Weekly Book Newsletter
24 October 2012

Paid content available from iBookstore in NZ x

Apple has confirmed to Bookseller+Publisher that titles from Harlequin, HarperCollins and Hachette New Zealand are now available on the Apple iBookstore in New Zealand. It... Read more

Hill of Content celebrates 90th birthday x

Melbourne’s Hill of Content Bookshop celebrated its 90th birthday on 18 October with a reception for staff, customers and friends. The Bourke Street bookshop was... Read more

UK secondhand bookseller launches Australian website x

UK-based secondhand bookseller World of Books has launched an Australian website. World of Books Australia officially launched on 22 October. The business sources secondhand books... Read more

‘Kill the Morans’ recalled in Victoria

Kill the Morans: The Real Story of the Moran Crime Crew by Bert Wrout and Brett Quine (Five Mile Press), which was due to be released... Read more

New role for Exisle owner x

Exisle Publishing owner Benny St John Thomas has stepped down as sales and marketing director to focus on the publisher’s rights sales, taking on the... Read more

Kneen’s book banned by Apple iBookstore x

Apple has removed Krissy Kneen’s erotic fiction novel Triptych (Text) from the iBookstore. Kneen told Bookseller+Publisher that Text received an email from iBookstore Publisher Support informing the publisher... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The main reason we wanted to try it was essentially to see what would happen—an experiment’—Momentum publisher Joel Naoum in the Sydney Morning Herald, explaining... Read more

Booksellers NZ board appoints new chair 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 has... Read more

HarperCollins to roll out new global publishing software with Publishing Technology x

HarperCollins has announced that it will roll out a new global publishing software system in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand during the... Read more

Changes to NZ Post Book Awards x

From 2013, the public will be able to vote for any New Zealand book published within the eligible timeframe for the NZ Post Book Awards... Read more

Phaidon Press sold to Black family x

Phaidon Press has announced it has been acquired ‘from Richard Schlagman by the Leon D Black family’, but has not revealed terms of the acquisition.... Read more

2012 Inky Awards: winners announced

The State Library of Victoria’s Centre for Youth Literature has announced the winners of the 2012 Gold and Silver Inky Awards.  The Gold Inky winner... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

In A Touch of Crimson (Sylvia Day, Hachette), Adrian Mitchell is an angel leading an elite Special Ops unit tasked with punishing the ‘Fallen’, while... Read more

Rights round-up x

Acquisitions Fiction—Viking has acquired world rights, excluding translation rights in France and Germany, to The Separation (Dinah Jefferies) through Caroline Hardman at Hardman Swainson. Simon... Read more

RiP Paul Kurtz x

Paul Kurtz, US philosopher and founder of Prometheus Books, has died aged 86. Kurtz wrote over 50 books and was publisher of the Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry... Read more

Booktopia expands office, distribution centre x

Online bookseller Booktopia has announced that it has added another 500sqm to its premises in Lane Cove in Sydney, bringing its office and distribution centre... Read more

BlackWords fifth birthday and symposium x

AustLit’s database BlackWords: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Writers and Storytellers celebrated its fifth birthday at the Avid Reader bookshop with author readings on 19 October. The BlackWords... Read more

Milne to join HarperCollins; Leading Edge Books to become part of new entertainment division

Leading Edge Group has announced that Leading Edge Books general manager Simon Milne is leaving the group to join HarperCollins Australia in the newly created role of marketing communications... Read more

Coy promoted at Collins Booksellers

Collins Booksellers has announced that Alisa Coy has been promoted to the role of national franchise manager. Coy will begin in the role on 29... Read more

UK Bridport Prize shortlist annnounced

The Bridport Prize, the UK writing competition open to all nationalities, has announced a shorlist. Australian and New Zealand writers appearing on the shorlist in each... Read more

Walkley Book Award 2012 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2012 Walkley Book Award has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Broadcast Wars: The Money, the Ego, the Power Behind Your Remote... Read more

Stella Prize to be awarded in 2013

The Stella Prize, Australia’s equivalent of the UK’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, will be awarded for the first time in April 2013. Entries are now open... Read more

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

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

Romance imprint launches Facebook app x

In the US, HarperCollins romance imprint Avon Books has announced the launch of a Facebook app that ‘targets the romance reader, offering an extensive list... Read more

Microsoft unveils Surface tablet prices x

Microsoft has announced its new tablet computer, to be called Surface, will be priced at US$499 in the US. ‘The least expensive of its Surface... Read more

Canadian Booksellers Association votes to become a division of retail council rather than dissolve x

The financially troubled Canadian Booksellers Association has decided at its annual general meeting to ‘explore becoming a division’ of the country’s retail council after members... Read more

Harlequin to launch new contemporary romance imprint x

Harlequin will launch a new contemporary romance imprint in the US next year called Kiss, reports Publishers Weekly. The imprint, which Harlequin describes as ‘fun,... Read more

Man Group to cease sponsorship of Asian Literary Prize x

The Man Group, sponsor of the Man Booker Prize, will not continue its sponsorship of the Asian Literary Prize after this year’s prize is awarded in... Read more

Perseus Books Group exceeds financial goals x

In the US, CEO of publisher and distributor Perseus Books Group David Steinberger has announced that the company has exceeded its financial goals for the... Read more

Pearson acquires EmbanetCompass x

Pearson has announced it has acquired online learning services company EmbanetCompass for US$650 million (approximately A$633 million). In a statement, the publisher said the acquisition... Read more

Hodder & Stoughton to split into two publishing divisions x

British publisher Hodder & Stoughton is splitting into two distinct publishing divisions, reports Publishers Weekly. The publisher, which is owned by Hachette, will be divided... Read more

CWA Daggers announced x

The winners of the final three Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Daggers were revealed at a ceremony in London on 18 October. The CWA Gold Dagger... 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

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

Peribo to Distribute Scala Publishers x

Publisher: Scala Publishers ISBN Prefix: 978-185759 Old Distributor: In Books New Distributor: Peribo Changeover Date:  01/10/2012

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... Read more

Want to escape to the country but with your urban comforts and without the rush hour traffic? x

For Sale: located on the NSW Southern Tablelands a two-bedroom house with separate studio/office; double garage/workshop. Set on one acre on sealed road in rolling... Read more

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,... Read more

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