Weekly Book Newsletter
11 July 2012

Book Depository stops selling ebooks

UK-based online bookseller the Book Depository is no longer selling ebooks. The Book Depository issued a short statement on its website saying that it is... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Book industry events over the coming fortnight include: Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, Mackay, QLD: 11-14 July. Yarragon Book Fair, Yarragon, VIC: 14-15 July. Mildura Writers’ Festival, Mildura,... Read more

‘Bereft’ in the running for Gold Dagger award x

Bereft, by Australian author Chris Womersley (Scribe), is among the titles longlisted in this year’s Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger awards. Bereft has been longlisted... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘They’re recommending the literary equivalent of foie gras to people who are starving for steak and potatoes with a dash of spice’—Kat Mayo, in a... Read more

Hodge among successful Frankfurt Fellowship applicants x

Anna Hodge, senior editor at Auckland University Press in New Zealand, is among the successful applicants for this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair Fellowship Program. Also... Read more

New website to promote Australian literature

The Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has announced it will soon launch a new website to promote Australian literature. Plans for the Reading Australia project were... Read more

Seale to step down at Random House; Davis, Ferns appointed joint managing directors x

Random House Australia and New Zealand has announced that managing director Margie Seale will step down from her role in November. Random House said in... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Friends Forever (Bantam Books), Danielle Steel’s latest novel, tracing the lives of five childhood friends, is the highest new entry this week, followed by Criminal (Century), Karin... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Text has sold Norwegian rights in In the Evil Day (Peter Temple) to Press Forlaget; Dutch rights in Nine Days (Toni Jordan) to Artemis;... Read more

O’Hara wins Churchill Fellowship x

Jane O’Hara, the outgoing CEO and festival director of the Brisbane Writers Festival, has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship. O’Hara was among 115 Australians awarded the... Read more

RiP Pamela Lofts x

Pamela Lofts, children’s book illustrator and visual artist, has died. Lofts illustrated books such as Mem Fox’s Koala Lou and Hunwick’s Egg, and Marcia Vaughan’s... Read more

RiP Peter Steele x

Peter Steele, poet and emeritus professor at the University of Melbourne, has died aged 72. Steele wrote seven books of poetry, and several books of... Read more

RiP Eric Sykes x

Eric Sykes, a renowned UK comedian, actor and novelist, has died aged 89. Sykes wrote two novels, The Great Crime of Grapplewick (1997) and Smelling... Read more

RiP Jean Chapman x

Jean Chapman, a children’s author and scriptwriter for ABC children’s radio and television programs including Play School, has died. Margaret Hamilton, of Margaret Hamilton Books, writes: ‘Jean... Read more

Dank to leave ILF

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) has announced that Debra Dank will finish in her role as program manager at the end of the month. Dank... Read more

PANZ Book Design Awards 2012 winners announced

The winners of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards were announced on 5 July. The winning titles are: Gerard Reid Award... Read more

2011 WA Premier’s Book Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2011 Western Australian Premier’s Books Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are: Nonfiction ($15,000) 1835:... Read more

‘Foal’s Bread’ wins ALS Gold Medal

Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears (A&U) has won this year’s Australian Literary Society (ALS) Gold Medal. Mears was announced as the winner of this year’s... Read more

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

‘Literature and Censorship’ conference takes place in Canberra x

The fifth annual conference of the Australian Association for Literature, ‘Literature and Censorship’, takes place in Canberra from today until Friday (11 to 13 July).... Read more

Express Media, Australian Poetry look for emerging poets x

Express Media and Australian Poetry have announced a partnership to publish a first collection of poetry by one Victorian poet under the age of 25.... Read more

RMIT to host 2012 NonfictionNow conference x

Melbourne’s RMIT University will host this year’s NonfictionNow conference in November as a result of a partnership between the university’s school of media and communications... Read more

Melbourne to host Rare Book Week x

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers will hold the inaugural Melbourne Rare Book Week this month. The free event will take place... Read more

Co-op Bookshop partners with mobile phone company x

Campus bookseller Co-op Bookshop has announced a new partnership with mobile phone company amaysim. The Co-op Bookshop said in a statement that the new partnership... Read more

Glenfern fellowships recipients announced x

Writers Victoria has announced the recipients of this year’s Glenfern writers’ studio fellowships. Ramona Koval, David Sornig and Libby Hart are the recipients of the... Read more

Sleepers drops DRM with Booki.sh x

Following the announcement that it has dropped digital rights management (DRM) protection from its ebook titles available through Kobo, Sleepers Publishing has announced that its ebooks... Read more

New Book Grocer opens in Melbourne x

The Book Grocer has opened a new store in Melbourne’s CBD. The store is located at 455 Bourke Street.

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

B&N to launch digital bookstores in 10 countries within 12 months x

US bookselling chain Barnes & Noble has announced plans to expand its digital business by opening Nook digital bookstores in 10 countries within 12 months.... Read more

Port Harcourt, Nigeria announced as World Book Capital 2014 x

The Nigerian city of Port Harcourt was announced as World Book Capital 2014 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 5... Read more

McAleer promoted at Walker Books x

Helen McAleer has been promoted to the new positions of chief global development officer for Walker Books and managing director of Walker Productions. McAleer, who... Read more

Litigation in HathiTrust case could begin in November x

In the US, the copyright infringement lawsuit against digital repository HathiTrust and five US universities could go to trial as early as November, reports Publishers... Read more

Eason plans to launch branded ereader this year x

Irish bookselling chain Eason has revealed that it plans to launch a branded ereader later this year, reports the Bookseller. The announcement was made at... 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

Outdoor library launched x

‘The first outdoor library in the southern hemisphere’ was launched on 5 July at the Tungamah Hotel on behalf of the Goulburn Valley Regional Library... Read more

SLV purchases rare Persian manuscripts after successful appeal x

The State Library of Victoria has acquired two Persian manuscripts following a successful public appeal to assist with the purchase. The appeal to raise $100,000... Read more

International Library News x

Majority of funding restored to New York libraries The New York City budget for fiscal year 2013 was approved on 28 June, and included the... Read more

State government pledges funding for Wonthaggi Library relocation x

The Victorian government announced on 4 July that it would provide $300,000 towards the $461,000 it will cost to assist in the relocation of Wonthaggi... Read more

A novel idea for debut novelists x

‘How do you promote a debut novelist when there are so many other writers competing for that publicity attention?’ A Sydney-based literary agent believes the... 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

Greg Jericho’s ‘The Rise of the Fifth Estate’ x

The Rise of the Fifth Estate is a well-researched and engaging look at the world of social media and blogging in the context of the... 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

Seale steps down at Random House x

Margie Seale has stepped down from her role as managing director and president of Asia Development at Random House Australia. She will continue to work... Read more

Dank to leave ILF x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) has announced that Debra Dank will finish in her role as program manager at the end of the month to... Read more

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

Libraries Australia Forum x

The annual Libraries Australia Forum will be held at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, on Thursday 25 October 2012. The event is a showcase... Read more

APA Professional Development: Melbourne workshops booking now for August and October x

Monday 13 August in Melbourne Editing On Screen: For the Keen Green and In-Between. This popular course covers both the basics and some more advanced... Read more

National Bookshop Day – Saturday, 11 August 2012 x

National Bookshop Day will be held on Saturday 11 August in hundreds of bookshops across Australia.  ABA member bookshops will soon receive a parcel containing... 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

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