Weekly Book Newsletter
26 September 2012

Quote of the week x

‘My point … is that the idea of the school—with authors working together towards a common aim, idea, or aesthetic—appears to be lacking, certainly in... Read more
 

Noble to retire after 34 years at University Book Shop Dunedin x

Bill Noble is standing down from his position as manager of the University Book Shop, Dunedin, reports Booksellers New Zealand. Noble, who has managed the... Read more
 

Brisbane awarded JC Williamson Award x

Currency Press co-founder Katherine Brisbane has won the JC Williamson Award at the 2012 Helpmann Awards. This year’s Helpmann Awards were presented at the Sydney... Read more
 

SPUNC Independent Publishers Conference program launched x

The small press network SPUNC has launched the program for its Independent Publishers Conference. The conference, to be held at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre on 8... Read more
 

Radio National to cut Book Reading x

The ABC will cut its Book Reading program, among several cuts to the national broadcaster’s programming, reports the Australian. The newspaper, which quotes an email... Read more
 

Cobby Eckermann wins Deadly Award for ‘Ruby Moonlight’

Ali Cobby Eckermann has won the 2012 Deadly Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature for her verse novel Ruby Moonlight (Magabala). This year’s Deadly Awards... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

Sales Children’s/YA—Scholastic has licensed German-language rights in Button Boy (Rebecca Young & Sue deGennaro); and the dramatic rights in the following picture books: The Very Cranky Bear,... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

In Delusion in Death (Hachette), J D Robb’s latest book in the ‘In Death’ series, Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates a mass murder that has occurred... Read more
 

Senogles to leave A&U for SWF; Wallington, Hipworth join SWF team x

Renee Senogles, currently publicity manager at Allen & Unwin, will join the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) in October in the newly created position of programming... Read more
 

Mary Martin Bookshop in liquidation

The Mary Martin Bookshop in Adelaide has been placed into voluntary liquidation. Liquidators Clifton Hall was appointed to the company on Friday 21 September. The... Read more
 

RiP Robert Barrett x

Robert G Barrett, contemporary Australian writer best known for his ‘Les Norton’ crime novels and his first book, a collection of short stories entitled You... Read more
 

New owner for Continental Bookshop and Soundbooks; business moves online x

Specialist Melbourne bookstore Continental Bookshop and Soundbooks has been sold and is now operating as an online-only business. Chris Raynor, who operated the business with... Read more
 

International projects in the works for Clunes

Creative Clunes, the organisation behind the annual Clunes Booktown Festival in regional Victoria, has announced that it is working on four cultural and arts programs... Read more
 

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
 

NZ's Chief Censor allows unrestricted sale of Fifty Shades x

A decision by New Zealand’s Chief Censor that allows unrestricted sale of global best seller Fifty Shades of Grey has been welcomed by the book’s local publisher, Random... Read more
 

HGE opens up Ampersand Project to all YA genres x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) has announced that its Ampersand Project will accept manuscripts across all young adult genres this year. The publisher launched the project... Read more
 

2012 Galley Club Awards shortlists announced x

The shortlists for this year’s Galley Club Awards for book and magazine production have been announced. Finalists have been announced in 15 categories, including three... Read more
 

Rodda resigns as Auckland writers festival GM x

Anne Rodda has resigned from her position as general manager of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, reports Booksellers New Zealand. Rodda, who has worked... Read more
 

Ryding to leave NSW Writers’ Centre x

The New South Wales Writers’ Centre has announced that executive director David Ryding is leaving the centre to join the Australia Council for the Arts... Read more
 

Creative Clunes announces international events x

Creative Clunes, the organisation behind the annual Clunes Booktown Festival in regional Victoria, has announced that it is working on four cultural and arts programs... 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
 

Free Kobo Touch for online Rakutan consumers x

Ereading service provider Kobo is planning on giving away its Kobo Touch ereader to those who buy a ‘data communication device’ from Rakutan’s website, reports... Read more
 

Hachette UK to sell ebooks direct x

Hachette UK will sell ebooks direct through its websites for the first time, reports the Bookseller. The ebooks will be available ‘in a couple of months’ via... Read more
 

Aptaracorp releases results of publisher survey re ebooks x

Aptaracorp.com has released a report called ‘Revealing the business of eBooks: The 4th annual ebook survey of publishers’ which is now available as a free... Read more
 

EU Competition Commission reaches agreement with Apple, publishers in agency pricing investigation x

The European Union Competition Commission has reached agreements with Apple and four publishers that will involve the parties modifying or terminating their agency pricing agreements. However,... Read more
 

UK sales of Man Booker shortlist down on 2011 x

In the UK, sales of the titles shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize increased by 193% in the week following the shortlist announcement, but were down... Read more
 

New book machines to go live later this year x

On Demand Books, producers of Espresso Book Machines, is partnering with Eastman Kodak and ReaderLink Distribution Services to improve the machines and bring them to more locations worldwide, reports... Read more
 

Walmart to stop selling Kindles x

American retail giant Walmart has announced it will no longer sell Kindle tablets and ereaders in its stores, although it will continue to sell similar devices from... 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
 

Council endorses new Geelong Library design x

The Greater Geelong City Council in regional Victoria has endorsed a design proposed by Melbourne architects for the new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. The... Read more
 

International Library News x

Macmillan US developing ebook lending pilot program In the US, Macmillan has said that it is working on a pilot program for ebook lending in... Read more
 

In brief x

Renovated Torquay Library reopens The Torquay Library in regional Victoria reopened on 22 September after being closed for renovations for four weeks. According to a... Read more
 

New research shows value of Queensland public libraries

New research commissioned by the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has found that every $100 invested in Queensland public libraries by state and local governments during 2010-2011 delivered... 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
 

Selecting the ‘Summer Reading Guide’ x

Catherine Schulz, manager of Fullers Bookshop Hobart, is one of a group of independent booksellers around Australia who meet once a year for an intense caffeine-fuelled... 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
 

Ramona Koval’s ‘By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life’ x

Imagine you are sitting in a cosy lounge room somewhere, chatting with literary journalist Ramona Koval about her life and reading interests. There are casual... 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
 

Rodda to leave Auckland writers festival x

Anne Rodda has resigned from her position as general manager of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. Rodda, who has worked for the festival since... Read more
 

Changes at SWF x

Renee Senogles, currently publicity manager at Allen & Unwin, will join the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) on 2 October in the newly created position of... Read more
 

Brundle promoted at Hardie Grant Media x

Clare Brundle has been promoted to the role of general manager for Hardie Grant Media, the custom publishing arm of Hardie Grant Publishing. Brundle, who... Read more
 

Ryding to leave NSW Writers’ Centre x

The New South Wales Writers’ Centre has announced that executive director David Ryding is leaving the centre to join the Australia Council for the Arts... Read more
 

APA Professional Development x

For more information and to register for any workshop please visit http://www.publishers.asn.au/training.cfm? Defining the New Marketing Mix – Melbourne only What are the challenges faced... Read more

APA calls for expressions of interest to attend the Taipei International Book Exhibition 2013 (TIBE) x

In an Australia Council initiative delivered in partnership with Austrade and the Australian Publishers Association (APA), the APA is calling for expressions of interest to... Read more

Independent Publishers Conference 2012 x

Registrations are now open for a new industry conference for independent publishers. When: 8 and 9 November 2012 Where: The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne On 8... Read more

The 36th Galley Club Awards x

The 36th Galley Club awards, featuring performer, writer and comedian Jean Kittson as guest MC, will be held on Friday 19 October 2012. Time: 6.30pm... Read more

Cengage Learning’s Higher Education and Vocational & Professional Group 1 October 2012 price review x

Cengage Learning’s Higher Education and Vocational & Professional Group will be implementing a price review as of 1 October 2012.  All new orders and backorders... Read more

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