Weekly Book Newsletter
21 November 2012

‘Record’ sales for Click Frenzy booksellers despite website failure x

Online booksellers participating in the Click Frenzy 24-hour sales event have reported record sales, despite the website’s failure. The Click Frenzy website, which was intended... Read more

RiP Ian Pearce x

Ian Pearce, director and floor manager of Fullers Bookshop from the mid-1950s until 1982, has died in Hobart aged 90.

ABA announces Vic Sales Rep of the Year x

Amanda Wildsmith from Hardie Grant and Anthony Pizzinga from Random House were named joint winners of Victorian Sales Rep of the Year Award at the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Victorian... Read more

Rankin and Greenwood top bestsellers at relocated Crime and Justice Festival x

The 2012 Crime and Justice Festival was held over the weekend in its new home on Collins St, Melbourne, having previously been located at Abbottsford... Read more

Booktopia launches new website x

Online bookseller Booktopia has launched a new website with a redesigned Booktopia logo. Booktopia CEO Tony Nash told Bookseller+Publisher that Booktopia has received ‘amazing, humbling... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s not a question of clout—more of practicalities. It means that we’ll have more chance of overcoming the ANZ rights-splitting problem that I and other... Read more

Oz publishers discuss future of publishing at Macquarie Uni x

The Future of Writing Symposium took place at Sydney’s Macquarie University on 13-14 November. The second day, which focussed on the future of publishing, featured several presentations... Read more

Collins celebrates 90 years with 90 favourite books

Several weeks after Collins Booksellers’ flagship store, Hill of Content Bookshop in Melbourne, celebrated its 90th birthday, the Collins family and friends gathered at Melbourne’s... Read more

CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards winners announced x

The Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Educational Publishing Awards were announced on 15 November at a ceremony in Auckland. The winners in each category are:... Read more

UNSW Press celebrates 50 years x

University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press has celebrated 50 years in publishing this year. ‘Every day we publish a new book is worth a... Read more

Facebook changes news feed algorithm x

Recent changes to Facebook’s news feed algorithm could mean that messages posted by company pages will reach fewer customers. Facebook has confirmed that changes to... Read more

2012 KOALA winners announced

The winners of the 2012 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs) have been announced. The winning titles are: Picture Storybooks: Fearless in Love (Colin Thompson, illus by... Read more

Keele to leave Australia Council x

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced that CEO Kathy Keele will step down from her role at the end of the year. The... Read more

Fishpond pulls out of Nielsen BookScan panels x

New Zealand-based online retailer Fishpond has confirmed to Bookseller+Publisher that it is no longer participating in Nielsen BookScan panels in Australia and New Zealand. Fishpond... Read more

Scribe to establish UK office in 2013

Independent Melbourne-based publisher Scribe Publications has announced that it will expand to the UK next year. Scribe said in a statement that it will establish... Read more

2012 COOL Awards winners announced

The winners of the 2012 Canberra’s Own Outstanding List (COOL) Awards have been announced. The winning titles are: Picture Storybooks: The Terrible Plop (Ursula Dubosarsky... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Cookbooks dominate the top end of the bestsellers chart and fastest movers charts this week with Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals (Jamie Oliver, Michael Joseph) in first... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold world rights (excluding ANZ) to On the Abolition of All Political Parties (Simone Weil; first English translation by Simon Leys)... Read more

RiP Boris Strugatsky x

Russian science-fiction writer Boris Strugatsky has died, aged 79. Strugatsky wrote 27 novels with his late brother Arkady, as well as two novels on his... Read more

Neil takes on Asia Pacific responsibilities for Kobo x

Kobo’s Malcolm Neil has taken on responsibility for the ebook provider’s vendor relations in the Asia Pacific region. Neil is now Kobo director of vendor... Read more

‘High level of positivity’ at 2012 ACBA Conference; ACBA, APA Awards announced x

Approximately 100 booksellers and publishers attended this year’s Australian Campus Booksellers (ACBA) Conference in Brisbane from 13-16 November. ACBA president and general manager of Vic Books... Read more

Melbourne booksellers, library launch ‘Readers’ Walk’ project

Reader’s Feast Bookstore, antiquarian bookseller Kay Craddock and the Melbourne Athenaeum Library have joined forces to launch a new initiative in Collins Street, Melbourne, called the... Read more

Lohrey wins 2012 Patrick White Award

Amanda Lohrey is the winner of the 2012 Patrick White Literary Award. Lohrey was presented with the award in Sydney on 16 November. This year’s award... Read more

ARA predicts stronger Christmas sales x

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is predicting that Christmas sales in the retail sector will increase 3.9% on the same period last year. The association... Read more

Reading Matters 2013 dates, new features announced x

The State Library of Victoria will hold its 10th annual Reading Matters conference from Thursday 30 May to Saturday 1 June 2013. The conference, which... Read more

New $40,000 Australia Council grants for any art form x

The Australia Council has announced new grants of up to $40,000 ‘to support a small number of two-way creative partnerships between artists working in Australia... Read more

Dymocks takes ‘new marketing approach’ with ad agency Razor x

Dymocks will undertake ‘a new marketing approach to make books the preferred gift choice at Christmas’, according to the managing director of its new advertising... Read more

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

Bookworld launches Christmas TV advertising campaign x

Following the launch of its ‘Bookworld Price Guarantee’ to beat Amazon’s prices by 10%, online bookseller Bookworld has launched a Christmas television advertising campaign. The... Read more

Powell to join NSW Writers’ Centre x

Rose Powell will join the New South Wales Writers’ Centre on 10 December in the role of projects officer for events and festivals. Powell, who... Read more

Cartland wins inaugural Overland Victoria University prize x

Literary journal Overland has announced that Tara Cartland’s story ‘Frank O’Hara’s Animals’ is the winner of the inaugural $6000 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize... Read more

Goldsworthy to examine Australian review culture in ‘ABR’ fellowship x

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced that Kerryn Goldsworthy will be the ABR Ian Potter Foundation Fellow, and will ‘write a feature article on the... Read more

Kershaw wins Blake Poetry Prize for ‘Altar Rock’ x

Western Australian poet Graham Kershaw has won the fifth Blake Poetry Prize for his poem ‘Altar Rock’, which addresses the mixed inheritance of white settlement... Read more

ILF trivia night raises more than $14,500 x

More than $14,500 was raised for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) at a trivia night in Sydney on 14 November. ILF executive director Karen Williams told... Read more

Dromer replaces Poiree at Nielsen BookData NZ x

David Dromer has replaced Martine Poiree as sales and marketing manager at Nielsen BookData New Zealand. The Publishers Association of New Zealand reports that Dromer... 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

Bezos named ‘Fortune’ 2012 Businessperson of the Year x

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has been named the 2012 Businessperson of the Year by US magazine Fortune. Bezos was selected ahead of other well-known... Read more

News Corp reportedly interested in acquiring Simon & Schuster x

HarperCollins parent company News Corporation has indicated to CBS that it is interested in acquiring the Simon & Schuster business, reports the Wall Street Journal.... Read more

2012 Bad S-x in Fiction Award shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s UK Literary Review Bad S-x in Fiction Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Quiddity of Will Self... Read more

‘Seating Arrangements’ wins 2012 Dylan Thomas Prize x

Maggie Shipstead has won the £30,000 (A$45,800) 2012 Dylan Thomas Prize for her debut novel Seating Arrangements. The Guardian reports that Shipstead was one of... Read more

Wood leaves Kobo UK x

In the UK, the Bookseller reports that Kobo UK country manager Phil Wood, who joined Kobo in March 2012, has left the company. Kobo’s executive... 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

International Library News x

Penguin expands US ebook library lending In the US, Penguin will launch a new ebook library lending pilot program with Baker & Taylor this year,... Read more

In brief x

SLV launches dome anniversary celebrations The State Library of Victoria has officially launched a year-long celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the library’s iconic... Read more

Stonnington Literary Festival x

The inaugural Stonnington Literary Festival [untitled] ran from 15-18 November in the City of Stonnington in Melbourne.   Author Shane Maloney launched the festival at Prahran... Read more

Bill to scrap library fees defeated in NZ Parliament x

A private members’ bill that sought to scrap borrowing fees in New Zealand public libraries was defeated in its first hearing in the New Zealand... 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

Industry responses to Dattner’s open letter on workplace flexibility x

Several weeks ago we published an open letter to the publishing industry from Zoe Dattner calling for greater flexibility in the workplace, in particular, to encourage... Read more

‘Joyful Strains: Expat Writers on Making Australia Home’ (ed by Kent MacCarter & Ali Lemer) x

This broad collection of migration stories is an example of a good idea backed up by an excellent execution. Many of the contributors are known... Read more

Powell to join NSW Writers’ Centre x

Rose Powell will join the New South Wales Writers’ Centre on 10 December as projects officer for events and festivals. Powell, who will finish in her... Read more

Keele to leave Australia Council x

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced that CEO Kathy Keele will step down from her role at the end of the year. Executive... Read more

Neil expands role at Kobo x

Kobo’s Malcolm Neil has taken on responsibility for the ebook provider’s vendor relations in the Asia Pacific region, expanding his previous role of director of vendor... Read more

Dromer joins Nielsen BookData NZ x

David Dromer has replaced Martine Poiree as sales and marketing manager at Nielsen BookData New Zealand. (See news.)

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.)

ASA annual mentorship program for unpublished writers and book illustrators x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced that applications will for the 2012-2013 Annual Mentorship Program for unpublished writers and book illustrators will open... Read more

APA Professional Development: 2013 calendar preview – feedback & expressions of interest sought x

We are pleased to announce the following workshops for 2013. Some workshops will be available to book in December 2012 however please note that most... Read more

News and reviews from Finch Publishing x

If you do not already receive our Booksellers’ Brief with regular publishing and publicity updates from Finch Publishing, please forward your email address to laura@finch.com.au.... Read more

Crime & Justice Festival Thanks x

Mary Dalmau and colleagues thanks all those who helped make the 2012 Crime & Justice festival a success in its fifth year, and first year... Read more

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