Weekly Book Newsletter
12 December 2012

Booktopia rated number one Australian store on consumer review website x

Online bookseller Booktopia has been rated the top Australian retail store on consumer review website ProductReview.com.au. Booktopia received an average ranking of 4.9 stars throughout... Read more

NSW Writers’ Centre to publish its first ebook

The NSW Writers’ Centre will publish its first ebook in February 2013, entitled Talking Writing: 60 Contemporary Writers on Novels Short Stories Non-Fiction Poetry Playwriting... Read more

ACCC releases free shopping app x

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has created a free shopping app designed to provide advice about returns and warranties to consumers, reports Inside... Read more

Cooke wins ‘Meanjin’ Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize 2012 x

The Meanjin Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize 2012 has been awarded to Stuart Cooke for his poem ‘An Overcast Day in Another Part of the World’.... Read more

Brown wins NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award x

Dunedin-based poet and novelist Diane Brown has won this year’s Janet Frame Memorial Award. Brown, who was selected from a shortlist of five writers, plans to... Read more

Australia Council funds JUMP mentorships in literature x

The Australia Council will provide funding to three applicants from the field of literature for its JUMP mentoring initiative. The initiative aims to ‘make a... Read more

Melbournalia pop-up store returns for second year x

The Melbournalia pop-up store has returned to Melbourne’s CBD for a second year, with a single store located at the Queen Victoria Markets. Melbournalia, the brainchild of... Read more

Buzo a finalist for Morris Award

Australian YA author Laura Buzo has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 William C Morris Award for her 2010 debut novel Good Oil... 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

International Library News x

More than 200 UK libraries closed in 2011-12 A new survey has found that more than 200 libraries in the UK closed during the past... Read more

In brief x

Ruffy joins Boroondara Library Service Jenny Ruffy joined the City of Boroondara Library Service in Melbourne in November in the role of library, arts and... Read more

Monash, Waimakairiri libraries offer ‘Book Psychic’ recommendation service x

Monash Public Library Service in Melbourne and Waimakairiri Libraries in Kaiapoi New Zealand are the first local library services to offer a new product from... Read more

McDonald to join SLNSW x

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced that Vicki McDonald will join the library as director of library services in February. The... Read more

HarperCollins, Walker Books sign with Wheelers ebook platform x

ALS Library Services has announced that ebooks from HarperCollins, Walker Books and Dark Horse Comics are now available to Australian users of Wheelers ePlatform library... Read more

‘The Wrong Book’ selected for 2013 National Simultaneous Storytime

The Wrong Book by Nick Bland (Scholastic) has been selected for next year’s National Simultaneous Storytime, to be held on 22 May 2013. The annual... 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

Eloise Keating interviews S&S UK chief executive and managing director Ian Chapman x

In November, Simon & Schuster UK chief executive and managing director Ian Chapman travelled to Australia to help S&S Australia celebrate its 25th anniversary. He spoke to Eloise Keating... 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

Iris Lavell’s ‘Elsewhere in Success’ x

Harry and Louisa are preoccupied with closeness, and while they struggle with the ups and downs of their own relationship, this need for intimacy manifests... 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

Tsiakopoulos joins Allen & Unwin x

Maria Tsiakopoulos will join the Allen & Unwin sales team as the new Victorian account manager from 7 January 2013. Tsiakopoulos previously worked at HarperCollins for 22 years.... Read more

Noll leaves ABC Shops x

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) general manager of multi-channel retailing Alun Noll, who is in charge of ABC Retail and ABC Shops, has resigned, effective from the end of... Read more

McDonald to join SLNSW x

Vicki McDonald will join the State Library of New South Wales as director of library services in February. McDonald, who is currently associate director of... Read more

Ruffy joins Boroondara Library Service x

Jenny Ruffy has joined the City of Boroondara Library Service in Melbourne in the role of library, arts and cultural services manager. Ruffy, who replaces... Read more

Funnell elected chair of NSW Writers’ Centre x

Linda Funnell has been elected chair of the NSW Writers’ Centre Board. Currently a freelance editor and publishing consultant, Funnell previously worked as a publisher for... Read more

Ractliffe to join Hachette x

Justin Ractliffe, currently sales and marketing manager for children’s books at Random House Australia, will join Hachette in the role of Hodder and Headline sales and marketing... Read more

Dattner to step down as SPN general manager x

Zoe Dattner will step down from her role as general manager of the Small Press Network (SPN) in January. The SPN is now advertising for... Read more

Eddington to join Literature Board x

Jill Eddington has been appointed as director of the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. Eddington, who replaces Susan Hayes, will start... Read more

Wehner joins ABA management committee x

Clayton Wehner, co-owner of online bookstore Boomerang Books and ebookstore Booku, has joined the management committee of the Australian Booksellers Association, filling an existing vacancy.... Read more

APA Professional Development: 2013 Highlights – BDEF announced and PD Program x

The 20th year of the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship is being celebrated with news of confirmed funding from the Australian Government through the Australia Council... Read more

The Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2013 x

The Wheeler Centre has announced the return of its popular Hot Desk Fellowships, with 20 writers to be offered fellowships in 2013. The fellowships will include a... Read more

Faber Academy early bird offer on 2013 creative writing courses x

Study with two of the world’s leading publishers. February marks the start of three exciting courses on offer from Faber Academy at Allen & Unwin; Writing a Novel (Sydney and Melbourne), True Stories: Writing Memoir and Narrative non-fiction (Sydney) and Writing for Children (Melbourne).

Early Bird offer!  Apply and be accepted before the 21 December and save $300 on our six-month courses http://www.allenandunwin.com/faberacademy/default.htm


Eurospan now distributing Hal Leonard Corporation titles x

Hal Leonard Corporation in the US has appointed the Eurospan Group as its agent to market, sell and distribute its five book imprints (plus distributed publishers) in Australasia. Hal Leonard is the world’s largest music print publisher. For over 60 years, it has been publishing and distributing publications for virtually every type of instrument and ensemble.

Titles published by Backbeat Books, Limelight Editions, Amadeus Press, Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, and Hal Leonard Books, are suitable for the general reader, the professional and the academic. 

While Hal Leonard’s Melbourne office will continue to supply sheet music and books to music stores, Eurospan is now energetically promoting and selling its books to booksellers and their customers.

To contact the Eurospan Group: Marc Bedwell, Sales Manager Asia-Pacific, Eurospan Group: (marc.bedwell@eurospangroup.com) (UK), and Emma White, Marketing Manager, Eurospan Group: (emma.white@eurospangroup.com) (Australia).


Justin Ractliffe to join Hachette Australia x

Justin Ractliffe, currently Head of Digital Marketing at Random House Australia, will join Hachette Australia in January 2013 as Sales and Marketing Director of the Hodder and Headline divisions.

Matt Richell, Deputy Managing Director of Hachette Australia, said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome Justin to Hachette. His strong sales and marketing experience will benefit us hugely as we continue to strengthen our relationships with print and digital retailers, the media, and, ever more crucially, readers.’

Justin Ractliffe said, ‘I am very excited to be working with Matt and everyone at Hachette. Hodder and Headline are incredible lists and I look forward to being part of the team dedicated to their growth and development.’

Justin will join Hachette on 15 January.




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