Weekly Book Newsletter
9 January 2013

Quote of the Week x

‘We are particularly focused on building direct relationships with readers’—Random House marketing and publicity director Brett Osmond explaining the publisher’s new monthly book club with... Read more

‘Creative Minds’ giveaway x

Creative Minds is a six-part documentary series about Australian artists or those who have contributed to Australian cultural life. Originally screened on SBS, each program explores... Read more

OPUS Group sells assets in Marysborough, Singapore in restructure x

OPUS Group has announced the sale of a number of its assets as part of a restructure that is designed to reduce the company’s debt.... Read more

ABG moves distribution, sales to Woodslane x

The Australian Book Group (ABG) has moved its distribution to Woodslane and its sales representation will make the same move in March. ABG said in... Read more

Online-only children’s bookshop launched

An online-only children’s bookshop has launched in Australia. The Kids’ Bookshop launched ‘softly’ in November 2012 and made its first sale a few days later, owner... Read more

Readings Foundation awards $151,319 in grants for 2013 x

The Readings Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2013 round of grants. The charitable organisation, which is funded by Readings Bookshop, aims to support... Read more

Staff changes at ‘Bookseller+Publisher’

The editorial team that produces Bookseller+Publisher and the Weekly Book Newsletter has undergone some changes in 2013. Editor-in-chief Matthia Dempsey commenced maternity leave in January... Read more

Victorian Independent Booksellers Network winds up; donates $48,000 to ILF x

The Independent Booksellers Network (IBN) in Victoria officially closed at the end of 2012, more than 30 years after the cooperative of independent booksellers was... Read more

Changes at ‘Bookseller+Publisher’

Bookseller+Publisher is kicking off the new year with a new publication and a new name. Bookseller+Publisher Daily, which will launch on Monday 14 January, will feature... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The film tie-in edition of J R R Tolkien’s The Hobbit (HarperCollins) is in sixth place on the bestsellers chart this week, while another film tie-in edition, Life of... Read more

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards finalists announced x

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards finalists have been announced. Australian and New Zealand finalists include: Authors category Chef: Origin: The Food of Ben Shewry by... Read more

Poole leaves Writers Victoria x

Writers Victoria has announced that director Roderick Poole has left the organisation. Poole finished in his position on 30 December 2012 after spending two-and-a-half years as director. He joined... Read more

Random House partners with Smooth FM to launch new book club x

Random House Australia has partnered with radio station Smooth FM to launch a new monthly book club that will involve book giveaways, author interviews and... Read more

Please complete our post-Christmas survey x

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

RiP Jill Hellyer x

Jill Hellyer, poet and founding member of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), has died. Hellyer was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia... Read more

2012 Costa Book Awards category winners announced

The category winners for the 2012 Costa Book Awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: Novel Bring Up the Bodies (Hilary Mantel,... Read more

Booktopia asks readers to choose ‘Australia’s Favourite Novelist’ x

Booktopia is running a promotion for readers to vote for their favourite Australian novelist to coincide with the bookseller’s ‘month of Australian stories’. Nominations, which were... Read more

Bloomsbury launches ebook promotion x

Bloomsbury has created a website called JustGreatReads to promote its ebooks to readers who may have received ereading devices over Christmas. The website, which launched on... Read more

Hardie Grant launches stationery competition x

Hardie Grant has launched an annual stationery competition. On its Facebook page Hardie Grant is calling for designers, illustrators and artists to submit a concept... Read more

New Kobo devices available at Collins x

Collins Booksellers are now selling the ‘Kobo Family’ devices. This includes the Kobo Touch, along with new devices the Kobo Glo, a front-lit, six-inch ereader; the Kobo... Read more

Emerging Writers’ Festival announces Digital Mentorship recipients x

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has announced that Antonia Hayes, Will Heyward and Sophie Langley are the recipients of its Digital Mentorship program. Hayes, a writer, photographer and... Read more

Staff changes at ‘Island’ magazine x

Former Fullers Hobart events manager Rachel Edwards and Review of Australian Fiction editor Matthew Lamb have been appointed co-editors of Island magazine. Edwards and Lamb... Read more

Purcell named 2013 CAL Nonfiction Writer-in-Residence at UTS x

Writer, director and actor Leah Purcell has been appointed as the 2013 Copyright Agency Nonfiction Writer-in-Residence at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). As part of... Read more

Wright wins 2012 Age Short Story Award x

Michelle Wright has won the 2012 Age Short Story Award, worth $1000, for her story ‘Maggot’, reports the Age. Graeme Simsion won the second prize for his... Read more

Pearson purchases stake in Barnes & Noble’s Nook x

Pearson has invested US$89.5 million (approximately A$85 million) in US bookseller Barnes & Noble’s ebook device and retail brand Nook Media ‘in order to gain... Read more

Self-published authors comprise 15% of the top 100 UK Kindle books x

Amazon has reported that 15% of its bestselling Kindle books in the UK during 2012 came from self-published authors, reports the Bookseller. Of the top 100 Kindle... Read more

UK pre-Christmas print book sales reach three-year high x

In the UK, sales of print books reached a three-year high in the week before Christmas, reports the Bookseller. According to data from Nielsen BookScan,... Read more

Apple to sell Japanese-language ebooks x

Apple will begin selling Japanese-language ebooks this month, reports Publishing Perspectives. According to reports from Japan, Apple will offer approximately 80,000 titles from a range... Read more

Study finds number of UK bookshops halved in seven years x

In the UK, new research has found that the number of high-street bookshops in Britain halved between 2005 and 2012, reports the Telegraph. According to... Read more

International Library News x

UK Labour Party calls for national body for libraries In the UK, the Labour Party has released a policy report on the public library service... Read more

Keynote speakers announced for ALIA conference x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced the keynote speakers for its Information Online conference, to be held in Brisbane from 12-15 February.... Read more

In brief x

Jobs cuts at Victorian library service Three positions have been made redundant at the Murrindindi Library Service in regional Victoria, reports the Age. According to... Read more

Fullers Bookshop announces donation drive for Dunalley Primary School library x

Fullers bookshops in Hobart and Launceston are running a donation drive for books to restock Dunalley Primary School’s library, which was destroyed in the recent bushfires. The... Read more

Lucky ’13: Publishers’ top picks for the year x

Now that the ‘best books of 2012’ lists have been put to bed, it’s time to turn to 2013. In Bookseller+Publisher’s annual feature, we ask... Read more

Lesley Jørgensen’s ‘Cat & Fiddle’ x

Cat and Fiddle, winner of the 2011 CAL Scribe Fiction Prize for an unpublished manuscript, follows the scandals and fortunes of two connected families in... Read more

Thames & Hudson Australia to cease distribution of Frances Lincoln Ltd x

Agency Change Details Publisher: Frances Lincoln Ltd ISBN Prefix(s): 978-0-7112; 978-0-906459; 978-1-84507; 978-1-84780 Old Distributor: Macmillan Distribution Services New Distributor: TL Distribution (New South Books) Changeover... Read more

Rainbow Book Agencies to distribute Youthlight, Incorporated x

Agency Change Details Publisher: Youthlight, Incorporated ISBN Prefix: 978-1-889636; 978-1-59850 Old Distributor: Willow New Distributor: Rainbow Book Agencies Changeover Date: 1 November 2012 Returns cut-off:... Read more

Rainbow Book Agencies to distribute Free Spirit Publishing x

Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing ISBN Prefix: 978-0-915793; 978-1-57542 Old Distributor: Willow New Distributor: Rainbow Book Agencies Changeover Date: 1 November 2012 Returns cut-off: 1 November 2012

Rainbow Book Agencies to distribute Prufrock Press x

Publisher: Prufrock Press ISBN Prefix: 978-1-882664; 978-1-59363; 978-1-61821 Old Distributor: Willow New Distributor: Rainbow Book Agencies Changeover Date: 1 November 2012 Returns cut-off: 1 November... Read more

Nakata, Cavalier join NSW Library Council x

Martin Nakata and Rodney Cavalier have been appointed to the Library Council of New South Wales and existing member Michael Caulfield has been reappointed. Nakata and Cavalier... Read more

Staff changes at ‘Bookseller+Publisher’ x

The editorial team that produces Bookseller+Publisher and the Weekly Book Newsletter has undergone some changes in 2013. Editor-in-chief Matthia Dempsey has commenced maternity leave. Her... Read more

Poole leaves Writers Victoria x

Roderick Poole finished in his position as director of Writers Victoria in December 2012. Administration and finance manager Jacquelin Low is currently acting as director... Read more

New books editor for the ‘Big Issue’ x

Melbourne-based book reviewer Thuy On has been appointed books editor of the Big Issue, replacing Chris Flynn, who has left the position to concentrate on... Read more

Staff changes at ‘Island’ magazine x

Former Fullers Hobart events manager Rachel Edwards and Review of Australian Fiction editor Matthew Lamb have been appointed co-editors of Island magazine. Edwards and Lamb... Read more

Edwards to leave Fullers Hobart x

Rachel Edwards has resigned as events manager at Fullers Hobart to take up a new role as co-editor of Island magazine. Edwards, who has been... Read more

APA Professional Development: Registrations now open for first workshops/seminars of 2013 x

Metadata Magic: The Essentials Sydney: Tuesday 26 February Melbourne: TBC Presented by Gavin King, this half day seminar will demystify metadata, highlight the importance of... Read more

Macleay Bookshop For Sale x

One of Sydney’s most loved bookshops, the ‘beautiful’, ‘iconic’ Macleay Bookshop in Potts Point, is for sale. Established in 1954 as Clay’s Bookshop, the store... Read more

Thames & Hudson Australia will cease distributing Applied Visual Arts Publishing (AVA) x

Thames & Hudson Australia will cease distributing Applied Visual Arts Publishing (AVA) through Macmillan Distribution Services on 31 January 2013. Authorised returns will be accepted... Read more

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