Weekly Book Newsletter
14 June 2012

Quote of the week x

‘This is the year that publishers and booksellers alike woke up to all the positives going on, and were determined to feed off each other’s... Read more

Simpson to replace Halbert at Human Kinetics x

Specialist publisher Human Kinetics Australia and New Zealand has announced that managing director Chris Halbert will retire from her role at the end of this... Read more

Retail groups express concerns over minimum wage increase x

Australian retailing associations have expressed concerns about the recent decision by Fair Work Australia to increase the national minimum weekly wage by 2.9%. Fair Work... Read more

Continuum 8 convention wraps up x

Continuum 8: Craftonomicon, the 51st Australian National Science Fiction Convention, was held in Melbourne from 8-11 June, with a crowd that included 230 members of... Read more

Ditmar, Chronos and Hemming award-winners announced x

The Ditmar, Chronos and Norma K Hemming awards were announced at Continuum 8: Craftonomicon, the 51st Australian National Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne on Sunday. The Ditmar... Read more

Lonely Planet to open concept stores in UK, Malaysia x

Travel publisher Lonely Planet will open a branded retail store at Manchester Airport in the UK this month, which will be modelled on the publisher’s... Read more

Motto opens new bookstore in Melbourne x

International publication distributor Motto has opened its first Australian bookstore in Melbourne. The bookstore, which is located on Keele Street in Collingwood’s Compound Interest Centre... Read more

Queen’s Birthday Honours for Whitcoulls owners, New Zealand publishers, authors x

Anne and David Norman, owners of Whitcoulls, Farmers and other stores, were named Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday... Read more

Australian attendees report a ‘buoyant’ BEA x

Attendance was up at this year’s Book Expo America (BEA), which ran from 4-7 June in New York, with Australian attendees reporting a buoyant fair.... Read more

Tanner to take up new role with Google US x

Australian partner manager for Google Books Mark Tanner has announced that he is leaving Google Australia to join the Google Books team in the US. Tanner... Read more

‘Berlin Syndrome’ wins 2012 Kathleen Mitchell Award

Berlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten (Scribe) has won the 2012 Kathleen Mitchell Award. The biennial award for young Australian authors was established in 1996 through the will of... Read more

‘Even the Dogs’ wins IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Even the Dogs by British author Jon McGregor (Bloomsbury) has won this year’s International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. McGregor’s novel, which tells the story of... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

A South American crime lord, arrested by Detective Michael Bennett, vows to unleash epic violence on New York City from behind bars. Detective Bennett tries... Read more

Kelly, Fritchley promoted at HarperCollins x

HarperCollins Australia has announced two promotions in its senior management team following James Kellow’s move from commercial director to CEO. The publisher said in a... Read more

NZ Dymocks stores rebrand as independents

Dymocks stores in Queensgate and Mt Eden in New Zealand have ended their franchise agreements and are now trading as independent booksellers under the names... Read more

2012 Ngaio Marsh Award longlist announced x

The longlist for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for New Zealand crime fiction has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Collecting Cooper (Paul Cleave, S&S)... Read more

RiP Carolyn Pike x

Penny Martin, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, on behalf of Caroline Hunter, Sybil Kesteven and Karen Enkelaar, writes: ‘The publishing community in Australia is saddened by... Read more

RiP Ray Bradbury x

Ray Bradbury, US author and recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, has died aged 91. Bradbury wrote hundreds of short stories... Read more

2012 Inky Awards longlists announced

The longlists for the 2012 Inky Awards for young adult literature, run by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria, have... Read more

Authors among those named in Queen’s Birthday Honours list x

Australian authors and members of the publishing industry were among those recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Philosopher and ethicist Peter Singer has been... Read more

Eltham to join BWF

The Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) has announced that Kate Eltham will join the festival as director in October. Eltham, who is currently CEO of the... Read more

NZ author wins 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

New Zealand author Emma Martin has won this year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story ‘Two Girls in a Boat’. Martin’s story, which won... Read more

Nguyen shortlisted for UK food and travel awards x

Indochine by Vietnamese-Australian chef Luke Nguyen (Murdoch) has been shortlisted in the Food and Travel Reader Awards, run by the UK’s Food and Travel magazine.... Read more

Skyring wins 2012 Margaret Medcalf Award x

Fiona Skyring has won the 2012 Margaret Medcalf Award, presented by the West Australian government, for her book Justice: A History of the Aboriginal Legal... Read more

Readmill launches new features; partners with six stores x

Social ebook reading app Readmill has announced the launch of ‘Library’ and ‘Send to Readmill’—cloud-based features that give customers an easier buying experience from independent publishers... Read more

Israel bans book discounting for first 18 months x

New legislation in Israel will ban booksellers from selling books for less than the list price during the first 18 months after publication. This will end book... Read more

Nine companies apply for .book domain x

Nine companies have made applications to administer a new internet domain ending in .book. Applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLD) were announced in London... Read more

Google reaches deal with French publishers x

In France, Google has reached an agreement with publishers and authors over the scanning of French works, which the internet giant hopes with ‘help jump-start’... Read more

International library news x

US library takes anti-counterfeit measures At all 42 libraries in the Houston Public Library service, librarians are now examining notes larger than $20 using a... Read more

Great Lakes library service attracts further funding x

The Great Lakes Council’s Library Service has received yet another round of funding from the State Library of NSW, reports the Great Lakes Advocate. Library... Read more

Library professionals recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours list x

Several Australian library professionals were among those recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Arts philanthropist and author Barbara Blackman, who has been an oral... Read more

Southbank Library to open in July x

Melbourne Library Service’s newest library, the Southbank Library, will open on 2 July. The site on 207-229 City Road, previously the JH Boyd Girls High... Read more

Whitlam Library to open in 2013 x

A Whitlam Prime Ministerial Library will be established on the grounds of the University of Western Sydney’s Parramatta campus, with a $7 million grant from... Read more

In brief x

Burke and Wills collection to travel to Mansfield  The State Library of Victoria will bring original collection items from the Burke and Wills expedition to Mansfield... Read more

Andrea Hanke interviews Canongate publisher Jamie Byng, keynote speaker at this weekend’s ABA conference x

‘Know what you are talking about, have a digital strategy, cultivate and cherish your customers, engage with publishers, celebrate the physical space and please don’t... Read more

Annah Faulkner’s ‘The Beloved’ x

Roberta ‘Bertie’ Lightfoot suffers from polio as a child, and is helped through it by her tough-minded mother, along with the paper and pencils given... Read more

Woodslane to distribute Manson Science x

Publisher: Manson Science (Manson Publishing) ISBN Prefix: 9781840; 9781874; 9781893; 9783794; 9978387; 9783899 Old distributor: CSIRO Publishing New distributor: Woodslane P/L Effective: 1 July 2012 (See classified.)

Eurospan Group now distributes Slack Inc, Focus Medica and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations x

Publisher: Slack Inccorporated; Focus Medica; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ISBN Prefix: 978-1-55642, 978-1-61711,978-81-8061; 978-981-4206; 978-92-5 New distributor: Eurospan Group Effective: 1... Read more

Changes at Human Kinetics x

Chris Halbert has announced that she is retiring from the role of managing director of Human Kinetics Australia and New Zealand. Wendy Simpson has been... Read more

Tanner to take up new role with Google US x

Australian partner manager for Google Books Mark Tanner will move to New York at the end of June to join the Google Books team in the US... Read more

Condon joins John Reed Books x

Carolyn Condon has joined John Reed Books in the newly created role of marketing manager. Condon has previously worked in events management and public relations.

Changes at HarperCollins x

HarperCollins Australia has announced that Darren Kelly, previously head of trade sales, has been promoted to the position of sales director, and Robyn Fritchley, previously... Read more

Eltham to join BWF x

The Brisbane Writers Festival has announced that Kate Eltham will join the festival as director in October. Eltham, who is currently CEO of the Queensland... Read more

APA Professional Development: Industry Seminar on Marketing booking now for July; Editing on Screen; Indigenous Editing x

July Defining the New Marketing Mix – Sydney 5 July and Melbourne 10 July. What are the challenges facing publishers when it comes to marketing... Read more

'Into the Dark Desolate Night' x

10 thrillers in one book!   Follow Detective Anderson as he moves from a small town cop to the owner of the biggest private eye agency... Read more

Distribution Change x

As of 1 July 2012 the distribution of Manson Science products in Australia and New Zealand will be handled by Woodslane P/L. Since October 2010... Read more

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is delighted to announce two changes to the senior management team x

Darren Kelly is promoted to the position of Sales Director and holds responsibility for the entire sales operation, incorporating divisional sales, local sales and marketing,... Read more

HarperCollins Publishers Australia announcement x

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is delighted to announce that Anita Bell and the late Sara Douglass were joint winners of the Norma K Hemming Award for... Read more

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