Weekly Book Newsletter
12 September 2012

New Dymocks store to open in Prahran x

A new Dymocks store will open in Prahran in Melbourne in October. The new store, which will officially open on 10 October, will be located... Read more

New ebook platform for authors, publishers launched x

A new Australian ebook retail platform for authors and publishers has been launched. Bkclb has been developed by author and designer Connor Tomas O’Brien and... Read more

The Reading Room to launch ebook platform x

Sydney-based book networking website The Reading Room is preparing to launch an ebook retail platform. Owner and founder Kim Anderson told Bookseller+Publisher that the company’s... Read more

Quote of the week

‘Gone are the days when publishers can think only of that small percentage of people who call themselves “book lovers”; everyone who has a device... Read more

Taskforce recommends new approach to processing low value parcels x

The Federal Government’s Low Value Parcel Processing Taskforce has delivered its final report to government, recommending that reform to the current arrangements for processing low... Read more

BWF celebrates 50 years x

The Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) ran from 5-9 September, following the presentation of the Queensland Literary Awards. The festival included an ‘all night party’ to celebrate the festival’s 50th... Read more

RiP Nina Bawden x

British author Nina Bawden, best known for the children’s novel Carrie’s War, has died aged 87. Bawden wrote more than 40 novels for adults and... Read more

Booktopia revenue up 46.5% x

Booktopia had achieved revenues of $20.8 million, excluding GST, for the 2011/12 year, up 46.5% from $14.2 million in 2010/11, according to CEO Tony Nash.... Read more

Courtenay announces he is terminally ill, next book to be his last

Bestselling author Bryce Courtenay has announced that he has been diagnosed with terminal gastric cancer. Courtenay said on his Facebook page that he is ‘expected... Read more

OPUS reports $1.8 million loss, but McPherson’s ‘merger benefits tracking ahead of plan’ x

OPUS group, which acquired McPherson Printing Group earlier this year, has announced a $1.8 million loss after tax for the financial year ended 30 June... Read more

Indigenous publishers encouraged to apply for Ozco LOTE initiative x

The Australia Council has broadened the brief of its Languages Other than English (LOTE) publishing initiative to encourage applications from Indigenous publishers and organisations. The... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Jim Stynes: My Journey (Jim Stynes & Warwick Green, Michael Joseph), former Melbourne Football Club president Jim Stynes’ memoir, has risen up to second place on the... Read more

Farmer to leave HarperCollins; marketing & publicity divisions merged x

Christine Farmer will finish in her role as publicity and communications director for HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand later this month, following an amalgamation of... Read more

Man Booker Prize 2012 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are:   The Garden of Evening Mists (Tan Twan Eng, Myrmidon Books)  ... Read more

Edwards to retire from Hachette in 2013; Richell appointed deputy MD

Hachette Australia has announced that CEO Malcolm Edwards will retire at the end of 2013 after almost 20 years with the company. The publisher said... Read more

Murdoch Books in sale negotiations with A&U

Murdoch Books owner and chief executive Matt Handbury has confirmed to Bookseller+Publisher that the publisher is in negotiations to sell the business to Allen &... Read more

Caffin returns to BBWF

Former Byron Bay Writers’ Festival (BBWF) director Jeni Caffin is returning to head up the festival. Caffin will start in the role at the beginning of November. She... Read more

Sherwin-Stark appointed Bloomsbury Australia MD

Bloomsbury has announced that Louise Sherwin-Stark has been appointed as managing director of Bloomsbury Sydney. Sherwin-Stark, who is currently ebookstore merchandiser for Google Australia, will... Read more

‘End of an era’ for Dymocks in NZ x

A spokesperson for Dymocks has confirmed that the bookselling chain is exiting the New Zealand market with the sale of its last New Zealand store... Read more

Education Works to be liquidated; Campion acquires Wooldridges

School bookseller Education Works will be liquidated, following a second meeting of the company’s creditors at the end of August. However, three of the nine... Read more

New owners for Dymocks Newmarket

The Dymocks store in Newmarket, New Zealand, has been sold to new owners, reports Beattie’s Book Blog. According to Publishers Association of New Zealand president... Read more

No local release date for new Kindle devices

Amazon unveiled an updated range of Kindle ereading devices on 6 September which includes a new line of Kindle Fire tablets and a new front-lit... Read more

New Kobo devices available in October

Kobo has unveiled three new ereading devices which will be available in Australia and New Zealand before the end of the year. The new devices—branded... Read more

APA Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2012 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Australian Publishers Association (APA) Australian Educational Publishing Awards were announced in Melbourne on 6 September. At the awards ceremony held... Read more

Readings becomes tour operator

Readings is expanding its offering to customers beyond books and music, by hosting a tour to the Jaipur Literature Festival in India in January next... Read more

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

PANZ releases publishing guide x

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has released a revised third edition of An Introduction to New Zealand Publishing (published with Whitireia Publishing). The... Read more

Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival x

The eighth annual Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival will be held in Geraldton, Western Australia on 14-16 September. The festival will include workshops, readings,... Read more

Wheeler Centre Zoo Fellowships x

The Wheeler Centre has partnered with Zoos Victoria to create the Wheeler Centre Zoo Fellowships. Estelle Tang, Cate Kennedy, Sally Rippin and Judy Horacek will... Read more

New owner for ACP Magazines, ACP Books x

ACP Magazines, owner of ACP Books, has been acquired by the Bauer Media Group, which purchased the company from private equity-owned Nine Entertainment Co. for... Read more

Readings becomes tour operator x

Readings is expanding its offering to customers beyond books and music, by hosting a tour to the Jaipur Literature Festival in India in January next... Read more

No local release date for new Kindle devices x

Amazon unveiled an updated range of Kindle ereading devices on 6 September which includes a new line of Kindle Fire tablets and a new front-lit... Read more

Wheeler Centre announces new Hot Desk fellows x

The Wheeler Centre has welcomed its second round of Hot Desk fellowships. With funding from the Readings Foundation, the fellowships provide a $1000 stipend and... Read more

Filmmakers launch campaign to crowdfund book-to-film adaptation x

The producer and writer of a film to be based on The Second Coming (Andrew Masterson, HarperCollins), have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money... Read more

Booksellers NZ discontinues Premier Bestsellers program x

Booksellers NZ has announced it has discontinued a program established to label books that achieved a certain level in sales. The Premier Bestsellers program has... Read more

The Press Christchurch Writers’ Festival returns x

The Press Christchurch Writers’ Festival was held in Christchurch from 30 August to 2 September, returning after a four-year wait. The previous two attempts to... Read more

New Kobo devices available next month x

Three new Kobo devices will be available from Australian and New Zealand retailers starting next month. The new devices—branded the ‘Kobo Family’ along with the... 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

UK ereader and tablet ownership predicted to increase by 70% this year x

In the UK, analyst Richard Broughton of IHS Screen Digest has predicted that the number of tablets and ereaders in the country will jump from an... Read more

Pietsch to replace Young at Hachette US x

Hachette Book Group in the US announced that Michael Pietsch will succeed David Young as CEO of the US division, reports Publishers Weekly. Young is... Read more

US educational publishers settle with distributors over counterfeit textbooks x

In the US, Cengage Learning, John Wiley and Sons, Pearson, and McGraw-Hill have settled claims with five distributors involving the sale of counterfeit textbooks, reports... Read more

Successul US McGraw-Hill ebook pilot program to be expanded x

In the US, a pilot program run at Indiana University will be expanded to more than 25 institutions after McGraw-Hill Education, Internet2 and Courseload announced... Read more

Kobo replaces Google as American Booksellers Association partner x

In the US, the American Booksellers Association has announced it will partner with Kobo to give member booksellers the opportunity to sell ebooks and ereading... Read more

PEN International to vote on a declaration of Digital Rights at 78th International Congress x

More than 300 delegates are due to attend the 78th PEN International Congress in Korea, which opened on 11 September and runs until Saturday 15 September.... Read more

HarperCollins US comes to new terms with ebook retailers following DOJ settlement x

In the US, HarperCollins has reached new sales terms with e-tailers, following the settlement of its Department of Justice case, which gave the company 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

Burkey joins SLV x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has announced the appointment of Anna Burkey as reader development and offsite programs manager. Burkey, who takes up the... Read more

International library news x

Bilbary inserts referral links for ebook sales on US library sites In the US, Bilbary has built a series of links on library websites that... Read more

eSmart Libraries program to be piloted in WA x

The eSmart Libraries program will be piloted in Western Australian regional libraries, reports the ABC. A spokesperson for the Alannah and Madeline Foundation told Bookseller+Publisher... Read more

SLQ budget increased amid concerns for QLD government department libraries x

The overall budget for the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has been increased in the state’s 2012-2013 budget, the first budget to be delivered by... Read more

In Brief x

Free ‘Little Library’ at Melbourne Central The operators of Melbourne Central shopping centre have established a free ‘Little Library’ on the second level of the... 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

HarperCollins creates ‘Cranium Universe’ with Apple’s iBooks Author

It’s got videos, audio and interactive galleries and it won’t be printed, but ‘it is definitely a book to us, albeit one with more than... 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

Burkey joins SLV x

Anna Burkey will join the State Library of Victoria as reader development and offsite programs manager this month. Burkey has relocated to Melbourne from Edinburgh,... Read more

Tang resigns from ‘Kill Your Darlings’

Estelle Tang has resigned from the position of online editor of Kill Your Darlings literary journal after three years.

Farmer to leave HarperCollins x

Christine Farmer will finish in her role as publicity and communications director for HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand this month, following an amalgamation of the... Read more

Wright joins Hinkler Books x

Stirling Wright has joined Hinkler Books as NSW Trade Sales Representative. Wright has previously worked for Seekmedia, Next Chapter Books and as NSW Trade Representative... Read more

Sherwin-Stark to join Bloomsbury x

Louise Sherwin-Stark will join Bloomsbury Australia as managing director in November. Sherwin-Stark, currently ebook merchandiser for Google Australia, replaces Kathleen Farrar, who is relocating to... Read more

Changes at Hachette x

Hachette Australia has announced that CEO Malcolm Edwards will retire at the end of 2013. Edwards will retire from his roles in a number of... Read more

Caffin returns to BBWF x

Former Byron Bay Writers’ Festival (BBWF) director Jeni Caffin will return to the festival as director in November. Caffin, who has spend the past two... 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

Society of Editors (NSW): Professional Development Workshop x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc is running a workshop on InDesign for Editors (CS6), presented by Alpha Computer Consultants on Friday 19 October, from... Read more

APA Professional Development: Start Fixed Up Proper Way? x

Editing Indigenous content and working with Indigenous authors is the subject of a newly developed workshop supported by the Literature Board, Australia Council for the... Read more

National Editors' accreditation exam: registration closing soon x

Editors have until Friday, 14 September to register for the 2012 accreditation exam. The exam will be held in all state capitals and in Canberra... Read more

Indexing Demystified x

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI), Vic Branch will be conducting introductory level indexing workshops in Melbourne, 1-2 October, 2012. Attend for... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Foundation function: Save the date x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation will be holding a fundraising trivia night on Wednesday November 14 at Souths on Chalmers, Redfern. There will be special guests,... Read more

Australian Booksellers Association: Invitation to WA Booksellers x

Following the visit of Michelle Bansen to Perth in August, ABA chief executive Joel Becker will be in Perth on Monday, 17th September, and invites... Read more

Fourth Estate congratulates Hilary Mantel, author of ‘Bring up the Bodies’ x

Fourth Estate/HarperCollins Publishers Australia would like to congratulate Hilary Mantel for being shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for her novel, Bring up the... Read more

Allen & Unwin represents three of the six books on the 2012 Man Booker shortlist x

Allen & Unwin is thrilled at the news that Jeet Thayil’s Narcopolis, Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home and Will Self’s Umbrella have been shortlisted for the... Read more

NewSouth Books: Science Awards Winners x

NewSouth Books congratulates Rob Brooks, author of Sex, Genes, and Rock ‘n’ Roll on winning the Science Writer Award at the inaugural Queensland Literary Awards.... Read more

Farmer to leave HarperCollins x

Christine Farmer is leaving HarperCollins and wants to thank everyone for their kind words. Her personal email is christinefarmer01@gmail.com or her usual mobile 0407-402-890. (See news.)

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