Weekly Book Newsletter
16 May 2012

Quote of the week x

‘I just did a ten-city tour of the States and the big shops have been closing, just as they have in Australia, and yet over... Read more

Co-op relaunches at University of Canberra x

The Co-op Bookshop has re-launched its store at the University of Canberra. The new store is more than double the size of the bookselling chain’s... Read more

Book Street in Toorak to close by August x

Independent Melbourne bookstore Book Street will close by August. Owner David Marlow told Bookseller+Publisher that the current lease on the Toorak store ends in early... Read more

'Northern Voyagers' wins NT Chief Minister's Book of the Year award x

The winners of this year’s Territory Read awards were announced on 10 May during the Darwin Wordstorm writers festival. The winner of this year’s $5000... Read more

Australian Historical Association awards shortlists announced x

The Australian Historical Association (AHA) has announced the 2012 shortlists for the Magarey Medal for Biography Award and the Kay Daniels Award. The Magarey Medal... Read more

Australia Council review recommends increased funding and flexible 'advisory panels' to replace artform boards x

A review of the Australia Council by Gabrielle Trainor and Angus James has recommended the council receive $21.25 million in additional funding per year. The... Read more

Newly located Darwin Wordstorm 'a great success' x

This year’s Wordstorm festival, held in Darwin from 10 to 13 May, ‘seems to have been a great success’, according to director Hamish McDonald. McDonald told... Read more

BBWF announces international authors x

The Byron Bay Writers’ Festival has announced international guests Katherine Boo and Mohammed Hanif will be part of the 2012 program. Boo is a staff... Read more

Dymocks Tauranga goes independent, rebrands as Chapter 2 x

The Dymocks store in Tauranga, New Zealand, is now trading as an independent bookstore under the name Chapter 2. Els Jones, who owns the store... Read more

Gordon and Gotch sells Brumby Books to Sunstate Books x

PMP subsidiary Gordon and Gotch Australia (GGA) has announced that it has sold Brumby Books and Music to Brisbane-based books and stationery wholesaler Sunstate Books.... Read more

SPUNC to hold independent publishers conference in November; new prize for small publishers announced x

The Small Press Network (SPUNC) has announced that it will hold a new conference for independent publishers in Melbourne in November. The Independent Publishers’ Conference,... Read more

APA, ABA agree to work towards 14/14 day PIR timeframe x

As reported in a Bookseller+Publisher Special Bulletin on Tuesday 15 May, the Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) have reached an... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Fifty Shades of Grey (E L James, Arrow Books), the first in James’ erotic fiction trilogy, is top of both the bestsellers chart as well as... Read more

Koval, Pyke special guests at ABA conference dinner x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced that Text Publishing author Ramona Koval and Indigenous Literacy Foundation ambassador and musician Josh Pyke will be among... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Spinifex has sold German-language rights to The Silicon Tongue (Beryl Fletcher). Nonfiction Spinifex has sold rights to Big Porn Inc (edited by Melinda... Read more

APA, ABA agree to work towards 14/14 day PIR timeframe x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) have reached an agreement to work towards reducing the timetable for retention of territorial... Read more

2011 Aurealis Awards winners announced x

The winners of the 2011 Aurealis Awards have been announced. The winners are: Children’s fiction (told primarily through words) City of Lies (Lian Tanner, A&U)... Read more

‘The Many Worlds of R H Matthews’ wins National Biography Award

The Many Worlds of R H Matthews: In Search of an Australian Anthropologist by Martin Thomas (A&U) has won this year’s National Biography Award, presented... Read more

Kibble, Dobbie 2012 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards for women writers have been announced. The shortlisted titles for the $30,000 Nita B Kibble... Read more

NT History Book and Literary Awards winners announced

The 2012 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award has been awarded to Great Central State: The Foundation of the Northern Territory by Jack Cross... Read more

SPUNC to hold independent publishers conference in November; new prize for small publishers announced

The Small Press Network (SPUNC) has announced that it will hold a new conference for independent publishers in Melbourne in November. The Independent Publishers’ Conference,... Read more

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

Ebooks from Hachette and Penguin now available through ReadCloud x

ReadCloud announced this week that it has signed with Hachette and Penguin, and more than 20,000 ebooks from these publishers will be made available through... Read more

PMP appoints financial advisors for takeover bid x

PMP, parent company of book printer Griffin Press, has announced that it has appointed Gresham Partners to provide financial advice about the indicative takeover bid... Read more

Penguin to accept children’s and YA submissions until July x

The Books for Children and Young Adults (BCYA) division at Penguin is now accepting unsolicited manuscripts electronically, and will do so until the end of... Read more

BCE signs with OverDrive x

Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE), a community of 135 Catholic schools in South East Queensland, has chosen OverDrive to facilitate ebook and audiobook lending.  BCE have... Read more

Screen Australia funds book-to-film adaptations x

Telemovie The Broken Shore, based on the novel by Peter Temple (Text), will receive part of a $5.6 million investment from Screen Australia that is... Read more

ABR offers film/tv/media fellowship x

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced that it will offer an ABR Patron’s Fellowship for ‘a major article with a film/television/media focus’ this year.... 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

65 Harvard library employees accept early retirement packages x

The Harvard Crimson reports that 65 Harvard University Library employees have accepted early retirement packages as part of the Library’s Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program.... Read more

Yale's law library choses Innovative x

The Lillian Goldman Library at Yale Law School has gone live with the Sierra Services Platform created by Innovative. Sierra is built on an open-systems architecture... Read more

UK govt to make taxpayer-funded academic research available online for free x

The UK Government has announced plans to make all taxpayer-funded academic research in Britain available online for free in two years, reports the Guardian. The... Read more

Bowker research finds three-fold increase in ebook purchasing by British adults, British children embracing Kindles from age 11 x

The latest research from Bowker Market Research’s Understanding the Digital Consumer project has found that the percentage of British adults who have purchased an ebook... Read more

US BISG research finds growing preference for tablets over dedicated ereaders x

In the US, new consumer research has found that ebook consumers’ preference for tablets instead of dedicated ereaders is accelerating. The second installment in Volume... Read more

Hachette Livre drops ebook prices on 2000 titles x

In France, Hachette Livre has dropped the retail prices for ebooks to the level of the paperback editions of approximately 2000 literary titles published in... Read more

Google launches ebooks in Italy through Google Play x

Google has made its first move into foreign-language ebooks by selling ebooks in Italy through Google Play, reports PaidContent. Google said in a statement on... Read more

Norwich named sixth UNESCO City of Literature x

The city of Norwich, in Norfolk in England, has been named a City of Literature by the United Nation’s cultural arm UNESCO. Norwich joins five... Read more

Bacharach and David honoured by Library of Congress x

Composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David have been awarded the ‘Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song’, which celebrates artists whose career reflects lifetime... Read more

US libraries ban ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ x

Libraries in the US states of Georgia, Florida and Wisconsin have chosen not to stock Fifty Shades of Grey, the trilogy of erotic novels by... 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

Australian web documentaries go viral x

Twenty historical Australian video clips released online have attracted more than 1.5 million viewings in one month. The ABC archive clips were released under a... Read more

IFLA paper on elending now available x

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has released a background paper on digital lending (elending) in libraries as part of its work... Read more

SLV receives Suncorp Insurance Archive x

The Suncorp Insurance Archive, which chronicles the insurance industry in Australia from 1833-1970, has been donated to the State Library of Victoria. Items enclosed in the... 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

Lisa Dempster: the problem with digital media funding in the arts x

A new review of the Australia Council has recommended a shake up to the way the arts are funded in Australia. Ahead of her last... 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

Frank Bongiorno's 'The S-x Lives of Australians: A History' x

‘With the kind of minute detail and first-hand accounts that bring to life an era and its people, Bongiorno draws his reader into the tangled... 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

Brumby Books sold to Sunstate Books x

Publisher: Various ISBN: Various Old distributor: Brumby Books and Music New Distributor: Brumby Sunstate Changeover date: 12 June 2012 Returns Cut-off: 1 June 2012 (See... Read more

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).

APA Professional Development x

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

Glenfern Fellowships x

Writers Victoria is offering three emerging writers and three mid-career writers the use of a Glenfern writers’ studio for a period of three months through... Read more

Gordon and Gotch Announces sale of Brumby Books to Sunstate Books x

Gordon and Gotch has today announced that it has accepted an offer from Singdow Pty Ltd T/as Sunstate Books for the purchase of Brumby Books.... Read more

Congratulations to the winners of the ‘Owl Know How’ window competition x

Thames & Hudson congratulates the winners of the Owl Know How Window Competition. They are Paperbark Merchants, Westbooks, Fullers and Cando Books. We truly have... Read more

A Dream Result x

Congratulations to Lolla Stewart and Elaine Russell for their win in the Northern Territory Chief Minister’s Book of the Year Territory Read 2012 Awards. Savannah... Read more

HarperCollins Publishers Sign Bestselling Author Rachael Treasure x

HarperCollins Publishers is delighted to announce that it has signed bestselling author, Rachael Treasure, for her next novel, The Farmer’s Wife, which will publish in... Read more

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