s newest laneway. An unnamed bluestone-paved lane off Little La Trobe Street, between Elizabeth and Swanston Street, will be named Literature... Read more

Booktown Festival attracts 17,000 to Clunes x

Approximately 17,000 people visited Clunes in central Victoria on the weekend for the annual Clunes Booktown Festival, up from approximately 14,000 in 2011. Linda Newitt,... Read more

CAL launches online rights clearance portal x

The Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has launched a new online portal for rights clearances. RightsPortal is designed to provide transactional rights clearance for users to... Read more

Text donates books to Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library x

For one week, Text Publishing is running a social media promotion: for every new ‘like’ or follow they receive on Facebook or Twitter, Text will... Read more

Wollongong creates bookclub for 20-somethings x

Dapto Library, part of Wollongong City Libraries is hoping to attract a younger generation of readers via a 20-somethings book club. The library has put... Read more

Literature program for Noosa Long Weekend Festival launched x

The literature program for the 2012 Noosa Long Weekend Festival has been announced. The Noosa Festival, now in its 11th year, will run from 15-17... 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

Library users create ebook petition x

A group of library users in the US has created a online petition that aims to communicate to publishers ‘that readers want books, in all... Read more

Carolyn Anthony to be 2013-2014 PLA president x

Carolyn Anthony, director of the Skokie Public Library in Illinois, has been elected the 2013-2014 president of the Public Library Association (PLA) in America.  Anthony... Read more

Books-A-Million shareholders propose to take the company private x

In the US, the Anderson family, the controlling shareholders in the Books-A-Million retail chain, have proposed to buy out the company’s shareholders and take the chain private, reports... Read more

California State Library celebrates Golden Gate Bridge anniversary x

Throughout May, the California State Library in Sacramento will celebrate the 75th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge with a display of related books and... Read more

University of South Pacific launches digital archive x

The University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji has launched a digital archive of its research library in order to collect, promote and disseminate... 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

Funding for collecting institutions boosted by $64.1 million x

The increased funding for the National Library of Australia announced as part of the Federal Budget is part of an overall boost of $64.1 million over four years... Read more

NLA, collecting institutions receive funding boost in federal budget x

The government has increased its funding to the National Library of Australia (NLA) in the federal budget announced last night. The NLA will receive an... Read more

Bega library to run on solar power x

A network of solar panels has been installed onto the rooftop of Bega library, effectively making the library self-sufficient in terms of electricity consumption.  Forming... 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

Stephanie Campisi on Pinterest, QR codes and how booksellers and publishers are using them x

‘We’re looking at Pinterest as a static archive of curated links rather than a gallery of images. We want to give people a better idea... 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

Emily Perkins' 'The Forrests' x

‘Emily Perkins, acclaimed author of Novel about My Wife, chronicles a person’s life with depth, poignancy and passion. She manages to find the right, often... 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

'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

Changes at Lonely Planet x

At Lonely Planet, Chris Zeiher has been promoted from Australia and New Zealand sales and marketing director to the newly created role of Asia Pacific... Read more

Madman moving to new premises x

Madman will move from its Collingwood offices in Melbourne to new premises in Richmond from 22 May. The new address is Building 1, Level 1,... Read more

Grimwade to leave MWF x

The Melbourne Writers Festival has announced that festival director and CEO Steve Grimwade will finish in his role following the 2012 festival. (See News).

Candado replaces Goonan at St Pauls Publications x

Nestor Candado has replaced Michael Goonan as editorial director at Catholic publisher St Pauls Publications. (See News).

Franco replaces Chance at Currency Press x

At Currency Press, sales and marketing manager Deborah Franco has stepped into the role of publisher following the resignation of Victoria Chance. (See News).

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

Queensland Literary Awards: submissions deadline extended to 20 May x

The submissions deadline for The Queensland Literary Awards has been extended to 20 May 2012. The Awards, established in response to the Queensland Premier’s decision to... Read more

APA Professional Development x

APA Professional Development: SWF Design Discussion panel and Bookings now for June/July Friday 18 May at Wharf Two from 10–11am. The annual free Book Design... Read more

Nominations open for the 2012 'The Nib': Waverley Library Award for Literature x

The ‘The Nib’: Waverley Library Award for Literature, recognising excellence in literary research, is open for nominations. The national award provides a winner’s prize of... Read more

Aboriginal Studies Press congratulates Fiona Paisley x

Aboriginal Studies Press would like to congratulate Fiona Paisley on the release of her much-anticipated biography, The Lone Protestor: AM Fernando in Australia and Europe... Read more

HarperCollins Publishers Australia congratulates Ditmar Best Novel award shortlisted authors x

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is thrilled to congratulate our authors shortlisted for the Ditmar Best Novel award. Congratulations to Tansy Rayner Roberts for The Shattered City... Read more

Hachette Australia congratulates Favel Parrett x

Hachette Australia congratulates the brilliant Favel Parrett on her debut novel Past the Shallows being short-listed for the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Favel’s manuscript... Read more

Melbourne University Bookshop closing for trading x

As you may be already aware, Melbourne University Bookshop is closing for trading at EOB on 17 May 2012. The University Coop Bookshop will be... Read more

HarperCollins Publishers Australia congratulates Norma K Hemming shortlisted authors x

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is delighted to congratulate our Norma K Hemming shortlisted authors. Congratulations to A.A. Bell for Hindsight (9780732291372), Sara Douglass for Devil’s Diadem... Read more

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