Weekly Book Newsletter
5 April 2013

Quote of the week x

‘In the past two years we have seen a significant rise in digital sales of books, products, platforms and subscriptions … against a backdrop of... Read more

Fernandez promoted at HarperCollins; digital-first Impulse imprint to be launched locally x

HarperCollins Australia has announced that Rochelle Fernandez has been promoted to the role of commissioning editor for HarperVoyager.   Fernandez, who has already started in... Read more

No ‘Books+Publishing Daily’ today x

The Books+Publishing Daily newsletter will not publish on Friday 5 April due to an internet outage. The Daily will return on Monday. 

More events, fewer books planned at ‘Smiths Alternative’ x

Smith’s Alternative Bookshop is being transformed into ‘a more dedicated theatre/event space’ following its recent sale, reports Canberra news website RiotACT. RiotACT reports that new... Read more

Dymocks stores reopening in Perth, closing in Sydney x

The Dymocks store in Karrinyup, Perth, is reopening and the store in Hunter Street, Sydney, is closing. Dymocks Karrinyup was operating for almost 15 years before it... Read more

‘What Katie Ate’ nominated for 2013 James Beard Foundation culinary awards x

What Katie Ate by Sydney-based author and photographer Katie Quinn Davies (Lantern) has been nominated in two cookbook categories of the 2013 James Beard Foundation... Read more

Bologna: middle-grade readers in demand at a subdued book fair x

Andrew Kelly, publisher of Wild Dog Books, reports from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair: The weather was wet in Bologna, and the mood at this... Read more

2013 NZ Science Book Prize shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Graft (Helen Heath, Victoria University... Read more

Seldon Truss returns to ABA x

Tamara Seldon Truss has returned to the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) in the role of member services officer. Seldon Truss, who previously worked in the... Read more

2013 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards finalists announced

The finalists for the 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Picture books A Great... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, danger closes in on the Shadowhunters in the final instalment of the bestselling ‘Infernal Devices’ trilogy. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra... Read more

Black Inc. relaunches Nero imprint for commercial titles x

Melbourne-based publisher Black Inc. has relaunched its Nero imprint for commercial titles, expanding the list to include Australian-originated nonfiction titles. The publisher has also announced that... Read more

Australians nominated for 2013 Hugo Awards x

A number of Australians are in the running for the 2013 Hugo Awards for science-fiction.  Australian fantasy author Tansy Rayner Roberts has been nominated for Best Fan Writer. In... Read more

Temple’s ‘The Broken Shore’ to screen on ABC x

ABC Television has announced the cast for a television adaptation of Peter Temple’s novel The Broken Shore (Text). The novel will be adapted into a... Read more

Dymocks reveals 101 Club list for 2013 x

Dymocks has released its 101 Club list of the best books of all time for 2013, as voted by members of the company’s Booklover loyalty program. Series... Read more

Brooks nominated for US Indie Award

Australian-American author Geraldine Brooks is one of six finalists in the running for the Indie Champion Award (formerly Most Engaging Author Award) in the 2013 US Indies... Read more

Arthur Frommer ‘re-acquires’ iconic brand from Google x

Arthur Frommer, founder of the Frommer travel publishing brand, has acquired ‘certain’ content from Google, which acquired the brand from Wiley in 2012, reports the... Read more

Fiction dominates ebook sales, according to UK report x

In the UK, a new report shows that fiction titles dominated the ebook market in 2012, with nonfiction and children’s titles increasing slightly in market... Read more

UK Independent Booksellers Award shortlists announced x

The UK Independent Booksellers Award shortlists have been announced, reports the Bookseller. Among the titles nominated in the adult category are Bring Up the Bodies... Read more

Wiley sells 1500 consumer titles to Turner Publishing x

In the US, John Wiley & Sons has continued to sell off its consumer publishing assets, selling its pets, crafts and general interest lists to Turner... Read more

US court rejects sale of second-hand digital goods x

In the US, a district court has rejected the expansion of the first sale doctrine to cover digital files in the case of Capitol Records vs ReDigi, reports Publishers... Read more

Publishers, Amazon move to dismiss bookstores’ class action

In the US, the big six publishers and Amazon have filed separate motions to dismiss the class action lawsuit filed by three bookstores earlier this... Read more

Will Amazon-acquired Goodreads start selling books? x

Amazon has acquired book-recommendation website Goodreads amid speculation that the site will soon incorporate a retail component, reports Publishers Weekly. When asked whether Goodreads will... Read more

NSW Government to replace public school library system, introduce state-wide ebook collection x

The New South Wales Department of Education and Training has called for tenders for a new public schools library management system, which will include state-wide... Read more

In brief x

UK library expert to deliver SLV Foxcroft Lecture The State Library of Victoria (SLV)’s 2013 Foxcraft Lecture will be delivered by British library expert David... Read more

NLA releases app for digitised sheet music x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has released an iPad app that allows users to browse its collection of digitised sheet music. The Forte app gives... Read more

International Library News x

Penguin eases library ebook lending restrictions In the US, Penguin has announced that it will now make all of its frontlist ebook titles available for... Read more

Booksellers respond to Indie, Stella and Miles Franklin awards x

There has been a flurry of awards announcements over the past few weeks, including the winners of the Indie Awards, the shortlist for the Stella Prize... Read more

Jessica Shirvington’s ‘Between the Lives’ x

Sabina is no ordinary 16-year-old girl. On alternate days, she wakes up in a different life. In one, she’s a popular socialite with a rich... Read more

Fernandez promoted at HarperCollins x

Rochelle Fernandez, previously digital editor at HarperCollins, has been promoted to the role of commissioning editor for HarperVoyager. Fernandez, who replaces former commissioning editor Deonie... Read more

Seldon Truss returns to ABA x

Tamara Seldon Truss has returned to the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) in the role of member services officer. Seldon Truss, who previously worked in the... Read more

APA professional development x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) announces that applications close for the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship on Friday 5 April at 5pm. All applications are to be addressed... Read more

61st Annual Book Design Awards tickets on sale x

The Book Design Awards recognises creativity, excellence and innovation in contemporary Australian book design.  Winners will be announced at the gala awards presentation ceremony at the... Read more

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... Read more

Alpa Books Publishers Moving to NewSouth Books x

Effective 1 June, NewSouth Books will be distributing publishers currently distributed by Alpa Books through MDS. MDS will authorise eligible returns until 31 August and... Read more

Colleen McCullough to publish a new historical saga to rival ‘The Thorn Birds’ x

Colleen McCullough is the bestselling Australian fiction writer of all time, with a staggering 30 million copies of her most famous 1977 novel, The Thorn... Read more

HarperCollins Announcement x

HarperCollins is pleased to announce that Digital Editor Rochelle Fernandez has been promoted to Commissioning Editor for the Voyager list, effective immediately.  Rochelle’s responsibilities will... Read more

Hachette Australia Congratulates Mark Wilson x

Hachette Australia congratulates Mark Wilson on being a finalist in the Children’s Fiction (told primarily through pictures) category of the 2012 Aurealis Awards for Inside... Read more

Hachette Australia Congratulates Bronwyn Parry x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Bronwyn Parry on Dead Heat being shortlisted for a RITA Award in the Romance Writers of America awards.  To... Read more

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