Weekly Book Newsletter
20 February 2013

Australian bookmaker launches betting market on new Bond novel x

Online gambling website sportsbet.com.au has launched a betting market on the title of the new James Bond novel, which is being written by William Boyd... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Chick lit, rom com, women’s fiction; whatever you want to call it—these are the books that get us out of bed every day and keep... Read more

NZ government to fund export program for educational publishers x

Education New Zealand (ENZ) has announced that it will fund an export development program for educational publishers in 2013 through the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ).... Read more

ASA launches licensing program for digitised journal content x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the establishment of a licensing program to manage online sales of digitised works originally published in print... Read more

Shearer’s to move to temporary location in April x

Shearer’s Bookshop in Leichhardt, Sydney, is moving to a temporary location on 31 March as the Norton Street Palace Cinema is undergoing substantial renovations. The... Read more

Eltham, Broun selected for OzCo Emerging Leaders Development Program x

Kate Eltham, CEO of the Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF), and Michelle Broun, CEO of Magabala Books, are among 23 arts managers who have been selected... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Austlit has sold Tay Bridge Disaster: The People’s Story (Robin Lumley) to the History Press in the UK in conjunction with the Abner Stein... Read more

Collins Booksellers Croydon for sale x

Collins Booksellers and ABC Centre in Melbourne’s eastern suburb of Croydon is up for sale. The store, which was established in August 1994, has been managed by... Read more

‘Overland’ poetry prize shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2012 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets has been announced. The nine poems shortlisted are: ‘The Ether Comes’... Read more

MUP, Harlequin Escape join NetGalley x

Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) and Harlequin Escape are the latest local publishers to make electronic advance reading copies of their books available through NetGalley. The... Read more

Ice Water Press placed into receivership x

Australian children’s publisher Ice Water Press has been placed into receivership and is no longer trading. Insolvency recovery firm Grant Thornton was appointed as the... Read more

2013 Tasmanian Literary Prizes finalists announced

The finalists for the 2013 Tasmanian Literary Prizes have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are: Tasmania Book Prize ($25,000) for... Read more

Riverbend participates in flash fiction napkin project x

Napkins bearing 300-word micro stories are currently available at Riverbend Books & Teahouse, along with several other bookstores and cafes around Brisbane, as part of... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Big Nate’s sloppiness is getting out of control and has gotten his best friend into trouble. Will Big Nate clean up his act or flip out?... Read more

Penguin Random House merger approved in US; Australian, NZ reviews findings expected in March x

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has completed its review of the proposed merger of Penguin and Random House, clearing the merger of the... Read more

ASA launches ebook conversion and sales platform x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has launched a new service offering ebook conversions and direct sales through its website. ASA executive director Angelo Loukakis... Read more

Simon & Schuster launches online women’s fiction community

Simon & Schuster Australia has launched a new online community for readers of commercial women’s fiction, called The Sweet Escape. The website, which officially launched... Read more

‘Reading Time’ unlikely to be printed in 2014; electronic journal and POD options explored x

Reading Time, the quarterly journal produced by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA), is unlikely to continue in its printed form in 2014, the... Read more

Oldfield, Noble appointed SWF publicists; Nahlous joins SWF board x

Publicist and literary agent Benython Oldfield from Zeitgeist Media Group has been appointed as festival publicist for the 2013 Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF). SWF said... Read more

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

NZ author Joy Cowley named a ‘living treasure’ x

New Zealand author Joy Cowley has been named a ‘Marlborough Living Cultural Treasure’ and will be awarded a celebratory medal at a ceremony in Blenheim... Read more

New sponsors for Auckland Readers & Writers Festival x

The Auckland Readers & Writers Festival has announced that BNZ Literary Awards and Craigs Investment Partners have joined the festival as sponsors. The BNZ Literary... Read more

National Young Writers’ Festival calls for artists and launches new website x

The annual National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF), which runs from 3-6 October in Newcastle, NSW, is calling for writers and artists and has launched a new website. NYWF presents writing in... Read more

Moirs Bookshop for sale x

Independent Sydney bookstore Moirs Bookshop is for sale. Rosemary Moir, who owns the independent bookstore with her husband Ian, told Books+Publishing that the couple has... Read more

Dymocks Mandurah to close in February x

Dymocks Mandurah in WA will close at the end of February, the store has announced on its Facebook page. Dymocks loyalty and marketing manager Elain Richard... Read more

ASA to hold ‘One Word, One Day’ events again in 2013 x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced that it will hold its ‘One Word, One Day’ events again this year to raise funds for... 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

TV report alleges mistreatment of Amazon workers in Germany x

A report on German television has alleged that seasonal workers at Amazon’s warehouses in Germany have been underpaid and mistreated, reports Shelf Awareness. The report... Read more

US author seeks declaration that Sherlock Holmes and co are in public domain x

US author Leslie Klinger has filed a lawsuit against the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate, seeking a declaration that Conan Doyle’s famous characters of Sherlock Holmes and... Read more

YALSA launches website for teen summer reading programs x

In the US, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has launched the 2013 Teen Summer Reading Programs website. The website is designed as an information hub for librarians... Read more

‘Reader's Digest’ files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US x

The parent company of Reader’s Digest magazine has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US, the equivalent of administration in Australia, reports the Australian.... Read more

Daunt: Amazon is a ‘job destroyer’ x

In the UK, Waterstones managing director James Daunt has hit out at Amazon in an interview with the Financial Times, saying that the US retailer’s... Read more

Bowker offers ebook creation and distribution via Vook x

In the US, Bowker has partnered with Vook to offer ebook creation and distribution services on its My Identifers platform. In addition to accessing ISBN... Read more

World Book Day titles to be stocked in supermarkets x

In the UK, World Book Day titles will be stocked in supermarkets for the first time this year, reports the Bookseller. As part of a... Read more

Gollancz UK invites pre-publication feedback from readers through ‘Gollancz Geeks’ program x

Gollancz UK has launched the Gollancz Geeks program, giving genre fans the opportunity to read and provide feedback on pre-publication books. Under the slogan ‘Protecting Genre... Read more

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize shortlists announced x

UK bookseller Waterstones has announced the shortlists for its Children’s Book Prize. You can view the shortlisted titles in each of the categories—picture books, fiction... Read more

Tamblyn appointed chief content officer at Kobo x

In Canada, Michael Tamblyn has been appointed as chief content officer at ebook provider Kobo. The company said in a statement that Tamblyn’s promotion will make... Read more

Hatchet Job of the Year Award winner announced x

Camilla Long has won the Hatchet Job of the Year Award for her Sunday Times review of Rachel Cusk’s memoir of marital disharmony and divorce Aftermath (Faber). Now in... 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

International Library News x

IFLA releases new elending resources for libraries The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has released a new set of resources relating to... Read more

ALIA releases benchmarking calculator for public libraries x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has created a performance calculator for public libraries, which is designed to help library managers measure their library’s... Read more

In brief x

Search underway for Australia’s favourite librarian The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Love2Read campaign are calling for nominations for Australia’s Favourite Librarian.... Read more

NT Library wins Australian Tourism Award x

The Northern Territory Library has won the specialised tourism services category in the 2012 Australian Tourism Awards. The library was announced as the winner of... 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

How to sell children’s books online x

Similar to selling on the shop floor, selling children’s books online requires its own particular skills. Readings’ children’s book buyer Emily Gale recently introduced an... 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

Jo Case’s ‘Boomer and Me’ x

Many of Books+Publishing’s readers may already be familiar with Jo Case, who is well known in Melbourne publishing circles as an editor and reviewer. Boomer... 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.)

Changes at SWF x

Benython Oldfield from Zeitgeist Media Group has been appointed as festival publicist for the 2013 Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF). Oldfield will be joined by Emma... 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

Regional Media Forum

The Media Law Regional Forum in Bendigo is part of a series of professional development opportunities for regional media workers. The forum is presented by... Read more

Education:Information seminar x

The 2013 Seminar Education:Information will be held in Sydney on 14‑15 March 2013.  The seminar is presented in partnership by Copyright Agency|Viscopy, Australian Publishers Association... Read more

APA professional development x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) professional development sessions open for booking are: 2013 Education Information Seminar, Sydney 14-15 March (See the notice.) Introduction to Australian Book... Read more

The International Chat Series: Transforming the Landscape x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) is holding the International Chat Series: Transforming the Landscape with Austrade spokespersons on Monday 4 March.  The session explores market opportunities for Australian... Read more

National Young Writers’ Festival x

The National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) is asking for writers and artists to join the festival, which runs from 3-6 October 2013. NYWF presents writing in its broadest... 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

Wiley (John Wiley & Sons) Stocktake x

Wiley (John Wiley & Sons) wishes to advise our customers that we will be undertaking our annual stock take on Wednesday, 27 February through to... Read more

Elsevier Australia price changes x

Elsevier Australia are reviewing prices with changes to take affect from Tuesday 2 April 2013. These new prices will be applicable to orders from Tuesday... Read more

Thomas & Friends at Hardie Grant Egmont x

To avoid confusion, Thomas the Tank Engine would like to assure the ANZ book trade that there will be no change or disruption to the... Read more

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.

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

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