Weekly Book Newsletter
12 December 2012

Quote of the Week x

‘We get the sense that shoppers are browsing online rather than visiting the shop. There is less spontaneous spending and less traffic. Prepared for a... Read more

Growth in writers’ festivals ‘placing stress’ on Literature Board grants; successful applicants announced x

The growth in the number of writers’ festivals around the country is ‘placing even more stress’ on the Australia Council for the Arts Literature Board’s... Read more

Co-op Bookshop expands to Victoria University x

Co-op Bookshop has acquired six outlets at Victoria University in Melbourne’s Western suburbs, which increases the chain’s total number of stores to 52 across Australia.... Read more

Ractliffe to join Hachette x

Hachette Australia has announced that Justin Ractliffe, currently sales and marketing manager for children’s books at Random House Australia, has been appointed to the role of Hodder... Read more

Miles Franklin Literary Award to increase to $60,000 in 2013; new judging panel announced

The prize money for the Miles Franklin Literary Award will increase to $60,000 in 2013, up from $50,000 this year. The Trust Company, as trustee of... Read more

Copia to provide ebooks for QBD, Co-op Bookshop x

Ebook platform Copia has confirmed that it will provide ebooks for bookselling chains QBD and Co-op Bookshop. Mathew Barlow, vice president of business development for... Read more

Final ‘Weekly Book Newsletter’ for 2012 x

This issue of the Weekly Book Newsletter will be the last for 2012. The first issue for 2013 will be published on 9 January. Any... Read more

Collins opens company-owned store at Sydney hospital; further hospital stores planned

Collins Booksellers has opened a new company-owned bookstore at the Royal North Shore Hospital in St Leonards, Sydney. The store officially opened on 12 December... Read more

Notions Unlimited promotes on YouTube

Notions Unlimited Bookshop in Chelsea, Victoria, which specialises in science-fiction, fantasy and horror books, has created a range of YouTube videos to promote the store.... Read more

Bookworld engages brand consultancy Interbrand Australia x

Bookworld has been working with brand consultancy Interbrand Australia on its recent branding and Christmas marketing campaigns, reports Design Week. The design news website reports... Read more

New CBCA board announced; Briant elected national president x

The new national board of management of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) met for the first time at the organisation’s 2012 annual general... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Hachette has sold Bulgarian and German-language rights to The Legacy of Lord Regret and The Lord of Lies (Sam Bowring); Italian-language rights to Past... Read more

RiP Mark Strizic x

Veteran Australian photographer Mark Strizic has died, aged 84. Thames & Hudson Australia writes: ‘Thames & Hudson Australia is saddened to hear of the passing... Read more

‘Bookseller+Publisher’ 2012 reviews: 77% of print books published simultaneously as ebooks; 54% of adult titles written by women

An overview of Bookseller+Publisher’s reviews pages over the past year reveals some interesting statistics about the Australian publishing industry. In total, 239 Australian and New... 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... Read more

Christmas 2012 closing times: update x

As an update to last week’s Chistmas closing list, please note these additional entries and amendments. Last day of business First day of business Andrews McMeel Publishing... Read more

Authors among Daily Life’s Most Influential Female Voices list

Several authors are featured in the 20 Most Influential Female Voices of 2012 list, published by online news site Daily Life. The list, selected from more... Read more

Riverbend opens pop-up store

Independent Brisbane bookseller Riverbend Books has opened a temporary pop-up store in the same street as the well-known bookstore. Riverbend owner Suzy Wilson told Bookseller+Publisher... Read more

Auckland University Press turns 50 x

Auckland University Press is celebrating 50 years in publishing this year. The scholarly publisher has no plans for a big party. Instead, it has launched... Read more

Finch Publishing celebrates 20 years x

Finch Publishing is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. The Sydney-based publisher, which employs ‘three-and-a-half very hardworking people’, held a party in August to mark... Read more

Tumarkin wins 2013 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship

Melbourne-based writer Maria Tumarkin has been awarded one of the 2013 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships, worth $160,000 over two years. As one of the seven... Read more

‘The People Smuggler’ wins 2012 Human Rights Literature Award

The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi by Robin de Crespigny (Viking) has won this year’s Human Rights Literature Award. The People Smuggler... Read more

BBC Worldwide considering ‘strategic options’ for Lonely Planet x

BBC Worldwide is considering ‘strategic options’ for Lonely Planet, including outside investment or a potential sale, reports the Guardian. While the BBC declined to comment... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

On Christmas Eve, detective Alex Cross is at home in Washington DC decorating the tree with his family, when he receives a phone call that... Read more

Musgrave wins 2012 Newcastle Poetry Prize x

David Musgrave has won first place in the 2012 Newcastle Poetry Prize for his poem ‘Coastline’. Musgrave was presented with the $12,000 award at a... Read more

Australia objects to Amazon’s application for .book x

Australia has lodged a complaint against Amazon EU’s application for the .book internet domain, which is says restricts other entities from using the same domain... Read more

Gammage wins 2012 ACT Book of the Year Award

Bill Gammage has won the 2012 Australian Capital Territory Book of the Year Award for The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia (A&U).... Read more

Curtis wins 2012 Johnno Award

Bundaberg-based author and festival convener Sandy Curtis has won the 2012 Johnno Award, presented by the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) for outstanding contributions to writing... 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 (ABA). The ABA said... Read more

Eddington appointed Literature Board director

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced that Jill Eddington has been appointed as director of the Literature Board. The Australia Council said in... Read more

First NonfictioNow conference held in Melbourne; ‘Reality Hunger’ tops bestseller list x

NonfictioNow, a new conference on nonfiction writing, was held at RMIT University in Melbourne between 21-24 November. Alison Barker, project manager for NonfictioNow, told Bookseller+Publisher that about... Read more

Penguin launches seminar for ‘popular writing’

Penguin Books Australia has launched a one-day seminar for aspiring writers of commercial fiction, called the Penguin School of Popular Writing. The seminar, which will... Read more

Dattner to step down as SPN general manager

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced that general manager Zoe Dattner will step down from her role in January. The SPN said in a... Read more

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

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

2014 London Book Fair to focus on South Korea x

South Korean literature will be the focus of the 2014 London Book Fair (LBF), with the country selected for the fair’s Market Focus program, reports... Read more

Sponsor found for £40,000 UK Literature Prize x

In the UK, a sponsor has been found for the £40,000 (A$61,241) Literature Prize, which was announced in 2011 by Aitken Alexander managing director and agent... Read more

New US ebook and audiobook publisher to launch this month x

Riverdale Avenue Books (RAB), a new US ebook and audiobook publisher, will launch on 17 December with two nonfiction titles, reports Publishers Weekly. Literary agent... Read more

New ebook pricing terms for S&S in the US x

Following the news earlier this month that ebook vendors are now adopting new ebook pricing terms from Hachette in the US, Publishers Weekly reports that... Read more

Amazon targets children with new Kindle Fire subscription service

In the US, Amazon has unveiled a new subscription service for its Kindle Fire devices, which is targeted at children aged between three and eight,... Read more

Foyles in London to become ‘bookshop of the future’ x

London’s Foyles bookshop has partnered with the Bookseller to invite customers and industry experts to help design a ‘bookshop of the future’ for the 21st... Read more

Google, Amazon join Kobo in Brazil

Following Kobo’s recent expansion into the Brazilian ebook market, Google and Amazon both launched ebookstores in Brazil this week, reports PaidContent. Google is now selling... Read more

Hachette implements new ebook pricing in the US x

In the US, Hachette has implemented new ebook pricing terms that are now being adopted by ebook vendors, reports Publishers Weekly. The changes follow the... 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

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

Eurospan to distribute Hal Leonard Corp titles in Australasia x

Publisher: Amadeus Press; Applause Theatre and Cinema Books; Backbeat Books; Hal Leonard Books; Limelight Editions ISBN Prefixes: 978-0-87910, 978-0-931340, 978-1-57467; 978-0-936839, 978-1-55783; 978-0-87-930, 978-1-61-713; 978-0-63-40, 978-1-42-34,... 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;... Read more

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