Weekly Book Newsletter
25 July 2012

Quote of the week x

‘This acquisition will allow Penguin to participate fully in perhaps the fastest-growing area of the publishing economy and gain skills in customer acquisition and data... Read more

‘Knuckled’ wins Mary Gilmore Award x

Knuckled by Fiona Wright (Giramondo) has won this year’s Mary Gilmore Award for poetry. Wright was announced as the winner of this year’s award at... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Oxford scholar and reluctant witch Diana Bishop and handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont were drawn together in a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript... Read more

‘Canberra Times’ confirms loss of literary editor position; some local book content to remain

The Canberra Times has confirmed that the position of literary editor has been cut, as previously reported by Bookseller+Publisher. However, editor Rod Quinn told Bookseller+Publisher that... Read more

Penguin acquires self-publishing service Author Solutions x

Pearson has acquired the self-publishing service Author Solutions ‘from Bertram Capital for US$116 million [approximately A$113 million] in cash’, the publisher announced in a statement. The... Read more

ABS to collect online retail data from 2013 x

The Federal Government has announced that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will begin collecting data on online retail spending by the end of 2013.... Read more

Bastian leaves Varuna x

Varuna, the Writers’ House, has announced that CEO Lis Bastian has resigned from her position and has finished working for the centre. Acting chair of... Read more

Samuel replaces Brady as Clunes festival director x

Stephen Samuel has been appointed as the director of the Clunes Booktown festival, replacing Tess Brady who has stepped down from the role after directing... Read more

Title opens two new stores, plans New Zealand expansion x

The Title books and music chain has opened a new store in Melbourne and plans to open another in Brisbane before the end of the... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Book-related events over the coming fortnight include: Reality Bites Literary Festival, Conroy, QLD: 26-29 July National Poetry Day, NZ: 27 July Booksellers NZ Conference, Auckland, NZ: 1-2 August... Read more

2012 Kibble, Dobbie winners announced

The winners of this year’s Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards have been announced. The winner of the $30,000 Nita B Kibble Literary Award, which recognises... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Curtis Brown has sold Burial Rites (Hannah Kent) to Picador in Australia, Picador in the UK and Little, Brown in the US; and foreign-language... Read more

Movie double-pass giveaway! x

Twenty eight-year-old finance golden boy and billionaire Eric Packer takes a long drive across town in a stretch limousine to get a haircut from his... Read more

Morrison teams up with Xou Creative to launch digital publishing business

Former Picador publisher Rod Morrison has founded a digital publishing business with David Henley and Jon MacDonald from Sydney-based design business Xou Creative. Morrison, who... Read more

Pinerolo receives CAL funding for illustrator residencies x

Pinerolo, the Children’s book cottage in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, will receive Copyright Agency Ltd (CAL) funding for its four residencies for emerging and established... Read more

RiP Margaret Mahy x

Margaret Mahy, renowned New Zealand author of books for children and young adults, has died.  Mahy won numerous awards including the New Zealand Order of Merit... Read more

Booktopia employee to represent Australia in London Games

Booktopia employee Anthony Alozie will be among approximately 400 athletes representing Australia at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, which kick off at the end... Read more

Booksellers NZ Industry Awards finalists announced

The finalists for this year’s Booksellers New Zealand Industry Awards have been announced. The finalists in each of the categories are: Regional Bookseller of the... Read more

2012 PM’s Literary Awards winners announced x

As reported in a Bookseller+Publisher special bulletin, the winners of this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced on 23 July.  The winning titles are:... Read more

2012 PM’s Literary Awards winners announced

The winners of this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced at a ceremony in Canberra this morning. The winning titles are: Fiction   Foal’s... Read more

MWF 2012 program launched

The program for the 2012 Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), which will be held between 23 August and 2 September, has been launched and tickets are... Read more

‘Books at MIFF’ shortlist announced

The shortlist of titles chosen for this year’s ‘Books at MIFF’ session at the Melbourne International Film Festival has been announced. The seven titles were selected... Read more

Murphy to leave NZ Book Council x

The New Zealand Book Council has announced that CEO Noel Murphy will finish in his position in October. The council said in a statement that... Read more

BBC Worldwide writes down Lonely Planet in response to strong Oz dollar x

BBC Worldwide has revealed a £16.1 million (approximately A$24.5 million) write down of Lonely Planet in its 2011-2012 annual report. It is the second time... Read more

‘Canberra Times’ cuts literary and arts positions; books pages to be sourced from Melbourne, Sydney x

Canberra Times literary editor Gia Metherell and arts editor Diana Streak are reported to be ‘negotiating their futures’ at the newspaper after learning that their... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It is impossible to know what Amazon’s ebook or Kindle sales are in Australia but Australian publishers willing to talk report them having more than... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Anna Funder recently added the Miles Franklin Literary Award to a long list of awards for All That I Am (Hamish Hamilton) and the book has risen in... Read more

‘Zac and Mia’ wins 2012 Text Prize

Perth writer Amanda Betts has won this year’s Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing for her manuscript Zac and Mia. Betts was presented... Read more

Keep is finalist in Realise Your Dream Award x

Writer and broadcaster Elmo Keep is a finalist in the Realise Your Dream Award, run by the British Council and designed to promote international creative... Read more

Commonwealth drops case against David Hicks x

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) has dropped its attempt to seize the profits made from former Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks’ memoir Guantanamo:... Read more

Charlotte Wood film adaptation receives funding x

The film adaptation of Charlotte Wood’s novel The Children (A&U) has received $750,000 funding from ScreenWest. The Children was shortlisted in the Australian Book Industry... Read more

Kobo launches Writing Life platform x

Ebook provider and retailer Kobo has officially launched its self-publishing platform, Kobo Writing Life. The platform is accessible to users in Australia and New Zealand... Read more

QLA achieves $20,000 pledge goal x

The Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) has achieved its goal of $20,000 from crowd-funded pledges and the amount continues to rise with 27 days left in the campaign. The volunteer-led awards replaced the axed... Read more

Bloomsbury acquires visual arts publisher x

In the UK, Bloomsbury has completed its purchase of creative publisher Applied Visual Arts Publishing (AVA) for close to £1.7 million (A$2.57 million), reports the... Read more

Italian publisher launches DRM-free imprint x

Italian publisher RCS Libri has launched a new digital-first imprint which will publish books free of Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more

2011 US books sales value down, volumes up x

In the US, total book sales fell 2.5% in 2011, to $27.2 billion, according to estimates released Wednesday by BookStats, the annual industry sales survey... Read more

B&N launches cloud-based reading platform x

US bookselling chain Barnes & Noble has launched a new cloud-based ereading platform called Nook for Web, reports Publishers Weekly. The new platform will allow... Read more

Granta announces best young Brazilian writers x

Granta has announced the 20 writers who will appear in its ‘The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists’ issue. This is the first time the literary... Read more

HarperCollins finalises Thomas Nelson acquisition x

HarperCollins has announced that it has finalised its acquisition of US-based publisher Thomas Nelson. HarperCollins first announced its intention to acquire the publisher, which produces... Read more

Report highlights tough times for Spanish book industry x

The latest annual report of the Spanish Publishers Guild has highlighted the tough times currently facing the Spanish book market, reports Publishing Perspectives. According to... Read more

Vic govt announces funding for new libraries x

The Victorian Government has continued to allocate funds to rebuild and renovate the state’s libraries as part of its Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, worth $17.2... Read more

Christchurch library closes due to earthquake risk x

The Christchurch City Council in New Zealand has closed the South Library and Beckenham Service Centre after receiving the results of an engineering evaluation which... Read more

Allen selected for IFLA International Leaders Programme x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced that Margaret Allen has been selected as one of the members of the International Federal of... Read more

Auckland Libraries launch ‘Fuse’ program to attract teens x

Auckland Libraries has announced the launch of a new program aimed at attracting teenagers to the city’s libraries. The program, called ‘Fuse’, is a series of... Read more

Newton-Smith, Partridge awarded ALIA fellowships x

Carol Newton-Smith and Helen Partridge were awarded fellowships by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) at the recent ALIA Biennial 2012 Conference in Sydney.... Read more

McKerracher appointed ALIA executive director x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced that Sue McKerracher has been appointed to the role of executive director, effective 20 August. McKerracher... Read more

Sam Twyford-Moore on what to do—and what not to do—for a book launch x

‘I recently attended the launch of an anthology, which I keep referring to as the worst I’ve ever attended … The fault was not in... Read more

So you’ve launched an ebookstore, what now? x

A number of booksellers are now able to sell ebooks, but how do you drive customers to your ebookstore? Kevin Guy from Avid Reader and... Read more

Steve Worland’s 'Velocity' x

Judd Bell is a NASA astronaut who has lost his mojo. Ever since his best friend was killed in a shuttle disaster, he’s been doubting... Read more

Myke Bartlett’s ‘Fire in the Sea’ x

Sixteen-year-old Sadie is growing tired of spending her summer days lounging on the beach with her tedious cousins and her wants-to-be-more-than-a-friend Tom. She can’t wait... Read more

Chelsea Green titles to be distributed by New South Books x

Publisher: Chelsea Green ISBN Prefix:  978-1-60358; 978-1-931498; 978-1-933392; 978-1-930031; 978-1-890132 Old Distributor: Brumby Sunstate New Distributor: NewSouth Books Changeover Date: 1 August 2012

Changes at Clunes Booktown x

Stephen Samuel has replaced Tess Brady as the director of Clunes Booktown festival. Brady and other members of the festival team, Creative Clunes secretary Tim... Read more

Bastian leaves Varuna x

Varuna, the Writers’ House, has announced that CEO Lis Bastian has resigned from her position and has finished working for the centre. (See news).

Grundy joins Giramondo x

Giramondo has announced that Alice Grundy joined the publisher this month in the newly created role of managing editor. Grundy, who previously worked as an editor at... Read more

Murphy to leave NZ Book Council x

The New Zealand Book Council has announced that CEO Noel Murphy will finish in his position in October and will relocate to the UK. (See... Read more

McKerracher joins ALIA x

The Australian Library and Information Association has announced that Sue McKerracher has been appointed to the role of executive director. McKerracher replaces acting executive director... Read more

APA Professional Development x

Industry seminar: Defining the New Marketing Mix Thursday 4 October in Melbourne. Last places left. Bringing together digital publishing and media gurus from inside and... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. August meeting x

A postcard on plain language – Dr Neil James, executive director of the Plain English Foundation and chair of the International Plain Language working group,... Read more

The Sidney Myer Fund now receiving online nominations for the 2013 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships x

First awarded in 2012, the Fellowships celebrate the talent and courage of artists, arts managers and literary artists, editors and publishers in their first seven to... Read more

IWP secures the official One Direction publishing x

Ice Water Press is proud to announce that we have secured the official 1D publishing for Australia and New Zealand. Our four titles feature exclusive... Read more

Chelsea Green titles to be distributed by NewSouth Books x

NewSouth Books are thrilled to announce from 1 August they will be the exclusive distributors in Australia and New Zealand for books from Chelsea Green.... Read more

Wanted: Australian publishers with digital content x

Wanted: Australian publishers with digital content suitable for school, public and special library collections for the Wheelers ePlatform. Our library customers are eager for Australian... Read more

Mark McKenna wins PM’s Non-Fiction Prize x

Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) would like to congratulate Mark McKenna on winning the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction for his biography of Manning... Read more

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