Weekly Book Newsletter
22 August 2012

Boo, Griffiths top sellers at BBWF 2012 x

Books by Katherine Boo and Andy Griffiths were the top sellers at this year’s Byron Bay Writers Festival (BBWF), according to festival bookseller Collins Booksellers Byron Bay. Behind... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The bestsellers continue to be dominated by erotic fiction with the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy by E L James (Arrow) holding on to the first three places... Read more

Changes to Tasmanian Literary Prizes x

The Tasmanian Literary Prizes, formerly the Tasmania Book Prizes, have announced changes to the biennial awards in 2013. The University of Tasmania Prize, which was... Read more

APA educational publishing awards shortlist announced, FuturEducation symposium guests announced x

The titles shortlisted for this year’s Australian Publishers Association (APA) Australian Educational Publishing Awards have been announced. 

 As previously reported by Bookseller+Publisher, titles have been shortlisted... Read more

Harlequin Australia launches digital-first imprint

Romance publisher Harlequin Australia has launched its first digital-first imprint, Harlequin Escape. The imprint will have its own website, where would-be authors will be encouraged... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I’d hope that governments in the near future understand that the festival delivers the most amazing bang for buck, and that increasing our funding levels... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Scribe has licensed Turkish rights to Bereft (Chris Womersley). Nonfiction—Scribe has sold UK, Korean and Serbian rights to Pieces of Mind (Michael Corballis) and Chinese... Read more

RiP Helen Johansson x

Helen Johansson, who worked as manager of the Co-op Bookshop at University of Queensland St Lucia, has died. Staff of The University Co-operative Bookshop Limited write:... Read more

2012 CBCA Book of the Year Awards winners announced x

As reported in a Bookseller+Publisher special bulletin, the winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards were announced... Read more

APA Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2012 shortlists announced

The titles shortlisted for this year’s Australian Publishers Association (APA) Australian Educational Publishing Awards have been announced. The titles shortlisted in each category are: Primary Education... Read more

'Gumbuli of Ngukurr' wins 2012 Australian Christian Book of the Year award

Gumbuli of Ngukurr (Murray Seiffert, Acorn Press) is the winner of the 2012 award for the Australian Christian Book of the Year. The biography was... Read more

Queensland Literary Awards 2012 shortlists announced

The titles shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction book award The Chemistry of Tears... Read more

Ruby Romantic Book of the Year 2012 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Ruby Awards for Romantic Book of the Year have been announced. The winners are: Short Sweet: Molly Cooper’s Dream Date... Read more

2012 CBCA Book of the Year Awards winners announced

The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards were announced on 17 August, marking the official launch... Read more

Penguin launches digital romance imprint

Penguin Australia has launched a new digital-first imprint for Australian romance titles called Destiny Romance. Penguin said the imprint, which has launched with four titles, will... Read more

Dempster appointed new MWF director

Outgoing director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) Lisa Dempster has been appointed as the new director of Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF). MWF festival chairman... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Book-related events over the coming fortnight include: Romance Writers of Australia National Conference, Gold Coast, QLD, 16-19 August CBCA Book Week: 18-24 August Storylines Festival of New Zealand... Read more

A festive National Bookshop Day for 2012 x

Bookstores around Australia celebrated the second annual National Bookshop Day on Saturday 11 August, gaining increased sales, media coverage and community support, and creating a festive... Read more

2012 Australian Education Publishing Awards date announced x

The winners of the 2012 Australian Education Publishing Awards, presented by the Australian Publishers Association (APA), will be announced at an event in Melbourne on... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘While we have all been quite concerned, even obsessed, by ebooks, very few of us have websites that can effectively sell “pbooks”’—Suzy Wilson on the... Read more

Your Bookshop chain opens fourth store x

The chain of independent bookshops Your Bookshop has opened a fourth store. The new store, which opened in July, is located in Top Ryde in... Read more

Embiggen wins best fitout award x

Embiggen Books, located in the QV building opposite the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, has won the QV’s annual retail award for best fitout.... Read more

Bookworld launches with new loyalty program x

The Borders Australia online business has been rebranded and the new Bookworld website is now live. Among the features of the new site is a... Read more

Work underway to ‘modernise’ PLR, ELR schemes x

The Federal Government has announced that is has ‘started working on modernising’ the Public Lending Rights (PLR) and the Education Lending Rights (ELR) schemes. The... Read more

Whitcoulls launches new website to find top 50 children’s books x

New Zealand bookselling chain Whitcoulls has launched a new website as part of this year’s Whitcoulls Kids’ Top 50 campaign. New Zealand readers have until... Read more

‘The Big Issue’ announces fiction edition line-up x

The Big Issue has announced the full line-up of authors whose stories will appear in its annual fiction edition. Stories by David Cohen, Andy Murdoch,... Read more

Maribyrnong Library Literary Festival kicks off this month x

This year’s Maribyrnong Library Literary Festival in Melbourne’s west will run between 31 August and 9 September. The festival will open on Friday 31 August... Read more

Macmillan China announces new children’s publishing venture x

In China, Macmillan Publishers has entered into a joint children’s publishing venture with 21st Century Publishing House. The new venture will be called Macmillan Century... Read more

Pearson UK to offer business degrees x

In the UK, Pearson has announced plans to move into the higher education college market by offering a business and enterprise degree through a new... Read more

DBW launches new ebook bestseller charts x

US digital publishing news site Digital Book World has launched a ‘definitive list of the bestselling ebooks, along with their publishers, prices and the previous... Read more

Nook to launch in the UK in October x

Barnes & Noble’s Nook digital reading devices and content will be available in the UK by mid-October, the company has announced. This is the first time... Read more

Bowker, 'PW' research finds Gen Y the top spenders in the US in 2011 x

In the US, new research from Bowker Market Research and Publishers Weekly has found that Generation Y—people born between 1979 and 1989—spent the most money... Read more

McGraw-Hill acquires Key Curriculum x

In the US, McGraw-Hill Education has acquired Key Curriculum, a private company that develops mathematics learning technology for the school and higher education markets, reports... Read more

Apple in talks to sponsor Orange Prize x

Apple may be the next sponsor of the UK Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Orange Prize, reports the Sunday Telegraph. Apple is... Read more

International library news x

Review of Sheffield libraries underway In the UK, Sheffield City Council has launched a consultation process to examine the council’s 28 libraries as it looks... Read more

In brief x

Preparations underway for the Reading Hour The Reading Hour will take place this Saturday 25 August from 6-7pm. The initiative, which is part of the... Read more

New locations for libraries in Camberwell, Queanbeyan x

The Camberwell Library in Melbourne’s east is moving to a new location. The library, located at 25 Inglesby Road, is currently closed while the move... Read more

Knight, Richards recognised at 2012 PLNSW conference x

Robert Knight and Jan Richards were awarded life membership of Public Libraries New South Wales (PLNSW) at the association’s 2012 conference, which was held in... Read more

Government to ‘modernise’ PLR, ELR schemes x

The Federal Government has announced that it has ‘started work on modernising’ the Public Lending Rights (PLR) and the Education Lending Rights (ELR) schemes ‘to... Read more

International library news x

ALA report outlines ebook business models for public libraries The American Library Association (ALA) has released a new report outlining the various ebook business models... Read more

Publishers team up to bring ‘Puberty Blues’ back into print x

What happens when co-authors want to work with different publishers on the re-issue of their book? Text Publishing’s Michael Heyward tells Bookseller+Publisher about the ‘innovative’... Read more

Nick Earls on striking a balance in social media x

‘If you’re supposed to spend 80% of your time creating a marketing whirlwind and only 20% writing, plus spending 80% your marketing time being generally... Read more

Cate Kennedy’s ‘Like a House on Fire’ x

This is a heartfelt and moving collection of short stories that cuts right to the emotional centre of everyday life. With her trademark evocative prose,... Read more

Radcliffe Publishing distribution change x

Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing ISBN Prefix: 97818461; 97818577 Old distributor: Elsevier Australia New distributor: Woodslane Changeover Date: 22/08/12

Pfaff to join HarperCollins x

Karin Pfaff, currently digital account manager at Murdoch Books, will join HarperCollins in the role of digital business executive on 27 August.

Jones appointed SA Writers’ Centre program manager x

Vanessa Jones has been appointed program manager at the South Australian Writers’ Centre. Jones is a freelance copywriter and author and has previously worked in... Read more

Dempster appointed director of MWF x

Outgoing director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival Lisa Dempster has been appointed director of the Melbourne Writers Festival. (See news.)

Society of Editors (NSW) presents Sharon Dalgleish x

Sharon Dalgleish, Publisher at Primary Macmillan Education discusses Primary publishing—perils, pleasures and perplexing possibilities. What do we do in primary educational publishing? How is it... Read more

Preparing for the Accreditation exam x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. is running a preparation workshop, which will offer information, tips and strategies for passing the IPEd Accreditation exam, to... Read more

Human Rights Award for Literature nominations open x

Australian Human Rights Commission’s 25th anniversary Human Rights Award for Literature (nonfiction) is open for nominations until 15 September. The Literature Award is for a... Read more

APA Professional Development: three courses in September/October x

Full details and registration forms available on the website.  Last chance to book! Don’t Stet: Thinking about Tomorrow series. Digital Directions – Jane Morrow (Beatrice Davis Editorial... Read more

Short Story Competition: Australia’s Security Nightmares x

Short Story Competition: Australia’s Security Nightmares, sponsored by the Australian Security Research Centre is open for nominations. The competition is open to all Australian residents,... Read more

'The Age' Short Story Competition is now accepting entries x

Entries must be no longer than 3000 words and should not have been previously published. No more than three stories per person should be submitted.... Read more

Newtown Book Fair x

What: Newtown Book Fair: amazing serendipity, eclectic hullaballoo of kids’ books and other bookish miscellany. When: Saturday 1st September from 10am–3pm. Where: Walker Books Australia,... Read more

Australian Educational Publishing Awards Shortlist x

The Australian Publishers Association has announced the shortlisted entries in the 2012 Australian Educational Publishing Awards. Download the short list here. The Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2012 ceremony,... Read more

Allen & Unwin congratulates CBCA Award winners x

Allen & Unwin congratulates its authors on a stellar result from the CBCA Awards 2012.   Younger Readers Winner: Crow Country by Kate Constable  ... Read more

Allen & Unwin congratulates shortlisted authors for Australian Educational Publishing Awards x

Allen & Unwin would like to congratulate the shortlisted authors for The Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2012.   Primary Education Playground by Nadia Wheatley, Illustrated... Read more

Scholastic Australia would like to honour winners of the CBCA Awards x

Congratulations to Nick Bland and Freya Blackwood who won the CBCA Award for the Early Childhood category for their picture book, The Runaway Hug. Congratulations... Read more

Lucie Pepeyan—contact details x

If you would like to get in touch with Lucie Pepeyan, you can contact her via the following: Mobile: 0409-332-295 Email: lpepeyan@gmail.com Twitter: @inyourstore LinkedIn:... Read more

Radcliffe Publishing distribution change x

Radcliffe Publishing will no longer be distributed by Elsevier Australia effective immediately. The new distributor for Radcliffe Publishing will be Woodslane. Returns will be accepted... Read more

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