Weekly Book Newsletter
1 August 2012

Quote of the week x

‘It is not clear that prices paid by Australians for ebooks are consistently higher than prices paid by people in other countries, particularly once Australia’s... Read more

Australia Post partners with new online shopping service x

Australia Post has confirmed to Bookseller+Publisher that it is the logistics partner for the new local outlet for international shopping service Tarazz. As reported by... Read more

McDonald joins OverDrive x

Andrew McDonald will leave the position of online manager at Readings and join OverDrive Australia as business development consultant at the start of September.  McDonald... Read more

Ned Kelly 2012 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing has been announced. The titles shortlisted in the full-length book categories are: True crime... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Text has sold Israeli rights fo Nine Days (Toni Jordan); Dutch rights for The Boy Who Loved Apples (Amanda Webster); and UK rights for Shadows and Haze (Paula... Read more

RiP Maeve Binchy x

Maeve Binchy, the bestselling Irish author whose novels include Light a Penny Candle(Arrow), Tara Road (Orion), and Circle of Friends (Arrow), which was adapted for the screen... Read more

APA appears before parliamentary inquiry into technology prices x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has participated in public hearings for the federal parliamentary inquiry into the prices of software and other electronic products paid... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The Secret Lives of Emma (Natasha Walker, Bantam) is first on the highest new entries chart followed by Brave Heart (Brett Kirk & Hayley Smithers-Kirk,... Read more

Network Ten’s ‘The Circle’ to end this week x

The Circle, Network Ten’s weekday morning program aimed at women, will air for the last time this Friday after the network announced its decision to... Read more

Copyright Licensing New Zealand rebrands x

New Zealand’s copyright agency has changed its name and rebranded. Formerly called Copyright Licensing Limited (CLL), the organisation has been renamed Copyright Licensing New Zealand... Read more

Booksellers NZ returns to surplus x

Booksellers NZ has announced it has returned to a surplus for the financial year ended 31 March after posting a loss in 2010-11. The organisation’s... Read more

BWF program released x

The program for this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival has been announced.   The festival, which runs from 5 to 9 September, will be the last... Read more

Australians head across the Tasman as Booksellers NZ conference kicks off x

The Booksellers NZ annual conference kicks off today in Auckland, New Zealand. The conference, which runs from 1 to 2 August, includes the NZ Post... Read more

Booktopia wins Telstra NSW people’s choice award

Online Australian bookseller Booktopia has won the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Telstra NSW Business Awards. The award, which is open to all entrants... Read more

‘Boomerang Bride’ wins US RITA award x

Australian author Fiona Lowe is one of the winners at this year’s Romance Writers of America (RWA) RITA awards. Lowe’s novel Boomerang Bride (Mira) won... Read more

Tredinnick wins Cardiff International Poetry Competition

Australian poet Mark Tredinnick has won first place in the 2012 Cardiff International Poetry Competition for his poem ‘Margaret River Sestets’. Tredinnick was announced as... Read more

Education Works placed into administration

School bookseller Education Works has been placed into voluntary administration. Andrew Sallway, Said Jahani and Matthew Donnelly of Grant Thornton were appointed administrators of the... Read more

QLA announces new people’s choice award

The organisers of the Queensland Literary Awards (QLA), the volunteer-led awards that have replaced the axed Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, have announced a new people’s choice... Read more

Booksellers warned of potential fraud orders

A number of Australian booksellers have been affected by what appears to be a series of fraudulent orders originating overseas and being delivered to a... Read more

John Button Prize 2012 shortlist announced

The John Button Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2012 John Button Prize. The shortlisted titles are: Quarterly Essay 44, Man-Made World: Choosing Between... Read more

Man Booker Prize 2012 longlist announced

The titles longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize have been announced. The longlisted titles are: The Yips (Nicola Barker, Fourth Estate) The Teleportation Accident... Read more

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

Book adaptations receive investment from Screen Australia x

Screen Australia has approved investment for the second season of ABC television series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, the adaptation of Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher books (A&U). The funding was... Read more

Finalists for 2012 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award announced x

The finalists for the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award for a published book in the mind, body, spirit genre have been announced, reports Booksellers... Read more

Burwood Book Exchange to close in September x

Sydney’s Burwood Book Exchange, which first opened in 1986, will close on 8 September. The bookstore, which specialises in secondhand romance titles as well as... Read more

Kenny to lead Hachette Southeast Asia office x

Hachette UK has announced that Paul Kenny will oversee its new sales office in Hong Kong in the new role of Southeast Asia sales and... 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

Authors Guild and HathiTrust submit final briefs x

Attorneys for both parties in the Authors Guild vs HathiTrust case questioned whether the mass-digitisation project was ‘fair use’ in their final briefs on motions... Read more

Google seeks to close ebooks case x

Google has asked a US court to end the lawsuit over the massive book-scanning project, saying the scanned works are ‘not a substitute’ for books... Read more

Anderson Family withdraws offer for remaining Books-A-Million shares x

In the US, the Anderson family, which controls approximately 53% of the stock of chain bookseller Books-A-Million, has withdrawn an offer it made to acquire... Read more

Ramos-Horta to feature at Ubud Writers & Readers Festival x

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has announced that Jose Ramos-Horta will feature in the main program of the festival. Ramos-Horta is a founder of... Read more

Random House announces television partnership with FremantleMedia x

Random House has announced it is partnering with the television production and distribution company FremantleMedia to ‘develop scripted programming for the US and international markets... Read more

Jones replaces Denny at ‘The Bookseller’ x

Philip Jones has been appointed editor of UK trade publication the Bookseller, replacing editor-in-chief Neill Denny. Denny, who has been in the role of editor-in-chief... 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

Writers WA reinstates Writers on the Road program x

WritersWA has announced it has been ‘able to reinstate our popular Writers on the Road program for 2012’ as a special initiative of the National... Read more

Federal Government allocates funding for library projects in Benalla, Dandenong, Melton x

The Federal Government has allocated funding from its Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) to library projects in Benalla, Dandenong and Melton, all in Victoria. Minister... Read more

Author panel, social media sessions popular at ALIA Biennial 2012 x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Biennial 2012 Conference wrapped up in Sydney earlier this month, having run from 10 to 13 July. ALIA... 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

Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn on why ebook publishing is a global business x

‘Outside of the US, there probably isn’t another single national ebook market that’s big enough to sustain a player on its own in the space... Read more

Danny Katz's 'S.C.U.M.' x

S.C.U.M. (Students Combined Underground Movement—the name Tom gives his group of misfit buddies) takes the reader on a day in the life of 14-year-old Tom... 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

NewSouth Books to distribute Jane Curry Publishing (see Classified) x

Publisher: Jane Curry Publishing Old Distributor: Macmillan New Distributor: NewSouth Books Changeover Date: 1 September 2012 Returns Cutoff: 30 November 2012

McDonald joins OverDrive x

Andrew McDonald will leave the position of online manager at Readings and join Overdrive Australia as business development consultant in September. (See news.)

Jones appointed editor of 'The Bookseller' x

Philip Jones has been appointed editor of UK trade publication the Bookseller, replacing editor-in-chief Neill Denny. Jones was previously deputy editor of the publication and... Read more

Changes at Text x

Text Publishing has announced a number of staff changes. Alaina Gougoulis has moved from her role in rights and administration to a newly created position... Read more

Kenny joins Hachette Southeast Asia x

Hachette UK has appointed Paul Kenny to oversee its new sales office in Hong Kong as Southeast Asia sales and marketing manager. Kenny, who previously... Read more

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).

Entries for the 2013 Tasmanian Literary Prizes open x

Entries for the 2013 Tasmanian Literary Prizes will be open from 1 August to 12 September 2012.   Formerly known as the Tasmania Book Prizes, the... Read more

APA Professional Development x

Detailed information sheets and registration forms for the events are here. Don’t Stet: Thinking about Tomorrow series: Digital Directions – Jane Morrow (Beatrice Davis Editorial... Read more

Editors Victoria Dinner Meeting x

‘Bookshops: Here Today, Here Tomorrow’ Guest speaker: Joel Becker, Australian Booksellers Association When: 6.30pm (for 7pm); Wednesday, 15 August 2012 Where: CQ Functions, 113 Queen... Read more

The Crichton Award 2012—Call for Entries x

The Crichton, first awarded in 1988, recognises and encourages new talent in the field of Australian children’s book illustration. Although administered by the Victorian Branch,... Read more

2012 CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards—Call for Entries x

Entries to the 2012 Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Educational Publishing Awards, in association with The Publishers Association New Zealand (PANZ), are now open. Six awards... 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 to distribute Jane Curry Publishing x

NewSouth Books are thrilled to announce from 1 September they will be the exclusive distributors in Australia and New Zealand for Jane Curry Publishing. Please... 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

Jane Curry Publishing Moves to NewSouth Books x

Jane Curry Publishing, publishers of leading health and wellbeing titles including the unsurpassed Australian Autism Handbook, will move distribution to NewSouth Books from 1 September... Read more

HarperCollins Congratulates Prime Minister’s Literary Award Winners x

HarperCollins Publishers and ABC Books are thrilled to congratulate Frances Watts and Judy Watson on winning the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Children’s Fiction... Read more

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