Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
19 September 2012

Robin Baker’s ‘Chasing the Sun’ x

Chasing the Sun is a story about vampires who definitely don’t sparkle. Rather, they take drugs, wear sunglasses at night and have jobs in fields... Read more

Ashton Wylie award winner announced x

The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything (Alan Dawe, Life Magic Publishing) is the winner of this year’s Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award in... Read more

National Young Writers Festival program launched x

The program for this year’s National Young Writers Festival, part of the This is Not Art (TiNA) festival in Newscastle, has been launched. The program,... Read more

Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction longlist announced x

The longlist for this year’s Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction has been announced in the UK. To view the longlisted titles, see the Bookseller+Publisher website... Read more

HarperVoyager to accept unsolicited manuscripts in October x

HarperCollins’ science-fiction and fantasy imprint HarperVoyager has announced that it will accept unsolicited manuscripts for digital publication in Australia, the UK and the US for... 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

International Library News x

Hachette increases ebook prices for libraries According to OverDrive in the US, Hachette will increase backlist ebook prices (over 3500 titles with release dates of April... Read more

In Brief x

ALIA to host ‘Information Online’ conference ‘ALIA Information Online 2013’ will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 12 – Friday 15... Read more

NLA Fellowships announced x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has announced the recipients of the 2013 National Library Fellowships.  David Lee is the 2013 Minerals Council of Australia Fellow and... Read more

More Queensland government libraries to close x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has received confirmation that two more Queensland Government libraries will be closed and the staff numbers at other government... Read more

New publishers sign with Overdrive x

OverDrive has announced that it has added new titles from local publishers to its ebook platform for libraries and schools. Among the local publishers with... 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

Man Booker: Even if you can get the shortlisted titles, will they sell?

With some titles from ‘comparatively miniscule independent presses’ on this year’s Man Booker shortlist, stocking all the books in the running has been harder than... Read more

Changes at Random House x

Random House Australia has announced a number a staff changes in its marketing and publicity teams which will come into effect in January 2013. Karen... Read more

Eymery to join Google Australia x

Google has announced that Agnes Eymery will join the Google Australia team in the role of strategic partner development manager in October. Eymery, who currently... Read more

Vann appointed QWC CEO x

Meg Vann has been appointed as CEO of the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC). Vann, who has worked for QWC for the past three years, will... 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.

APA Professional Development: Absolutely Last Places at Excellent eBooks x

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

Harper Voyager offers writers the chance to submit manuscripts for digital publication x

Harper Voyager is offering writers the chance to submit full, unagented manuscripts for a limited two-week period for digital publication. Harper Voyager is home to some of the biggest names in science fiction and fantasy, including George R. R. Martin, Raymond E. Feist, Robin Hobb, Sara Douglass and Kylie Chan. The submission portal, www.harpervoyagersubmissions.com, will be open from 1 October to 14 October 2012. The manuscripts will then be read and those most suited to the global Harper Voyager list will be selected jointly by editors in the USA, UK and Australia.  Accepted submissions will benefit from the full publishing process, including marketing and sales support in World English markets.

The submissions and digital publications are a joint, global effort by Harper Voyager, spearheaded by Deputy Publisher Director Emma Coode in the United Kingdom, Associate Publisher Deonie Fiford in Australia, and Executive Editor Diana Gill in the United States. In Australia, Associate Publisher Deonie Fiford said: ‘Harper Voyager is thrilled to offer writers the opportunity to be published digitally – we know there are many talented people out there with great manuscripts and we are keen to work together to create exciting digital books. We see this as a great chance to expand our list of outstanding authors and deliver exciting new digital content on a global stage. I am looking forward to discovering new authors who we can build into the future with Voyager books.’

For more information and guidelines visit www.harpervoyagersubmissions.com


Lippincott Williams & Wilkins congratulates authors x

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins is delighted to announce that three of our titles were recognised in the Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2012, in the category ‘Tertiary (Adaptations) Teaching and Learning Resource’. 
They are:
• Evans & Brown: Videbeck’s Mental Health Nursing, published October 2011 – short-listed: 
• Lewis & Foley: Weber & Kelley’s Health Assessment in Nursing, published May 2011 – short-listed  and Highly Commended; and  
• McKenna & Lim: Karch’s Pharmacology for Nursing and Midwifery 1e, published October 2011 – short-listed  and also the overall Category Winner. 
Congratulations to our authors and contributors! This success is a great acknowledgement of the quality and excellence of these publications.


Strong sales lead to huge interest in rights sales for Indigo Bloome’s ‘Destined to Play’ x

Destined to Play the first exciting novel in Indigo Bloome’s erotic Avalon trilogy has sold over 100,000 copies in the UK in less than a month in print and e-book, snaring the number seven spot on the prestigious Sunday Times Bestseller list for the three consecutive weeks. Strong sales in ANZ and the UK have lead to huge interest in rights sales globally and HarperCollins US has just published in North America.  Rights have now sold in the following territories: UK – HarperCollins UK; North America – HarperCollins US; World Spanish – La Esfera de los Libros; Polish to Czarna Owca; Turkish to Altin Kitaplar; Brazilian to Editora Fundamento; Japanese to Shueisha Creative Inc.; Dutch to Xander Uitgevers; World English language audio rights to Bolinda Publishing. The second book in the series Destined to Feel is due to be published in Australia in October 2012, followed by Destined to Fly in early 2013.

Rights enquiries to: elizabeth.odonnell@harpercollins.com.au
Destined to Play ISBN 9780732296162 (print) 9781743098004 (e-Book)
Destined to Feel ISBN 9780732296186 (print) 9781743098028 (e-Book)


Congratulations to the Lonely Planet window display winners! x

Lonely Planet congratulates the winners of the ‘Travel Month 2012’ window display competition. Travel Month received fantastic support from book sellers around the country. With so many outstanding displays it was extremely difficult to pick four winners, so we have shared the prize pool with eight ‘runners up’ instead!

See below for the full list of winners. Each book seller received $500 from Lonely Planet.

NSW: Dymocks Tuggeranong
QLD: Dymocks Indooroopilly
TAS: Hobart Map Centre
SA: Dymocks Rundle Mall and The Map Shop
VIC: RACV Werribee and Swinburne University
WA: Boffins Bookshop


Xmplar launches cop-e-boox XML software x

Xmplar have released cop-e-boox v 0.1, a bundle of open-source stylesheets and templates for learning XML digital publishing.
Cop-e-boox works with desktop publishing software and has a browser interface that lets users set styles for document and page layout to produce ebook formats. The stylesheets produce PDF, EPUB 2 and XHTML web documents from a single-source publishing workflow.
Small publishers can use cop-e-boox with lightweight commercial XML packages and are not locked into any proprietary system. A browser-based interface makes it easy to change text, tables and graphics styles for complex book layouts.
The package is supported with training for small publishers that introduces the concepts and capabilities of XML for publishing. Xmplar are digital editors developing desktop publishing technologies. For more information, visit www.xmplar.biz.




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