Weekly Book Newsletter
27 March 2013

Copia advertises for local merchandising role x

Ebook provider Copia is currently looking to expand its local team, advertising for someone to manage the online marketing and merchandising for its Australian operations.... Read more

NZ study proposes cut to tax-free threshold for online purchases, recommends tax collection through ‘multilateral agreement’ x

A study commissioned by Booksellers New Zealand and produced by Victoria University’s New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation has recommended that... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Put simply, a book that has overseas impact means more than a book that has a purely local impact. This is the form of the... Read more

Media Publishing launches online bookstore Talu Books x

Sydney-based publishing services company Media Publishing has launched a new online bookstore called Talu Books. The store, which soft-launched in August 2012 with a small... Read more

Boomerang and Booku up for sale x

The owners of Australian online print bookstore Boomerang Books and ebookstore Booku have put their business up for sale. Clayton Wehner and Steven Tein, directors... Read more

Booksellers respond to Booki.sh retail sales closure x

A number of independent booksellers who have been selling ebooks via the Booki.sh platform have expressed their disappointment in OverDrive’s decision to discontinue retail sales... Read more

New academy to vote on ABIAs x

A new academy has been chosen to vote on the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). The academy has been reduced in size from 150 to... Read more

Isol wins 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award x

Argentinian illustrator and performing artist Isol is the recipient of the 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s richest prize for children’s and young adult... Read more

Reading Matters program announced

The program for the 2013 Reading Matters conference, run by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria (SLV), has been announced. The conference will kick... Read more

Australian romance writers make RITA Awards list x

The Romance Writers of America (RWA) has announced the finalists for the 2013 RITA Awards, with a number of Australian authors included in the honours. More... Read more

RiP Chinua Achebe x

Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has died, aged 82. Achebe’s novels include Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, Arrow of God, A Man of the... Read more

RiP Barbara Anderson x

New Zealand novelist and short-story writer Barbara Anderson has died, aged 86. Her novels include Portrait of the Artist’s Wife (Vintage), The House Guest (Vintage),... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold Japanese translation rights to The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power (Hugh White) to Keiso Shobo. Acquisitions Fiction—Spinifex has... Read more

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the Easter Monday public holiday, the Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday 4 April.  The deadline for classifieds and job advertisements... Read more

Miles Franklin 2013 longlist announced

The longlist for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Floundering (Romy Ash, Text) Lola Bensky (Lily Brett, Hamish... Read more

‘The Light between Oceans’ wins Indie Book of the Year

The Light between Oceans by M L Stedman (Vintage) has been named Indie Book of the Year at the 2013 Independent Booksellers of Australia Awards,... Read more

New Arts, Small Business ministers appointed x

Tony Burke has been appointed as the new Federal Minister for the Arts and Gary Gray has been appointed as the new Federal Minister for... Read more

Oz, NZ authors and illustrators on 2013 White Ravens list

Australian and New Zealand authors and illustrators are among those who have been acknowledged on the 2013 White Ravens list for international children’s and youth literature. The... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Kids can’t wait for Easter, according to this week’s fastest movers chart. The top two books are The Great Big Aussie Easter Egg Hunt by Colin... Read more

2013 Tasmanian Literary Prizes winners announced

James Boyce has won the overall Tasmania Book Prize in this year’s Tasmanian Literary Prizes, presented on 22 March as part of the Ten Days... Read more

OverDrive to close Booki.sh retail platform x

Ebook distributor OverDrive has confirmed to Books+Publishing that it will discontinue ebook sales from its Booki.sh platform. OverDrive, which acquired the local Booki.sh platform in... Read more

Bonett, ABA to produce ‘A Guide to Melbourne Bookshops’ x

Embiggen Books owner Warren Bonett is creating a mini guide to promote Melbourne’s bookshops, in conjunction with the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA). Bonett, who used... Read more

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival program announced x

The program for the 2013 Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, to be held between 15 and 19 May, has been released. New Zealand’s largest festival... Read more

Most Beautiful Books Australia and New Zealand award winners announced

The winners of the inaugural Most Beautiful Books Australia and New Zealand (MBBANZ) award have been announced. The winners are: Anthology of New Zealand Literature... Read more

2012 Aurealis Awards finalists announced x

The finalists for the 2012 Aurealis Awards have been announced. Among the categories announced were:  Fantasy novel Bitter Greens (Kate Forsyth, Vintage) Stormdancer (Jay Kristoff,... Read more

Publishers make the Arts Top 50 in the ‘Australian’ x

Griffith REVIEW  founding editor Julianne Schultz, Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) CEO Louise Adler, Text publisher Michael Heyward, Lonely Planet founders Maureen and Tony Wheeler and Black... Read more

Penguin Australia renames children’s division, expands digital publishing program x

Penguin Australia has renamed its children’s division Penguin Young Readers. Penguin said in a statement that the name has been changed ‘to better reflect [the division’s] diverse... Read more

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

Publishers make the Arts Top 50 in the ‘Australian’ x

Griffith REVIEW founding editor Julianne Schultz, Melbourne University Publishing CEO Louise Adler, Text publisher Michael Heyward, Lonely Planet founders Maureen and Tony Wheeler and Black... Read more

French minister announces €5 million fund for loans to booksellers

In France, Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti has announced the creation of a €5 million (A$6.2 million) fund for loans to booksellers, reports the Bookseller. While... Read more

Gilbert lets Facebook fans choose cover design x

Well-known writer Elizabeth Gilbert has asked her Facebook followers to help choose the cover of her new novel The Signature of All Things (Bloomsbury, October). USA Today reports... Read more

Hachette delays Jane Goodall book due to plagiarism concerns x

In the US, Hachette imprint Grand Central Publishing has delayed publication of anthropologist Jane Goodall’s new book due to plagiarism concerns, reports Publishers Weekly. It... Read more

Melville House to open UK business x

The founders of US independent publisher Melville House have announced plans to open a second company in the UK, reports Publishers Weekly. Initially Melville House UK... Read more

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt reorganises children’s imprints x

In the US, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is reorganising its children’s imprints after changing its logo late last year, reports Publishers Weekly. From the second quarter... Read more

‘Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop’ wins Diagram Award x

In the UK, Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop (Reginald Bakeley, Conari Press) has won the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year, presented by the... Read more

Google stops publishing Frommer’s titles in print x

Google has stopped publishing print editions of Frommer’s titles, reports travel website Skrift. According to Skrift, the last two Frommer’s titles to appear in print... Read more

S&S gives authors piracy data on their works x

In the US, Simon & Schuster (S&S) is giving authors information about the piracy of their own works, reports Publishers Weekly. S&S receives information about infringement... Read more

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2013 announced

In the UK, Waterstones has announced the winners of its Children’s Book Prize for 2013 at a ceremony at Waterstones’ flagship shop in Piccadilly, London. The winner... Read more

News outlets, blogs add ‘Send to Kindle’ buttons x

The Washington Post, Time magazine and blogs such as Boing Boing have added Amazon’s new ‘Send to Kindle’ button to their websites, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Hachette UK appoints consumer insight director x

In the UK, Hachette has created the new position of consumer insight director, and appointed current vice-president of global consumer insight at EMI Music, Louisa... Read more

French president outlines measures to preserve local book industry x

In France, president François Hollande has outlined possible measures to support the French book industry, reports the Bookseller. Speaking at a reception at the Élysée Palace... 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

International Library News x

UK library site Bookmark Your Library launched In the UK, a new website Bookmark Your Library has been launched to promote library services, reports the... Read more

In brief x

Visitors down, ebook loans up at Brisbane libraries Brisbane’s libraries have recorded a ‘massive slump’ in visitors but a ‘skyrocketing’ rate of ebook loans in... Read more

Second consultation paper for NSLA, ABS survey redevelopment project released x

The second consultation paper for the Australian Public Library Statistics Survey Redevelopment Project, a joint project of the National & State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) and... Read more

NLA to inform publishers about changes to legal deposit arrangements x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) is currently preparing a package of information for publishers to explain how the recently announced changes to legal deposit... 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

Andrew Kelly on the Australia-China Publishing Forum x

Andrew Kelly was one of eight Australian publishers attending this year’s Australia-China Publishing Forum. He writes: ‘The general view following the business-matching sessions was that the Chinese publishers... 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

Honey Brown’s ‘Dark Horse’ x

On Christmas morning a biblically epic storm traps Sarah Barnard and her horse on the (nominally Tasmanian) Devil’s Mountain. Sarah finds shelter and supplies at... 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

Palgrave Macmillan to distribute Hodder higher education titles x

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton  ISBN prefix: 9780340, 9781444 Old distributor: Cengage Learning New distributor: Palgrave Macmillan Changeover date: 15 April 2013 (See classified.)

Central Book Services To Cease Distribution Of Kumarian Press x

Publisher: Kumarian Press ISBN prefix: Various Old distributor: Central Book Services Changeover date: 1 April 2013 Returns cutoff date: 31 August 2013 URL: www.centralbookservices.com.au/

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

Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship applications close soon x

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

APA professional development x

Australian Publishers Assocation (APA) professional development sessions coming up include Finance for non-financial staff and Editing on Screen. General announcements: Small and remote APA members can... Read more

Book Industry Innovation Award nominations open x

The Book Industry Innovation Award is now open for entries. As Part of the 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards in conjunction with the sponsors Publishing... 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

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