Weekly Book Newsletter
20 March 2013

Quote of the week x

‘The development of a National Cultural Policy is a golden opportunity for the Government to not just build the infrastructure of the future but to... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Scribe has licensed Spanish rights to The Low Road (Chris Womersley). Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold Welcome to Your New Life (Anna Goldsworthy) to HarperCollins... Read more

HGE acquires Transformers license x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) has been appointed licensee of the Transformers brand in Australia and New Zealand. The publisher acquired the license after former licensee... Read more

Reference publisher Millennium House for sale x

Sydney-based specialist publisher Millennium House is for sale. Millennium House founder and managing director Gordon Cheers told Books+Publishing that he has decided to sell the... Read more

Book industry responds to National Cultural Policy x

The Federal Government’s recently announced National Cultural Policy and $75.3 million boost in funding for the Australia Council has been well received by the book... Read more

Inaugural Stella Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for the inaugural Stella Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Burial (Courtney Collins, A&U) Questions of Travel (Michelle de Kretser,... Read more

Dymocks Children’s Charities launches fundraising read-a-thon Book Bonus x

Dymocks Children’s Charities (DCC) has launched a fundraising initiative for schools in NSW called Book Bonus. Book Bonus is an online read-a-thon in which students raise... Read more

NZ Commerce Commission clears Penguin Random House merger x

The New Zealand Commerce Commission has cleared the proposed merger of Penguin and Random House. Commerce Commission chairman Mark Berry said in a statement on... Read more

BBC Worldwide sells Lonely Planet to US-based NC2 Media

BBC Worldwide has sold Lonely Planet to US-based media company NC2 Media, owned by billionaire Brad Kelley. BBC Worldwide said in a statement that it... Read more

Mullins to be awarded 2012 Dromkeen Medal

Children’s book author and illustrator Patricia Mullins will be awarded the 2012 Dromkeen Medal at the State Library of Victoria (SLV) on 20 March. Mullins is... Read more

‘Alphabet Soup’ magazine closes x

Alphabet Soup, a literary magazine for primary-school aged children, has closed. Launched in 2008, the quarterly magazine showcased children’s writing and artwork alongside that of... Read more

McInnis appointed ‘Meanjin’ deputy editor; iPad app now available x

Catherine McInnis has been appointed deputy editor of Melbourne-based literary journal Meanjin. McInnis, who also works for Melbourne University Publishing in the role of digital... Read more

ALS Gold Medal shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2013 ALS Gold Medal has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Darkness on the Edge of Town (Jessie Cole, Fourth Estate)... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

A man and a boy step off a boat in a new country, where they must learn a new language and customs, and become ‘washed clean’ of their previous life—including their memories. J... Read more

Attendance at Adelaide Writers’ Week ‘consistent with last year’; de Courcy tops bestseller list x

Attendance figures at this year’s Adelaide Writers’ Week were ‘pretty consistent with last year’s numbers’, reported festival director Laura Kroetsch, who said that ‘some of... Read more

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

‘Island’ to partner with university centre on Tasmanian essay series x

Island magazine has announced that it will publish a new essay series in partnership with the University of Tasmania’s Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society.... Read more

Eye of the Storm festival program announced x

The program for this year’s Eye of the Storm festival, to be held in Alice Springs from 25-28 April, has been announced. This year’s festival will... 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

Random House’s Jonathan Cape to publish new children’s fiction x

In the UK, Random House imprint Jonathan Cape Children’s Books has announced it will publish a list of new children’s fiction, reports the Bookseller. Jonathan... Read more

US Supreme Court rules that doctrine of first sale applies to works made overseas x

In the US, the Supreme Court has ruled that the doctrine of first sale, which allows for ‘legally acquired copyrighted works to be resold by... Read more

Bowker research shows ereading driving eretailer market share growth x

In the US, the latest consumer research from Bowker, parent company of Books+Publishing owner Thorpe-Bowker, has found that a rise in ereading in the US... Read more

Penguin demands jury trial in ebook price-fixing case x

In the US, Penguin has filed a motion demanding a jury trial in the ebook price-fixing cases filed by the states and the consumer class... Read more

UK ebook prices rise after Sony ends 20p promotion x

In the UK, Sony has ended its long-running 20p ebook promotion, prompting Amazon to also raise its prices for the same books, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Google to publish ebooks that tie in with popular video game x

In the US, a Google games division will publish a series of ebooks related to a popular online video game, reports Publishers Lunch. The Google division,... Read more

Bookstores’ class action against Amazon, publishers could go to trial in October x

In the US, Judge Jed Rakoff has set an aggressive schedule for the class action lawsuit filed by three bookstores against Amazon and the big... Read more

Amazon launches Little A literary imprint x

Amazon has released the first title under its new literary imprint Little A, reports Publishers Weekly. The Blue Book by A L Kennedy is the... Read more

Man Asian Literary Prize winner announced x

Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng has won the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize for The Garden of Evening Mists (Myrmidon Books). This is the second time the Man... Read more

OUP named APS Publisher of the Year x

In the UK, Oxford University Press has been named Publisher of the Year at the APS Awards, reports the Bookseller. The Booksellers Association hosted its... 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

In brief x

Construction underway on new University of Southern Queensland library Construction on the new University of Southern Queensland library has commenced, reports the Fraser Coast Chronicle. The... Read more

International Library News x

American Library Association honours internet activist Aaron Swartz In the US, the American Library Association (ALA) has posthumously awarded the 2013 James Madison Award to... Read more

Government to extend legal deposit to electronic resources x

The Federal Government has announced that it will make changes to the Copyright Act 1968 to extend the current legal deposit arrangements to cover ‘digitally... Read more

Australian library tops OverDrive list of fastest-growing ebook lenders in 2012 x

An Australian library service has topped ebook distributor OverDrive’s list of the fastest-growing ebook lenders in 2012. Australia’s Moreton Bay Region Libaries in Queensland topped the list... 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

Designing in a digital world x

‘You’re not designing something competing for attention on a shelf. Instead it’s in a sidebar or on a homepage competing with content or ads, so... 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

Richard Beasley’s ‘Me and Rory Macbeath’ x

In his third novel, Richard Beasley tells a ‘rites of passage’ story from the perspective of the child while the adult lurks in the background.... 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

Island Magazine distribution moves in-house x

Agency change details Publisher: Island Magazine ISBN Prefix:978-0-9871470; 978-0-9874719 Old distributor: Dennis Jones New distributor: Island Magazine (See moves.)

New office for ‘Island’ magazine x

Island magazine has moved into new premises in Hobart. The magazine’s new address is: PO Box 4703, Bathurst Street Post Office, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000. The... Read more

McInnis appointed ‘Meanjin’ deputy editor x

Catherine McInnis has been appointed deputy editor of Melbourne-based literary journal Meanjin. McInnis, who also works for Melbourne University Publishing in the role of digital... Read more

ABIA nominations are open x

Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) nominations are open. Entries for the 2013 ABIAs are now open for one more week. Nominations can be made on the website here.... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) workshop: Editing scientific, technical and medical documents x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will hold a workshop on editing scientific, technical and medical documents, to be presented by Dr Greg Heard. For anyone who... Read more

APA professional development x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) professional development sessions are open for booking: Excellent eBooks : The Essentials with Sarah Fletcher and Natalie Costa Bir. Melbourne: Tuesday... Read more

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

Stella Prize shortlist marketing material x

Booksellers! The first-ever Stella Prize shortlist was announced earlier today. To help you promote these six wonderful books by Australian women, the Stella Prize has... Read more

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