Weekly Book Newsletter
16 January 2013

RiP Niki Aravanis x

Niki Aravanis, a former staff member at the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), has died aged 45. Robyn Huppert, on behalf of the ABA, writes: ‘It... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Text has sold Czech, Portugese and Slovakian rights to The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion); and Mexican rights to A Love Letter From a Stray... Read more

Bansen to join HarperCollins x

HarperCollins Australia has announced that Michelle Bansen will join the company in the role of local sales and marketing manager for Victoria at the end... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘So the list price for Dan in Oz is $45, but only A$28.40 in the US … “Global pricing” has a way to go, clearly’—Readings’... Read more

Secondhand bookseller Chapter Two Books for sale x

Chapter Two Books, a secondhand bookstore located in Stirling in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, is up for sale. Owner Nick Patrick told Bookseller+Publisher that he and his... Read more

Sunset Books to close by February x

Independent Sydney bookstore Sunset Books and ABC Centre will close by the end of February. Owner Greg Field told Bookseller+Publisher that, with the ‘retail model under... Read more

Watkins to return to Hachette x

Hachette Australia has announced that Robert Watkins, previously marketing manager for Hachette imprints Hodder and Headline, has been appointed to the newly created role of commissioning... Read more

Penguin, McGrath Foundation to launch ‘Pink Popular Penguins’

Penguin Books Australia will publish a limited edition set of 12 of its ‘Popular Penguins’ books with pink covers in March to help raise money... Read more

Symonds promoted to general manager of Nielsen Book Australia; Smyth leaves x

Shaun Symonds has been promoted to general manager of Nielsen Book Australia. Nielsen said in a statement that Symonds, who has been the head of BookScan... 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

New Dan Brown novel to publish in May x

Random House Australia has announced that a new Dan Brown thriller will be published on 14 May. Inferno, which will be published in hardcover at... Read more

Pye, Bishop recognised with NZ New Year Honours x

New Zealand educational publisher Wendy Pye was made a Dame Companion in the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 New Year Honours earlier this... Read more

Random House to publish ebook, print book of ‘Dandelion’ app

Random House Australia has acquired the rights to an ebook and print book version of Dandelion, a popular anti-bullying app for children that was created... Read more

New website, quarterly emag for Lantern x

Penguin Books Australia’s Lantern imprint has a new look, thanks to a relaunched website and a new quarterly emagazine, Lantern Quarterly. The Lantern website was... Read more

Book Bonding to open second store in regional Victoria x

Independent Melbourne bookstore Book Bonding will open a second store in Gisborne in regional Victoria next month. Natasha Boyd, who owns the Book Bonding business... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Topping the bestsellers chart this week are Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals (Jamie Oliver, Michael Joseph) in first place and The Third Wheel (Jeff Kinney, Puffin) in... Read more

WH Smith opens dedicated children’s store at Melbourne Airport

UK bookselling chain WH Smith has opened a dedicated children’s store in the international terminal at Melbourne Airport. The store, which opened on 15 December,... Read more

Text to take Classics to UK and North America

Melbourne-based publisher Text Publishing has announced that it will publish books in the UK and in North America for the first time next month. Text said in... Read more

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

Macleay Bookshop for sale x

Macleay Bookshop in Potts Point, NSW, is up for sale. The bookstore, established in 1954 as Clay’s Bookshop, sells new release and second-hand titles. During 2012,... Read more

‘Griffith REVIEW’, MONA and Tourism Tasmania to launch bookseller and reader comp

To promote the publication of the Tassie-themed Griffith REVIEW 39 Tasmania: The Tipping Point? in February, Griffith REVIEW is teaming up with Tourism Tasmania and... Read more

Kent on Waterstones Eleven list

Australian author Hannah Kent has made the Waterstones Eleven list of ‘most promising fiction debuts’ for 2013 for her novel Burial Rites, which will be... Read more

Australian Romance Readers Awards 2012 finalists announced x

The finalists in the 2012 Australian Romance Readers Awards have been announced. Anna Campbell is once again in the running for the Favourite Australia Romance... 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

HMV enters administration x

In the UK, music retailer HMV has gone into administration, placing more than 4000 jobs at risk, reports the Bookseller. The chain, which operates 239... Read more

Changes to National Book Awards announced x

In the US, the National Book Foundation will select a longlist of 10 titles in each of the categories for the 2013 National Book Awards,... Read more

2012 National Book Critics Circle finalists announced x

The 2012 National Book Critics Circle Awards finalists have been announced in the US. The finalists in the fiction category are: Laurent Binet’s HHhH (Random House),... Read more

Sales up 8% for US indies in 2012 x

In the US, unit sales for independent bookstores in 2012 were up eight percent compared to 2011, reports Shelf Awareness. The results are based on... Read more

McDonald’s to distribute 15 million books through £1 book deal x

In the UK, McDonald’s has launched a new children’s book campaign through its Happy Meal products, which is designed to distribute ‘more than 15 million... Read more

Random House Publishing Group reorganises trade paperbacks x

In the US, Random House Publishing Group (RHPG) has reorganised the way it publishes trade paperbacks, with individual publishers and imprints now responsible for publishing... 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

Loss of 300 UK libraries predicted for 2013 In the UK, library campaigners are predicting the closure of 300 libraries in the year ahead, reports... Read more

Newcastle Region Library adds EBL ebooks to collection x

The Newcastle Region Library has more than doubled its ebook collection, after signing with Ebook Library (EBL). The Newcastle Herald reports that the library has... Read more

New library services for western Victoria x

A new library in Lake Bolac in western Victoria was officially opened in December. The $240,000 facility is the first permanent library for the town,... Read more

In brief x

WA library destroyed in fire The public library and town hall in Onslow in north west Western Australia has been destroyed in a fire that... 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

The main events x

How can bookstores increase their chances of hosting author events? Eloise Keating got some insiders’ tips from Jane Novak and Jennifer Kean, publicity managers at Text... Read more

Poppy Gee’s ‘Bay of Fires’ x

Murdered girls washed up on picture-postcard Tassie beaches. You could joke about not telling Tourism Tasmania, but sadly this novel takes some of its inspiration... Read more

Scholastic (ANZ) secures distribution rights for all New Frontier Publishing titles x

Agency Change Details Publisher: New Frontier Publishing ISBN Prefix: 978-0-9581463; 978-0-9750907; 978-0-9750896; 978-1-921042; 978-0-9579884; 978-1-921928 Old Distributor: Dennis Jones and Associates New Distributor: Scholastic (Australia... Read more

Bansen to join HarperCollins x

Michelle Bansen, currently member services officer at the Australian Booksellers Association, will join HarperCollins as local sales and marketing manager for Victoria at the end... Read more

Watkins to return to Hachette x

Robert Watkins, previously marketing manager for Hachette Australia imprints Hodder and Headline, will return to the publisher this month in the newly created role of... Read more

Changes at Nielsen Book Australia x

Shaun Symonds, head of Nielsen BookScan, has been promoted to general manager of Nielsen Book Australia, with responsibility for the BookScan and BookData businesses. Rae... 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

APA Professional Development: Booking now for February/March x

Metadata Magic: The Essentials with Gavin King Sydney: Tuesday 26 February; Melbourne: To be confirmed APA Education Sessions at Copyright Agency/Viscopy 2013 Information: Education Seminar... Read more

The Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship 2013/2014 seeks its 13th Recipient x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) is pleased to announce the Call for Applications for the 13th Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship in 2013/2014. Applications open: 4... Read more

Scholastic Australia and Scholastic New Zealand Announcement x

Scholastic Australia and Scholastic New Zealand are delighted to announce they have secured distribution rights for all of New Frontier Publishing titles from 1 March... Read more

Booksellers: help your customers win you a basket of Tasmanian goodies x

Thanks to Tourism Tasmania and MONA, Griffith REVIEW is running a fantastic competition to celebrate the publication of Griffith REVIEW 39 Tasmania – The Tipping... Read more

'Baby on Board: Understanding Your Baby’s Needs' x

Baby on Board: Understanding Your Baby’s Needs by Dr Howard Chilton is available to customers from www.babydoc.com.au. For wholesalers/bookstores, enquiries and discounts call: (02) 9650-4966.

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

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