Weekly Book Newsletter
4 July 2012

Digital Publishing New Zealand to wind up services x

Digital Publishing New Zealand (DPNZ), the industry-based initiative which offered digital conversions for independent publishers and authors, will cease offering its services before the end... Read more

Perth retailers able to trade on Sundays from August x

All retailers across the metropolitan Perth area will be able to trade on Sundays from 26 August as a result of introduced changes to the... Read more

Simon & Schuster to add QR codes to all US books

Simon & Schuster, parent company of Simon & Schuster Australia, has announced that it will soon be putting QR codes on every print book it... Read more

Australia among first countries to receive new Google tablet

Australia will be one of the first countries to receive the new Google tablet this month, reports the Bookseller. The Nexus 7—Google’s seven-inch tablet to... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It will take a long time for the new markets that are emerging to make up for the markets that we are losing’—Andrew Wilkins, publisher... Read more

Literature Centre enters into $600,000 partnership with BHP Billiton

The Literature Centre in Fremantle has entered into a new partnership with BHP Billiton which will involve the mining company investing $600,000 in the centre over... Read more

No change for HarperCollins Australia, New Zealand in News Corp split x

HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand has confirmed to Bookseller+Publisher that it will be business as usual at the publisher following the division of News Corporation’s... Read more

Arts Victoria 2012-13 funding applications open amid concerns about funding cuts x

The Victorian Government has announced that applications are now open for Arts Victoria’s 2012-13 arts funding programs. Premier and Arts Minister Ted Baillieu said on... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Wicked Business (Janet Evanovich, Hachette), the second book in the ‘Wicked’ spin-off series, based on a character from the Stephanie Plum ‘Between-the-Numbers’ novels, is first... Read more

Hinkler establishes dedicated trade sales team x

Hinkler Books is in the process of establishing a new sales team to focus on trade bookshops. The publisher announced this week that Shaun Arthurson,... Read more

RiP Rosemary Dobson x

Rosemary Dobson, a well known Australian poet whose first book In a Convex Mirror was published in 1944, has died aged 92. Dobson received the Patrick... Read more

Radcliffe promoted at Craig Potton Publishing

Emma Radcliffe will take on the role of managing director at Craig Potton Publishing in New Zealand in November, replacing Jane Connor who is stepping... Read more

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

Screen Australia funding for book-related apps x

Screen Australia has announced funding for a number of apps, several of which are based on books. Bottersnikes and Gumbles ‘brings to life the hilarious... Read more

NZ guide to export markets available x

The New Zealand Government’s Trade and Enterprise department has released a new guide to educational book publishing in overseas markets. The guide provides information about... Read more

SPUNC seeking presentations for Independent Publishers’ Conference x

In the lead up to its inaugural Independent Publishers’ Conference in November, the Small Press Network (SPUNC) is seeking presentations for the academic day of the... Read more

Harrison wins architecture award x

Stuart Harrison has won the 2012 National Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media for his book Forty-Six Square Metres Of Land Doesn’t Normally... Read more

Changes to SWF board announced x

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has announced a number of changes to its board following this year’s festival in May. Annette Shun Wah, Peter FitzSimons... Read more

Mildura Writers’ Festival program announced x

The program for the 2012 Mildura Writers’ festival has been announced. This year’s festival will run from 19-22 July and continues the festival’s established tradition... Read more

Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival x

The inaugural Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival (SHWF) will be held in Bowral, NSW on 21-22 July. Authors speaking at the festival include Frank Moorhouse, Kirsten... Read more

New grant from NZSA for mid-career writers x

The New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) has established a new grant for mid-career writers. Applications are now open for the inaugural grant, which is... Read more

Davitt Awards finalists announced x

The finalists for this year’s Davitt Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime for crime books written by Australian women, have been announced. This year 49... Read more

SA Writers’ Centre announces new residency program x

The South Australian Writers’ Centre has announced a new writer-in-residence program for emerging writers. Applications are now open for the program, with two places to... Read more

Bendigo Writers Festival program announced x

The program for the inaugural Bendigo Writers Festival, to be held between 10 and 12 August, has been announced. Among the writers participating in the... 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

HMH emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy x

US publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has emerged from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, after receiving court approval for its restructuring plan last month, reports Publishers... Read more

Sage launches ebookstore x

In the UK, academic publisher Sage is selling more than 2500 titles from its own ebookstore, reports the Bookseller. The store, which officially launched in... Read more

European Commission backs tax reduction on ebooks x

European Commission (EC) vice-president Neelie Kroes has backed a call by European publishing chiefs for the rate of value-added tax (VAT) on ebooks to be... Read more

Kobo to launch in Japan x

Kobo will launch a localised ereader and website in Japan on 19 July. CEO Mike Serbinis travelled to Japan last week to sell the product... 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

Mosman library receives funding for WWI online resource x

Sydney’s Mosman library has been granted $30,000 from the NSW state government to create an online resource for collecting and displaying information about the wartime... Read more

SLQ creates website for design ideas, education x

The State Library of Queensland has created a new website called Design Online to promote the exchange of ideas about design in the Asia Pacific region.... Read more

ACT libraries waive overdue fines x

As of 1 July, all outstanding fines for ACT library members have been removed, and library members will no longer be fined for items up... Read more

WWI soldier’s diary donated to NSW State Library x

The diary of a WWI soldier was donated to the NSW State Library this week. Gunner Norman Pearce was from the town of Parkes, NSW,... Read more

City of Sydney announces new library, design competition x

The City of Sydney is investing $25 million in a new library for the Green Square Town Centre development in southern Sydney. The 3000 sq... 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

BEA: Discovery and the art of bookselling x

At Book Expo America last month, book research company Codex Group unveiled the results of a recent study on discovering and selling books in the digital... 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

Toni Jordan’s ‘Nine Days’ x

We first meet the Westaway family through the character of young Kip, brother to Francis and Connie, son to a grieving mother Jean and a... 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

Inbooks to cease distribution for Scala (see classified) x

Agency: Scala Publishers ISBN Prefix: 978185759 Old Distributor: Inbooks New Distributor: Peribo Changeover date: 31/07/12                        

NewSouth Books cease distribution of AAP (see classified) x

Publisher: Australian Academic Press ISBN Prefix:  978-1-875378; 978-1-921513; 978-1-922117 Old Distributor: NewSouth Books New Distributor: AAP Distribution Changeover Date: 1 July 2012

NewSouth Books exclusive distributors for Michael Wiese Productions (see classified) x

Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions ISBN Prefix: 978-0-941188; 978-1-932907; 978-1-61593; 978-1-61125 Old Distributor: Elsevier Australia New Distributor: NewSouth Books Changeover Date: 1 July 2012

Changes to SWF board x

Former chair of the Australia Council for the Arts James Strong has joined the board of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, following the departure of board... Read more

Arthurson joins Hinkler x

Hinkler has announced that Shaun Arthurson has joined the publisher in the newly created role of trade sales manager for South Australia and Western Australia. Arthurson... Read more

Pocock joins APA x

Harriet Pocock has joined the Australian Publishers Association (APA) in the role of professional development administration assistant. Pocock replaces Sebastian Abjorensen who has left the... Read more

Changes at Craig Potton Publishing x

At Craig Potton Publishing in New Zealand, sales and marketing director Emma Radcliffe will take on the role of managing director in November, replacing Jane... Read more

New address for Woodslane x

Book distributor Woodslane has moved to new premises. The address for returns and deliveries is 10 Apollo Street, Warriewood, NSW, 2102. The PO Box address... 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).

Nominations are now open for the 18th Annual Booksellers NZ Book Industry Awards x

Publishers are asked to nominate outstanding book retailers for the 18th annual Booksellers NZ Book Industry Awards, sponsored by THORPE-Bowker in the four categories of:... Read more

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

Editing Intensive 2 Presented by Meryl Potter – Distinguished Editor When: 9.30am to 4.30pm on Wednesday, 18 July 2012. Venue: City Tatersalls, Sydney Room, 198 Pitt... Read more

APA Professional Development: date decided for 'Defining the New Marketing Mix' x

Industry Seminar – ‘Defining the New Marketing Mix’ for marketers, publicists, publishers and editors, is running in Melbourne on Thursday, 4 October. Still places available for... Read more

The Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2012 – open for nominations x

The Australian Educational Publishing Awards, celebrating excellence across all areas of educational publishing – primary, secondary, TAFE & vocational and tertiary education, is now open... Read more

Independent Publishing Conference Academic Day – Call for Papers x

The Independent Publishing Conference’s Academic Day, with the theme of ‘Diversity and Independence in Australian Publishing’, will be held at The Wheeler Centre for Books,... Read more

50 Shades of Fev! x

Brendan Fevola’s fast-selling memoir Fev: In My Own Words has sold out.  Reprint due 12 July at RHA. Please order now.  More publicity, events and... Read more

Melbourne Prize for Literature 2012 – Entries close 16 July x

Don’t miss out – entries for the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature 2012 and $30,000 Best Writing Award 2012 close 5pm on 16 July. The entry... Read more

Inbooks to cease distribution for Scala x

Inbooks would like to advise customers that we will shortly cease distribution for Scala Publishers. Customer returns will be accepted by Inbooks until 31 July.... Read more

‘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... Read more

NewSouth Books exclusive distributors for Michael Wiese Productions x

NewSouth Books is delighted to announce that from 1 July they will be the exclusive distributors in Australian and New Zealand for books from Michael... Read more

Thames & Hudson congratulates Stuart Harrison x

Thames & Hudson congratulates Stuart Harrison whose book Forty-six metres of land doesn’t normally become a house (9780500500293) won the prestigious Australian Institute of Architects... Read more

NewSouth Books cease distribution of AAP x

From 1 July books from Australian Academic Press will no longer be supplied by NewSouth Books.  NewSouth Books will accept returns for Australian Academic Press... Read more

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