Weekly Book Newsletter
20 June 2012

‘All That I Am’ wins 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award

All That I Am by Anna Funder (Penguin) has won this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award, presented tonight at a ceremony in Brisbane. All That... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Book industry events over the following fortnight include: Bayside Literary Festival, Melbourne: 21 June to 15 July Children’s & Young Adult Literature Festival, Sydney: 30 June International... Read more

Rogers to launch new business by Christmas x

Former Murdoch Books CEO Juliet Rogers will launch a new business before the end of the year called the Wild Colonial Company. Rogers, who is... Read more

ABA Conference round-up x

The 2012 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) conference was held on 17 and 18 June in Manly, bringing together around 280 members of the industry. More... Read more

Granger, Murdoch Books in legal battle x

Australian chef Bill Granger is suing Murdoch Books ‘for misleading and deceptive conduct, infringement of copyright and infringement of moral rights’ in the Federal Court... Read more

Preparation underway to bring World Book Night to Australia in 2013 x

Canongate managing director Jamie Byng has met with industry members to discuss bringing World Book Night to Australia in 2013. Byng was a guest at... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘@OZBooksellers: Peter Blake (Penguin): a single global price is a fairytale’ ‏ ‘@Tim_Coronel: @OZBooksellers for publishers, maybe, but it’s already a reality for consumers’  ... Read more

RiP Gordon Richardson x

Gordon Richardson OBE, president of the Library Association of Australia from 1967-68 and former principal librarian and principal archivist of the Public Library of NSW,... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Random House has sold The Hanging Garden (Patrick White) to Slovenia; Dirty Money (Matthew Benns) to Mongolia; and Eat Spray Love (Blossom & Joan Sauers)... Read more

Nielsen reports book prices down x

Shaun Symonds, general manager of Nielsen BookScan Australia, presented recent Nielsen sales data at the Australian Booksellers Association conference on Sunday 17 June. Symonds said the... Read more

Booksellers NZ conference keynote speakers announced x

Booksellers New Zealand has announced details of its annual conference. The Business of Bookselling Conference will take place from 1-2 August in Auckland and will... Read more

MWF announces first events for 2012 festival x

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has announced initial details of its adult program for the 2012 festival. British actor, director and author of several biographies... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The books in the ‘Fifty shades’ trilogy (E L James, Arrow Books) are still at the top of the bestsellers chart this week. The fourth... Read more

‘A Monster Calls’ wins 2012 Carnegie, Greenaway medals

UK-based author Patrick Ness has won the Carnegie Medal for outstanding writing in children’s books for the second year running, winning this year’s award for... Read more

‘All That I Am’ wins booksellers choice award

All That I Am by Anna Funder (Penguin) has won this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award. The award, which recognises... Read more

Changes to ABA management committee announced

A number of changes to the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) management committee were announced at this year’s annual conference, held in Manly, NSW, between 17... Read more

New Zealand Frankfurt Guest of Honour program announced

The Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour program has been announced. As the 2012 Guest of Honour, New Zealand will send more than 60 authors... Read more

2012 REAL Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards, which acts as a shortlist for children’s choice book awards in the Australian... Read more

Queensland Literary Awards receives $20,000 from CAL

The Queensland Literary Awards (QLA), the volunteer-led awards that have replaced the axed Queensland Premier’s Awards, has received $20,000 from the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL)... Read more

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

NSW state budget announced x

The New South Wales state budget has been announced and includes funding to establish ‘experts and resources in the Office of the Small Business Commissioner... Read more

Telstra Business Awards nomination for Booktopia x

Online bookseller Booktopia has been shortlisted for the New South Wales Telstra Business Awards in the medium-sized category for the second year running. Booktopia is... Read more

Ebooks from Random House now available through ReadCloud x

ReadCloud has announced that it has signed with Random House, and more than 10,000 Random House ebooks will soon be available through ReadCloud-powered ebookstores. ReadCloud... Read more

‘Overland’ launches new short story prize x

Literary journal Overland has announced a new short story prize worth $6000. The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize will be judged by Enza Gandolfo,... Read more

International Digital Publishing Forum approves proposal to include indexes in ePub standard x

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) has joined the International Digital Publishing Forum and is part of the Indexes Working Group working... Read more

Ashton wins Betty Trask Prize x

Australian author Kalinda Ashton has won a Betty Trask Award, awarded by the UK Society of Authors, for her novel The Danger Game (Sleepers Publishing).... Read more

PM’s Literary Awards to be announced 23 July x

The winners of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards will be announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Arts Minister Simon Crean on Monday 23... Read more

Speech Pathology Book of the Year shortlist announced x

Speech Pathology Australia has announced the titles shortlisted for its Book of the Year awards. The shortlist consists of 43 titles across four categories—‘young children’,... 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

Google launches ebookstores in Germany, Spain x

Google has launched Google Play stores in Germany and Spain in the past week and is now selling ebooks in both countries, reports Publishers Lunch.... Read more

Barry wins Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction x

Irish author Sebastian Barry has won the 2012 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction for On Canaan’s Side (Faber). The Walter Scott Prize is worth... Read more

New writers’ residency in Frankfurt x

New Zealand authors Hamish Clayton and Tina Makereti will take up new writing residencies offered by the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt in September, reports Booksellers... Read more

Morin appointed COO at Ingram x

Ingram Content Group has announced that Shawn Morin has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer and will be ‘in charge of managing... 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

Funding boost for NSW State Library x

The State Library of NSW has received $15.2 million in funding for the next financial year, announced in the NSW State budget on 12 June.... Read more

Sydney council proposes 24-hour library x

Australia’s first 24-hour library is one of the City of Sydney’s ‘priority projects’ as part of its efforts to boost the city’s night-time economy. The... Read more

Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan funds new WA library x

The Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan has allocated over $5 million in funding to establish the Carnarvon Library and Arts Centre in Western Australia. The new centre,... Read more

NLA digitises non-English language newspapers x

Several German, Italian and Estonian community newspapers, published in Australia, are now available online through the National Library of Australia’s Trove discovery service. Under the... 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

Malcolm Neil on the industry’s ebooks debate x

‘Unfortunately many of the opinions from the book industry that get currency and profile talk directly against what the consumer perceives as their interest.’ Kobo’s... 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

Emily Maguire’s ‘Fishing for Tigers’ x

Fishing for Tigers is Emily Maguire’s fourth novel, and a departure from the darkness of the most recent Smoke in the Room. Maguire’s exploration of... 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.)

New premises for ‘ABR’ x

The Australian Book Review has moved to new premises at the City of Melbourne’s Southbank cultural precinct Boyd. The new address is 207-229 City Road,... Read more

Changes to ABA management committee x

Patricia Genat, owner of ALS Library Services, has been elected as the new treasurer of the Australian Booksellers Association management committee, replacing Graeme Connelly, former... 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 for Marketers, Publicists and Publishers x

Marketers, Publicists, Publishers – from small or large publishing houses: APA Professional Development Industry Seminar filling fast for 5 and 10 July Defining the New... Read more

Mass read-in at Fed Square for Salvation Army blanket drive - Friday 22 June x

Families and groups of friends are invited to participate in a mass read-in at Federation Square as part of ‘The Light in Winter’, Melbourne, on... Read more

Entries for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards for 2013 x

Change to entry of Picture Books: In 2012 Publishers must choose one of the following categories for each book: Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood,... Read more

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. July Winter Dinner x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will hold a July Winter Dinner Where: William Blue Dining William Blue College of Hospitality Management, Northpoint, 171 Pacific... Read more

Register Now for Get Reading! September 2012 x

Registrations are now open for this year’s September Get Reading! campaign, which for the first time will feature an all-Australian 50 Books You Can’t Put... Read more

Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Launch Title: 'Wild: A Journey From Lost To Found’ by Cheryl Strayed x

Allen & Unwin is delighted to be rushing into the Australian market for publication in July, the powerful,  inspirational memoir Wild, the single book that... Read more

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