Weekly Book Newsletter
23 May 2012

Quote of the week x

‘We expect, conservatively, that just under a quarter of the Australian population will purchase an ebook in the next six months, and there’s a real... Read more

Byrne appointed to VIP Program committee x

The Australia Council has announced Wenona Byrne has joined the Visiting International Publishers (VIP) Program committee. Byrne, who is rights and international sales manager at... Read more

Cunningham appointed Literature Board chair

Author and former Meanjin editor Sophie Cunningham has been appointed to the position of chair of the Australia Council Literature Board. Cunningham, who started in... Read more

Publishers support agreement to reduce PIR timeframe x

Most major Australian publishers have said that they support the Book Industry Speed to Market Initiative, developed by the Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the... Read more

Auckland writers festival reports record ticket, bookshop sales for 2012 x

The Auckland Writers & Reader’s Festival has reported record ticket sales for its 2012 festival, which ran from 9-13 May. More than 24,000 tickets were... Read more

Baum appointed Booktopia editorial director x

Booktopia has announced that Caroline Baum has been appointed as editorial director. Baum will be responsible for ‘headline editorial pieces’ for the company’s online newsletter... Read more

APOL Australia to close Melbourne office; Crocker to replace Willis as Australian manager x

APOL Australia, parent company of book printing brokers Phoenix and Bookbuilders, has announced that it has closed its Melbourne office and Australian manager Joy Willis... Read more

HGE signs first author through Ampersand Project

The Ampersand Project, a Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) initiative to publish books from unpublished emerging writers, has signed up Melbourne writer Melissa Keil. The project... Read more

International authors take centre stage at SWF 2012 x

Book sales at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival, held between 14 and 20 May, were dominated by international authors, according to festival bookseller Gleebooks. Gleebooks... Read more

CBCA conference returns on a smaller scale

Around 380 delegates attended this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) ‘multistoried’ conference, which was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 17-19 May.... Read more

RiP Jean Craighead George x

Jean Craighead George, children’s book author, has died aged 92. George is best known for the novels Julie of the Wolves (1972) and My Side... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The fifth book in the YA fantasy ‘Mortal Instruments’ series, City of Lost Souls (Cassandra Clare, Walker Books), tops the highest new entries chart and... Read more

Milne appointed nonfiction publisher at HarperCollins x

HarperCollins Australia has announced Catherine Milne will join the company as an associate publisher for nonfiction. Milne, who will take up the position on 25... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Rockpool has sold translation rights to Spain for Doulas and translation rights to Italy for 2013 Lunar & Seasonal Diary. Children’s/YA—Scholastic Australia has finalised... Read more

WH Smith to open two new Oz stores in July; international stores report ‘record profit performance’ x

UK bookselling chain WH Smith will open two new stores in Australia this year, bringing the number of WH Smith outlets across the country to... Read more

SMH Best Young Australian Novelists announced

The winners of the 2012 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists were announced at the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) on 20 May. The winners... Read more

‘My Life in a Pea Soup’ wins Finch Memoir Prize x

The 2012 Finch Memoir Prize was awarded to Lisa Nops for her manuscript My Life in a Pea Soup. The prize, presented on 19 May at... Read more

Bradley wins 2012 Pascall Prize

The 2012 Pascall Prize has been awarded to author and newspaper and magazine writer James Bradley. Bradley was awarded the $15,000 prize, which was judged by previous winners Geordie... Read more

2012 ABIA winners announced

The winners of this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced on Friday 18 May at a special event in Sydney. Hosted by the... Read more

APA Book Design Awards 2012 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Australian Publishers Association (APA) Book Design Awards were announced on Thursday 17 May in Sydney as part of the Sydney... Read more

2012 NZ Post Children's Book Awards winners announced x

The winners of the 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards were announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 16 May in Wellington. The winners are: New Zealand Post Children’s... Read more

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

Cornelius awarded 2012 Patrick White Playwrights' Fellowship x

Patricia Cornelius has been awarded the 2012 Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellowship. Cornelius, whose play Do Not Go Gentle (Currency Press) won the 2011 Victorian Premier’s... Read more

Holman awarded 2012 Creative New Zealand Iowa residency x

New Zealand poet Jeffrey Paparoa Holman has been awarded Creative New Zealand’s 2012 University of Iowa residency. Holman, the author of Best of Both Worlds:... Read more

Keil joins the Ampersand Project x

The Ampersand Project, a Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) initiative to publish books from unpublished emerging writers, has signed up Melbourne writer Melissa Keil. The project... Read more

'Berlin Syndrome' film adaptation x

Aquarius Films has optioned the film rights to Melanie Joosten’s Berlin Syndrome (Scribe). Screenwriter Shaun Grant, writer of the screenplay for Snowtown, will adapt the... Read more

Franco among authors to feature in The Big Issue Fiction Edition x

The Big Issue is accepting submissions for its 2012 fiction edition until 31 May. Academy Award-nominated actor James Franco has written a story that will... Read more

TMA revealed as mystery PMP bidder x

Australian label and ticketing printer TMA has been revealed as the company behind the mystery takeover bid for PMP, parent company of book printer Griffin... Read more

New Greek writers festival announced x

A new Greek writers festival will be convened by Helen Nickas and Konstandina Dounis. The Antipodes Writers Festival, to be held from 15 to 17... 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

Kobo owner leads US$100 million investment in Pinterest x

Rakuten, the Japanese owner of Kobo, has led a US$100 million (A$102 million) investment round in the image-based social network site Pinterest, reports the Financial Times.... Read more

Harry Potter ebooks available via Kobo x

Kobo has announced it is now licensed to sell Harry Potter ebooks. Like all booksellers licensed to sell the ebooks, Kobo can offer the titles... Read more

Simon & Schuster joins Hachette, HarperCollins in settling antitrust case with US states x

In the US, Simon & Schuster has joined Hachette and HarperCollins in settling the antitrust lawsuit filed by a group of US states over ebook... Read more

Orange to cease sponsoring the Orange Prize x

In the UK, mobile services company Orange will end its sponsorship of the Women’s Prize for Fiction after the presentation of this year’s award, reports... 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

Year of Reading Public Library Membership Drive launched x

On 21 May Arts Minister Simon Crean launched the National Year of Reading Public Library Membership Drive at Queanbeyan City Library. ‘Almost half of all... Read more

Libraries and the 2012/13 Victorian State Budget x

Libraries and the 2012/13 Victorian State Budget The 2012/13 State Budget released on 1 May included $12.7 million over four years for the public libraries... Read more

Global support for Harvard’s open access model x

Supporters around the world have joined the ‘open access movement’, following Harvard’s call to its academics to publish all scholarly material in open access journals.... Read more

Hachette offers new ebooks to some US libraries x

Major US trade publisher Hachette Book Group (HBG), which has not made new ebooks available to libraries since April 2010, has created a pilot program to... Read more

SLV makes nonfiction ebooks available x

SLV makes nonfiction ebooks available The State Library of Victoria is making thousands of Australian nonfiction books available through the Electronic Book Library (EBL). Victorian... Read more

In Brief x

Spotify launches in Australia Swedish music-streaming service Spotify launched on 22 May in Australia and New Zealand. Spotify provides free access to over 16 million... Read more

International library news x

Two new libraries for South African school children A fundraising program run by the library team from Monash South Africa, a campus of Monash University,... 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

'Designers need to take more chances' x

‘Publishers and designers need to take more chances’ was the message from the judges at this year’s APA Book Design Awards. ‘Shelves are full of... 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

Jennifer Mills' 'The Rest is Weight' x

‘Although The Rest is Weight spans seven years of Mills’ short fiction, it has a graceful coherence of style and theme. With crisp, vivid prose,... 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

Cunningham appointed Literature Board chair x

Author and former Meanjin editor Sophie Cunningham has been appointed to the position of chair of the Australia Council Literature Board. (See news.)

Milne appointed nonfiction publisher at HarperCollins x

HarperCollins Australia has announced Catherine Milne will join the company as an associate publisher for nonfiction. (See news.)

Baum appointed Booktopia editorial director x

Booktopia has announced that Caroline Baum has been appointed as editorial director. (See news.)

Moves at APOL Australia x

APOL Australia has announced the departure of Helen Lightfoot and Joy Willis and the appointment of Penny Crocker. (See classifieds.)

Rega joins Sydney Story Factory x

The Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit centre designed to help children and young adults with writing, has announced that Angela Rega has joined the centre... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) Event x

Tuesday, 5 June 2012 ‘Aboriginal cancer journeys’ – editing for an Aboriginal audience Vivienne O’Callaghan, publications editor at Cancer Council NSW for the past five... Read more

APA Professional Development x

SWF Design Discussion panel and Bookings now for June/July June Copyediting Essentials:  A Practical Approach to Developing and Refining Your Copyediting Skills Melbourne only. Please... Read more

Change to entry of Picture Books for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards for 2013 x

In 2012 Publishers must choose one of the following categories for each book: Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Picture Books, and/or Information Books.  ... Read more

Melbourne Prize for Literature 2012 – entries now open x

Entries for the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature 2012 and $30,000 Best Writing Award 2012 are open. The entry form is available at www.melbourneprize.org or... Read more

Important Announcement from Walker Books Australia regarding the CBCA shortlisted title ‘For All Creatures’ x

Walker Books Australia would like to advise that we have rejected the initial re-print of For All Creatures due to the reprint not meeting our... Read more

HarperCollins Publishers Australia congratulates Kim Westwood x

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is delighted to congratulate Kim Westwood on winning the 2011 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel for The Courier’s New Bicycle... Read more

Changes at APOL x

APOL Australia closed its Melbourne office on 1 May and would like to thank Helen Lightfoot for her contribution over the years. We wish Helen... Read more

'Paris 1928' by Henry Miller x

Gumquest will handle distribution of Henry Miller’s Paris 1928 (John Libbey/Indiana) via Dennis Jones in July. Introduced by Tom Thompson, with drawings by Garry Shead,... Read more

Hachette Australia Congratulates Our 2012 ABIA Winning Authors William Mcinnes and Favel Parrett x

It is with much delight that we congratulate two of our authors on their ABIA wins last Friday night. Congratulations to William McInnes on winning... Read more

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