Weekly Book Newsletter
3 October 2012

Quote of the week x

‘I am thrilled that the business will become an integral and wholly owned part of the largest Australian independent publishing house, and the efforts that... Read more

Literature Board publishing funding inadequate says Cunningham; successful applicants announced x

The Australia Council’s Literature Board funding for publishing activities is insufficient, says recently appointed chair Sophie Cunningham. In announcing the successful applicants for promotion, publishing... Read more

A&U acquires Murdoch Books

Allen & Unwin has acquired Murdoch Books. A&U and Murdoch Books announced the finalisation of the sale in a joint statement on 3 October. As... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—The Drummond Agency has sold German rights to Mr Chen’s Emporium (Deborah O’Brien) to Ullstein Verlag; and Polish rights to No Sex in the City... Read more

RiP Arthur Sulzberger x

Arthur ‘Punch’ Sulzberger, former publisher of The New York Times for three decades, has died aged 86.

RiP Eric Hobsbawm x

Eric Hobsbawm, British historian, has died aged 95. Hobsbawm is best known for three volumes, spanning the period from 1789 to 1914: The Age of... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Helen Walsh has been fired from every job she’s ever had, until she finds her true calling as a private investigator. In Mercy Close (Marian... Read more

Allely to leave PMP in 2013 x

PMP chief executive and general manager of print and distribution Richard Allely has announced that he will step down from his position in September 2013. In... Read more

Australian author wins British Fantasy Award x

Brisbane-based author Angela Slatter has won the Short Fiction Prize in this year’s British Fantasy Awards. Slatter won the award for her short story ‘The... Read more

McDonald, Ahmad receive OzCo community arts awards x

Writers Meme McDonald and Mohammed Ahmad have received awards from the Australia Council for the Arts for their contributions to community arts and cultural development.... Read more

2012 CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Educational Publishing Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are: Best... Read more

Hurley wins ‘ABR’ Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Sue Hurley has won the 2012 Australian Book Review (ABR) Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story ‘Patterns in Nature’. Hurley was presented with... Read more

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

National Geographic Learning moves to FLB Bookery x

National Geographic Learning will be distributed by FLB Bookery from 1 October this year. ‘The distribution transition to FLB Bookery will be seamless,’ said the... Read more

Tablet ownership to increase to 71% by mid-2013 x

A new survey predicts tablet ownership by Australians who already use a mobile phone, will rise to 71% in a year’s time. Currently, nearly 40%... Read more

KYD to run writing workshops x

Literary journal Kill Your Darlings has announced it will run a one-day fiction writing workshop in November, with plans to run more, and to add... Read more

ABR offers fellowship for essay 'on any aspect of literary studies' x

The Australian Book Review is seeking proposals for a sixth Fellowship. The ABR Ian Potter Foundation Fellowship is open to writers with a ‘significant publication... Read more

Hurley wins ‘ABR’ Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize x

Sue Hurley has won the 2012 Australian Book Review (ABR) Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story ‘Patterns in Nature’. As reported by Bookseller+Publisher,... 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

US consumers report issues with ‘The Casual Vacancy’ ebook file x

In the US, Hachette issued a new ebook version of J K Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy on the same day as its release after reports of issues... Read more

NZ writers’ walk launched in Germany x

A New Zealand writers’ walk has been launched in Germany to celebrate the country’s Guest of Honour status at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. The... Read more

Sainsbury’s drops Kobo, joins Waitrose in selling Nook in UK x

US bookselling chain Barnes & Noble has announced it will launch two tablets—a seven-inch Nook HD and nine-inch Nook HD+—simultaneously in the UK and the... Read more

German Peace Prize to Chinese writer x

The German Publishers and Booksellers Association has announced it will award its 2012 Peace Prize to Chinese writer Liao Yiwu, who ‘walked out on his... Read more

PEN International approves declaration on digital technologies, announces new award x

Delegates at the 78th PEN International Congress, held in Korea from 11 to 15 September, approved the PEN International Declaration on Free Expression and Digital... Read more

Gallagher, Carrera join Ingram in the US x

Ingram Content Group has announced the appointment of Kelly Gallagher to the role of vice president of content acquisitions. Gallagher, who is currently vice president... Read more

Pearson US gives readers early access with Early Edition x

Pearson will allow readers to access ebooks on technology before the finished book is released under a program called Early Edition, reports Publishers Weekly. ‘Readers... Read more

Egmont appoints Hughes as publishing director x

Egmont has announced that it has appointed Sarah Hughes as publishing director for its fiction list, reports the Bookseller. Hughes takes up the role on... 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

International Library News x

MyLibraryNYC program extended The New York Public Library has announced that the MyLibraryNYC program, which grants public schools in New York access to the resources... Read more

SLV seeks community feedback to help ‘plan for the next decade’

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has launched a new community consultation program and is asking Victorians for their views and ideas about the library to ‘aid... Read more

2012 Softlink survey finds majority of school library budgets ‘unchanged’ x

A majority of the respondents to Softlink’s third annual Australian School Library Survey have reported no change to their school’s library budget over the past... Read more

ALIA, VATL call for reinstatement of Victorian TAFE funding x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Victorian Association of TAFE Libraries (VATL) have issued a joint statement calling for the Victorian Government... Read more

In brief x

NZ council rules out library closures after community response Auckland’s mayor Len Brown has ruled out closing two of the council’s 55 libraries after 600... 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

Copyright in Australia: Where to from here? x

You may have noticed that Australia’s copyright industries—including book publishing, bookselling, and the library sector—have been in the news over the past few months, thanks... 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

Gideon Haigh's 'On Warne' x

‘This book reveals two of life’s certainties: one, that Gideon Haigh is an outstanding writer, and two, that Shane Warne’s tabloid-fodder life is utterly compelling.... 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

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

The Unpublished Manuscript Award – Applications close 26 October 2012 x

The Unpublished Manuscript Award, one of Writing Australia’s flagship programs, is designed to support writers on their journey to publication. The $10,000 cash prize and... Read more

Editors Victoria Training Course - Intermediate Grammar for Editors x

When: 10am – 4pm; Friday 26 October 2012 Where: CAE, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
 Closing date (unless booked out earlier): 12 noon on Friday 5... Read more

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. InDesign workshop x

InDesign for Editors (CS6) Workshop Date: Friday 19 October 2012 Time: 9am to 4.30pm Venue: Alpha Computer Consultants, 123 Clarence Street, Sydney Cost: $425 society members... Read more

APA Professional Development: Last two workshops for 2012 x

Excellent eBooks: The Essentials Sydney: Tuesday 30 October 9.30am–4.30pm at Adina on Crown. Three places left in Sydney. Melbourne sold out. This very popular workshop... Read more

Andrews McMeel Publishing moves Sales and Distribution to Hardie Grant Books/Random House

The sales and distribution of Andrews McMeel Publishing is moving from Pan Macmillan from 1 November.  Hardie Grant will represent the AMP list with distribution... Read more

CSIRO Publishing celebrates authors' success at the Whitley Awards x

CSIRO PUBLISHING would like to congratulate author David Lindenmayer on receiving a Special Commendation at the Whitley Awards presented by the Royal Zoological Society of... Read more

Editing & Publishing Postgrad Information Session x

The annual information session for those considering applying for admission in 2013 to RMIT’s Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing (program GD073) will be held... Read more

‘Nowhere but Up’ by Pattie Mallette x

Raising Justin – How a teen mum beat sexual abuse to give her son, Justin Bieber, a brighter future. Who Magazine Australia, 1 October 2012.... Read more

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