Weekly Book Newsletter
24 October 2012

Rakuten to launch online stores in Australia x

Kobo parent company Rakuten has announced plans to open new online stores in Australia and India, reports Inside Retail Asia. The Japanese online retailer said... Read more

Patrick White: best in literature for 2012 x

The Arts Issue of The Monthly (ed by Paul Grabowsky) has selected Patrick White as the best in literature for the magazine’s feature ‘The best of Australian... Read more

Seaway acquires Intramar x

Seaway Logistics has announced it will purchase the business and assets of freight forwarder Intramar, which was recently placed under the control of receivers PPB... Read more

New QBD store opens in Melbourne x

A new QBD bookstore opened in Highpoint shopping centre in Melbourne’s west on 18 October. The new QBD outlet joins discount bookseller Last Page and... Read more

UK Bridport Prize shortlists annnounced x

The Bridport Prize, the UK writing competition open to all nationalities, has announced its shortlists. Categories include short story, poetry and flash fiction. As reported by... Read more

GenreCon program announced x

The Queensland Writers Centre (QWC)’s GenreCon, a conference for Australian genre writers running from 2-4 November at Rydges Paramatta in NSW, has announced its program. GenreCon... 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

International Library News x

Libraries own ebooks, says Random House The issue of library ebook ownership is receiving renewed attention after Random House in the US reiterated its position... Read more

In Brief x

New Williamstown Library open A new library in Williamstown in Melbourne’s west was officially opened in September. The $8.1 million facility was funded by the... Read more

2012 Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year announced x

The Australian School Library Association (ASLA) has awarded the 2012 Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year Award to Alinda Sheerman from Broughton Anglican College in... Read more

Vision Australia audiobooks now available through Wavesound x

Audiobook titles previously published by Vision Australia are now available to Australian public libraries through audiobook publisher and distributor Wavesound. A spokesperson for Vision Australia... Read more

Innovation award for NLA’s Trove repository x

The National Library of Australia’s (NLA) Trove digital repository has won the Innovation category in the 2012 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs). The... 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

Does the cookbook industry need a gastric bypass? x

‘Here at Books for Cooks, we are looking long and hard at the forthcoming publishers’ catalogues and book lists for Christmas. It’s with a mixture... Read more

Judith Lucy’s ‘Drink Smoke Pass Out: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey’ x

I jumped at the chance to review this, the second of Judith Lucy’s memoirs. I found her first go at the genre (The Lucy Family... Read more

Changes at Booksellers NZ x

Mary Sangster of the Children’s Bookshop Christchurch has been elected chair of the board of Booksellers NZ, replacing Hamish Wright of Wright’s Bookshop, who will... Read more

New roles at Exisle x

Exisle Publishing owner Benny St John Thomas has stepped down as sales and marketing director, taking on the role of rights director in August this... Read more

Barton joins Bookworld x

Melanie Barton has joined Bookworld—the division of Pearson Australia which operates the Angus & Robertson (A&R) and the recently rebranded Borders online businesses—as senior category... Read more

Kandel joins 'Kill Your Darlings' x

Imogen Kandel has been appointed online editor of Kill Your Darlings (KYD) literary journal. She was previously the marketing assistant at Melbourne Writers Festival and prior to... Read more

Milne to join HarperCollins x

Simon Milne will finish in his roles of Leading Edge Books general manager and Leading Edge Group marketing and communications manager on 9 November. Milne... Read more

Coy promoted at Collins Booksellers x

Alisa Coy has been appointed to the role of national franchise manager at Collins Booksellers. Coy, who currently manages the Collins head office, will begin in the... 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

Applications for the 2013 Kibble Awards are now open x

The Trustees of the Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers, on behalf of Mr Bryan Small and Perpetual, invite nominations of eligible works... Read more

Editors Victoria Event x

‘Bookshops: Here Today, Here Tomorrow’ Guest speaker: Joel Becker, Australian Booksellers Association When: 6.30 (for 7) pm on Thursday15 November 2012 Where: CQ Functions, 113... Read more

APA Professional Development: Special Editors’ workshop to finish the year x

Fixed Up Proper Way? Editing Indigenous content, working with Indigenous authors. Sydney: Wednesday 14 November; Melbourne:Thursday 22 November 9.30 – 5pm. Not just for those... Read more

Simon Milne joins HarperCollins Australia as the new Marketing Communications Director x

Issued by: James Kellow, CEO HarperCollinsPublishers

I’m delighted to announce that Simon Milne will be joining HarperCollins Australia in the new position of Marketing Communications Director on Monday, 19 November.
Simon brings a wealth of experience in consumer engagement and strategic management from previous roles in music, video, online retail and digital marketing and most recently from his position as Marketing Communications Manager and General Manager, Books for the Leading Edge Group. Simon started his career in London as a film editor and director on music videos. After moving to Australia, he helped set up a global research and development project for Nokia, developed the web strategy for Inside Sport, and was Executive Producer for the original online retail shop at David Jones, before moving on to become CEO  of the University Co-op bookstores.
I’m delighted to have someone of Simon’s calibre, creativity and breadth of experience to lead our combined marketing and publicity team through what I believe will be an incredibly exciting period as we find new and different ways of communicating with readers.
‘I am very excited to be joining the management team at HarperCollins Australia,’ says Simon Milne.  ‘There have never been so many communication channels between authors, publishers, booksellers, the media and readers, and the integration of marketing and publicity will deliver great benefits for everyone.  I look forward to continuing the great work done at HarperCollins, and finding new and innovative ways to communicate with our customers.’ 


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Reprint of ‘Get Well Soon! My (Un)Brilliant Career as a Nurse’ by Kristy Chambers x

UQP is thrilled to announce that the third printing of Get Well Soon! is underway. Thank you booksellers for your support of this fabulous book, which Benjamin Law describes as ‘distressingly funny’! Stock will be available from UBD today (24 October). Contact them on 1800-338-836 (ISBN: 9780702239205).




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