Weekly Book Newsletter
31 January 2013

Ivers joins Simon & Schuster x

Roberta Ivers has been appointed in the newly created position of managing editor at Simon & Schuster Australia. Managing director Lou Johnson told Books+Publishing that... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s not going to save book shops or anything but you need to be able to demonstrate to your customers that you are up to... Read more

RiP Roger Horton

Roger Horton, sales manager at Scribe Publications, has died. Scribe writes: ‘Scribe Publications is devastated to announce that our dear colleague and sales manager, Roger... Read more

RiP Jan Ormerod x

Jan Ormerod, Australian author and illustrator, has died aged 67. Hardie Grant Egmont and Little Hare write: ‘Jan Ormerod grew up in the fifties, in... Read more

ABA, Leading Edge to share conference weekend, hold joint trade exhibition x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and Leading Edge Books have announced that the two organisations will hold their annual conferences over the same weekend in... Read more

‘Sydney Review of Books’ launches x

The Sydney Review of Books, an online journal devoted to long-form literary criticism, has been launched. The pilot site, which can be found at www.sydneyreviewofbooks.com,... Read more

ACCC undertaking ‘informal review’ of proposed Penguin, Random House merger x

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is undertaking an ‘informal review’ of the proposed merger of Penguin and Random House. The ACCC is currently... Read more

‘Bring Up the Bodies’ wins Costa Book of the Year x

Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel Bring Up the Bodies (Fourth Estate) has won the 2012 Costa Book of the Year Award. Mantel was presented... Read more

ABC Shops to run ‘Giggle and Hoot’ promotion in February

ABC Shops across Australia will run a promotion around ABC TV children’s program Giggle and Hoot for the month of February, the retailer has announced in a statement.... Read more

Indie Awards 2013 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2013 Australian Independent Bookseller Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction Nine Days (Toni Jordan, Text)... Read more

Authors on Australia Day honours list x

Several Australian authors were among those recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours. UK-based writer and broadcaster Clive James was made an Officer in the... Read more

2012 ALA Awards: Caldecott, Newbery, Printz and Morris x

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced its 2013 awards for children’s and young adult literature, including the Caldecott, Newbery, Printz and Morris awards. The... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

In the ninth ‘Captain Underpants’ book, Tippy Tinkletrousers shows up on a post-apocalyptic Earth and appears to be crushed to death by Zombie Nerds George... Read more

Buttrose named Australian of the Year x

Author and former journalist Ita Buttrose has been selected as the 2013 Australian of the Year. Buttrose, author of A Passionate Life (Viking) and A Guide... Read more

Stock: supply, sales and returns x

While booksellers were generally positive about the availability of titles this year, many were disappointed to run out of copies of Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals. ‘Jamie’s 15-Minute... Read more

Publishers’ perspectives x

Almost all the publishers surveyed by Bookseller+Publisher this year have reported a ‘good’ or ‘okay’ Christmas, though only a couple (Penguin, Simon & Schuster) have reported... Read more

Online sales, ebooks and ereaders x

Gone are the days when the majority of Australian booksellers only sold books in-store. A large majority of booksellers who responded to our survey (82%)... Read more

The books: strong showing for fiction, children’s x

Despite a generally lukewarm response to the fiction on offer from booksellers in our pre-Christmas survey, many respondents reported that fiction titles outperformed the traditional Christmas favourites of... Read more

Nielsen BookScan figures: value and volume down x

This Christmas period has seen another drop in sales volume and value. According to Nielsen Bookscan, sales were down 4.5% in value and 2.7% in volume over... Read more

Post-Christmas survey: sales down, but booksellers still positive about Christmas 2012 x

Coming off the back of a relatively strong Christmas in 2011, close to 60% of booksellers surveyed in Bookseller+Publisher’s annual post-Christmas survey have reported a... Read more

Momentum launches $1.99 classics x

Pan Macmillan’s digital imprint Momentum has launched a range of science-fiction, romance and erotic classics, each priced at $1.99. There are currently seven titles in... Read more

Booktopia to reveal ‘Australia’s favourite novelist’ today x

Booktopia will reveal the top 10 results of its poll of ‘Australia’s favourite novelists’ at midday today. The online bookseller has been counting down the results over... Read more

Australian author-illustrator Jan Ormerod dies x

Much-loved Australian children’s books author and illustrator Jan Ormerod has died in the UK. Ormerod died from a stroke on 23 January after battling cancer. Her... Read more

ASA to run grants initiative for children’s book illustrators again in 2013 x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced that its grants initiative for children’s book illustrators will run again this year. In a statement on... Read more

Marsden to join Bloomsbury x

Cassie Marsden will join Bloomsbury Australia as marketing manager for adult trade books next month. Bloomsbury Australia managing director Louise Sherwin-Stark told Bookseller+Publisher that Marsden... Read more

WritingWA to launch new website for regional members x

WritingWA has announced that it will create a new website called Proximity to provide its regional members with greater access to writers’ festivals. The website,... Read more

EWF announces all-night writing camp as part of White Night Melbourne x

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) will stage an all-night writing camp this month as part of White Night Melbourne. According to the White Night website, the... Read more

Nunn nominated for Edgar Award x

Australian-based author Malla Nunn has been nominated for the 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Awards for her novel The Silent Valley (Macmillan), published in the US... Read more

Morton named ‘Australia’s favourite novelist’ in Booktopia poll

Kate Morton has topped the winners list in Booktopia’s search for ‘Australia’s favourite novelist’. Booktopia announced the top 50 novelists on its website on 25 January after receiving ‘hundreds... Read more

Amazon reports 22% fall in profits in 2012 x

In the US, Amazon has announced its full-year results, revealing that it lost $39 million net (A$37.3 million) in 2012, reports Publishers Weekly. For the... Read more

HarperCollins taps into Indian schools market x

HarperCollins Worldwide is launching an education publishing division within HarperCollins India, called Collins India, which will be its ‘largest ever investment in international education publishing’, reports the Bookseller. Collins... Read more

Barnes & Noble could close one third of stores in 10 years x

US bookselling chain Barnes & Noble could close one third of its stores in the next 10 years, reports the Wall Street Journal. Barnes &... Read more

Amazon to offer advertising space on Kindles in the US x

In a bid to ramp up its competition with online rivals Google and Facebook, Amazon is offering a range of new advertising spots on its... Read more

Thayil wins DSC Prize for South Asian Literature x

Indian author Jeet Thayil has won the 2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for his book Narcopolis (Faber). Narcopolis, which was shortlisted for the 2012... Read more

Bonnier to launch new nonfiction imprint x

Bonnier will launch a new nonfiction imprint in the UK this year called Red Lemon Press, reports the Bookseller. Bonnier will publish all new nonfiction titles... Read more

Man Booker International finalists announced x

The finalists for the 2013 Man Booker International Prize have been announced. In the running for this year’s prize, worth £60,000 (approximately A$90,000) are UR... Read more

Amazon launches Kindle in Canada x

Amazon has launched a range of its Kindle ereaders in Canada, reports the Bookseller. The Kindle Paperwhite 3G and Wi-Fi models and the 6-inch basic Kindle... Read more

Hilco purchases HMV debt x

Restructuring company Hilco has taken ‘effective control’ of music retailer HMV UK after purchasing the company’s debt, reports the Bookseller. The chain, which operates 239... Read more

UK university launches £10,000 fiction prize x

London university Goldsmiths has launched a new £10,000 (approximately A$15,000) prize for works of fiction that ‘open up new possibilities for the novel form’, reports the... Read more

International library news x

Macmillan announces ebook library lending program with OverDrive In the US, Macmillan will launch a library lending program with ebook distributor OverDrive, the publisher announced... Read more

Queensland’s Laidley Library damaged by floods x

The Laidley Library in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley has once again been damaged by flood waters, just six months after reopening in its newly renovated premises.... Read more

In brief x

NZSA announces library grants recipients The New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) has announced the recipients of this year’s NZSA Auckland Museum Library Research Grants.... Read more

Librarians on Australia Day honours list x

A number of librarians and library advocates have been recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours list. Brisbane librarian Janine Betty Schmidt was made a... Read more

‘A backwater sales channel’: PwC on the impact of social media on online retailing x

According to a recent report from PwC on multichannel retailing, ‘social media will for the near future remain a backwater sales channel, if you can... Read more

Jesse Blackadder’s ‘Chasing the Light’ x

It’s the early 1930s. Whaling is booming in Antarctic waters while the fight for dominance over the land continues. The race to become the first... Read more

Exisle Publishing to represent Sheldon Press x

Agency Change Details Publisher:  Sheldon Press UK ISBN Prefix: 978-1-84709 Old Distributor: Willow (library distribution only) New Distributor:  Exisle Publishing Changeover Date:  24 January 2013 Returns cut-off: ... Read more

HarperCollins to Distribute Head of Zeus x

Agency Change Details Publisher: Head of Zeus ISBN Prefix: 978-1-908800; 978-1-78185 Old Distributor: Murdoch Books / Allen & Unwin New Distributor: HarperCollins (Australia and New... Read more

Rainbow Book Agencies to Distribute The Wessex Astrologer x

Agency Change Details Publisher: The Wessex Astrologer ISBN Prefix: 978-1-902405 Old Distributor: John Reed Books New Distributor: Rainbow Book Agencies Changeover Date: 1 January 2013 Returns cut-off: 31 December... Read more

Marsden to join Bloomsbury x

Cassie Marsden will join Bloomsbury Australia as marketing manager for adult trade books on 4 February. Marsden, who has previously worked for HarperCollins, Warner Bros... Read more

APA professional development workshops x

The first Australian Publishers Assocaition (APA) professional development workshops for 2013 are open for booking. Tuesday 26 February: Sydney (Melbourne TBC) Metadata Magic: The Essentials with... Read more

Children’s Picture Book Illustrators’ Initiative: applications open in February x

Applications for the 2013 Children’s Picture Book Illustrators’ Initiative will be accepted from 4 February 2013 until 5 March 2013. This program aims to support... Read more

Sign up to Exisle Publishing’s monthly trade newsletter for the chance to win x

Sign up to Exisle Publishing’s monthly trade newsletter to go into the draw to win an Eco Store bucket worth over $75. Our newsletter gives... Read more

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