Weekly Book Newsletter
6 June 2012

2012 EWF ‘most successful ever’ x

Festival director Lisa Dempster’s final Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF), which took place in Melbourne from 24 May to 3 June, was its ‘most successful ever’.... Read more
 

2012 EWF round-up x

The 2012 Emerging Writers’ Festival took place in Melbourne from 24 May to 3 June. Among the entertainment at the opening night event ‘Stories That... Read more
 

QLD literary community concerned over Newman’s National Year of Reading position x

Members of the Queensland literary community have expressed concern after learning that Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is one of the state’s ambassadors for the National... Read more
 

Google Books case to proceed as a class action x

In the US, judge Denny Chin has rejected Google’s motion to dismiss the Authors Guild as an associational plaintiff and has granted the Author’s Guild... Read more
 

OzCo releases travel fund stats x

The Australian Council for the Arts has released the results of its Booked travel fund in 2011/2012 based on publishers’ reports. Overall, the fund supported 20... Read more
 

Kobo to launch ‘Writing Life’ self-publishing portal this month x

Ebook provider and retailer Kobo has announced that its self-publishing platform, to be called Kobo Writing Life, will be available in English by the end... Read more
 

R&R publications enters liquidation x

Specialty Australian publisher R&R Publications has entered voluntary liquidation and has ceased trading. Distributor Alpa Books, which previously represented the publisher, said in a statement... Read more
 

Vietnam War memoir shortlisted for Saroyan Prize x

Australian author Quynh Dao’s book Tales from a Mountain City: A Vietnam War Memoir (Odyssey Books) is one of the 12 shortlisted titles in the nonfiction... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Scribe has sold Greek rights for Pieces of Mind (Michael Corballis) to Aiora Press; and Czech rights for Future Files (Richard Watson) to Computer... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

In 2006 the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet (Manny Noakes & Peter Clifton, Penguin) pushed ahead of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code (Transworld) on the bestseller... Read more
 

Forthcoming events x

Book industry events over the following fortnight include: Continuum 8: Craftonomicon: 51st Australian National Science Fictional Convention, Melbourne: 8-11 June if:book Australia: The 24-hour Book (Australia wide):... Read more
 

ABA launches conference app; Valentine to replace Szubanski as gala dinner MC x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has developed an app for its 2012 conference, which contains the conference program, exhibitor list, speakers’ biographies, maps, alerts and more.... Read more
 

Quote of the Week x

‘I hope that with the growth of ebooks we start to see a renaissance in physical book publishing but before that can happen I think... Read more
 

Sir Julius Vogel Awards announced x

The winners of the Sir Julius Vogel Award were announced at unCONventional, the 33rd National Science Fiction Convention in Auckland, during New Zealand’s Queens Birthday... Read more
 

2012 NZ Post Book Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Fiction From under the Overcoat (Sue Orr, Vintage)... Read more
 

Scott named Western Australian of the Year x

Author Kim Scott was named the inaugural Western Australian of the Year at a ceremony on 2 June. Scott also received the Indigenous award and... Read more
 

RiP Kathi Kamen Goldmark x

Kathi Kamen Goldmark, author and record company owner, has died aged 63. Goldmark ran a business that took touring authors around San Francisco, US. She is... Read more
 

WBN published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the Queen’s Birthday public holiday next Monday (in all Australian states except WA and QLD), the Weekly Book Newsletter will be published... Read more
 

WA author wins Creative Australia Fellowship

Western Australian author Annabel Smith has been selected as one of the 11 recipients of the 2012 Creative Australia Fellowships, awarded by the Australia Council... Read more
 

Christchurch Writers’ Festival returns x

The Press Christchurch Writers’ Festival will return to Christchurch this year after the previous two attempts to stage the festival—in 2010 and a scaled-down version... Read more
 

Nine roles made redundant at Penguin x

Penguin Group Australia has confirmed to Bookseller+Publisher that a number of staff members have recently been made redundant. Penguin Group Australia CEO Gabrielle Coyne told... Read more
 

‘The Rosie Project’ wins 2012 Victorian Premier’s unpublished manuscript award

A novel about a man with undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome who is looking for the perfect partner has won this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for... Read more
 

New Dymocks store to open in Wollongong

After seven months without a dedicated new bookstore, Wollongong in NSW will soon see the return of Dymocks to its city centre. Dymocks is set to open a... Read more
 

OverDrive to launch browser-based ereading platform this year

Ebook distributor OverDrive has announced that it will launch a new web browser-based ereading platform later this year, based on the HTML5 ereading technology developed... Read more
 

‘The Song of Achilles’ wins 2012 Orange Prize

American author Madeline Miller has won this year’s Orange Prize for Fiction for her debut novel The Song of Achilles (Bloomsbury). Miller was presented with... Read more
 

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
 

Cosmo Fun Fearless Female Awards voting open x

The semi-finalists for Cosmopolitan‘s Fun Fearless Female Awards have been announced and voting is now open. The Author category includes: Lili Wilkinson (Love-shy, A&U), Loretta Hill... Read more
 

Booktopia makes NSW people’s choice award shortlist x

Online bookseller Booktopia has been named as one of the NSW finalists for the People’s Choice Award in this year’s Telstra Business Awards. Booktopia is... Read more
 

ACCC approves service agreement between CAL and Viscopy x

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has approved a service agreement between the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) and Viscopy Limited, the not-for-profit rights management... Read more
 

Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships—applications open x

Applications are now open for the Wheeler Centre’s Hot Desk Fellowships initiative, funded by the Readings Foundation. As previously reported by Bookseller+Publisher, the fellowships grant... Read more
 

2013 IPEd National Editors Conference announced x

Details for the 2013 IPEd National Editors Conference have been announced. The biennial conference will be held in Fremantle, WA, from 10-12 April 2013, and... Read more
 

Bridgetown Words in the Valley Writers Festival announced x

The 2012 Bridgetown Words in the Valley Writers Festival in south-west Western Australia will run from 28-29 July with a focus on ‘crime and intrigue’.... Read more
 

New location for the Book Grocer in Kingston, ACT x

The Book Grocer in Kingston, ACT has moved a few doors down from its old store to take up bigger premises. The new store is... Read more
 

Reality Bites Literary Festival program announced x

The program for the 2012 Reality Bites Literary Festival in Cooroy on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has been announced. The festival, which focuses on literary nonfiction,... Read more
 

Readings publishes limited-edition art book x

Readings has published Melbourne artist Bruno Leti’s Workbook 15 in a limited edition of 200 copies. The book gives readers an insight into ‘the creative... Read more
 

Red Room Company releases poetry app x

The Red Room Company, a not-for-profit company which publishes new Australian poetry, has released an app called ‘The Disappearing’. The free app allows users to... 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
 

Bowker US publishing report x

Bowker has released its annual report on US print book publishing for 2011, compiled from its Books in Print database. Based on figures from US publishers,... Read more
 

Headline to launch new literary imprint in 2013 x

Hachette’s Headline division will launch a new literary imprint called Tinder Press in 2013, reports the Bookseller. The imprint plans to publish between 10 and... Read more
 

Penguin, Macmillan formally deny DOJ conspiracy charge x

In the US, Penguin and Macmillan have formally responded to the Department of Justice (DOJ) anti-trust lawsuit, rejecting claims that they conspired with other publishers... 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
 

In Brief x

NLA hosts ‘Patrick White’s Record Collection’ On 17 June the National Library of Australia will host a special event called ‘Patrick White’s Record Collection’, which... Read more
 

ALIA to investigate options for publishing scholarly journal x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has advised subscribers to its scholarly journal, the Australian Library Journal, that their 2012/2013 ALIA membership year renewals will... Read more
 

Refurbished library reopens in Rockhampton x

A refurbished library was reopened at the Rockhampton campus of Central Queensland University (CQU) on 6 June by Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education,... Read more
 

NSLA launches ‘Re-imagining Libraries 2012-2016’ x

National and State Libraries Australasia, the umbrella body for the major libraries in the region, has released its new four-year strategic plan.  The plan extends... Read more
 

DigitalNZ Mix and Mash x

Instead of running its annual mash-up competition, this year ‘Mix and Mash’, a site run by DigitalNZ, will help organisations and communities in New Zealand run... Read more
 

Queensland Memory Awards announced x

Three awards designed to recognise the work of historians in increasing knowledge of Queensland history have been announced at the State Library of Queensland during... 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
 

Booksellers welcome the classics revival—but has the market reached saturation point? x

Booksellers Fiona Stager, Catherine Schulz and Heather Dyer offer their thoughts on the recent wave of branded classics, and the impact of price, design and... 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
 

Will Elliott’s ‘Nightfall’ x

Aden wakes up in a blood-filled bathtub in a strange place. He knows he has killed himself, but remembers only fragments of his life. As... 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
 

John Reed Books to distribute Hammersmith Press x

Publisher: Hammersmith Press ISBN Prefix:978178161 and 978190514 Old distributor: N/A New distributor:John Reed Books Changeover Date: 06/06/12 URL: http://www.hammersmithbooks.co.uk/
 

Changes at EWF x

At the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF), current board member Mary Masters will take over the role of chair at the next board meeting. Current chair... Read more
 

APA Professional Development x

June Copyediting Essentials:  A Practical Approach to Developing and Refining Your Copyediting Skills Melbourne only. Hurry, only a few spots still available. Please note new... Read more

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

HarperCollins congratulates Mary Victoria x

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is delighted to congratulate Mary Victoria on winning the 2012 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel for Samiha’s Song (9780732290993). Congratulations... Read more

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