Weekly Book Newsletter
31 October 2012

Quote of the week x

‘I tried for four years to get more money for publishers. At times it was like banging your head against a wall’—Susan Hayes reflects on... Read more

Waverley Library Award 2012 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2012 Waverley Library Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The People Smuggler (Robin de Crespigny, Viking) Double Entry (Jane... Read more

Disruption to Books in Print, TitlePage caused by Hurricane Sandy x

Books in Print, TitlePage and several other data services hosted by Bowker in the US (the parent company of Thorpe-Bowker in Australia) have been disrupted... Read more

‘Business as usual’ at Random House, Penguin following merger announcement; industry responds x

Random House Australia and New Zealand have told booksellers that it will be ‘business as usual’ for Random House and Penguin until the companies’ plans... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The New York Police Department is on high alert as Hollywood stars and executives arrive in New York for a film festival. A world-famous producer is... Read more

New manager for Better Read Than Dead x

Robert Watkins will join independent Sydney bookstore Better Read Than Dead as store manager and buyer next month. Watkins told Bookseller+Publisher that he finishes in... Read more

Hayes to leave Australia Council x

Susan Hayes will retire from her position as director of the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts in December. Hayes told Bookseller+Publisher... Read more

2013 Adelaide Festival program launched

The program for the 2013 Adelaide Festival, to be held between 1 and 17 March 2013, has been launched. Next year’s Adelaide Writers’ Week will... Read more

RiP John Griffin x

John Griffin, New Zealand bookseller, publisher and founder of The University Bookshop in Otago, has died aged 88.

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Text has sold rights to The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion) to La Campana in Catalan; Skolska Knjiga in Croatia; Otava in Finland; Libri in... Read more

Asialink sends authors on a train tour through India x

Australian authors Michelle De Kretser, Benjamin Law and Kirsty Murray have joined Indian poet Sudeep Sen, novelist and critic Chandrahas Choudhury and journalist and fiction... Read more

WBN published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the Melbourne Cup public holiday in Victoria next Tuesday, the Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday 8 November. ... Read more

Random House, Penguin to merge

Pearson and Bertelsmann have announced that they will merge the Penguin and Random House businesses. Bertelsmann said in a statement on Monday 29 October that the... Read more

SWF 2013 School Days program launched

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has announced some of the authors and illustrators who will participate in its 2013 School Days program, to be held between... Read more

Leading Edge Books NZ to close in December

Leading Edge Books has announced that it will close its New Zealand Books Group at the end of the year. Leading Edge Books general manager... Read more

News Corp interested in Penguin

HarperCollins parent company News Corporation has indicated it is interested in acquiring Penguin, reports the Sunday Times. News Corporation chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch... Read more

Merger talks between Penguin, Random House confirmed

In the UK, Pearson has confirmed that it is discussing ‘a possible combination of Penguin and Random House’ with Bertelsmann. Pearson said in a statement... Read more

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

‘Aurealis’ seeks official recognition x

Australian fantasy and science-fiction journal Aurealis has launched a subscriptions drive, which it says will help it obtain official recognition as a professional market by... Read more

Victorian Community History Awards announced x

The Art of Being Melbourne by Maree Coote (Melbournestyle Books) has won the $5000 Victorian Community History Award, presented on 23 October at the National Gallery... Read more

QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program writers announced x

The Queensland Writers Centre (QWC)/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program has announced the nine writers who will attend the program’s retreat this year. The writers are: Florence Bridger, Bill Collopy, Katrina... Read more

Readings forms event partnership with 'The Monthly' x

Readings has partnered with The Monthly magazine to host a series of political discussions on modern Australia, called The Monthly Talks. In the first session in August, professor Robert Manne and... 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

Kobo enters South Africa x

Kobo has launched an ebookstore in South Africa and announced a new partnership with South African retailer Pick n Play. The ebook provider said in... Read more

Profile Books acquires Tindal Street Press x

In the UK, Profile Books has acquired independent publisher Tindal Street Press, reports the Bookseller. Tindal Street will become an imprint of Profile Books from... Read more

Penguin US announces indie partnership program x

Penguin US has invited independent booksellers to sign up to a new partnership program, the details of which are being kept confidential, which is designed to... Read more

Amazon reports third quarter loss x

Amazon has reported a third quarter net loss of US$274 million (approximately A$264 million) on a sales increase of 27%, to US$13.8 billion (approximately A$13.3... Read more

Winterson memoir wins UK indie booksellers prize x

Jeanette Winterson’s memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (Vintage) has won the 2012 Independent Booksellers’ Book Prize in the UK, reports the... 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

International Library News x

Random House clarifies library ebook ownership claim In the US, Random House vice president of library and academic sales Skip Dye has clarified his recent... Read more

Bill to scrap library fees to be heard in NZ Parliament x

A private members’ bill to scrap borrowing fees in New Zealand public libraries is likely to have its first hearing the New Zealand parliament next... Read more

NLA pilots Tessella’s SDB digital preservation software x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has commenced a trial of the Safety Deposit Box (SDB) software from UK-based company Tessella as part of its... Read more

In brief x

Lu Rees Archives on display in Canberra libraries As part of the 2012 Boundless Festival of Australian Children’s Literature, 88 items from the Lu Rees... 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

Zoe Dattner’s open letter to the industry x

When Zoe Dattner began working in publishing 12 years ago, ‘highly skilled and experienced women working in all aspects of publishing would go off “on... 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

Sara Foster’s 'Shallow Breath' x

Some mystery novels ease into the story, and others just thrust you into the middle of everything and let you sort it all out yourself.... 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

Hayes to leave Australia Council x

Susan Hayes will retire from her position as director of the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts in December. (See news.)

Watkins joins Better Read Than Dead x

Robert Watkins, outgoing marketing manager for Hachette imprints Hodder & Headline, will join independent Sydney bookstore Better Read Than Dead as store manager and buyer... 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

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. Event x

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

Hardie Grant Egmont Now Taking Submissions for The Ampersand Project 2013 x

The Ampersand Project, an initiative created by Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE), will be accepting submissions for its second year from Thursday 1 November 2012.  Run... Read more

Call for nominations for 2013 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards x

The State Library of NSW has announced the opening of nominations for the 2013 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Administered by the State Library of NSW,... Read more

‘Tales From the Political Trenches’ By Maxine McKew x

Tales From the Political Trenches By Maxine McKew ISBN 978-0-522-86221-8 PRICE $29.99 epub ISBN 978-0-522-86222-5 PRICE $24.99 Forthcoming Publicity Following the exclusive serial agreement with... Read more

Melbourne Prize for Literature 2012 – exhibition, announcements and voting x

The exhibition of finalists in the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature 2012 and $30,000 Best Writing Award 2012 opens Monday 5 November in the Atrium... Read more

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