Weekly Book Newsletter
17 October 2012

Australia Post to deliver on weekends this Christmas x

Australia Post has announced it will deliver parcels to households on weekends in November and December this year, as well as extending opening hours for... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Anything with the word “quirky” in it, or implied in the pitch, and we struggled. We quickly had to change pitches on those titles’—Random House... Read more

Twyford-Moore appointed EWF director

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has announced that Sam Twyford-Moore will take over the role of festival director from Lisa Dempster, who announced in April... Read more

HathiTrust case dismissed; Judge rules ‘fair use’ x

In the US, federal judge Harold Baer has dismissed the Authors Guild lawsuit against digital repository HathiTrust, ruling that HathiTrust’s book scanning project falls within... Read more

ILF: $515,000 raised this year; ASA auction raises more than $13,000 x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) has raised $515,000 this year to fund efforts to improve literacy levels and the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians... Read more

Akle and Mamamia launch new online book show x

Get Reading! project director Cheryl Akle has collaborated with website Mamamia to create a new online book show called The Book Circle. The monthly program,... Read more

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2012 x

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF), which ran from 3-7 October in the mountain village of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia, has reported its ‘largest and most... Read more

‘As energetic and optimistic as ever’: Australians report successful Frankfurt Book Fair x

Wilkins Farago publisher Andrew Wilkins writes: The 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair ended on Sunday 14 October with organisers reporting 281,753 visitors over the five days... Read more

Collins, Kobo, HarperCollins and the ‘Australian’ launch ‘Australian Selection’ ebook giveaway x

In a two-week long coordinated promotion, readers of the Australian newspaper will be given the opportunity to download 12 HarperCollins ebooks titles for free through... Read more

WH Smith ebook performance ‘ahead of plan’, profits before tax up 10% x

British retailer WH Smith, which operates eight stores in Australia, says its performance in the ebooks market, where it sells ebooks in partnership with Kobo,... Read more

Most Underrated Book Award shortlist announced

The Small Press Network (SPUNC) has announced the shortlist for the inaugural Most Underrated Book Award, a prize that was established to showcase outstanding books... Read more

2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards winners announced; ‘The Biggest Estate on Earth’ wins Victorian Prize for Literature

The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia by Bill Gammage (A&U) has won the 2012 Victorian Prize for Literature, worth $100,000.   Gammage,... Read more

'Bring up the Bodies' wins 2012 Man Booker Prize, second for Mantel

Hilary Mantel has become the third author to win the Man Booker Prize twice, after she was announced the winner of the 2012 award for her... Read more

Victorian bookshop for sale x

Country Tales Bookstore in Bright, Victoria, is currently for sale. Owner Sally Taylor, who opened the independent store in early 2010, told Bookseller+Publisher that she... Read more

George to replace Allely at PMP x

Griffin Press parent company PMP has announced that Peter George, currently chief operating officer, will replace Richard Allely as managing director this month. In a... Read more

2012 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards announced

The winners of the 2012 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each of the categories are:... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

In Rick Riordan’s YA novel The Mark of Athena (Puffin), Annabeth and her friends have landed at camp Jupiter to unite the Roman and Greek... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Spinifex Press has sold Macedonian rights to My Sister Chaos (Lara Fergus). Children’s/YA—Scholastic has licensed the UK rights to Ishmael and the hoops of... Read more

RiP Helen Nicoll x

British author Helen Nicoll, best known as the writer of the ‘Meg and Mog’ books for children, has died aged 74. Nicoll wrote 17 books,... Read more

Movie double-pass giveaway! x

Crossfire Hurricane, which takes its title from the opening lines to ‘Jumping Jack Flash’, provides a new perspective on the Rolling Stones’ journey. The film combines... Read more

Parrett wins Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship

Favel Parrett has been awarded the 2012 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship by the Federal Government. Parrett, whose debut novel Past the Shallows (Hachette) won the Australian... Read more

Oz, NZ authors nominated for 2013 Astrid Lindgren Award

Four Australian authors and two New Zealand authors have been nominated for the 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s largest prize for children’s and... Read more

Mo Yan wins 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature

The 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to Mo Yan. The Chinese author, whose real name is Guan Moye, was presented with the award on... Read more

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

Macquarie Dictionary broadens definition of misogyny x

The Macquarie Dictionary has adjusted its definition of ‘misogyny’ to cover its current use as a synonym of ‘sexism’. While the original meaning of misogyny is ‘hatred of women’,... Read more

100 Story Building to launch x

A new centre for literacy called the 100 Story Building will be launched at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on 30 October. The centre aims... Read more

KOALA shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs), the children’s choice book awards for New South Wales, has been announced. The list of... Read more

The Best Australian Essays, Stories and Poems 2012 contributors announced x

Black Inc. has announced the contributors for The Best Australian Essays 2012, edited by Ramona Koval, The Best Australian Stories 2012, edited by Sonya Hartnett, and... Read more

Booksellers share Christmas picks x

Booksellers from Embiggen Books, Readings, The Sun Bookshop, Avid Reader and Avenue Bookstore have shared their most-anticipated Christmas titles on the Wheeler Centre’s website. Nominated... Read more

Rubbo running for Melbourne City Council x

Readings managing director Mark Rubbo is running for a position as councillor in the Melbourne City Council (MCC) election on Saturday 27 October. Rubbo spoke about his... Read more

Receivers take control of freight forwarder Intramar x

Australian freight forwarding company Intramar is now in the control of receivers PPB Advisory. Receivers Nicholas Martin and Craig Crosbie said in a letter to... Read more

NewSouth launches ‘QUICKeS’ ebook series x

NewSouth Publishing has launched a new series of ‘short, sharp essays you can read on any electric device’, says publicist Matt Howard. The series, called... Read more

Parrett wins Antarctic Arts Fellowship for second novel x

Favel Parrett has been awarded the 2012 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship by the Australian Federal Government. Parrett, author of Past the Shallows (Hachette), will use the... 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

Amazon launches author ranking x

Amazon has launched an ‘author rank’ feature on its website, reports Publishers Weekly. ‘The new ranking is based on cumulative sales of all books by... Read more

German retailer plans ultra cheap ereader x

German ebook retailer Txtr has announced plans to offer an eink ereading device ‘that can be ‘offered as an inexpensive premium through phone plans’, reports... Read more

Depp gets imprint at HarperCollins x

Actor Johnny Depp has launched his own imprint with HarperCollins US, reports the Bookseller. The imprint Infinitum Nihil—which means ‘nothing is forever’ and is also the... Read more

Kobo acquires French software company Acquafadas x

Kobo has acquired the French digital software company Acquafadas for an undisclosed sum, reports the Bookseller, which said it was a move ‘designed to bring... Read more

Amazon will not make money on latest Kindles x

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos has confirmed that the company will not make a profit from sales of its latest Kindle tablet and ereader devices,... Read more

Oyster plans ‘Spotify’ for ebooks x

Oyster, the US ebook subscription service founded in July this year, ‘has secured [US]$3 million [(A$2.9)] dollars in venture funding that it will use to build... Read more

Amazon to introduce Kindle lending in Europe x

Amazon will launch its Kindle Owners’ Lending Library in the UK from the end of October, reports the Bookseller. As part of the service, Kindle... Read more

Faber to change logo x

Faber has announced it will be changing its branding and ‘slimming down the iconic “ff” logo’, reports the Bookseller. Faber sales and marketing director Will... Read more

New technology to allow Bookshout users to import ebooks from any platform x

Social reading platform and retailer BookShout has announced it will introduce new technology that will ‘allow its users to legally import their previous and future... 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

In brief x

Judge dismisses Authors Guild lawsuit against HathiTrust In the US, federal judge Harold Baer has dismissed the Authors Guild lawsuit against digital repository HathiTrust, ruling... Read more

International Library News x

IFLA Awards presented in Helsinki The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) presented a number of awards to individuals at the recent IFLA... Read more

Softlink, QBD to expand ‘Oliver Marketplace’ program nationally x

Library services provider Softlink and bookselling chain QBD have announced that their Oliver Marketplace purchasing system is now available to all libraries across Australia. The... Read more

New Byron Bay library expected to open in December x

The construction of a new public library in Byron Bay, NSW, is expected to be completed by December. The new $3.75 million facility is located... 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

Rights sales in Oz: survey findings x

Every year Bookseller+Publisher asks Australian rights managers and literary agents to tell us how business is going. Who’s buying Australian books? Which territories are on... 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

Crying in the Car: Reflections on Life and Motherhood (Karen Andrews, Miscellaneous Press) x

Karen Andrews blogs at miscmum.com and previously edited and published a collection of writing from blogs, Miscellaneous Voices. Crying in the Car is a collection... Read more

Twyford-Moore joins EWF x

Sam Twyford-Moore has been appointed as the new director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF). Twyford-Moore, who currently works at the NSW Writers’ Centre, will... Read more

George to replace Allely at PMP x

PMP has announced that Peter George, currently chief operating officer, will replace Richard Allely as managing director this month. Allely will finish in the role... Read more

APA Professional Development: Working with Indigenous content and Indigenous authors x

Fixed Up Proper Way? Editing Indigenous content, working with Indigenous authors. Sydney:Wednesday 14 Nov; Melbourne: Thursday 22 Nov. Speakers: Anita Heiss, Larissa Behrendt, Dylan Coleman,... Read more

Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship offers $10,000 to support a writer of biography x

Applications are now open for the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, which will award $10,000 to an Australian writer to support the writing and research of a new... Read more

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. Event x

Flying solo: setting up your own editing business Wednesday 14 November 2012, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Presented by Lyn Fernance, Julie Harders, Denise Holden... Read more

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s Trivia Night x

Help raise funds for vital literacy resources for remote Indigenous communities by attending the Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s Trivia Night on Wednesday, 14 November. Where: Souths... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Foundation Requests for Book Submissions x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is calling for submissions from publishers (trade and educational) for the 2013 Book Supply to remote Indigenous Communities. Books are supplied... Read more

Entries open for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize x

Nominations are now open for Australia’s largest and most important award for business literature — the Ashurst Business Literature Prize. The prestigious $30,000 award was... Read more

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