Weekly Book Newsletter
23 January 2013

RiP Nikki Crowther x

Nikki Crowther, former manager of New Zealand Book Month, has died. The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) writes: ‘Nikki Crowther died on Saturday after a... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold Polish translation rights to The Reluctant Mage (Karen Miller). Nonfiction—HarperCollins has sold US edition and UK edition rights to Shackleton (Tim... Read more

Have you missed today’s ‘Bookseller+Publisher Daily’? x

We apologise that the Bookseller+Publisher Daily may not have reached some mailboxes this morning. We are currently experiencing technical issues with our newsletter delivery service. You... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The word “Bookshop” just didn’t fit comfortably with the great choice of products we now offer’—Campus retailer The Co-op explains its decision to rename the... Read more

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the public holiday next Monday in lieu of Australia Day on the Saturday, the Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday 31 January.  The... Read more

Myer Foundation launches stipends for Australian biography writing

The Myer Foundation has launched two stipends valued at $50,000 each to support biography writing in Australia. The Merlyn Myer Biography Stipend, an initiative of... Read more

Staff changes at Leading Edge Books x

The Leading Edge Books group has several new faces following the departure of general manager Simon Milne in November 2012. In late November 2012, George... Read more

Mary Ryan’s Milton installs in-store ebook kiosk x

The Mary Ryan’s bookstore in Milton, Queensland, has installed an in-store kiosk that allows customers to purchase ebooks from its Booki.sh-powered ebookstore. The kiosk, which was... Read more

The Co-op Bookshop rebrands as The Co-op

The Co-op Bookshop has rebranded with the name The Co-op and a new logo.  In a blog post, the retailer said that the rebranding ‘heralds... Read more

Random House teams up with Zuni to develop digital strategy x

Random House Australia has appointed consultancy firm Zuni to help the company develop its digital strategy. Random House marketing and publicity director Brett Osmond told... Read more

McCredie joins NSW Writers’ Centre x

The New South Wales Writers’ Centre has announced that author and former NewSouth Books publisher Jane McCredie has joined the centre in the role of executive... Read more

Borghino appointed policy director of IPA x

José Borghino, manager of industry representation at the Australian Publishers Association (APA), has been appointed policy director of the International Publishers Association (IPA). Beginning on... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

When Robert Jordan died in 2007 before finishing the final book in his epic fantasy series ‘The Wheel of Time’, Brandon Sanderson was chosen to finish the... Read more

Brisbane bookshop Coaldrake’s closes x

After 21 years of bookselling, Brisbane’s Coaldrake’s Bookshop has closed its doors, with its final day of trading on Sunday 20 January. The bookstore, which... Read more

Oz books selected for 2013 IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities list x

Three Australian books have been included in the 2013 Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities list produced by the International Board on Books for... Read more

Lonely Planet Hub opens in Dymocks George St x

A Lonely Planet Hub has opened in the Dymocks bookstore in George St, Sydney. Situated on the mezzanine level of the store, the Hub is... Read more

New editor for ‘Meanjin’ x

Zora Sanders will take over the role of editor of Melbourne-based literary journal Meanjin in March. Current editor Sally Heath, who joined Meanjin at the... Read more

Kobo, Booksellers New Zealand partnership ‘off to a good start’ x

The independent New Zealand bookstores that sell Kobo ebooks and devices have received strong support from their customers since introducing the products to their stores,... Read more

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

Wheeler Centre ‘hot desk’ fellowships announced x

The Wheeler Centre has announced its next round of ‘hot desk’ fellowships, sponsored by Readings. The successful applications for intake one, which will run from... Read more

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival date change x

The dates for the 2013 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF), held annually in the Bali village of Ubud, have been changed to 11-15 October to... Read more

National Young Writers’ Festival directors appointed x

Angela Bennetts, Alice Fenton, Mitchell Oakley Smith and former Random House publicist Antonia Hayes have been appointed as the creative co-directors for the 2013 and... Read more

Collins Beechworth goes independent x

The former Collins Booksellers store in Beechworth, Victoria, is now operating as an independent bookstore under the name Beechworth Books. The store left the Collins group in 2012... Read more

‘The Amber Amulet’ film to premiere in Berlin x

Screen Australia has announced that a film adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novella The Amber Amulet (A&U) will premiere at Berlinale, the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, which runs... Read more

Astrid Lindgren Award launches reading guides; Hartnett, Tan featured x

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award has launched reading guides for 12 works by 10 previous recipients, including reading guides for The Ghost’s Child by Sonya... 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

Osprey launches Adventures imprint x

UK-based military history publisher Osprey Publishing is launching a new imprint called Osprey Adventures which explores ‘the blurred lines where fact and fiction meet’, reports... Read more

Random House announces book recommendation Facebook app BookScout x

In the US, Random House has announced a new Facebook app that will offer book recommendations, reports Publishers Weekly. The app, named BookScout, is powered... Read more

WH Smith to open two UK Zoodle children’s bookshops x

In the UK, WH Smith will open two stores under its dedicated children’s brand Zoodle in Manchester Airport next month, reports the Bookseller. As previously... Read more

Amazon announces two new children’s publishing imprints x

Amazon is expanding its children’s publishing division with two new imprints, reports paidContent. Two Lions is aimed at younger readers, and will include picture books,... Read more

New ebook retailer to introduce ‘pay as you read’ model with indie publishers x

A new company called Total Boox (pronounced total books) presented its ‘pay as you read approach’ to selling ebooks at the Digital Book World conference... Read more

UK top trade publishers’ ebook sales doubled in 2012 x

In the UK, ebook sales at the top trade publishers doubled in 2012, putting the overall book market ‘back in the black’, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Harlequin expands Carina Press imprint to UK x

Romance publisher Harlequin is launching its Carina Press digital-only imprint in the UK, reports the Bookseller. The imprint is looking to sign authors from the... Read more

Kobo announces 2012 results, device sales doubled x

Kobo has announced its results for 2012, reporting an increase in sales of both ereaders and ebooks. In a statement, Kobo reported that it doubled... Read more

Scholastic report finds preference for print among kids x

A new report from Scholastic has found that the number of children who have read an ebook has almost doubled since 2010, but the majority... Read more

Olds wins 2012 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry x

American author Sharon Olds has won the 2012 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry for Stag’s Leap (Random House), reports the Guardian. Judges Carol Ann... 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

International Library News x

OverDrive reports ‘record traffic’ for 2012 Ebook provider OverDrive has released user statistics from 2012, reporting significant increases in the number of registered visits to... Read more

ProQuest to acquire EBL; plans to combine EBL, ebrary x

ProQuest has announced plans to acquire Ebook Library (EBL) and combine it with its ebrary business to form a single ebook platform for libraries.  ... Read more

Anderson awarded ALIA fellowship x

Craig Anderson has been awarded a fellowship by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) for his ‘exceptional leadership and support for professional collaboration throughout... Read more

In brief x

Manly Library attracts attention over Armstrong notice Manly Library in Sydney has been the subject of numerous media reports this week after a tongue-in-cheek sign... 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

Katherine Dorrington previews Perth Writers Festival highlights x

With Margaret Atwood, China Miéville and Kevin Powers on the line-up for next month’s Perth Writers Festival, you can expect to hear a lot more... Read more

Alyssa Brugman’s ‘Alex As Well’ x

Alex has spent her whole life seeing someone else—the other Alex—looking back at her from the mirror. But now things have changed. A new school,... 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

Staff changes at Leading Edge Books x

Following the departure of Simon Milne in November 2012, George Papadopoulos has been appointed general manager of the Leading Edge Books group, adding to his... Read more

Borghino appointed policy director of IPA x

Jose Borghino, manager of industry representation at the Australian Publishers Association (APA), has been appointed policy director of the International Publishers Association (IPA), beginning on... Read more

National Young Writers Festival directors appointed x

Angela Bennetts, Alice Fenton, Mitchell Oakley Smith and former Random House publicist Antonia Hayes have been appointed as the creative co-directors for the 2013 and... Read more

McCredie joins NSW Writers’ Centre x

Jane McCredie has joined the New South Wales Writers’ Centre in the role of executive director. McCredie, who has worked as a publisher for NewSouth... Read more

Sanders appointed ‘Meanjin’ editor x

Zora Sanders has been appointed as editor of Melbourne-based literary journal Meanjin. Sanders, who is currently deputy editor at the journal, will take over the... 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

Society of Editors (NSW) workshop on editing scientific, technical and medical documents x

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will hold a workshop on editing scientific, technical and medical documents with presenter Dr Greg Heard. This workshop is for... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) presentation on copyright x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will hold a presentation with speaker Zoe Rodriguez from Copyright Agency Limited (CAL). Zoë Rodriguez is a lawyer at... Read more

APA professional development x

APA professional development: first workshops for 2013 are open for booking. Metadata Magic: The Essentials with Gavin King Sydney: Tuesday 26 February; Melbourne: To be confirmed... Read more

ANZSI indexing demystified course x

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI), Vic Branch will be conducting basic level indexing workshops in Melbourne on 18-19 February 2013. Attend for either... Read more

Hardie Grant Egmont Extends Submission Deadline for the 2013 Ampersand Project x

The closing date for submissions for the 2013 Ampersand Project has been extended to midnight on Friday 22 February, due to overwhelming requests from novelists... 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

Announcing all BA Press titles are now on TitlePage x

BA Press are the Australian cycling book specialist. We publish and distribute the Where to Ride series. Recently published titles include How to Ride: Your... Read more

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