Weekly Book Newsletter
14 March 2013

RiP James Strong x

Businessman and arts patron James Strong has died in Sydney, aged 68. Strong was the chairman of the Australia Council for the Arts (OzCo) from... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘70% interesting content relevant to our followers, 20% interaction with others and 10% self-promotion’—Alaina Gougoulis explains the maths behind Text Publishing’s approach to social media... Read more

Local authors among academy members for new £40,000 Folio Prize

Local authors including Peter Carey, J M Coetzee and Anna Funder are among more than 110 members of an academy that will select the winner... Read more

Walker Books celebrates 20 years of children’s publishing with picture-book campaign x

Walker Books Australia is celebrating 20 years of publishing books for children in 2013. The publisher said in a statement that it is celebrating the anniversary by... Read more

Stedman, Tiffany, Perkins longlisted for 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction

Australian authors M L Stedman and Carrie Tiffany and New Zealand author Emily Perkins have been longlisted for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction in... Read more

Pages & Pages swaps Cumulus for BeBook Touch

Pages & Pages Booksellers in Sydney has started selling a new ereading device this week. The BeBook Touch is a dedicated ereader with an eInk... Read more

Australian, NZ publishers nominated for inaugural Bologna Prize for children’s publishing

Allen & Unwin, Koala Books, The Five Mile Press and Gecko Press have been nominated in the Oceania category of the inaugural Bologna Prize for... Read more

NZ Copyright Tribunal to investigate licensing dispute over university course materials x

Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) has referred its dispute over licensing fees for university course materials to the Copyright Tribunal. CLNZ said in a statement... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Baker and loner Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, an old man much loved by the community. One day Josef asks Sage for a favour—to kill him. Sage... Read more

ACCC ‘not opposed’ to Penguin Random House merger

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that it is ‘not opposed’ to the proposed merger of Penguin and Random House. As previously... Read more

Random House launches digital-first teen romance imprint

Random House has launched a digital-first romance imprint for teen readers and is currently inviting submissions. Called Hooked, the imprint will publish stories for readers aged... Read more

Treloar wins Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award

Lucy Treloar has won this year’s Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award for her manuscript The Things We Tell Ourselves. Treloar’s manuscript was selected from a... Read more

2013 APA Book Design Awards shortlists announced

The shortlisted titles for this year’s Australian Publishers Association (APA) Book Design Awards have been announced. The titles shortlisted for the Children’s Cover of the Year Award are:... Read more

Steggall wins Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

Stephany Steggall has won the 2013 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship. Writers Victoria said in a statement that Steggall will use the $10,000 fellowship to work... Read more

Random House launches new-release iPad app x

Random House Australia has created a free iPad app that highlights 12 new-release Random House titles each month. The Random House New Books App, which was... Read more

Melbourne Literary Salon launched

The Melbourne Literary Salon, an informal monthly gathering for ‘all who work with books and stories’, will hold its first event on Tuesday 26 March. Organised... Read more

‘Cheap Eats’ and ‘Everyday Eats’ guides rebranded x

Fairfax’s annual guides to low-cost dining, The Age Cheap Eats and Sydney Everyday Eats, have been rebranded as ‘Good Food Under $30’. The Age Good... Read more

PMP cuts 180 jobs in cost-cutting plan x

PMP, the parent company of book printer Griffin Press, cut 180 full-time Australian jobs in the first half of the 2013 financial year as part of... Read more

2013 PANZ Book Design Awards to include cookbook category x

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has announced that its 2013 Book Design Awards will include a new award for cookbooks, which will be sponsored... Read more

ASA announces 2012-13 mentorship recipients x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the recipients of its 2012-13 mentorships for unpublished authors and illustrators. Twelve applicants have been selected for... Read more

Australian Festival of Travel Writing program announced

The program for this year’s Australian Festival of Travel Writing, to be held in Melbourne from 22-24 March, has been announced. This year’s festival will... Read more

Milne and Funder join campaign for tax-free Miles Franklin Award x

Australian Greens leader Christine Milne and 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Anna Funder have put their support behind a campaign to make the Miles... Read more

Apple files patent to create marketplace for used digital goods x

In the US, Apple has filed a patent application to create a marketplace for used digital content items, reports paidContent. Apple’s proposed patent would allow one... Read more

IPA endorses EPUB 3 as global publishing standard x

The International Publishers Association (IPA) has endorsed EPUB 3 as the ‘preferred standard format for representing HTML and other web content for distribution as single-file publications’,... Read more

Random House changes author contracts for digital imprints after criticism x

In the US, Random House has made changes to its author contracts for new digital imprints following criticism from author groups, reports Publishers Weekly. The... Read more

UK booksellers offer exclusive content in bid to compete with Amazon x

UK booksellers Waterstones and Foyles are offering books with extra chapters and exclusive bonus material in a bid to lure book buyers away from online... Read more

2013 Carnegie, Greenaway shortlists announced x

The shortlists for this year’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, presented by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in the UK, have been... Read more

Authors, publishers oppose Amazon’s bid to control .book domain x

In the US, the Authors Guild and the American Publishers Association have objected to Amazon’s bid to administer a number of ‘generic’ top-level internet domains, including... Read more

Bloomsbury, Constable & Robinson, Nosy Crow double-winners at IPG Awards x

In the UK, the winners of the 2013 Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) Independent Publishing Awards have been announced, with Bloomsbury taking out the overall award. Bloomsbury... Read more

HMH, Hachette announce international partnership x

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has entered into a new distribution partnership with Hachette in several international markets, reports Publishers Weekly. The partnership includes Latin America, South... Read more

Lambda Literary Awards finalists announced x

The finalists of the 25th Lambda Literary Awards, known also as the ‘Lammys’, have been announced by the Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) in Los Angeles. The awards... Read more

UK publisher and politician hits out at WH Smith, Waterstones and Amazon x

UK publisher and Conservative Party politician Iain Dale has used a speech at the Independent Publishers Guild conference to hit out at large booksellers such... Read more

BBC denies sale of Lonely Planet x

Following reports that the BBC has sold its majority stake in Lonely Planet, the BBC has made a statement denying that any deal has been... Read more

Longlists for book translation awards announced x

The longlists for two international awards for books translated into English have been announced this week. In the UK, the longlist for the Independent Foreign Prize,... Read more

International Library News x

US National Archives to help with national digital library project   In the US, the National Archives will help launch a pilot project to create... Read more

In brief x

Bendigo Regional Archives Centre wins IPAA Award The winners of the Institute for Public Administration Australia’s 2012 Awards for Excellence have been announced, with the... Read more

Council endorses plans for new Rockdale library x

The Rockdale City Council in New South Wales will proceed with plans to build a new $16 million library, reports the St George & Sutherland... Read more

Upper Murray Regional Library to close in June x

The Upper Murray Regional Library (UMRL), a cross-border organisation that provides library services in north east Victoria and southern New South Wales, will close at... Read more

The proof is in the printing x

Publishers regularly extol the virtues of POD and short-run digital printing, but what are some practical examples of their benefits? Sophy Williams from Black Inc.,... Read more

Deborah Burrows’ ‘Taking a Chance’ x

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of Nell, a journalist in Perth during World War II. Although Nell generally covers ‘women’s business’ for a tabloid paper,... Read more

Tilde University Press Agency Changes x

Publisher: Tilde University Press ISBN Prefix: 97807346 Old Distributor: Palgrave Macmillan New Distributor: Tilde Publishing & Distribution Changeover Date: 1 May 2013  (See classified.)  

Editors NSW: Legal issues for editors x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc is holding an April meeting with barrister Richard Potter on legal issues for editors. Richard Potter practised law in England for nine years before... Read more

ABIA nominations open x

Entries for the 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) are now open. Nomations can be made on the website here. All entries must be submitted via the Awards... Read more

APA professional development x

Australian Publsihers Association (APA) professional development March and April workshops: Introduction to Australian Book Publishing: creating a book One week away, last chance to book!... Read more

Get Reading! Calling all book retail staff! x

Calling all book retail staff! Tell us your favourite books from last year and be in the draw to win an iPad Mini! Get Reading!... Read more

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