Weekly Book Newsletter
10 October 2012

Frankfurt 2012 opens, spotlight on New Zealand x

Wilkins Farago publisher Andrew Wilkins writes: The 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair opens today, with New Zealand this year’s Guest of Honour. Forty-eight exhibitors from Australia... Read more

A&U advertises for new Murdoch Books staff x

Allen & Unwin is advertising for four new staff members, including two publishers, to work within the Murdoch Books business, which it acquired this month.... Read more

Campion Education relaunches ebookstore with ReadCloud x

Campion Education has relaunched its ebookstore on the ReadCloud platform. The store, which was previously called Read Without Paper, has also been rebranded under the... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We were unable to obtain repayment from him of Canongate’s substantial advance, which had to be written off’—Canongate chairman Christopher Bland, who said that the... Read more

Kobo to partner with NZ indies, Paper Plus

Kobo will become the dominant ebook provider in New Zealand as a result of new partnerships with Booksellers New Zealand members and the Paper Plus Group.... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

J K Rowling’s first adult novel The Casual Vacancy (Hachette), after an embargoed release in late September, is top of the highest new entries chart... Read more

Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing shortlist announced

The shortlist for the inaugural Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing has been announced. The shortlisted pieces of writing are: ‘Storm front’ by Jo... Read more

Text shares worth more than $1 million to Canongate

The sale of Canongate’s 70% shareholding in Text Publishing was worth £662,142, or approximately A$1.04 million, to the Scottish publisher, reports the Bookseller. The value... Read more

RiP Eric Lomax x

Eric Lomax, author of the memoir The Railway Man, has died aged 93. The book, about his prisoner-of-war experience working on the ‘death railway’ in... Read more

‘Wet Ink’ to close x

The literary journal Wet Ink, established in 2005 to publish new Australian writing, is to close, with the current issue to be the last. ‘We were... Read more

New children’s publisher to launch in New Zealand x

A new children’s publisher will launch in New Zealand in November.   Book Island, founded by owner and publisher Greet Pauwelijn, originally from Belgium, will... Read more

Rights round-up x

Acquisitions Fiction—Black Inc. has secured world rights to a short story collection, tentatively titled Holiday in Cambodia (Laura Jean McKay). Simon & Schuster has acquired... Read more

2012 Whitley Awards announced x

This year’s Whitley Awards have been presented. The awards, which are presented by the Royal Zoological Society of NSW for ‘outstanding publications dealing with the... Read more

Government seeks community feedback on PLR, ELR schemes

The Federal Government’s Office of the Arts is seeking community feedback about the Public Lending Rights (PLR) and Education Lending Rights (ELR) schemes through an... Read more

Blake Poetry Prize 2012 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2012 Blake Poetry Prize has been announced. The shortlisted poems are: ‘Once Upon a Time in the Rockies’ (David Bunn) ‘Celen’... Read more

OPUS Group to close McPherson’s Printing facility in Melbourne

OPUS Group, parent company of McPherson’s Printing Group (MPG), has confirmed to Bookseller+Publisher that it will close the MPG facility in Mulgrave in Melbourne’s south... Read more

Google, US publishers settle book scanning case

After almost seven years of litigation, Google and the Association of American Publishers (AAP), representing five US publisher plaintiffs, have reached a settlement in the... Read more

‘Overland’ Victoria University Short Story Prize finalists announced

The finalists for the inaugural Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers have been announced. The shortlisted stories are: ‘Zone of... Read more

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

Granger, Murdoch Books settle legal battle x

The legal case between Australian chef Bill Granger and Murdoch Books was settled in August, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Granger initiated a lawsuit against... Read more

‘Griffith Review’ Novella Project winners announced x

The Griffith Review has announced the winners of its Novella Project. When the journal announced the competition, a partnership with the Copyright Agency that sought ‘the best original novellas... Read more

CAL becomes Copyright Agency, reveals new logo x

The Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has rebranded with a new logo and name. ‘We’re no longer referring to the organisation as “CAL”,’ it said. ‘We’ve... Read more

‘The Slap’ series up for Emmy x

The Australian television series The Slap, based on the novel of the same name by Christos Tsiolkas (A&U), has been nominated for an award in... Read more

Overland short story prize longlist announced x

The works longlisted for the inaugural Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers have been announced, with the longlist of 19... Read more

Facebook to test ‘want’ button x

Facebook has announced it will test a special ‘want’ button on the social networking site, which will enable some users to flag images of products... Read more

Atwood to visit Perth, Brisbane x

Margaret Atwood will appear in Perth as part of Perth International Arts Festival on 23 February, and will also appear in Brisbane as part of... Read more

New bookstore for Perth Airport x

LS Travel Retail, which operates a Lonely Planet retail store in Sydney airport, is among the retailers selected for Perth Airport’s new domestic terminal, Terminal... Read more

Govt launches online survey for PLR/ELR schemes x

The Federal Government’s Office of the Arts is seeking community feedback about the Public Lending Rights (PLR) and Education Lending Rights (ELR) schemes through an... Read more

NZ Arts Foundation award recipients announced x

Writer Pip Adam; writer, director and actor Fiona Samuel; and poet, editor and painter Gregory O’Brien are among nine artists awarded foundation grants at this... 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

Women's Prize for Fiction to be privately funded in 2013 x

In the UK, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Orange Prize, will be funded by individual donors in 2013, ‘while headline sponsorship... Read more

Eason acquisition of Argosy off after Irish competition authority enquiry x

In the UK, the Bookseller reports that the Competition Authority in Ireland has found the acquisition of Irish book wholesaler Argosy by bookselling chain Eason,... Read more

B&N, Microsoft complete Nook Media strategic partnership x

In the US, bookselling chain Barnes & Noble and software giant Microsoft have announced the completion of a strategic partnership and the creation of the... Read more

Scardino to step down at Pearson x

Pearson has announced that chief executive Marjorie Scardino will step down from her role in 2013, to be replaced by chief executive of Pearson’s International... Read more

‘The Paris Review’ app launched

The literary journal the Paris Review has launched an app for iPad and iPhone. The application is free and includes access to the current issue... Read more

Target US drops Kindle and Kobo to focus on Nook x

In the US, the Target department store chain has dropped the Kindle and Kobo ereaders from its product range and the Digital Reader reports Target... Read more

Wiley to partner with Kno to produce interactive textbooks x

In the US, John Wiley & Sons’ global education division will partner with educational software developer Kno to create interactive textbooks, reports Publishers Weekly. The... Read more

Penguin UK reviewing travel divisions x

In the UK, Penguin is undertaking a review of its travel divisions, including its Rough Guides and Dorling Kindersley imprints, reports the Bookseller. The rise... Read more

Egmont signs publishing rights to Minecraft game x

In the UK, Egmont has signed the book and publishing rights associated with computer game Minecraft for all territories excluding the US, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Wiley acquires Deltak.edu for US$220 million x

John Wiley has reached an agreement to acquire Deltak.edu for $220 million, (approximately A$215 million) reports Publishers Weekly. US company Deltak ‘works in partnership with... Read more

Waterstones launches new branding campaign, exclusive anthology x

In the UK, bookselling chain Waterstones has launched a new branding campaign that includes advertising on the London Underground and billboards, as well as in... 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

In brief x

Sydney library design project attracts entries from 30 countries A competition to design the new Green Square Library and Plaza in Sydney has attracted 168 entries... Read more

International Library News x

OverDrive releases app for Nook OverDrive has released a free app for Barnes & Noble’s Nook ereading devices in the US which will allow Nook users... Read more

WA library launches ebook ‘buddy’ program x

The City of Vincent Public Library in Western Australia has developed a way of helping housebound individuals in its community learn how to use ereaders.... Read more

Government seeks community feedback on PLR, ELR schemes x

The Federal Government’s Office of the Arts is seeking community feedback about the Public Lending Rights (PLR) and Education Lending Rights (ELR) schemes through an... 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

Book discovery in the online age not as digital as you might think x

Two new consumer reports from Bowker, parent company of Bookseller+Publisher, look at how book buyers are discovering the books they purchase in the digital age.... Read more

David Hill's 'The Great Race' x

Following his successful books 1788 and The Gold Rush, David Hill’s The Great Race traces the little-known story of the competition between Britain and France... Read more

Woodslane to distribute Sendpoints Books x

Publisher: Sendpoints Books ISBN Prefix: 978-988-17933 New Distributor: Woodslane Pty Ltd Changeover Date: 1 October 2012 URL: www.woodslane.com.au

Smudge Publishing commence direct distribution x

Publisher: Smudge Publishing ISBN Prefix: 9780980789; 978098737 Old Distributor: Dennis Jones & Associates New Distributor: Smudge Publishing Changeover Date: 8 October 2012 (see Classified)

AMP moves Distribution to Random House x

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP) Old Distributor: Pan Macmillan New Distributor: Random House Changeover Date: 1 November 2012 (see Classified)

New trustees at Michael King Writers' Studio x

The Michael King Writers’ Studio Trust in New Zealand has appointed three new trustees, English and creative writing teacher Rosalind Ali; exhibition developer and collection... Read more

Editors Victoria Event - All about Children's Publishing x

When: 6.30pm for 7pm; Wednesday, 17 October 2012 Where: CQ Functions, 113 Queen St, Melbourne CBD The October dinner meeting is a discussion panel featuring... Read more

Readings Foundation Grant applications close 31 October x

Established in 2009 by Readings’ managing director Mark Rubbo, The Readings Foundation aims to support a range of creative projects by individuals and organisations that... Read more

Editors Victoria Training Course: Academic Editing for Editors x

When: Saturday 27 October 2012, 11 am – 5 pm Where: CAE, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
 Closing date (unless booked out earlier): 12 noon on... Read more

APA Professional Development: Last two workshops for 2012 x

Excellent eBooks: The Essentials Sydney – 2 places left. Melbourne – waiting list for 2013 already filling. This very popular workshop will show you how... Read more

Smudge Publishing Goes Direct x

Smudge Publishing, publishers of quality food, wine and lifestyle books will commence direct distribution to the Australian book trade, effective immediately.  Previously distributed by Dennis... Read more

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