Weekly Book Newsletter
27 June 2012

Quote of the week x

‘There has been some disappointment in the government’s response to the BISG report’—ABA president Jon Page.

Sleepers drops DRM with Kobo, other vendors to follow x

Independent publisher Sleepers Publishing has announced that it has dropped digital rights management (DRM) protection from its ebook titles available through Kobo. Sleepers creative director... Read more

‘All That I Am’ wins 2012 Miles Franklin x

As reported in a Bookseller+Publisher special bulletin, All That I Am by Anna Funder (Penguin) has won the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award, presented on Wednesday... Read more

HarperCollins announces global publishing program x

HarperCollins has announced that it will launch a new global publishing program, to be called HarperCollins 360, next month. The publisher said in a statement... Read more

Queensland Literary Awards launch crowd-funding campaign; more than 600 entries received x

As reported by Bookseller+Publisher online, the Queensland Literary Awards (QLA), the volunteer-led awards that have replaced the axed Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, has launched a... Read more

Broun replaces Haslehurst at Magabala Books x

Michelle Broun has been appointed the new CEO of Magabala Books, replacing Suzie Haslehurst who has recently left the company. Haslehurst, who finished in the... Read more

RiP Nora Ephron x

Nora Ephron, author and screenwriter, has died aged 71. Ephron, best known for writing the screenplays for the romantic comedies When Harry Met Sally and... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

As dark forces gather, great sacrifices have to be made in the final struggle for love in Rapture (Doubleday), Lauren Kate’s final book in the ‘Fallen’ series.... Read more

Government responds to BISG recommendations

The Federal Government has formally responded to the recommendations made by the Book Industry Strategy Group (BISG) last year. As previously reported by Bookseller+Publisher, the... Read more

Government establishes Book Industry Collaboration Council

The Federal Government has established an industry council in response to the recommendations made by the Book Industry Strategy Group (BISG) last year. The government... Read more

RiP Donald Charlwood x

Donald Charlwood, author of the classic All the Green Year, has died, aged 96. Charlwood, who wrote 11 books, won a number of literary awards... Read more

Tan wins Locus Award x

Australian illustrator Shaun Tan has won the best artist category in the 2012 Locus Awards for science-fiction and fantasy writing, presented by the Locus Science... Read more

‘The Heir of Night' wins David Gemmell Legend Award

The Heir of Night by New Zealand author Helen Lowe (Orbit) has won the Morningstar Award for best fantasy debut, as part of this year’s David Gemmell... Read more

2011 Australian Shadows Awards winners announced x

The winners of the 2011 Australian Shadows Awards have been announced. Paul Haines won the long fiction category for ‘The Past is a Bridge Best... Read more

QLA to launch crowd-funding campaign; more than 600 entries received x

The Queensland Literary Awards (QLA), the volunteer-led awards that have replaced the axed Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, will launch a crowd-funding campaign next week to... Read more

‘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

Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships announced x

The Wheeler Centre has announced the first intake of writers for this year’s Hot Desk Fellowships, supported by the Readings Foundation. Among the first intake... Read more

Changes to the Melbourne Prize for Literature x

The Melbourne Prize for Literature has removed the age limit from its Best Writing Award for 2012. In past years an age limit of 40... Read more

Myer appointed Australia Council chair x

Arts Minister Simon Crean has announced that Rubert Myer will replace James Strong as chair of the Australia Council, with Robyn Archer appointed deputy chair.... Read more

Smiths Alternative Bookshop for sale x

Independent Canberra bookstore Smiths Alternative Bookshop is for sale. Owner Peter Strong told Bookseller+Publisher that he has advertised the business this week in the Canberra... Read more

Harvey awarded 2012 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency x

The Australian Society of Authors has announced that Dimitra Harvey has been awarded the 2012 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency, entitling the author to a... Read more

Funder to headline Ubud writers festival x

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has announced that Miles Franklin winner Anna Funder will appear as a headline author at this year’s festival. ‘I... Read more

BBWF full program launched x

The full program of this year’s Byron Bay Writers Festival has been released. Local authors attending the event include Michael Kirby, Thomas Keneally, Anna Rose,... Read more

SLV Creative Fellowships announced x

The 2012 recipients of the State Library of Victoria creative fellowships have been announced. Among the recipients selected for funding are several with book-related projects.... Read more

Valerie Parv Award finalists announced x

The finalists for this year’s Valerie Parv Award, presented by the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) for an unpublished manuscript, have been announced. This year’s... Read more

New prizes for Scarlett Stilleto Awards x

Two new prizes will be presented as part of this year’s Scarlet Stiletto Awards for crime writing. Melbourne’s Athenaeum Library will present a new prize... Read more

Griffith Readers’ Festival guests announced x

Andy Griffiths, Sulari Gentill, B Michael Radburn, Karly Lane and Tania McCartney will be among the guests at the inaugural Griffith Readers’ Festival in September.... Read more

‘ABR’ fellowships recipients announced x

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced the recipients of its fourth and fifth Patron’s Fellowships. Jennifer Lindsay is the recipient of the ABR Copyright... 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

New website for Book Marketing Society UK x

The Book Marketing Society (BMS), an organisation that seeks to promote marketing and marketers within the publishing industry in the UK, has revealed its new... Read more

Google appeals Chin’s class action ruling in Google Books case x

In response to judge Denny Chin’s recent granting of class certification to the Authors Guild in the Google Books case, attorneys for Google have filed... Read more

Date set for US ebook anti-trust case x

In the US, federal judge Denise Cote has set 3 June, 2013, as the start date for the Department of Justice (DOJ) anti-trust case against... Read more

Enright, Massie win inaugural Andrew Carnegie medals x

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of the inaugural Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction at its 2012 conference, held... 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

Softlink offers OverDrive Read in Australia and UK x

Browser-based ebook reader OverDrive Read will be offered to schools, libraries and organisations in Australia and the UK by Softlink, as part of its distribution agreement... Read more

Stokes appointed chair of NLA Council x

Ryan Stokes, son of businessman Kerry Stokes, has been appointed chair of the National Library of Australia Council. Stokes’ three-year appointment, which begins in July... Read more

Vic government announces library funding for Docklands, City Library, North Fitzroy, Ashburton, Ringwood and Whittlesea x

Several funding announcements have been made in the past week as part of the second round of funding for the Victorian Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure... Read more

Government supports BISG recommendations on ebook lending rights x

The Federal Government has formally responded to recommendations made by the Book Industry Strategy Group (BISG) last year, including recommendations relating to ebook lending rights.... Read more

Penguin launches US pilot program for ebook lending x

Penguin has launched a pilot program in the US to lend its ebooks through libraries, reports Publishers Weekly. Penguin has partnered with US technology company... Read more

SLV creative fellowships announced x

The recipients of the 2012 State Library of Victoria creative fellowships have been announced. Recipients of $12,500 for three months’ study are: Angela Cavalieri, who... 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

Get set for Father’s Day x

Some of our favourite titles this year are Pete Evans’ Pizza; Footy Flavours, a collection of recipes from Australia’s rugby league players; Ben Robertson’s Hear... 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

Majok Tulba’s Beneath the Darkening Sky x

South Sudanese refugee Majok Tulba’s brutal, poetic debut views the monstrousness of war through the innocent eyes of a young boy. Beneath the Darkening Sky... 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

Central Book Services to Cease Distribution of McFarland x

Agency Change Details Publisher: Mcfarland & Co Inc ISBN Prefix: 97814766; 97807864; 978089950 Old Distributor: Central Book Services New Distributor: Eurospan      Changeover date: 1 July... Read more

Stokes appointed chair of NLA Council x

Ryan Stokes has been appointed chair of the National Library of Australia Council. Stokes, who replaces outgoing chair James Spiegelman, will begin his three year... Read more

Changes to Australia Council board x

Rubert Myer has been appointed as the new chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, replacing James Strong, who will finish in the position... Read more

Broun replaces Haslehurst at Magabala Books x

Michelle Broun has been appointed the new CEO of Magabala Books, replacing Suzie Haslehurst who has recently left the company. (See news).

Rafferty promoted at Pan Macmillan x

Emma Rafferty has been promoted from senior editor to the position of managing editor at Pan Macmillan. Rafferty will begin in the role on 9... Read more

Mills joins ‘Overland’ x

Author Jennifer Mills has joined Overland literary journal in the role of fiction editor. Mills will work with outgoing fiction editor Jane Gleeson-White, who is... Read more

APA Professional Development Industry Seminar filling fast x

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

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

Grammar Essentials Presented by Pam Peters Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, Macquarie University When: Friday, 13 July 2012, 9.30 am to 4pm Venue: City Tattersalls Club,... Read more

Writers Victoria ‘Editing Your Own Work’ course x

Editing Your Own Work Course with Jo Case When: Thursdays, 12 to 4pm – 5 July, 2 August, 6 September and 4 October Learn the... Read more

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'Reluctant Rescuers' by Tony Kevin x

Bookshops interested in stocking Tony Kevin’s new book Reluctant Rescuers, RRP $24.95, are invited to contact him on 0414-822-171 or (02) 6236-3732 or tonykevin@grapevine.com.au or PO... Read more

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