Weekly Book Newsletter
28 November 2012

2012 KROC Awards winners announced

The winners of this year’s Kids Reading Oz Choice (KROC) Awards, the children’s choice book awards for the Northern Territory, have been announced. The winning... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Not to have a new Bryce Courtenay novel to work on will leave a hole in my publishing life. Not to have Bryce Courtenay in... Read more

Specialist bookshop for sale x

Specialist online and bricks-and-mortar bookseller Pitstop is for sale. The bookseller, which specialises in motoring books and media, is currently based in Perth. However, owner... Read more

Pennicott wins second Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto

The short story ‘Shadows’ by Josephine Pennicott has won the 2012 HarperCollins First Prize in this year’s Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Awards. Pennicott’s story... Read more

Cookbook thief targets Melbourne bookstores x

A cookbook thief posing as a restaurant worker has targeted several Melbourne bookstores in the past week, and has been spotted at the Avenue Bookstore... Read more

‘Island’ secures funding for 2013 x

Island magazine has secured $60,000 funding for 2013 from Arts Tasmania. Editor Dale Campisi told Bookseller+Publisher that the publication ‘will survive to see another year... Read more

Australian, NZ McGraw Hill operations included in private equity acquisition x

The sale of McGraw-Hill Education to US private equity group Apollo Global Management will include the publisher’s Australian and New Zealand operations. A spokesperson for... Read more

RiP Bryce Courtenay x

Bryce Courtenay, bestselling Australian author, has died aged 79. Penguin Australia, on behalf of Christine Courtenay, writes: ‘It is with sadness Penguin Group (Australia) wish to... Read more

Copyright Agency distributes ‘record $141.6 million’ for the year

The Copyright Agency distributed ‘a record $141.6 million’ to its members in 2011/12, according to its annual report, released ahead of its AGM to be... Read more

New S&S/Author Solutions self-publishing business open to Australian authors

Simon & Schuster has announced that it will work with Author Solutions, the self-publishing business acquired by Penguin in July, to operate a separate publishing... Read more

Raye appointed ILF program manager x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) has announced that Tina Raye will join the foundation in the role of Indigenous program manager in January. Raye will... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold world English-language rights (ex ANZ) to The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power (Hugh White) to Oxford University Press.... Read more

Christmas closing list: submissions close this Friday 30 November x

Publishers and distributors are asked to advise the Weekly Book Newsletter of their Christmas closing dates by 5pm this Friday 30 November. A full list will... Read more

Greens propose amendments to Fair Work Act for casual workers

Australian Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt has introduced a private member’s bill calling for an amendment to the Fair Work Act to protect casual workers,... Read more

McGee awarded 2013 NZ$75,000 Menton Fellowship

Playwright and author Greg McGee has been awarded the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship for 2013. The Fellowship provides the winner with a residency of at... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The seventh book in Jeff Kinney’s ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series The Third Wheel (Puffin) has gone straight to the top of the Nielsen bestsellers... Read more

Lonely Planet Melbourne headquarters for sale

The owners of the Melbourne property that houses Lonely Planet are advertising to sell the property. Colliers International, on behalf of Trilogy Capital Group, is currently... Read more

NZ PM’s Awards for Literary Achievement 2012 winners announced

The New Zealand Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement were announced on 26 November in Wellington. Albert Wendt was awarded the prize for fiction, Sam Hunt was... Read more

RiP Don Edwards x

Don Edwards, co-owner of children’s bookshop Books for Kids in Hamilton, New Zealand, has died, aged 74.

Text acquires unpublished Frame novel, ‘Death in Brunswick’ follow up

Text has acquired ANZ rights in Janet Frame’s previously unpublished novel In the Memorial Room. The novel by the late author ‘draws on her own... Read more

OzCo VIP Program guests announced for SWF 2013 x

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the guests attending the 2013 Visiting International Publishers (VIP) Program, to be held during the Sydney Writers’ Festival... Read more

Ingram to provide ebooks for Booktopia

Online bookseller Booktopia has signed with Ingram’s CoreSource ebook platform and plans to begin selling ebooks through the platform by the end of the year.... Read more

Birch wins Melbourne Prize for Literature Civic Choice Award

Tony Birch has won this year’s Melbourne Prize for Literature Civic Choice Award for his novel Blood (UQP). Birch was named as the recipient of... Read more

Lanagan chosen for PW 'best books of 2012'

Australian author Margo Lanagan is among the authors whose books have been selected by Publishers Weekly for its annual ‘best books’ of the year. Lanagan’s... Read more

SPN to launch national roadshow in 2013

The Small Press Network (SPN) plans to launch a year-long roadshow in 2013 that will involve events in each state. SPN general manager Zoe Dattner... Read more

ABA NSW Rep of the Year Awards announced

The winners of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) NSW Rep of the Year Awards were announced in Sydney on 23 November. Stephanie Hoy from Random House... Read more

Australian author Bryce Courtenay dies

Much-loved Australian author Bryce Courtenay has died aged 79. Courtenay died at his home in Canberra on Thursday 22 November. The bestselling author had been suffering... Read more

Chandler wins inaugural Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing

Jo Chandler has won the inaugural Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing for her piece ‘Storm front’, published in her book Feeling the Heat... Read more

Wharton wins OzCo Lifetime Achievement in Literature Award

The Australia Council for the Arts has awarded Indigenous writer and poet Herb Wharton the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. The $50,000... Read more

Leading Edge Group in merger discussions with Armidale Investment Corporation

The Leading Edge Group has told Bookseller+Publisher that it is ‘business as usual’ for the group following the announcement that it is in ‘preliminary merger... Read more

‘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

Brands responsible for moderating Facebook comments x

The Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) has said that brands will be responsible for comments by the public on their Facebook pages. The AANA has released... Read more

Carmody appointed NZ arts festival’s writers week program manager

Kathryn Carmody has been appointed as program manager of the 2014 New Zealand International Arts Festival Writers and Readers Week. Carmody is a publicist and... Read more

Hager wins 2013 NZ Beatson Fellowship

The New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) has announced that Mandy Hager is the winner of the 2013 Beatson Fellowship. The fellowship, worth NZ$7000 (A$5500),... 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

Costa Book Awards shortlists announced x

The shortlisted titles for the 2012 Costa Book Awards have been announced. You can view the titles shortlisted in each category—first novel, novel, biography, poetry... Read more

Gleick wins £10,000 science book prize for ‘The Information’

The Information by James Gleick (Fourth Estate) has won the 2012 UK Royal Society Prize for Science Books, worth £10,000 (A$15,300), reports the Bookseller. Chair... Read more

Hachette US to launch EPUB3 pilot program x

In the US, Hachette has announced plans to launch an EPUB3 publishing program, starting with 16 titles between November 2012 and March 2013, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

Almost 2000 publishers expected to attend Guadalajara book fair

The 2012 Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico is expected to attract close to 1900 publishers from 40 countries and 600,000 visitors, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

Mcgraw Hill education to be acquired by private equity group in US

McGraw-Hill Cos. (MHC) has agreed to sell McGraw-Hill Education to the private equity group Apollo Global Management for US$2.5 billion (A$1.96 billion), reports Publishers Weekly... Read more

‘The Opium War’ first nonfiction title to win Jan Michalski Prize for Literature

The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China by Julia Lovell (Picador) has won the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, which ‘recognises work which... Read more

Amazon to release previously unpublished Vonnegut stories as Kindle Serials

Amazon is releasing a collection of six previously unpublished short stories, an unfinished science-fiction story and an unpublished nonfiction essay by Kurt Vonnegut as Kindle... Read more

HarperCollins launches digital YA imprint in US

HarperCollins is launching a new digital imprint for YA short stories and novellas in a range of genres, reports the New York Times. To be... Read more

UK publishers, booksellers join in Black Friday promotion

A number of UK publishers and booksellers offered special promotions to coincide with Black Friday sales in the US last week, reports the Bookseller. This... Read more

UK booksellers report strong demand for new ereaders

UK retailers are reporting strong demand for new ereading devices in the lead-up to Christmas, reports the Bookseller. Blackwell’s and Foyles, which both sell Barnes... 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

International Library News x

Bilbary to launch e-lending service in December Ebook provider Bilbary has announced plans to launch an e-lending service in December, reports the Bookseller. Bilbary founder... Read more

In brief x

Brisbane libraries to waive fees for food this Christmas City libraries in Brisbane will waive overdue fees in exchange for canned food this Christmas. The... Read more

2012 NSW Marketing Awards for Public Libraries winners announced x

The winners of the 2012 New South Wales Marketing Awards for Public Libraries have been announced. The winning libraries and their programs are: Shoalhaven Libraries for... Read more

Routledge to publish ALIA journals from 2013 x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced that Taylor & Francis will publish ALIA’s scholarly journals Australian Library Journal and Australian Academic and... 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

Nielsen BookScan reveals top Oz authors in indie bookstores over Christmas x

Ever wondered which Australian authors are the most bankable in indie bookstores over Christmas? Nielsen BookScan has put together a list of Australian authors who... Read more

Stephen Downes’ ‘A Lasting Record’ x

Alongside Rubinstein and Horowitz, William Kapell was widely considered one of the three greatest pianists of his time. Kapell died in 1953 at the age... Read more

Palgrave Macmillan to cease distribution of Equinox Publishing x

Publisher: Equinox Publishing Old Distributor: Palgrave Macmillan New Distributor: Equinox Publishing directly Changeover Date: 1 January 2013 URL: http://www.palgravemacmillan.com.au/palgrave/web

Raye to join ILF x

Tina Raye will join the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) in the role of Indigenous program manager in January. Raye has previously worked in urban and... 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

Walkley Media Conference 2012 x

The Walkley Media Conference ‘What’s the Story: Capital Edition’ will be held in Canberra on 29-30 November. International guests include the US editor Aron Pilhofer... Read more

2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards now open for entries x

Entries are now open for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The categories are adult fiction, nonfiction, Australian history, poetry, young adult fiction and children’s fiction.... 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 Metadata –... Read more

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

ALIA, Taylor & Francis Announcement x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and Taylor & Francis are delighted to announce that from 1 January 2013, Australian Library Journal and Australian... Read more

Lifetime Distributors Expansion 2013 x

Lifetime Distributors continues to sell more and more books and related products. In early 2013 we will be appointing many more self-employed contracts and distributors... Read more

Specialist Online and Retail Motoring and Aviation Bookshop x

The business is based in Perth, but as it is 75% online and mail order, could be transferred anywhere.  Long established customer base of 17... Read more

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