Weekly Book Newsletter
5 December 2012

Quote of the Week x

‘Without a doubt, we are in a dogfight. Make no mistake, publishing juggernauts like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple are demolishing the Australian writing and... Read more

Random House Australia to launch digital romance imprint x

Random House Australia has announced that it will launch a digital-first imprint for Australian romance titles called Random Romance. The publisher said in a statement... Read more

Final ‘Weekly Book Newsletter’ for 2012 next week x

Next week’s Weekly Book Newsletter (12 December) will be the last for 2012. The first Weekly Book Newsletter for 2013 will be 9 January 2013.... Read more

Co-op Bookshop announces store awards x

The Co-op Store Awards were announced at the bookselling chain’s Store Managers Conference in November. The following awards were presented for outstanding achievements in 2012:... Read more

Murdoch Books distribution to move to UBD x

Murdoch Books has announced that distribution of its titles will move from Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) to United Book Distributors (UBD) in January. The... Read more

Please complete our pre-Christmas survey x

Bookseller+Publisher is currently conducting its annual pre-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. Booksellers If you are... Read more

Mary Ryan’s Toowoomba reverts to company ownership x

The Mary Ryan’s bookstore in Toowoomba, Queensland, has reverted to company ownership after operating as a franchise for five years. Mary Ryan’s CEO Bill Concannon... Read more

‘Cloudstreet’ tops 10 Aussie Books to Read before You Die

Tim Winton’s novel Cloudstreet (Penguin) has been voted by readers as the number one Australian book to read before you die, in a competition held... Read more

Tenfold increase in sales of Most Underrated Book finalists at Readings in November x

Readings has seen a tenfold increase in sales of the books shortlisted for the inaugural Small Press Network (SPN) Most Underrated Book Award in November, according to... Read more

Johnson joins BICC x

Simon & Schuster Australia managing director Lou Johnson has joined the Federal Government’s Book Industry Collaboration Council (BICC). Johnson replaces Penguin Australia CEO Gabrielle Coyne... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Random House Australia has sold rights to Settler’s Creek (Carl Nixon) to Germany. Pan Macmillan has sold rights to Poet’s Cottage and Currawong Manor... Read more

Christmas closing times 2012 x

Last day of business First day of business Allen & Unwin Australia Friday 21 December Wednesday 2 January Allen & Unwin New Zealand Friday 21... Read more

Authors and publishers make ‘Top 100’ people lists in Melbourne, Sydney magazines x

Fairfax newspapers featured a number of publishing industry professionals in its ‘Top 100’ influential and inspirational people lists in its Sydney and Melbourne magazines published in... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Notorious Nineteen (Hachette), Janet Evanovich’s latest mystery featuring New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, is at the top of this week’s highest new entries chart.... Read more

New office for Affirm Press x

Affirm Press is moving to a new office this month. The Melbourne-based publisher, currently located at 1 Jacksons Road in Mulgrave, will relocate to a... Read more

Government gives ‘in principle’ support to lowering GST threshold but rules out immediate change x

The Federal Government has released an interim response to the recommendations made by its Low Value Parcel Processing Taskforce earlier this year, giving ‘in principle’ support... Read more

Koval to host online book show ‘Monthly Book’

Former ABC Radio National presenter Ramona Koval will host the Monthly Book, an online book show on the Monthly website, from early 2013.  ‘Since I... Read more

BWF launches creative collaboration project

The Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) is calling for submissions from creative organisations and networks to run collaborative events during the 2013 festival. The ampers&nd project... Read more

‘The Australian Moment’ wins 2012 Walkley Book Award

George Megalogenis has won this year’s Walkley Book Award for The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times (Viking). Megalogenis received the award... Read more

NSW Premier’s Literary and History Awards winners announced

The winners of this year’s New South Wales Premier’s Literary and History Awards were announced on 30 November at the State Library of New South... Read more

Weekly Book Newsletter x

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Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple ‘demolishing’ the Australian industry, says Grant at Copyright Agency AGM

Changes to the Board of the Copyright Agency were announced at its AGM on Wednesday 28 November. Publisher director Rodney Martin stepped down from his... Read more

Fifty Shades ‘party game’ coming to Australia before Christmas

EL James has approved a Fifty Shades of Grey ‘party game’, to be released in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada and the UK in... Read more

NSW Prem’s awards to be announced tonight

The winners of the NSW Premier’s Awards will be announced tonight at a ceremony at the State Library of NSW. This year two Miles Franklin... Read more

Booksellers to participate in Westfield ‘Super Saturday’ promotion

Booksellers located within Westfield shopping centres across the country will be among the retailers offering special deals to shoppers on Saturday 1 December as part... Read more

Avid, Riverbend team up for Christmas review night

Riverbend Books and the Avid Reader, both based in Brisbane, held their annual Christmas party together on Monday night, using it to share staff knowledge... Read more

$15,000 Voiceless writing prize winners announced

Wayne Strudwick and Craig Simpson are joint winners of the first prize in the inaugural Voiceless Writing Prize. Strudwick and Simpson will split the $15,000 prize,... Read more

‘Us and Them’ wins inaugural Voiceless print media award

Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals, Anna Krien’s March 2012 Quarterly Essay (Black Inc.) has won the inaugural 2012 Voiceless Media Prize for... Read more

Gleeson-White wins 2012 Waverley Library Award for Literature

Jane Gleeson-White has won this year’s Waverley Library Award for Literature for her book Double Entry (A&U). Gleeson-White was presented with the $20,000 award, known... Read more

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

Kobo Mini, Glo available from Bookworld x

Online booksellers Bookworld and Angus & Robertson are now selling two of Kobo’s new ereading devices—the Kobo Mini and the Kobo Glo. The online stores... Read more

‘King Brown Country’ wins George Munster Award x

King Brown Country by Russell Skelton (A&U) has won the 2011 George Munster Award for Independent Journalism, presented by the University of Technology Sydney’s Australian Centre... Read more

Melbourne’s Westgarth Books closes x

Westgarth Books in Northcote, Melbourne, has closed, and its retail space is available for lease. The bookstore closed soon after holding a large ‘garage sale’ in September. Situated... Read more

Judges for new-look NZ Post awards announced

The judges for the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards have been announced. Listener book editor Guy Somerset, reo Māori author Paora Tibble, crime writer Vanda Symon... Read more

EWF announces digital publication mentorships x

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) is calling for applications for a six-month digital publication mentorship in 2013. The festival said in a statement that it... Read more

HarperCollins Worldwide acquires full ownership of HarperCollins India

HarperCollins Worldwide has announced that it has acquired full ownership of HarperCollins India, the joint venture it established with Living Media India in 2003. The... Read more

Huston wins 2012 Bad S-x in Fiction Award for ‘Infrared’

Canadian author Nancy Huston has won this year’s UK Literary Review Bad S-x in Fiction Award for her book Infrared (Text), reports the Independent. Huston’s... Read more

Platt wins US$75,000 Cundill Prize in History x

US author Stephen Platt has won the 2012 Cundill Prize in History at McGill University in Canada for his book Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom:... Read more

Curtis Brown launches self-publishing program with Kindle Direct Publishing x

In the UK, literary agency Curtis Brown has partnered with Kindle Direct Publishing and Amazon-owned CreateSpace to launch a digital self-publishing program, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

United Agents acquires A P Watt literary agency

In the UK, United Agents literary agency has acquired A P Watt, one of the oldest agencies in the world, reports the Bookseller. The confirmation... Read more

E L James named ‘Publishers Weekly’ Publishing Person of the Year

US book industry magazine Publishers Weekly has named Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James as its ‘Publishing Person of the Year’ for 2012.... Read more

Amazon Publishing to expand to Europe

Amazon is expanding its original publishing operation to Europe, reports Paid Content. In a letter to literary agents on 28 November, Amazon publishing vice president... Read more

Random House US to launch three new digital-only imprints

In the US, Random House plans to launch three new digital-only imprints, reports Publishers Weekly. Alibi will be a mystery-thriller list, Flirt will be a... Read more

‘The Yellow Birds’ wins ‘Guardian’ first book award

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (Hodder & Stoughton) has won the 2012 Guardian First Book Award. Chair of the judging panel and editor of... Read more

Patchett books pulped after Orange Prize error x

Bloomsbury UK has pulped 6000 copies of Ann Patchett’s book State of Wonder after copies of the book appeared on bookshelves with the incorrect label... Read more

UK authority orders Amazon to remove ‘free’ from Prime delivery offer x

In the UK, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered Amazon to change the wording of its ‘free’ one-day delivery offer for members of its... 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

International Library News x

CILIP survey finds over 1000 UK library jobs in danger next year A new survey by the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP)... Read more

Evaluation of National Year of Reading due in early 2013 x

An academic evaluation of the 2012 National Year of Reading carried out by Edith Cowan University in Western Australia will be released in March/April next year.... Read more

In brief x

Fairfax Media donates 12,000 photos to NLA Fairfax Media has donated its collection of glass-plate negatives to the National Library of Australia. The collection includes... Read more

Bolinda to distribute Pan Macmillan and A&U ebooks into libraries x

Bolinda has announced a partnership with Pan Macmillan and Allen & Unwin to supply ebooks via its BorrowBox digital download platform into libraries and schools. The... 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

Virginia Lloyd on what Australian publishers want x

US-based Australian literary agent Virginia Lloyd recently travelled to Australia to meet with some of the major trade publishers. On her blog she summarises what Australian publishers are... 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

Nathan Luff’s ‘Bad Grammar’ x

Marcus is a great warrior—a dragonslayer! At least, he is online. Gaming is the one place he feels at home since his only friend Bashir... 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

Murdoch Books Distribution changes (see classified) x

Publisher:  Murdoch Books Old Distributor:  Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) New Distributor:  United Book Distributors (UBD) Changeover Date:  1 January 2013 Returns cut-off date:  31 March... Read more

Central Book Services to Cease Distribution of Cabi Publishing x

Publisher:   Cabi Publishing ISBN Prefix:   Various Old Distributor:  Central Book Services New Distributor:  INBOOKS Changeover date:  31 January 2013 Returns cut-off date:  18 January 2013... Read more

Hirmer Publishers now represented by Footprint Books x

Publisher:  Hirmer Publishers ISBN Prefix:  97837774 Old Distributor:  N/A New Distributor:  Footprint Books Changeover Date:  1 December 2012

New office for Bloomsbury x

Bloomsbury Australia is moving from its current location on Kent Street in Sydney’s CBD to a new office on George Street. From 10 December the... Read more

New office for Affirm Press x

Melbourne-based publisher Affirm Press will move from its current premises in Mulgrave to a new office at 28 Thistlethwaite Street in South Melbourne this month.... Read more

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

ABA (QLD) Xmas Party x

Australian Booksellers Association Xmas Party (Queensland Branch) Queensland ABA members are invited to meet, kick back and for a few precious hours relax with friends... Read more

Editors Victoria 2012 Christmas Dinner x

Date: Wednesday, 12 December 2012 Time: 6.30pm (for 7pm) Venue: CQ Functions, 113 Queen St (cnr Lt Collins St), Melbourne Silly Season is upon us... Read more

Notice of closing date for Lending Rights title claims x

Australian creators and publishers are invited to submit title claims for the 2013–14 Public Lending Right and Educational Lending Right programs. New claimants can now lodge... Read more

Entries are open for the 2013 Book Design Awards – 21 December deadline x

Last Friday the APA opened the entries for the 61st Annual Book Design Awards and will be taking entries until close of business on 21... 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

Murdoch Books Distribution Transfer x

From 1 January 2013 distribution of the Murdoch Books business will move from Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) to United Book Distributors (UBD). As part... Read more

The Five Mile Press congratulates Elizabeth Long x

The Five Mile Press congratulates Elizabeth Long, whose international cookbook The Junior Gourmet is the Australian winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The Junior... Read more

ASP congratulates Russell McGregor x

Aboriginal Studies Press congratulates Russell McGregor on winning the NSW Premier’s Prize for History. Copies of Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal People and the Australian Nation (ISBN... Read more

MUP author wins 2012 NSW Premier's Literary Award x

MUP congratulates Mark McKenna whose sweeping portrait of Manning Clark in An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark has won the 2012 NSW... Read more

HarperCollins Announces Publication Date for Ricky Ponting’s Autobiography x

HarperCollinsPublishers Australia is proud to announce that it will publish Ricky Ponting’s end-of-career autobiography in November 2013.   Ricky Ponting, 37, who made his final Test... Read more

Footprint Books to cease distribution of New Society Publishers x

As of 31 December 2012, Footprint Books will no longer represent New Society Publishers.  All backorders will be transferred to NewSouth Books and returns of... Read more

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