Weekly Book Newsletter
10 April 2013

RiP Ruth Prawer Jhabvala x

Author and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has died, aged 85. Jhabvala was born in Germany and lived in the UK, in India and the US.... Read more

RiP Peter Workman x

Peter Workman, founder of New York publisher Workman Publishing Company, has died aged 74. Workman helped to first publish The Silver Palate Cookbook  by Julee... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Every time Australia Post raises their postage rates it makes it harder to compete against overseas book retailers’—General manager of Pages & Pages Booksellers and... Read more

Click Frenzy launches new campaigns; several booksellers signed up

After last year’s rocky launch, the online sales campaign Click Frenzy is back in 2013 with a number of new events. Four Click Frenzy events... Read more

Copyright Agency’s Creative Industries Career Fund recipients announced x

The latest round of funding for the Copyright Agency’s Creative Industries Career Fund has been announced. Writers Zane Lovitt and Samia Khatun are two of... Read more

ABC launches new educational website x

The ABC has launched a new educational website aimed at providing online educational material to children, teachers and parents. The website, called Splash, is funded by the... Read more

Australian, New Zealand writers shortlisted for 2013 Commonwealth Writers Prize

A number of Australian and New Zealand writers have been shortlisted for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Books by... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Scholastic has put a US deal in place for The Runaway Hug (Nick Bland & Freya Blackwood); and licensed Japanese rights to The Very Hungry... Read more

2013 CBCA Awards shortlists announced x

The shortlists for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each of... Read more

2013 CBCA Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each of... Read more

Wheatley, Brooks nominated for 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Awards x

Author Nadia Wheatley and illustrator Ron Brooks have been nominated by IBBY Australia as the Australian candidates for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Awards. The International Board... Read more

Copyright Agency announces funding boost for Reading Australia initiative x

The Copyright Agency has announced $266,300 in new funding for Reading Australia, a website designed to promote Australian literary works. The agency said in a... Read more

Cheetham promoted at Pan Macmillan x

Pan Macmillan has announced that Tracey Cheetham has been appointed to the newly created role of publicity and marketing director. Cheetham, who has already started... Read more

Australian authors longlisted for Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

A number of Australian authors have made the longlist for the 2013 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, one of the world’s largest prizes for... Read more

Australia Post increases prepaid parcel prices x

Australia Post has increased the price of its prepaid parcels as part of a range of measures it says will help meet ‘increasing demand for... Read more

Random House, BMF partner on book donation campaign

Random House has partnered with advertising agency BMF on a new book donation campaign, which involves specially designed dust jackets doubling as pre-paid envelopes. The... Read more

Bridget William Books launches digital shorts imprint x

New Zealand publisher Bridget William Books (BWB) has launched a new series of short digital-only books called BWB Texts. BWB launched the new series in... Read more

EU clears Penguin Random House merger

The European Commission has cleared the proposed merger of Penguin and Random House. The commission announced its decision in a statement on 5 April, saying... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Ten years ago, Rebecca Saunders settled down with Charlie Lewis on their farm. But now, as the farm begins to fail, Rebecca wonders how the romance... Read more

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

Margaret Gee’s launches digital press release service x

Australian media database service Margaret Gee’s has launched an online press release centre called ConnectWeb, which allows subscribers to create and send press releases to... 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

Waterstones founder to launch ebook subscription service x

In the UK, Tim Waterstone, founder of the Waterstones chain of bookshops, is set to launch an ebook subscription service, reports the Guardian. Read Petite... Read more

2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award shortlist announced x

Ten novels have been shortlisted for the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, including five novels that have been translated into English. The shortlisted titles are:... Read more

US indie booksellers increase ebook sales under Kobo x

In the US, Kobo has helped American Booksellers Association (ABA) member booksellers sell more ebooks in its first month’s partnership with the organisation than Google... Read more

Zondervan to launch general YA imprint x

In the US, Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, will launch a new YA imprint aimed at the general trade market called Blink, reports... Read more

BISG, Bowker research shows tablets overtaking dedicated ereaders in the US x

In the US, the latest instalment of the Book Industry Study Group’s Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading survey shows multi-function tablets have overtaken dedicated ereaders... 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

International Library News x

UK legal deposit extended to include digital publications In the UK, new regulations have extended legal deposit to include all digital publications, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

In brief x

Bathurst Library signs with Wheelers ePlatform Bathurst Regional Library in New South Wales is now offering ebooks to its patrons via the Wheelers ePlatform library lending... Read more

UQP launches ebook bundles for library lending x

University of Queensland Press (UQP) is now offering ebook bundles of its titles for library lending. The UQP eBook Collections are available to local libraries... Read more

Taylor & Francis responds to resignation of ‘Journal of Library Administration’ editorial board x

Journal publisher Taylor & Francis has responded to media reports about the resignation of the editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration (JLA), saying... 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

Behind the scenes with Text rights manager Anne Beilby x

Text Publishing’s success in foreign rights sales is well known, including, most recently, its 30-plus foreign rights deals for Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project. Playing a... 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

Mel Campbell’s ‘Out of Shape’ x

Mel Campbell’s first book is a lively and personal waltz through the history and culture of clothing size and fit. Campbell cuts through the rhetoric... 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

Footprint Books is the exclusive distributor for BPP Learning Media x

Publisher: BPP Learning Media ISBN Prefix: 97814453; 97807517  Old distributor: N/A  New distributor: Footprint Books

Changes at Pan Macmillan x

At Pan Macmillan, Tracey Cheetham, previously head of publicity, has been promoted to the newly created role of publicity and marketing director, and is now... 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 developement x

April to May: Please note postponement of Finance for Non-Financial Staff workshop. This will be offered again in October and November. Those already registered will... 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

‘Rules of Summer’ by Shaun Tan – 8th October 2013 x

‘Never break the rules. Especially if you don’t understand them.’ Shaun Tan’s books have won world acclaim; he was awarded the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial... Read more

Kirstie Clements ‘The Vogue Factor’ Promotion x

The Vogue Factor By Kirstie Clements ISBN 978-0-522-86243-0 Print RRP PRICE $29.95 E-Book RRP $24.95 While Kirstie Clements’ new book The Vogue Factor received widespread... Read more

Change of distribution for Nicky Johnston’s books x

Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts! and Happythoughts are Everywhere… , written and illustrated by Nicky Johnston, will be distributed by Dennis Jones & Associates from 11... Read more

UQP eBook Collections x

UQP is pleased to announce the launch of UQP eBook Collections, available through James Bennett and other library suppliers. Standard features include: read online or... Read more

Hachette Australia Congratulates Kristin Weidenbach and Timothy Ide x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Kristin Weidenbach and Timothy Ide on Tom the Outback Mailman being shortlisted in the Eve Pownall Award for Information... Read more

Taylor & Francis: Correction to commentaries around Journal of Library Administration x

Taylor & Francis is concerned to address the misunderstandings that have arisen in various commentaries around the resignation of the Journal of Library Administration (JLA)... Read more

Walker Books congratulates short-listed authors x

It is with great pleasure that Walker Books Australia congratulates the following authors and illustrators on being short-listed for the 2013 Children’s Book Council of... Read more

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