Weekly Book Newsletter
27 March 2013

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

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

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

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

Hardie Grant Egmont: The new home of Transformers! x

Hardie Grant Egmont are thrilled to have secured the rights to Transformers publishing in Australia and New Zealand.

HGE have already set a benchmark for how brands are best translated into storybook, novelty, colour and activity and fiction formats and from 1 July 2013, we will establish a new Golden Age of publishing for this evergreen brand. Stock will be available from 1 July 2013, contact your HGE rep for more details.


For Sale: Boomerang Books and Booku Online Bookstores x

The owners of Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd, operators of the Boomerang Books and Booku (eBooks) online bookstores, have decided to sell the business.  As a ‘virtual’ business, Eclipse Commerce represents an attractive acquisition prospect for a bricks-and-mortar bookstore seeking a strong online presence; a B2B book supplier with established supply chains; or a publisher/distributor seeking to enter the B2C retail space.

  • Has operated for 10 years+; established brands
  • Only Australian carbon neutral bookstore
  • Custom-built turn-key e-commerce websites
  • Seamless integration with third-party suppliers
  • Mature admin support systems and processes
  • Circa 4,000 visitors per day
  • 21,000+ email subscribers
  •  4,888 Facebook Fans
  • 2,478 Twitter followers
  • Popular multi-author WordPress blog with 2,118 articles
  • A ‘virtual’ business, small profits, no debts, no inventory, no capital equipment, no leases, no employees


Expressions of interest should be directed to Managing Director, Clayton Wehner (Mobile 0438-925-613 or contact@boomerangbooks.com.au), by 5pm AEST on Wednesday 10 April 2013.


Hodder & Stoughton higher education titles transfer to Palgrave Macmillan x

The Hodder & Stoughton higher education titles in humanities & social sciences and health science acquired by Taylor and Francis in 2012 will transfer to Palgrave Macmillan from Cengage Learning on 15 April 2013.

Cengage Learning will retain the rights for most Hodder Vocational product and a handful of HE product.

Backorders at 12 April will be transferred to MDS.
Authorised returns must be finalised with Cengage Learning by 15 October 2013.




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