Weekly Book Newsletter
14 November 2012

Quote of the week x

‘The wasteland of publisher expectations’—Kobo’s Malcolm Neil referring to ebook prices above $15, during a session at the Small Press Network’s Independent Publishers Conference.

Stinson announced as editor of ‘The Journal of Publishing’ x

Author and academic Emmett Stinson announced that he will be editor of a new format of The Journal of Publishing during the Small Press Network... Read more

Matilda’s Books to close x

Matilda’s Books in Mount Waverley, Victoria, is due to close in a few months time, after 22 years. Julie McInnes, who has owned the bookstore... Read more

The Co-op Book Shop expands x

The Co-op Bookshop has confirmed that it has acquired the Edith Cowan University bookshops. ‘We’re absolutely delighted to soon have a presence at Edith Cowan... Read more

Lambert joins ABA committee of management x

Leesa Lambert, owner of Melbourne children’s bookshop The Little Bookroom, has joined the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) committee of management, filling an existing vacancy. The... Read more

The Turning Page closes its ebookstore x

The Turning Page Bookstore in the Blue Mountains, NSW, is no longer selling ebooks. The independent bookstore launched its ebookstore in December 2011 with local... Read more

‘Open-minded’ Independent Publishers Conference a success; will return in 2013 x

The Small Press Network, the rebranded Small Press Underground Networking Community, is already planning for the 2013 Independent Publishers Conference following a successful inaugural event in... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

In The Golden Land (Macmillan), Di Morrissey explores the troubled history of Burma through a contemporary story about a young Gold Coast mother whose interest... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Scholastic has finalised a US deal for The Very Hungry Bear (Nick Bland); and has licensed Korean language rights to My Dad’s The Coolest (Rosie... Read more

‘Sydney Review of Books’ to launch in December x

A new online literary journal will be launched in early December. The Sydney Review of Books (SRB), modeled on the London Review of Books and... Read more

Co-op Bookshop to participate in Click Frenzy x

A spokesperson for the Click Frenzy promotion has confirmed that the Co-op Bookshop will participate in the online promotion.  As reported by Bookseller+Publisher last week,... Read more

Thorpe-Bowker launches My Identifiers platform x

Thorpe-Bowker has officially launched the My Identifiers platform in Australia, replacing the Australian ISBN Agency. Thorpe-Bowker general manager Gary Pengelly launched the platform at the... Read more

Independent Distribution Solutions no longer trading x

Independent Distribution Solutions (IDS), a distribution arm of Christian book and music distributor CMCA, finished trading at the beginning of this year. Former IDS director... Read more

MUP moves offices x

Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) has moved into new offices.  The publisher, which was formerly housed, along with the literary journal Meanjin, in Grattan Street, Carlton,... Read more

Change of ownership at the Constant Reader x

Peter Kirby has retired from the Constant Reader bookshop after 33 years.  Kirby has sold the business, located in Crows Nest, New South Wales, to... Read more

Staff changes at S&S x

Simon & Schuster has announced several staff changes.  Kate Cubitt has been promoted to sales director with ‘overall responsibility for ANZ sales strategy and strategic... Read more

SPUNC to rebrand x

SPUNC (the Small Press Underground Networking Community) has announced it will rebrand to Small Press Network. General manager Zoe Dattner told Bookseller+Publisher the rebrand was... Read more

Coyne resigns from BICC; expert reference groups established x

Penguin Australia CEO Gabrielle Coyne has stepped down from her position on the Federal Government’s Book Industry Collaborative Council (BICC). A spokesperson for the Department... Read more

Australian, NZ authors on IMPAC Dublin 2013 longlist

A number of books by Australian and New Zealand authors have been longlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Books by Australian authors on... Read more

Changes at Auckland Writers & Readers Festival x

Anne O’Brien has been appointed as festival director of Auckland Writers & Readers Festival (AWRF) beginning 1 January.  O’Brien has worked as artistic director at... Read more

Perth Writers Festival line-up announced x

The Perth Writers Festival (PWF) has announced the writers appearing at the festival, running from 21-24 February at the Crawley campus of the University of... Read more

2012 Human Rights Literature Award shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Human Rights Literature Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Am I Black Enough For You? (Anita Heiss, Bantam)... Read more

‘Foal’s Bread’ wins Colin Roderick Award

Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears (A&U) has won this year’s Colin Roderick Award. Deputy executive director of the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies at James... Read more

‘The Cook’ wins Most Underrated Book Award

Wayne Macauley has won the inaugural Most Underrated Book Award for his novel The Cook (Text). The award, sponsored by Kobo, was announced at the... Read more

‘Strong attendance’ at first GenreCon x

Approximately 135 writers, editors and agents attended the inaugural GenreCon in Sydney over the weekend. The conference for Australian genre writers, run by the Queensland... Read more

Walkley Book Award Shortlist 2012 x

The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance has announced the shortlist for the Walkley Book Award. The shortlisted titles are: Mine-Field: The Dark Side of Australia’s Resources... Read more

2012 YABBA winners announced

The winners of the 2012 Young Australian’s Best Book Awards (YABBAs) have been announced. The winning titles are: Fiction Years 7-9: Phoenix Files: Arrival (Chris... Read more

RHA to use NetGalley for electronic ARCs x

Random House Australia has announced that it will be using the NetGalley platform ‘as a way of providing electronic advanced reading copies’. The publisher’s sister... Read more

S&S Australia celebrates 25 years x

Simon & Schuster Australia is celebrating its 25th anniversary next Tuesday with an ‘intimate party’ in Sydney as well as a visit from S&S UK... Read more

Booktopia, Bookworld to participate in Click Frenzy online promotion x

Online booksellers Booktopia and Bookworld are among approximately 100 Australian retailers that will participate in a 24-hour online-only promotion this month. Click Frenzy is run... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Global English-language rights will become more and more prevalent, as will simultaneous worldwide publishing. Where this leaves author tours, writers festivals and associated marketing, which... Read more

ACCC ‘aware’ of Penguin, Random House proposed merger x

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has told Bookseller+Publisher that it is ‘aware’ of the proposed merger between Penguin and Random House. An ACCC... Read more

Bookworld offers to beat Amazon by 10% x

Online bookseller Bookworld has launched a ‘Bookworld Price Guarantee’ for its loyalty club members, offering to beat Amazon’s prices by 10%. Under the promotion, which... Read more

Australians, New Zealander on 2013 Carnegie, Greenaway longlists

The nominations for the 2013 CILIP Carnegie Medal and the 2013 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal have been announced. Australian authors Morris Gleitzman and Margo Lanagan... Read more

Miller wins $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature; Sherborne takes out Best Writing Prize

Alex Miller has won the 2012 Melbourne Prize for Literature, presented every three years to a Victorian author ‘whose body of published or produced work... Read more

Program for 2012 Crime and Justice Festival launched x

Reader’s Feast bookshop in Melbourne has announced the program for its annual Crime and Justice Festival. This year’s festival will run from 16 to 18 November,... Read more

O’Hanlon appointed CEO at Varuna

Varuna, the Writers’ House, has announced that Jansis O’Hanlon will join the writers’ centre in the role of chief executive officer. O’Hanlon, who will begin... Read more

ACBA conference kicks off x

The Australian Campus Booksellers Association (ACBA) annual conference kicked off yesterday in Brisbane with a day-long training program by Doug Fleener. The conference, which runs... Read more

New buying team for Avenue Bookstore x

Independent Melbourne bookshop Avenue Bookstore has made some changes to its book buying team following the departure of head book buyer Gina Collis in August.... Read more

Duffy to join University Book Shop Otago x

The Board of the University Book Shop Otago, in New Zealand, has announced the appointment of Phillippa Duffy to the role of general manager. Duffy... Read more

PMP to cut jobs x

PMP, parent company of Griffin Press, has announced it is making ‘headcount reductions’ as part of the second phase of its ‘transformation plan’. However, Ben... Read more

Wootten wins NZ mid-career writers grant x

The New Zealand Society of Authors has announced that Dunedin poet and novelist Sue Wootten is the winner of its new award for a mid-career... Read more

'ABR' patrons to fund $10,000 ‘critic in residence’ x

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced it will soon appoint its first ‘critic in residence’. Funded by the magazine’s patrons, ‘this will be an... Read more

New ASA website x

The Australian Society of Authors has relaunched its website at www.asaauthors.org. The new site includes a dedicated news section, as well as an events calendar,... Read more

Booktopia ranked 96 on ‘BRW’ Fast 100 list x

Online bookseller Booktopia was ranked 96th on this year’s BRW (Business Review Weekly) Fast 100 list. The rankings were revealed at an event in Sydney... Read more

Dymocks launches podcasts x

Dymocks has begun producing podcasts, launching with a discussion of J K Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and thus far including interviews with Pamela Stephenson and... Read more

Next round of Wheeler Centre fellowships announced x

The Wheeler Centre has announced its next round of ‘hot desk’ fellowships, sponsored by Readings. The successful applicants in this round are Oliver Mol, who... Read more

Wood to launch long-form interview magazine x

Author Charlotte Wood is launching a soft-copy subscription magazine, to be produced as a PDF file sent to subscribers by email, called The Writer’s Room... Read more

HMH acquires culinary lists, CliffNotes and Webster’s from Wiley x

In the US, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has announced that its trade and reference division has acquired a number of assets from John Wiley &... Read more

Bookouture: new digital imprint x

Bookouture is a new digital publishing imprint being launched by Oliver Rhodes, who was previously based at Harlequin UK working on marketing, design and imprint... Read more

Orbach replaced by Chadwick at Quarto x

In the UK, director of the Quarto Group Laurence Orbach has left the company, with Tim Chadwick appointed in his place, reports the Bookseller. ‘The... Read more

Bloomsbury rebrands academic imprints x

In the UK, Bloomsbury has announced academic imprints including Continuum and Bristol Classical Press will be rebranded as Bloomsbury. The publisher will also launch a... Read more

France demands millions in tax from Amazon x

French authorities have demanded Amazon pay back taxes worth US$252 million (approximately A$242 million), reports Inside Retail. According to a document filed by Amazon to... Read more

Wiesel to write book with Obama x

Night author Elie Wiesel has told Israeli news site Haaretz that he is writing a book with US President Barack Obama, reports the Guardian. ‘Obama... Read more

Savage wins Canada's richest nonfiction prize x

A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape (Candace Savage, Greystone Books) has won the C$60,000 (A$57,400) Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for... Read more

Davis wins Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction x

Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis (Bodley Head) has won the £20,000 (A$30,400) Samuel Johnson Prize... Read more

World Book Night US list chosen x

The organisers of World Book Night have announced the titles chosen for the event’s US list. Authors with works selected include Margaret Atwood, Ray Bradbury,... Read more

Guardian first book award shortlist announced x

The titles shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award have been announced. The shortlisted titles are Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Before He... Read more

HarperCollins US signs agreement with RR Donnelly to ‘create one centralised warehouse’ x

In the US, HarperCollins has signed an agreement with distributor RR Donnelly that ‘will create one centralised warehouse that will serve as the distribution site... Read more

Firefox allows new ‘send to Kindle’ button x

Internet browser Mozilla Firefox has added a feature that allows content publishers to add a button enabling readers to send web content to their Kindle.... Read more

Plans to launch Canadian women’s literary award x

In Canada, Thomas Allen editorial director Janice Zawerbny has begun taking steps to develop a literary award that will recognise fiction written by Canadian women.... Read more

Bertelsmann to acquire 100% of Random House Mondadori x

Random House parent company Bertelsmann has announced it has agreed to purchase all shares in Random House Mondadori, its trade book publisher in Spain and Latin... Read more

‘419’ wins Scotiabank Giller Prize x

The novel 419 by Will Ferguson (Penguin) has won the C$50,000 (A$48,000) Scotiabank Giller Prize. Ferguson’s novel was chosen by judges Roddy Doyle, Gary Shteyngart... Read more

Macmillan dictionaries online-only from 2013 x

Macmillan Dictionaries will only be available online from the new year, reports the Bookseller, which said Macmillan Education was currently printing the final ever physical... Read more

‘Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power’ wins business book of the year award x

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power (Steve Coll, imprint) has won the £30,000 (A$46,000) Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.... Read more

Pan Mac to offer creative writing sessions in the UK x

In the UK, Pan Macmillan has announced it will begin offering creative writing tutoring, reports the Bookseller. The publisher will begin running events called Notebook... Read more

Sony launches iPhone reading app x

Sony has launched an iOS reading app. The software company has elected not to include access to its ebookstore in the app, thereby avoiding giving... Read more

Retailers to sell to consumers at BEA x

Book Expo America (BEA) events director Steve Rosato has announced that the book fair will again host consumers for the final day of the event... Read more

Government to combine National Year of Reading, Let’s Read campaigns in 2013 x

The Federal Government has announced that that the National Year of Reading (NYR) Love2Read brand will continue after this year, with the campaign to be... Read more

International Library News x

Simon & Schuster ‘in discussions’ with libraries about ebook lending In the US, Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy has said that the company has... Read more

In brief x

NLA announces new curatorship The National Library of Australia (NLA) has established the James and Bettison Treasures Curatorship, an endowed curatorship ‘established thanks to the... Read more

SLNSW receives $32.6 million to improve digital access x

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced the launch of ‘two multi-million dollar projects which will provide unprecedented, worldwide access’ to the... Read more

Miller, Funder most popular local nominations for IMPAC award x

The longlist of the 154 titles nominated for the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been announced. The titles have been nominated by libraries in... Read more

International Library News x

UK report says all those involved in libraries ‘need to work harder’ In the UK, the Culture, Media and Sport select committee report into library... Read more

In brief x

NSW Library Council calls for more public library funding The Library Council of New South Wales has used the Local Government Association of NSW conference... Read more

NZ librarian wins Betty Gilderdale Award x

Hamilton-based librarian and children’s literature specialist Gerri Judkins is the recipient of this year’s Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award. Judkins, who is currently the school librarian at Southwell... Read more

SLNSW to administer $200,000 grant for Moree Indigenous centre x

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) will administer funding of $200,000 for the Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre in Moree on behalf of the NSW... Read more

Peter Donoughue on the publishing industry’s ‘shameful’ wars, and the future for small publishers x

In Peter Donoughue’s keynote address at the Small Press Network’s Independent Publishers Conference, he argued that the publishing industry has been fighting too many ‘shameful wars’. ‘The industry went... Read more

Tim Coronel: What next for the Australian publishing industry? x

Former Bookseller+Publisher publisher Tim Coronel gave a speech at the Wheeler Centre today as part of the SPUNC Independent Publishers Conference. He said: ‘Nielsen BookScan’s pie... Read more

Jill Stark’s ‘High Sobriety: My Year without Booze’ x

‘I was the binge-drinking health reporter. During the week, I wrote about Australia’s booze-soaked culture. At the weekends, I wrote myself off.’ A senior journalist... Read more

Jenna Austen’s ‘The Romance Diaries’ x

The Romance Diaries is a fun, fast-paced and modern read for lovers of the Clueless style of Jane Austen updates. In this first book in... Read more

MUP moves office x

Melbourne University Publishing has moved into new offices at Level 1, 11-15 Argyle Place, South Carlton, Victoria. (See news.)

Staff changes at S&S x

Simon & Schuster has announced several staff changes. Kate Cubitt has been promoted to sales director; national account manager Sharon Bryant has been promoted with new... Read more

Lambert joins ABA committee of management x

Leesa Lambert, owner of Melbourne children’s bookshop The Little Bookroom, has joined the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) committee of management. (See news.)

Duffy to join University Book Shop Otago x

The Board of the University Book Shop Otago, in New Zealand, has announced the appointment of Phillippa Duffy to the role of general manager. She... Read more

Changes at Avenue Bookstore x

Independent Melbourne bookshop Avenue Bookstore has made some changes to its book buying team following the departure of head book buyer Gina Collis in August.... Read more

Changes at Auckland Writers & Readers Festival x

Anne O’Brien has been appointed as festival director of Auckland Writers & Readers Festival (AWRF) beginning 1 January. (See news.)

O’Hanlon appointed CEO at Varuna x

Jansis O’Hanlon will join Varuna, the Writers’ House, in the role of chief executive officer at the end of November. O’Hanlon replaces Lis Bastian, who finished in... Read more

APA Professional Development: 2013 Calendar Preview – Expressions of Interest sought x

Thank you for your support of our program in 2012.  APA PD is delighted to tempt you with the workshop topics to be covered in... Read more

APA Professional Development: Only 6 Places on the Last Workshop of the Year x

Fixed Up Proper Way? Editing Indigenous content, working with Indigenous authors. Sydney: Wednesday 14 November; Melbourne: Thursday 22 November. 9.30am – 5pm This event has... Read more

Call for Entries for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize x

The Commonwealth Foundation is calling for entries for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize.  Awarded for best first book, the Commonwealth... Read more

Public symposium on the future of writing in a digital age – 13 & 14 November x

Writers, publishers, journalists and media academics will come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities open to writers and publishers in the digital age, at... Read more

Aboriginal Studies Press congratulates shortlisted author x

Aboriginal Studies Press congratulates Russell McGregor on his shortlisting for the 2012 NSW Premier’s History Award – Australian History Prize for his book Indifferent Inclusion:... Read more

Constant Reader Changes Hands x

After 33 Years Peter Kirby has retired from the Constant Reader bookshop effective the 5th of November 2012. He has sold the business to Jay... Read more

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