Weekly Book Newsletter
29 August 2012

Quote of the week x

‘Australian literature doesn’t need saving or preserving—what it needs are partisans, contrarians and heretics’—writer and lecturer Emmett Stinson responds to Jacob Silverman’s article in Slate magazine with a critique... Read more

Screen Australia funds book-to-film adaptations x

Screen Australia has announced ‘development support’ funding for several book-to-film adaptations, which are among 23 projects that will receive a total of $700,000. Among the funding recipients is... Read more

Harper launches digital publishing business

Journalist and editor Charlotte Harper has launched a new digital-first publishing business called Editia. Editia (pronounced ‘edeesha’) will focus on works of long-form journalism and... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Text has sold UK rights to Nine Days (Toni Jordan) and Happy Valley (Patrick White); UK and North American rights to Friday Brown (Vikki Wakefield); German... Read more

2012 Family Therapists’ Awards winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Australian Family Therapists’ Awards for Children’s Literature have been announced. This year’s main prize, worth $1000, was awarded to Pan’s... Read more

Castlebooks moves to new warehouse x

Remainder wholesaler Castlebooks has moved to a new warehouse in Keilor Park in Melbourne’s North West. Castlebooks owner Tony Sidebottom told Bookseller+Publisher that the new... Read more

Hardie Grant combines Explore Australia, Universal Publishers in new division; Browne to replace Webster x

Hardie Grant Publishing (HGP) has announced that its Expore Australia and Universal Publishers businesses will now operate under a new division called Hardie Grant Explore (HGEx).... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day 2012

Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD) on Wednesday 5 September will raise funds to increase literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living... Read more

CBCA announces restructure

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced it will restructure the organisation from November this year. The restructure, which has been under discussion... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

With Father’s Day around the corner, it’s not surprising to see rugby league player Nathan Hindmarsh’s autobiography Old School (Nathan Hindmarsh & Michael Visontay, Macmillan)... Read more

RiP Rosanne Fitzgibbon x

Rosanne Fitzgibbon, distinguished editor and the first recipient of the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship, has died. Craig Munro and Sue Abbey from the University of... Read more

Birrell appointed SWF director

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has announced that Jemma Birrell has been appointed as the new artistic director of the festival. SWF said in a... Read more

2012 Get Reading! campaign launched

This year’s Get Reading! campaign was officially launched on 26 August and the ‘50 Books You Can’t Put Down’ list is now available. This year’s campaign,... Read more

‘Bereft’ shortlisted for Gold Dagger Award

Bereft by Australian author Chris Womersley (Scribe) is one of four titles shortlisted for this year’s Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Gold Dagger Award. The UK... Read more

2012 Inky shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Inky Awards for young adult literature, presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria, has... Read more

Ferguson joins NZ Book Council x

The New Zealand Book Council has announced that Catriona Ferguson will join the council as CEO in September. Ferguson, currently arts adviser in the literature... Read more

‘1835’ wins Age Book of the Year

The winners of this year’s Age Book of the Year Awards were announced on 23 August at the opening of the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF)... Read more

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

Pearson and Penguin to move in September x

Pearson and Penguin will move to their new premises at 707 Collins Street, Melbourne in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct on 17 September. Pearson Australia currently has... Read more

ACCC releases draft guide for resolving bulk mail disputes x

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a draft guide for how the ACCC would inquire into pricing disputes between Australia Post and... Read more

Mary Martin Bookshop Norwood closes x

The Mary Martin Bookshop in Norwood, South Australia, closed on 4 August. Owners Sarita and Justin Chadwick opened the store and cafe, which were located... Read more

Rubinstein wins 2012 Calibre Prize x

The Australian Book Review (ABR) and the Copyright Agency Limited has announced that Matt Rubinstein has won first place in the 2012 Calibre Prize for... Read more

Penguin ebooks available through Booki.sh x

Ebooks from Penguin Australia are now available through ebook platform Booki.sh, which is now owned by US-based ebook distributor OverDrive. A spokesperson for Penguin confirmed... 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

Amazon launches Kindle store and devices in India x

Amazon has expanded its Kindle store into India and has made its devices available for sale in the country’s Croma retail stores. More than 1... Read more

B&N Nook business loses millions in first quarter ahead of UK expansion x

Barnes & Noble’s Nook business lost US$57 million (approximately A$55 million) in the first quarter of the 2013 fiscal year on revenues of US$192 million (A$185... Read more

Barnsley predicts 50% of HarperCollins fiction revenue to be digital in 18 months x

HarperCollins UK CEO Victoria Barnsley has predicted that digital sales will account for 50% of the company’s fiction revenue within the next 18 months. In an... Read more

Random House Canada launches digital-first imprint, online magazine x

As part of a new digital strategy, Random House Canada has launched a new digital-first imprint and an online magazine, reports Publishers Weekly. Both of... 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

Victorian legal libraries to amalgamate to form Law Library of Victoria x

The peak legal authorities in Victoria have signed an agreement to work together to create a new 24-hour library for Victorian judges, magistrates, tribunal members and... Read more

International library news x

California libraries sign with Bilbary In the US, California State library service’s not-for-profit cooperative Califia has entered into an ebook referral agreement with ebook provider... Read more

In brief x

New library opens in regional Victoria The new Campaspe Regional Library in Echuca in regional Victoria was officially opened on 24 August. The Campaspe Shire... Read more

$8 million cyber-safety program to be rolled out in Australian public libraries x

The Telstra Foundation will partner with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation to roll out a new cyber safety program in Australia’s public library system next... 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

HarperCollins launches in-house digital publishing comp x

What do Corrupted Classics, URL Love, BookCupid and Bogan Baby Names have in common? They’re all digital products being developed as part of HarperCollins’ Project... Read more

Alison Croggon's 'Black Spring' x

Black Spring is a dark, gothic tale inspired by Wuthering Heights. In this fantasy version of 19th-century England, some people are born with magical powers.... Read more

Changes at Hardie Grant Publishing x

Ian Webster will step down from his role as managing director of Universal Publishers in September, but will continue his involvement with Hardie Grant Publishing... Read more

Mackenzie leaves APA x

Tyson Mackenzie has finished in the role of exports and events manager at the Australian Publishers Association (APA). Mackenzie, who replaced Kathy Fulcher in the... Read more

Birrell appointed SWF director x

Jemma Birrell has been appointed as the new artistic director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, replacing Chip Rolley, who finished in the role in August.... Read more

Ferguson joins Bowker x

Kate Ferguson has joined Bowker’s Australian office in the role of library sales executive. Ferguson is currently studying her librarianship and previously worked as a... Read more

Ferguson joins NZ Book Council x

Catriona Ferguson has been appointed CEO of the New Zealand Book Council and will begin in the role on 24 September. (See news).

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.

Indigenous Literacy Day x

The Indigenous Literacy Day will be held on Wednesday, 5 September. Booksellers, publishers, libraries and schools can register support on the Indigenous Literacy Foundation website... Read more

APA Professional Development: October events filling fast x

Excellent eBooks – A ‘how to’ guide for production of quality eBooks, suitable for anyone involved in eBook/Digital content workflow. Wednesday 24 October, Melbourne, 9.30... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. Event - Primary Publishing x

‘Primary publishing—perils, pleasures and perplexing possibilities’ Speaker: Sharon Dalgleish, Publisher at Primary Macmillan Education Date: Tuesday 4 September Time: 6.30 pm for 7pm Venue: Sydney... Read more

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

'Blue' back in stock x

Pat Grant’s graphic novel Blue, which sold out soon after release in hardback, is now available in paperback. Described in The Australian as ‘a major... Read more

Bowker Welcomes Kate Ferguson to the Team x

Kate Ferguson has been appointed Library Sales Executive at Bowker Australia’s St Kilda Road Office. Kate is currently studying her librarianship and previously worked as... Read more

A New Chapter for Penguin Australia x

Penguin Group (Australia) wish to advise customers about our upcoming move. Our new address details from 17 September will be: 707 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC... Read more

'Gregory the Greedy Duck' by Denise Volp x

Gregory the Greedy Duck Author: Denise Volp ISBN: 9780987314208 RRP: $19.95 What happens when Gregory eats too many fries and cannot fly home? This is... Read more

Last chance to buy tickets to futurEDUCATION: Learning in a Digital Age x

There’s only a week left before the APA’s international symposium futurEDUCATION: Learning in a Digital Age, which will be held on 6 September, from 11am... 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

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