Weekly Book Newsletter
19 September 2012

Paper Plus announces financial results; was in the running to buy Whitcoulls x

The Paper Plus Group, parent company of New Zealand bookselling chain Paper Plus, was in the running to buy the Whitcoulls business from the administrators... Read more

Quote of the week

‘Messy, difficult, contested, fiendishly complicated [and] technically a territory of hell’—the relationship between libraries and ebook publishers, according to Allen & Unwin digital publishing director... Read more

BNZ Literary Awards announced x

Julie Helean has won the $10,000 Katherine Mansfield Award for a short story, judged by Elizabeth Smither. The Prize was announced in Wellington on 18 September... Read more

futurEDUCATION: Gonski review, digital publishing and ‘gamifying’ education x

Attendees at the Australian Publishers Association (APA) futurEDUCATION symposium earlier this month were told that the Federal Government’s reform of the Australian education system, based on... Read more

Read Without Paper ebookstore ‘discontinued’ x

Campion Education’s ebookstore Read Without Paper is no longer operating. A statement on the Read Without Paper website said ‘as of September 1, 2012, the... Read more

Samuel Johnson Prize 2012 longlist announced

The longlist for this year’s Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction has been announced in the UK. The longlisted titles are: Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Katherine... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

George and Harold go back in time to the carefree days of kindergarten to face a sixth-grade bully in Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants and the Terrifying... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Random House Australia has sold Ghost Child and I Came to Say Goodbye (Caroline Overington) to the UK; The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings... Read more

Movie Pass Giveaway! x

Single mother Collette McVeigh is a Republican living in Belfast with her mother and hardliner IRA brothers. When she is arrested for her part in... Read more

Random House announces publicity and marketing restructure

Random House Australia has announced a restructure of its publicity and marketing teams, with four staff members moving into new roles at the start of next... Read more

Campion acquires Wooldridges’ assets, plans retail network expansion x

Education supplier Campion Education has confirmed to Bookseller+Publisher that it has purchased some assets, including stock, from Education Works’ Wooldridges retail business. Campion managing director... Read more

WA Premier’s Book Awards 2011 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards were announced on 17 September. Fiona Skyring was presented with the $25,000 Premier’s Prize, which goes... Read more

Tiffany, Womersley shortlisted for BBC International Short Story Prize

Australian authors Carrie Tiffany and Chris Womersley have been shortlisted for the 2012 BBC Short Story Prize, which was opened up to international entries this... Read more

Eymery to join Google Australia

Google has announced that Agnes Eymery will join the Google Australia team to work on digital partnerships, including ebooks. Eymery currently works for Google in... Read more

HarperVoyager to accept unsolicited manuscripts in October

In a call-out that will span three publishing markets, HarperCollins science-fiction and fantasy imprint HarperVoyager has announced that it will accept unsolicited manuscripts for digital... Read more

Colin Roderick Award shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Colin Roderick Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Sons of Clovis: Ern Malley, Adoré Floupette and a... Read more

Vann appointed QWC CEO

The Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) has announced the appointment of Meg Vann as CEO. QWC chair Kevin Gillespie said Vann was ‘very passionate about continuing... Read more

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

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

Headline UK launches new digital-only imprint for US romance x

Headline in the UK has announced it is launching a new digital imprint called Eternal Romance. The imprint will launch with three paranormal romances by... Read more

Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster to pay in preliminary ruling in US court case x

In the US, a settlement has been granted preliminary approval that will involve Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster paying a combined amount of almost... Read more

Hugo Awards announced x

The 2012 Hugo Awards for science-fiction have been announced. See the full list of winners here. See the shortlist announcement here.

Penguin, Apple 'putting Amazon on trial' in US DoJ case x

In the US, Penguin and Apple have made filings in their case against the Department of Justice (DoJ) regarding alleged price-fixing of ebooks. ‘While the... Read more

Gardners unveils new colour ereader in UK x

In the UK, Gardners Books unveiled a new six-inch colour ebook device called Go Tab. The ereader will be available in October with an RRP... Read more

Waterstones plans to offer 'read for free' on Kindles x

Waterstones in the UK plans to offer Kindle users the ability to ‘read for free’ in-store. ‘We hope we will be able to introduce a... Read more

Sales of digital fiction up 180% in the UK x

Data collected through the PA Sales Monitor from almost 250 publishers in the UK (with combined sales estimated to account for three quarters of total... Read more

Kobo signs deal to sell devices in UK and Irish bookstores x

Kobo has announced it has an agreement with the Booksellers Association of the UK & Ireland for 3000 local bookstores, including 1000 independents, to sell its... Read more

Authors Guild v Google postponed indefinitely x

The schedule of the court case between the US Authors Guild and Google, which had had oral arguments scheduled for 4 December, has been postponed... Read more

Reseach says more than half of YA book buyers 18 or over x

More than half (55%) of buyers of YA books (designated for readers aged 12 to 17) are 18 or older, according to an ongoing biannual study... Read more

Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year shortlist announced x

The titles shortlisted for this year’s Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Why... Read more

Kobo partners with Livraria Cultura in Brazil x

Kobo has confirmed that it has formed a partnership with Brazilian bookstore chain Livraria Cultura, reports Digital Book World. According to a statement from the... Read more

Grenville's among ebooks in 20p UK promotion x

Kate Grenville’s Sarah Thornhill (Text) is among a range of ebooks available for prices as low as 20p in the UK as a result of... Read more

LBF director steps down x

Alistair Burtenshaw is stepping down from his position as director of the London Book Fair, reports Publishers Weekly. Burtenshaw is also stepping down from the... 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

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

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

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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