Weekly Book Newsletter
30 May 2012

More than 20 staff to be made redundant at Murdoch Books x

Murdoch Books has announced it is ‘taking radical steps to secure its future in the face of dramatic changes in the book industry’. The publisher... Read more

Get Reading! drops free book incentive x

Following the news that the ’50 Books You Can’t Put Down’ list will be all-Australian for the first time this year, Get Reading! has revealed... Read more

EWF Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing winners announced x

The winners of the inaugural Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing have been announced. The overall prize, worth $4000, was... Read more

OPUS announces strategic alliance with MTC to expand digital services x

OPUS Group has announced a new strategic alliance with Philippines-based content management company MTC which will involve OPUS expanding the range of digital services it offers,... Read more

New owner for Better Read Than Dead x

Independent Sydney bookstore Better Read Than Dead has been sold to Parkstone Investments, a private company led by businessman and arts patron Pat Corrigan. Derek... Read more

Brown to appear as keynote speaker at BBWF x

The Byron Bay Writers Festival has confirmed Greens Senator Bob Brown will be a keynote speaker at this year’s event. Brown, who recently stepped down... Read more

Writing Australia launches new regional residency program

Writing Australia has announced a new regional residency program. The Writing Australia Places program offers four-week regional writing residencies in Lake St Clair and Bruny... Read more

Melbourne Writers Festival Schools’ Program launched x

The 2012 Melbourne Writers Festival Schools’ Program has been launched and is available on the website. Tickets are also now available for purchase. Authors featured... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘In the end, it took Joel [Naoum] and I all of about two minutes to decide that all of my ebook-only titles would be sold... Read more

Ebook sales grow by 159% at Bloomsbury in ‘transformational’ year; Handler, Bourdain top ebook sales chart x

Ebook sales now account for six percent of Bloomsbury’s worldwide sales and grew by 159% in the financial year ending 29 February 2012, the publisher... Read more

Amazon, IPG settle ebooks dispute x

Amazon and US book distributor Independent Publishers Group (IPG) have reached a settlement in the ebook sales dispute which began in February, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Momentum to drop DRM on all titles x

Pan Macmillan’s digital-only imprint Momentum has announced its titles will be released without digital rights management (DRM) protection by August. ‘We feel strongly that Momentum’s goal... Read more

PANZ Book Design Awards 2012 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards, including the AWA Press Young Designer of the Year Award, have been... Read more

NZSA Best First Book Awards winners announced

The winners of this year’s New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Best First Book Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each of the... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Exisle has sold rights to The Happiness Trap (Dr Russ Harris) to Finland and Poland; The Reality Slap (Dr Russ Harris) to Italy, Denmark... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The erotic fiction of the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy (E L James, Arrow Books) dominate the top of the bestsellers chart this week with Fifty Shades of Grey... Read more

Simpson awarded Michael King Writers’ Fellowship x

New Zealand writer, scholar and curator Peter Simpson has been announced as the recipient of this year’s Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers’ Fellowship. Simpson... Read more

RiP Sue Gillies x

Sue Gillies, who was the business development manager at Five Mile Press prior to her retirement, has died. Five Mile Press writes: ‘It is with great... Read more

RiP Carlos Fuentes x

Latin American author Carlos Fuentes has died aged 83. Fuentes’s best-known works include The Death Of Artemio Cruz, The Old Gringo and The Crystal Frontier.

Rolley to leave SWF

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has announced that current director Chip Rolley will leave the festival in August to take up the role of editor... Read more

NSW tribunal to consider Judith Wright poetry case

An application has been made to the New South Wales Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal (CTTT) by publisher Gumquest/Editions Tom Thompson (ETT) Imprint regarding the publication... 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

‘All That I Am’ wins 2012 Barbara Jefferis Award

All That I Am by Anna Funder (Penguin) has won this year’s Barbara Jefferis Award, presented by the Australian Society of Authors (ASA). Funder’s novel... Read more

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

Light in Winter Festival x

The annual Light in Winter Festival at Melbourne’s Federation Square will this year run an inaugural International Festival of Literature, Ideas and Translation on 15-17 June.... Read more

Townsville Literary Festival program launched x

The program for the 2012 Townsville Literary Festival, which runs from 4-12 June, has been launched. Authors, illustrators and other presenters featured at this year’s... Read more

APA to publish fifth edition of ‘An Introduction to Australian Book Publishing’ x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) will publish a new edition of An Introduction to Australian Book Publishing next month. The fifth edition of the book... 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

Prichard to leave Ingram x

Ingram Content Group president and CEO Skip Prichard will leave his position on 8 June and chairman John Ingram will take over as CEO. Prichard... Read more

Hachette launches Facebook app to share book chapters x

In the US, Hachette has launched a Facebook application designed to allow users to share book excerpts of upcoming titles. The publisher and its authors... Read more

Canongate, Faber to co-publish audiobooks x

UK publishers Canongate and Faber will launch an audiobook co-publishing venture later this year, reports the Bookseller. Under the arrangement, Canongate will handle the sales... 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

Libraries around Australia celebrate National Reconciliation Week x

From May 27- June 3 several libraries across the country are celebrating National Reconciliation Week, which aims to build respectful, trusting and positive relationships between... Read more

Schools ditch books for digital information x

Several schools are scrapping all their physical books in favour of creating digital libraries. According to The Australian, Henley High School in Adelaide donated its... Read more

International library news x

Senior US librarian charged with forgery The incoming Oregon state librarian, appointed last October, abruptly resigned last December after being investigated and charged with second-degree... Read more

NLA celebrates Patrick White's 100th birthday x

The National Library of Australia celebrated what would have been Patrick White’s 100th birthday on 28 May with a party featuring music, cake and special... 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

Garth Nix on 'the most expensive and least useful marketing tool for a book ever' x

Garth Nix talks to Andrea Hanke about the tie-in game for his latest novel A Confusion of Princes, admitting to having called it ‘the most expensive and... Read more

Susan Johnson’s ‘My Hundred Lovers’ x

You may know of Susan Johnson for her brave memoir of motherhood, A Better Woman, or her novel about writer Charmian Clift, The Broken Book,... Read more

New address for Book Group Australia x

Book Group Australia, including Books First and Woollahra Sales & Imports, has moved from its former premises in Alexandria, NSW, to new premises in Seven... Read more

New address for Booksellers NZ x

Booksellers New Zealand has moved to new premises in Wellington. The new address is Level 13, Grand Arcade, 16-20 Willis Street, Wellington, 6100.

Rolley to leave SWF x

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has announced that current director Chip Rolley will leave the festival in August to take up the role of editor... 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.)

APA Professional Development x

June Copyediting Essentials: A Practical Approach to Developing and Refining Your Copyediting Skills Melbourne only. Expressions of interest or registrations required by Thursday 31 May.... Read more

Last Call For 2012 Davitt Awards For Australian Women’s Crime x

Sisters in Crime Australia has issued a last minute call to publishers to enter its 12th Davitt Awards for the best crime/mystery novels and true... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. Professional Development Workshop x

Editing Intensive 1 Presented by Meryl Potter DE Wednesday, 20 June 2012, 9.30 am to 4pm Venue: City Tattersalls Club, 198 Pitt Street, Sydney Cost:... Read more

A cocktail party and auction to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation x

A cocktail party and auction will be held at the Brisbane Sailing Squadron, on Thursday 7 June, to raise money to support the Indigenous Literacy... Read more

HarperCollins congratulates shortlisted authors x

HarperCollins Publishers is delighted to congratulate Frances Watts and Judy Watson on being shortlisted in the Children’s Fiction category for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards... Read more

Ann Poublon thanks publishers, publicists and sales personnel for Lloyd O'Neil Award x

‘I would like to thank all the publishers, publicists and sales personnel for awarding me with the Lloyd O’Neil Award for Outstanding Service to the... Read more

Work Wanted – Bayside Area, VIC x

Available full-time, part-time or casual. Many years of experience in book trade, and trained in BookNet, accounts receivable and customer Service. Contact Marcia Lonsdale on... Read more

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