Weekly Book Newsletter
13 February 2013

Quote of the week x

‘Literary commentators often bemoan that there is not enough interest in the Australian classics. As publishers we have accepted the responsibility to bring these books... Read more
 

Nagelkerke wins 2013 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal x

Christchurch writer, book judge and former librarian Bill Nagelkerke has won the 2013 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award. The award recognises Nagelkerke’s contribution... Read more
 

Ebooks grow to 18% of sales at Hachette Australia; Lagardere sales up 1.9% x

Ebooks sales accounted for 18% of overall sales at Hachette Australia in 2012, compared to 12% in 2011. Hachette Australia managing director Matt Richell told... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold German translation rights to Amber (Deborah Challinor); Spanish translation rights to Destined to Feel and Destined to Fly (Indigo Bloome); Polish... Read more
 

RIP Margaret Dunkle x

Margaret Dunkle, children’s librarian, bookseller, author, reviewer and life member of the Victorian branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA), has died in... Read more
 

Australian children’s laureates to attend Bologna summit

Australia’s inaugural children’s laureates Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor will attend the first international children’s laureate summit at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The... Read more
 

2013 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellows announced x

New Zealand novelists Hamish Clayton and Tanya Moir are the recipients of the 2013 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship, reports Booksellers New Zealand. Clayton and Moir... Read more
 

ACP Books rebrands as Bauer Media Books x

Australian Consolidated Press (ACP) Books has changed its name to Bauer Media Books, following the sale of parent company ACP Magazines to Bauer Media Group... Read more
 

Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award shortlist announced

Writing Australia has announced the shortlist for this year’s Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. The shortlisted manuscripts are: The Great Divide (Rex Hunter) In Camera... Read more
 

HarperCollins to publish new series of A&R Australian Classics x

HarperCollins is launching a new series of Australian classics called A&R Australian Classics. The series, which combines ‘traditional and contemporary’ literature from writers such as... Read more
 

QWC relaunches Writers on Rafts appeal x

The Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) has relaunched its Writers on Rafts appeal to help raise funds for Queenslanders who have been adversely affected by Cyclone... Read more
 

Busuttil promoted at Parragon, Ashmore dismissed x

Darren Busuttil has replaced Ian Ashmore as managing director of Parragon Publishing Australasia. Busuttil, who was previously sales and marketing manager for Parragon in Australia... Read more
 

Booksellers embrace Valentine’s Day

A number of booksellers across the country are gearing up for Valentine’s Day on 14 February by showcasing books that appeal to the heart, with... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

Diet books are doing well on the charts this week. Your Best Body by Michelle Bridges (Viking) is number one on the highest new entries chart and... Read more
 

Asialink 2013 residencies announced

Asialink at the University of Melbourne has announced the recipients of its 2013 Arts Residencies. The recipients of the Arts Management residencies related to writing,... Read more
 

Wilkens joins ABA management committee x

Rolf Wilkens, managing director of the Swinburne University Bookshop in Melbourne, has joined the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Committee of Management. The ABA said in... Read more
 

ASA launches contract negotiation advisory service x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has launched an advisory service to help its members prepare for contract negotiations and develop a strategy to improve their contracts.... Read more
 

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
 

ANZSI Conference to be held in Wellington, NZ x

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) Conference will this year be held in Wellington, New Zealand from 12-15 March. This is the... Read more
 

ABR offers fellowship for performing arts article x

The Australian Book Review (ABR) is seeking proposals for its eighth fellowship. The ABR Ian Potter Foundation Fellowship is worth $5000 and is for an... Read more
 

ASA launches US tax advice service x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has launched a new service to offer its members advice about US tax issues. Similar to the ASA’s new... Read more
 

Penguin releases two new cooking apps, creates ‘Best of’ series x

Penguin Australia has released two new cooking apps, creating a series of ‘Best of’ cooking apps based on recipes from its Lantern cookbook authors. The... Read more
 

Nicholas wins National Seniors Literary Prize x

Sydney writer Persephone Nicholas has won this year’s National Seniors Literary Prize for her novel Burned. The National Seniors Literary Prize is sponsored by Random House... Read more
 

2013 Somerset Celebration of Literature program released x

The program for the 2013 Somerset Celebration of Literature, to be held between 13 and 15 March on the Gold Coast in Queensland, has been... Read more
 

Bowker launches ebook conversion service through My Identifiers x

Self-publishers who are signed up to Bowker’s My Identifers platform in the US are now being offered an ebook conversion service through Data Conversion Laboratory’s... Read more
 

Macmillan Education expands presence in United Arab Emirates x

Macmillan Education UK is expanding its presence in the United Arab Emirates and the wider Gulf region, appointing Matthew Hayes to manage the publisher’s operations... Read more
 

IPG Independent Publishing Awards shortlists announced x

In the UK, the shortlists for the 2013 Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) Independent Publishing Awards have been announced. Alma Books, John Blake Publishing and last... Read more
 

Macmillan settles US states’ ebook pricing case, consumer class action x

Following its recent announcement that it would settle with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) over its anti-trust lawsuit relating to ebook pricing, Macmillan US... Read more
 

Child wins CWA Diamond Dagger Award x

In the UK, the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) has awarded its annual Diamond Dagger award to Lee Child. The CWA presents the award to an author... Read more
 

US judge approves ebook settlement payments to consumers x

US judge Denise Cote has approved a settlement that will involve Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster paying close to US$70 million (A$67 million) as part... Read more
 

Macmillan settles in US DOJ ebook case x

In the US, Macmillan has settled with the Department of Justice (DOJ) over its anti-trust lawsuit relating to ebook pricing, reports Publishers Weekly. The publisher... Read more
 

Penguin India launches self-publishing platform with Author Solutions x

Penguin India has launched a new self-publishing platform with the Pearson-owned Author Solutions called Partridge Publishing, reports TeleRead. Penguin India president and chief executive Andrew... Read more
 

HMV to close 66 stores x

In the UK, music retailer HMV will close 66 stores and make 930 of its staff redundant after entering administration in January, reports the Bookseller.... Read more
 

Diamond Book Distributors reports ‘spectacular year’ x

International graphic novel distributor Diamond Book Distributors (DBD) saw sales and revenue rise ‘in double digits across the board’ in 2012, reports Publishers Weekly. Kuo-Yu... Read more
 

‘The Day Parliament Burned Down’ wins inaugural Political Book of the Year award x

In the UK, The Day Parliament Burned Down by Caroline Shenton (OUP) has won the top prize in the inaugural Political Book Awards, which were... 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
 

Libraries to celebrate Library Lovers’ Day on Valentine’s Day x

Valentine’s Day on 14 February has been renamed ‘Library Lovers’ Day’ by a number of libraries around Australia. The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley in... Read more
 

In brief x

SLNSW artefacts to travel to regional NSW Artefacts relating to British settlement of Australia will travel to primary schools in regional New South Wales this... Read more
 

International Library News x

Patterson remains most borrowed author at UK public libraries James Patterson has topped the most borrowed author list at UK public libraries for the sixth... Read more
 

New libraries open in NSW, WA; construction underway for libraries in Albury, Melbourne x

A number of new libraries in Australia have recently opened, while others are under construction or awaiting construction. In Byron Bay, NSW, a new $3.75 million library has now... 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
 

Who, what and how? Bowker survey provides stats on Oz ebook consumption x

In Australia, males aged under 35 are the most likely to have bought an ebook in the past six months, with adult fiction representing 50%... 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
 

J M Coetzee’s ‘The Childhood of Jesus’ x

To say The Childhood of Jesus is a highly anticipated novel is an understatement; there has already been talk that it will bring J M... 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
 

Capricorn Link to distribute Interweave Books x

Agency Change Details Publisher: Capricorn Link (Australia)     ISBN Prefix: 978159668 Old Distributor: Keith Ainsworth New Distributor: Interweave Books Changeover date: effective immediately Email: service@capricornlink.com.au URL: www.capricornlink.com.au (See classified.)
 

Central Book Services to cease distribution of Pinter and Martin x

Agency Change Details Publisher: Pinter and Martin       ISBN Prefix: Various Old Distributor: Central Book Services Changeover date: 28 February 2013 Returns cutoff date: 28 May... Read more
 

Coronel appointed editor of ‘Metro’ and ‘Screen Education’ x

Former Books+Publishing publisher Tim Coronel has been appointed editor of Metro and Screen Education magazines at the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM). (See classifieds.)
 

Lush appointed children’s book buyer at Better Read Than Dead x

Former Pages & Pages bookseller Amelia Lush has joined Sydney bookshop Better Read Than Dead as the children’s book buyer. Lush replaces Amelia Vahtrick, who... Read more
 

Staff changes at Parragon x

At Parragon Publishing Australasia, sales and marketing manager for Australia and New Zealand Darren Busuttil has replaced Ian Ashmore as managing director. Heath McAveney has... Read more
 

Wilkens joins ABA management committee x

Rolf Wilkens, managing director of the Swinburne University Bookshop in Melbourne, has joined the Australian Booksellers Association Committee of Management, replacing Jane Caton, who retired... Read more
 

APA professional development x

The Australian Publishers Association’s (APA) professional development are open for bookings. Industry Induction Course supported by Copyright Agency Introduction to Australian Book Publishing: Creating a... Read more

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

Coronel appointed editor of ‘Metro’ and ‘Screen Education’ x

Former Books+Publishing publisher Tim Coronel has been appointed editor of Metro and Screen Education magazines at the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM). He can be... Read more

Capricorn Link (Australia) appointed as the Distributor for Interweave Books x

Capricorn Link is thrilled to announce that we have been appointed as the Australian distributor for Interweave Books, ISBN prefix 978159668. A comprehensive list of... Read more

ACP Books Announcement x

ACP Books, publisher of The Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbook range has had a change of ownership and  subsequent name change. Effective 1 January 2013 our titles... Read more

Macleay Bookshop For Sale x

Macleay Bookshop in Potts Point is for sale. Expressions of interest to Richard Stern: richard@macleaybookshop.com.au – see also www.macleaybookshop.com.au and Facebook/MacleayBookshop.

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