Weekly Book Newsletter
5 September 2012

Heiss wins Vic Prem’s award for Indigenous Writing

Anita Heiss has won this year’s $20,000 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing for her memoir on identity Am I Black Enough for You?... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘As we rush head on into Indigenous Literacy Day I’m quietly wishing that 1% of all Australians everywhere will stop to swap a book and... Read more

MWF 2012: box office up 10%; Griffiths, Callow top bestsellers list x

The 2012 Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) recorded the festival’s highest box office earnings to date, with tickets sales up 10% on the 2011 festival. More than... Read more

NewsCorp results: Ebook sales ‘more than doubled’ for HarperCollins x

Sales of its ebooks have ‘more than doubled’ for HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand for the 2011/12 financial year, according to CEO James Kellow. Kellow’s... Read more

Bloomsbury Harry Potter bookshop competition x

Bloomsbury ran a competition to drive Harry Potter fans to physical bookstores in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the publication of the first book... Read more

‘Fifty Shades’ gives PMP ‘strong finish to the year’ x

PMP, parent company of book printer Griffin Press, has announced a ‘strong finish’ to the financial year for its book printing business, thanks to Fifty Shades... Read more

Vic Prem's award for Indigenous Writing shortlisted titles announced

The titles shortlisted for this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing have been announced. The announcement of the shortlist today and of the... Read more

Queensland Literary Awards 2012 winners announced

The winners of the inaugural Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) were announced on 4 September on the eve of the Brisbane Writers Festival. The winners in each... Read more

Melbourne Prize for Literature, Best Writing Award 2012 finalists announced

The finalists for this year’s Melbourne Prize for Literature and Best Writing Award have been announced. The finalists for the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature,... Read more

Robinsons Bookshop to open store at Chadstone

Independent Melbourne bookstore Robinsons Bookshop will open a third store next month. Owner Suzanne Horman told Bookseller+Publisher that the new store will open in Chadstone Shopping... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Andy Griffiths’ The 26-storey Treehouse (Pan), about a treehouse that includes an anti-gravity chamber, a mud-fighting arena and a dodgem car rink, is first on the... Read more

Rights round up x

Sales Fiction—Spinifex has sold Macedonian translation rights to My Sister Chaos (Lara Fergus) to ArsLamina. Children’s/YA—Hardie Grant Egmont and Little Hare have sold Taiwanese rights... Read more

Wiley announces results; planned changes ‘unlikely to significantly affect activities’ in Australia x

Wiley has reported revenue in the Asia Pacific division of its Global Education segment fell by $13 million (approximately A$12.7 million) or eight percent in the fourth... Read more

2012 Davitt Awards winners announced

The winners of the 2012 Davitt Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime for crime books written by Australian women, have been announced. The winning titles... Read more

RiP Peter Evans x

Peter Evans, author and journalist, has died aged 78. Evans’ work was published in many newspapers and magazines and he co-authored Goodbye Baby & Amen (1969)... Read more

‘Luther: The Calling’ wins Ngaio Marsh Award x

Luther: The Calling by Neil Cross (S&S) has won this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for New Zealand crime fiction, presented during the 2012 Christchurch Writers... Read more

2012 Australian Centre Literary Awards winners announced

The winners of this year’s cultural awards from the University of Melbourne’s Australian Centre in the Faculty of Arts were announced on 1 September during... Read more

‘Man-Made World’ wins 2012 John Button Prize

Andrew Charlton’s Quarterly Essay 44, Man-Made World: Choosing Between Progress and Planet (Black Inc.), has won this year’s John Button Prize for writing on policy... Read more

2012 Ned Kelly Awards winners announced

The winners of this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for Australian Crime Writing were announced in Melbourne on 29 August. Pig Boy by J C Burke... Read more

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

Allara leaves Dymocks x

Michael Allara has finished in his role as general manager of ecommerce for Dymocks. Allara left the company in August to pursue other opportunities and... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day today

Booksellers, publishers and the book community celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day today. Last year the event contributed to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) raising $550,000. The... Read more

BWF kicks off

The Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) kicks off today, following the presentation of the Queensland Literary Awards last night. The festival runs from 5 to 9... Read more

New readers’ festival for Canberra x

The inaugural Canberra Readers’ Festival will be held on 22 September. The festival is being organised by Libraries ACT and is supported by the Canberra... Read more

Write Around the Murray Festival kicks off this week x

This year’s Write Around the Murray Festival in Albury, in regional NSW, will be held between 5 and 9 September. Among the guests at this... 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

E-readers will decline but not disappear, says new report x

E-readers will still be around in the foreseeable future despite a decrease in shipments, claims a new report from New York-based ABI Research. The research company has... Read more

‘Guardian’ First Book Award 2012 longlist announced x

The longlist for this year’s Guardian First Book Award has been announced. This year’s longlist features 11 titles: seven fiction titles and four nonfiction titles.... Read more

Hachette, HarperCollins and S&S to pay US$69 million to consumers if ebook settlement approved x

In the US, consumers who purchased ebooks from Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster between 1 April 2010 and 21 May 2012 will receive a... Read more

Tesco buys Mobcast for £4.5 million x

UK supermarket chain Tesco has acquired ebook platform Mobcast for £4.5 million (A$6.9 million), reports the Bookseller. Mobcast was established in 2007 and currently offers... Read more

B&N announces additional UK retail partners x

Following the announcement that it will partner with department store chain John Lewis to sell Nook devices in the UK from October, Barnes & Noble... 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

International library news x

EIFL-PLIP recognises libraries contributing to community economic wellbeing The Electronic Information for Libraries Public Library Innovation Program (EIFL-PLIP) has announced the winners of this year’s... Read more

National Library to share in $1 million from Federal Govt for touring exhibitions x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) will receive $152,966 from the Federal Government to develop and tour three of its exhibitions. The NLA will receive... Read more

New publishers sign with Wheelers ebook platform; 50,000 ebooks now available x

Ebooks from Faber & Faber and Really Blue Books are now available from Wheelers ePlatform library lending service, represented in Australia by ALS Library Services.... Read more

In Brief x

Brisbane agriculture, fisheries and forestry library to close The Queensland Government has announced that the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Library in Brisbane will... 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

Rubbo, Pinkham and Harms on global pricing x

Readings’ Mark Rubbo believes a global price on books is necessary to give local booksellers a fighting chance. He writes: ‘One might say $40 for J... Read more

Don George's 'Better than Fiction' x

Better than Fiction is a brilliant collection of travel stories, written especially for Lonely Planet, which spans the globe in the tradition of the publisher’s... Read more

New premises for Intext Book Company, Language International x

Foreign language book distributor Intext Book Company has moved from its location on Lynch Street in Hawthorn, Melbourne, to new premises on Station Street, Kew.... Read more

Allara leaves Dymocks x

Michael Allara has finished in his role as general manager of ecommerce for Dymocks. Allara left the company in August to pursue other opportunities and Robert... Read more

Editors Victoria Training Course: Ebooks for Beginners, with Lan Wang x

Editors Victoria will run a training course on Ebooks for Beginners, with Lan Wang. The course will run from 1pm–4.30pm on Saturday 10 November at CAE... Read more

Editors Victoria Training Course: Introductory Grammar for Editors x

Editors Victoria is running a training course on Introductory Grammar for Editors. Session A will run from10am–2pm on Friday 21 September and Session B will run from 1pm–5pm on Saturday 22 September.... Read more

APA Professional Development: Newly developed Indigenous Editing day opening for registrations x

Full details and registration forms available on the website. Fixed Up Proper Way? Editing Indigenous content, working with Indigenous authors Sydney: Wednesday 14 November, 9.30am–5pm;... Read more

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

A New Chapter for Penguin & Pearson Australia x

Penguin Group (Australia) and Pearson Australia wish to advise customers about our upcoming move. From the 17 September our Melbourne office address will be: 707... Read more

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