Weekly Book Newsletter
6 February 2013

New awards launched for emerging writers in regional WA x

WritingWA has launched two new literary awards to support emerging writers in regional areas of Western Australia. The writingWA Awards, which are being offered in... Read more

Robert Edeson wins 2012 T.A.G. Hungerford Award x

Perth resident Robert Edeson has won the 2012 T.A.G. Hungerford Award for his unpublished manuscript Weaverfish. Edeson received a $12,000 cash prize and a publishing... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Hachette has sold Turkish language rights to Wildflower Hill (Kimberley Freeman). Nonfiction—Hachette has sold Latvian language rights to Opening the Door of Your Heart... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘One of the most basic things for editors to keep in mind when planning to move into digital publishing is to actually—at least occasionally—read ebooks’—Momentum... Read more

Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship applications now open x

Applications for the Australian Publishers Association’s (APA) Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship for 2013/14 are now open, and will close on Friday 5 April 2013. The... Read more

Caro to deliver ABA Conference keynote x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced that Jane Caro will deliver the keynote address at this year’s ABA Conference. ABA CEO Joel Becker told... Read more

WH Smith joins Nielsen BookScan retailer panel, Fishpond leaves x

Nielsen BookScan’s Australian retailer panel has undergone some changes in recent months. The panel, which supplies sales data for Nielsen BookScan’s retail book sales charts, now includes... Read more

Bowen appointed Small Business Minister x

Chris Bowen has been appointed as the new Federal Minister for Small Business, the fourth Small Business Minister to be appointed in the role in... Read more

Readings opens pop-up shop at Melbourne’s School of Life x

Melbourne bookseller Readings has opened up a pop-up bookshop at the newly established School of Life in the inner-city suburb of Collingwood. The pop-up store,... Read more

Penguin releases new range of classics, Drop Caps

Penguin has released a new range of classics, with each book’s cover displaying a different letter of the alphabet. Drop Caps is a series of... Read more

Vale Jan Ormerod x

Jan Ormerod, Australian author and illustrator, has died aged 67. Sarah Foster, managing director and publisher of Walker Books, writes: ‘One of the first things... Read more

Memorial tribute for Roger Horton

A memorial to celebrate the life of Roger Horton will be held at 2pm on Sunday 17 February at Scribe Publications, 18­-20 Edward St, Brunswick.... Read more

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival schools program authors announced x

The Auckland Writers & Readers Festival has announced its schools program for 15-16 May. International authors appearing at the event include US author Libba Bray,... Read more

St Leger appointed to Copyright Agency x

Murray St Leger has been appointed deputy chief executive of Copyright Agency and Viscopy, effective immediately. St Leger, a former managing director of McGraw-Hill Australia,... Read more

New book design awards open for submissions x

The Most Beautiful Books—Australia and New Zealand (MBBANZ) award program is now open for submissions, organiser Stuart Geddes announced on Twitter. MBBANZ, which was established... Read more

Masters new general manager of SPN x

Mary Masters has been appointed as the new general manager of the Small Press Network (SPN), replacing Zoe Dattner, who announced her decision to step... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Former MasterChef host Sarah Wilson’s diet book I Quit Sugar (Macmillan) is at the top of the highest new entries chart this week. After Wilson... Read more

Line-up for Reading Matters conference announced x

The full line-up for the 2013 Reading Matters conference, run by the State Library of Victoria’s Centre for Youth Literature, has been announced. International guests attending the YA books event,... Read more

Australians, New Zealanders on YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults list

A number of books by Australian and New Zealand authors are featured in the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Best Fiction for Young Adults... Read more

Wheeler Centres launches new program, annual gala x

The Wheeler Centre has released its first program for 2013, kicking off the year with its Gala Night of Storytelling based around Maurice Sendak’s Where... Read more

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

Hardie Grant stationery competition finalists announced x

Hardie Grant has announced the finalists in its stationery competition. As reported by Books+Publishing, the publisher called for designers, illustrators and artists to submit a... 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

Apple releases Breakout Books program internationally x

Apple has released the ‘Breakout Books’ section of its iBookstore to international users. Breakout Books, which showcases ebooks by self-published authors, has been available to Australia and New Zealand iBookstore users... Read more

Amazon wins broad patent on reselling and lending digital goods x

Amazon has been awarded what appears to be a broad patent on ‘reselling and lending “used” digital goods’, reports GeekWire. A patent filed in 2009... Read more

Book recommendation website Bookish launched x

In the US, long-delayed book recommendation website Bookish has launched, reports Publishers Weekly. A joint project of Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group USA and Simon... Read more

Egmont to launch nonfiction imprint Red Shed x

In the UK, children’s publisher Egmont will launch a new nonfiction imprint for children aged ‘three to teenage’, reports the Bookseller. Red Shed will be... Read more

US ebook publisher RosettaBooks to open first UK office x

Ebook publisher RosettaBooks will open its first office outside of the US, reports the Bookseller. The New York-based publisher’s first UK office will be based... Read more

Controversy around 50th-anniversary cover for ‘The Bell Jar’ x

In the UK, a new cover for Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar has been criticised for portraying the book as ‘glorified chick lit’, reports the... Read more

Quilting book publisher to launch tween imprint x

In the US, quilting book publisher C&T Publishing will unveil a tween imprint in March, reports Publishers Weekly. FunStitch Studio will be aimed at 8-... Read more

New UK research centre to examine copyright, inform policy x

A new research centre at Glasgow University has been established to examine ‘the changing nature of copyright and the need for new business models in... Read more

Barnes & Noble and S&S in dispute x

US bookselling chain Barnes & Noble has ‘significantly reduced its orders from Simon & Schuster’ following a dispute over terms, reports Publishers Weekly. According to... 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

In brief x

Geelong Regional Library announces chair and deputy chair The Geelong Regional Library Corporation has announced its chair and deputy chair following an election. Andy Richards of the... Read more

International library news x

Hamilton libraries’ borrowing rates plummet following controversial new fees In New Zealand, borrowing and reservation numbers at Hamilton’s five suburban libraries and city library have... Read more

SLV to offer one-time Dome Centenary Fellowships x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) will offer four one-off fellowships as part of its Dome Centenary celebrations, the library said in a statement. The... Read more

ALA Midwinter Meeting: ebook lending, Dewey vs genre systems debated x

The American Library Association held its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington, from 25-29 January. Patricia Genet, managing director of ALS Library Services, reports on some... 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

Digital vs printed proofs: booksellers share their views x

The choice between digital and printed proofs is dividing booksellers, according to Books+Publishing’s latest Talkback column. Gleebooks’ David Gaunt and Dymocks Adelaide’s Mandy Macky both... 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

Sue Whiting’s ‘Portraits of Celina’ x

Bailey’s family has not had a good year. After her father’s accidental death, her sister has started drinking, her brother won’t take off his Batman... 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

Masters new general manager of SPN x

Mary Masters has been appointed as the new general manager of the Small Press Network (SPN), replacing Zoe Dattner. (See news.)

St Leger appointed to Copyright Agency x

Murray St Leger, former managing director of McGraw-Hill Australia and president of the Australian Publishers Association (APA), has been appointed deputy chief executive of Copyright Agency and... Read more

Ivers joins Simon & Schuster x

Roberta Ivers has been appointed in the newly created position of managing editor at Simon & Schuster Australia. (See news.)

APA professional development x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) professional development sessions include: Metadata Magic: The Essentials with Gavin King: Tuesday 26 February (Sydney) A half day ‘essentials’ seminar which will... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) structural editing: fiction workshop x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will present a one-day workshop on structural editing: fiction with Nicola O’Shea, on Friday 15 March. Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm... 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

HarperCollins congratulates Hilary Mantel x

HarperCollinsPublishers congratulates Hilary Mantel on winning the 2012 Costa Book of the Year, for Bring up the Bodies.  Hilary Mantel is the first novelist to... Read more

'Word Hunters 2' window display competition x

From award-winning duo Nick Earls and Terry Whidborne comes the second book in the acclaimed, action-packed trilogy, Word Hunters: The Lost Hunters. The best bookshop... Read more

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