Weekly Book Newsletter
8 August 2012

Bookstores get ready for National Bookshop Day

The second annual National Bookshop Day will be held on Saturday 11 August 2012, with many booksellers around Australia staging events on the day. Details of events are... Read more

Oz, NZ authors nominated for ‘Not the Booker’ Prize x

A number of Australian authors have been nominated for this year’s ‘Not the Booker’ Prize, run by the Guardian in the UK. The prize has... Read more

Morrow releases Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship report x

Former Penguin editor Jane Morrow has released her Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship report into digital developments in US publishing, following placements with Penguin in New... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘One of the only commonalities among the people I met who work specifically on digital projects is that, five years ago, they couldn’t have imagined... Read more

2012 Davitt Awards shortlists announced

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

Changes to Booksellers NZ board x

Booksellers New Zealand chairman Hamish Wright has been re-elected to the Booksellers NZ board as a director. Wright commences a two-year term as director, having... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

A rare strain of magic is spreading across the land, ‘infecting’ normal people and giving them wild and unstable powers. In Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Fremantle Press has sold German rights to Hal Spacejock and Hal Spacejock: Second Course (Simon Haynes); and Romanian rights in Edge of the World (Marcella Polain). Nonfiction—Black... Read more

RiP Robert Hughes x

Robert Hughes, Australian-born author and art critic, has died in New York aged 74. Hughes’ works include The Fatal Shore, a study of the settlement of Australia;... Read more

RiP Gore Vidal x

Gore Vidal, US author who wrote 25 novels, including historical works such as Lincoln and Burr, has died aged 86. Vidal’s essays on politics, sexuality,... Read more

Vale Maeve Binchy x

Maeve Binchy, bestselling Irish author who sold more than 40 million books worldwide and received a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Book Awards in... Read more

RiP Claire Kearney x

Claire Kearney, long-time Melbourne bookseller, has died aged 79. Paul Donovan, Allen & Unwin, writes: ‘Claire Kearney, for so long the doyen of The Hill... Read more

Collins Shepparton named ‘Franchise of the Year’ at national conference x

Collins Booksellers Shepparton in regional Victoria was named Franchise of the Year at this year’s Collins Booksellers national conference, held between 5 and 7 August... Read more

Nielsen stats show NZ sales down in volume and value for the year to date x

In a presentation at the Booksellers NZ annual conference, managing director Asia Pacific for Nielsen BookScan Ka Meechan reported that BookScan figures showed book sales... Read more

Webber appointed CEO of Bookworld x

James Webber, former ecommerce and digital manager at REDgroup Retail, has been appointed CEO of Bookworld, the division of Pearson Australia which operates the Angus... Read more

New Avenue Bookstore to open in Elsternwick

Independent Melbourne bookseller Avenue Bookstore will open a new store in Elsternwick in October, following the purchase of independent bookstore Sunflower Bookshop. Sunflower Bookshop, located... Read more

Around ‘a dozen’ stores signed with Copia; launch expected in coming months x

Around ‘a dozen’ Australian bookstores have signed with ebook platform Copia. Vice president of business development for Copia Mathew Barlow told Bookseller+Publisher that some of... Read more

Age Book of the Year 2012 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Age Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are: Nonfiction 1835:... Read more

NZ book industry awards winners announced

The winners of the Booksellers New Zealand Industry Awards, sponsored by Thorpe-Bowker, were announced on 2 August during the 2012 Booksellers New Zealand Conference in... Read more

Pearson to rebrand Borders online as Bookworld

Pearson Australia Group will rebrand the former REDgroup Retail-owned Borders online business as Bookworld this month. In a statement on the Borders.com.au website, Pearson said... Read more

‘New Zealand’s Native Trees’ wins 2012 Book of the Year at NZ Post Book Awards

The winners of this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards have been announced. New Zealand’s Native Trees by John Dawson and Rob Lucas (Craig Potton... Read more

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

Steele and Noble awarded Life Membership of Editors Victoria x

Liz Steele and Rosemary Noble, who currently serve as co-presidents of Editors Victoria, have been awarded Honorary Life Membership of Editors Victoria for services to the... Read more

New Sydney literary magazine launched x

A biannual magazine of international writing has been launched in Sydney. Contrappasso, which means ‘counter-step’ or ‘counter-blow’ in Italian, contains fiction, nonfiction, interviews and poetry,... Read more

LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2012 winners announced x

The winners of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Children’s Book Awards for 2012 were announced in Wellington, New Zealand, on... Read more

New Holland to publish ‘MasterChef’ book x

Random House, which has published the winners’ cookbooks from the first three series of the cooking reality television program MasterChef, will not be publishing the... Read more

Four new Katherine Mansfield stories discovered x

Four previously unknown stories by Katherine Mansfield have been discovered in the archives of King’s College, London, by PhD student Chris Mourant. Gerri Kimber, senior... Read more

Random House sponsors National Seniors Literary Prize x

Random House Australia is sponsoring the 2012 National Seniors Literary Prize, presented by National Seniors Australia. The prize is in its second year, and is... Read more

Sydney Jewish Writers' Festival to be held this month x

This year’s Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival will be held between 25 and 28 August. Among the authors participating in the event are Anna Funder, Tim... Read more

ABA, B&N brief accepted in DOJ case x

In the US, federal judge Denise Cote has granted a motion by the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and Barnes & Noble to file a ‘friend... Read more

Spain increases VAT on ebooks x

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced an increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate that affects ebooks last month as part of the country’s... Read more

HarperCollins combines Zondervan, Thomas Nelson x

HarperCollins is now the largest Christian publisher in the US, after combining its newly acquired Thomas Nelson business with its Zondervan division in a new... Read more

'San Francisco Chronicle' launches ebooks-only section x

The books section of the San Francisco Chronicle in the US is launching a monthly column devoted to ebooks, reports Publishers Weekly. ‘The E-Reader’ column... 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

Szekely wins at LIANZA awards x

Chris Szekely, chief librarian at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, won two awards at the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Children’s Book... Read more

LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2012 winners announced

The winners of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Children’s Book Awards for 2012 were announced in Wellington, New Zealand, on 6... Read more

Public libraries expenditure up 26% over five years x

Total expenditure on public libraries in Australia has grown by 26% since 2006, according to the 2010-2011 Australian Public Library Statistical Report, released last month.... Read more

On the epidemic of niceness in online book culture x

In an article at Slate, US writer Jacob Silverman argues that today’s online book culture has become a ‘mutual admiration society’ that discourages criticism and... 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

Amy Espeseth's 'Sufficient Grace' x

Raised in a fundamentalist family of Pentecostals, where sin is an ever-prevalent danger, 13-year-old Ruth must reconcile her faith with reality as dark family secrets... Read more

Dennis Jones & Associates distribution changes (see Classified) x

Publisher: Hyland House Publishing; Aird Books; Manna Press New Distributor: Dennis Jones & Associates Changeover Date: 8 August 2012

Capricorn Link to distribute Templar Publishing UK (see Classified) x

Publisher: Templar Publishing UK ISBN Prefix: 978184011; 978184877 New Distributor: Capricorn Link Changeover Date: 8 August 2012 url: www.capricornlink.com.au

Webber appointed Bookworld CEO x

James Webber, former ecommerce and digital manager at REDgroup Retail, has been appointed CEO of Bookworld, the division of Pearson Australia which operates the Angus... Read more

Hazleton joins Koala Books x

Sarah Hazelton has joined Koala Books as part-time commissioning editor.

Robinson joins Walker Books x

Nicola Robinson has joined Walker Books as editor.

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.)

Editors Victoria Training Courses x

Science Editing: The Big Picture, with Sally Woollett When: 1pm – 4pm; Saturday 8 September 2012 Where: CAE, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
 Closing date (unless... Read more

APA Professional Development x

Don’t Stet: Thinking about Tomorrow series: Digital Directions – Jane Morrow (Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellow) and Joel Naoum (Unwin Trust Fellow) in conversation about digital developments... Read more

2012 ABA Conference Sessions Online x

Videos of all the 2012 ABA Conference sessions are now available to view online and presentations used by speakers are also available here for download. Keep... Read more

Capricorn Link appointed distributors for Templar Publishing UK x

Effective immediately, Capricorn Link have been appointed distributors for Templar Publishing UK. ISBN Prefixes 978184011 and 978184877. For a comprehensive listing, please visit our website.... Read more

Allen & Unwin congratulates authors shortlisted for Ned Kelly Awards x

Allen & Unwin congratulates the following authors on being shortlisted in the 2012 Ned Kelly Awards. The awards recognise and celebrate great Australian Crime Writers.... Read more

Allen & Unwin congratulates Age Book of the Year shortlisted authors x

Allen & Unwin congratulates Jane Gleeson-White and Gillian Mears on being shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year Award 2012. Jane Gleeson-White’s book Double... Read more

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