Weekly Book Newsletter
10 April 2013

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

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

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 Award, presented with the Dromkeen Medal for services to children’s literature in Australia, and won an Academy Award for the animated short film adaptation of his book The Lost Thing.

Lothian Children’s Books are now thrilled to announce they will be publishing a new book by Shaun Tan, Rules of Summer, on 8th October 2013.

Rules of Summer is a deceptively simple story about two boys, one older and one younger, and the kind of ‘rules’ that might govern any relationship between close friends or siblings. Rules that are often so strange or arbitrary, they seem impossible to understand from the outside.

As you venture deep into the story, these poetic images become darker, more mysterious and unsettling, drawing towards a redemptive ending that affirms the depth of true friendship, a bond that is equally wonderful and inexplicable.

Fiona Hazard, Publishing Director at Hachette Australia, said, ‘We are absolutely thrilled to be publishing Shaun Tan’s latest book. This is a landmark year for Lothian as it marks the 125th anniversary of the imprint. What better way to mark the occasion than with another masterpiece from one of Australia’s greatest talents. A man whose incredible insight into the human condition resonates all over the world. We can’t wait to share it with you all.’

Shaun Tan’s award-winning books include the highly acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival, The Lost Thing, The Red TreeThe Rabbits and Tales From Outer Suburbia.

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan will be published 8th October 2013 by Lothian Children’s Books. View www.hachettechildrens.com.au/9780734410672  for regularly updated information.


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 local attention media upon its release in Australia in early March, even her favoured clairvoyants didn’t predict the serious interest it has generated this week in the US and Britain…

Following an article in the UK’s Daily Mail, Kirstie has received international attention stemming from details she revealed in the book about the drastic measures that models take to remain ‘catwalk thin’–including eating tissues to fill empty stomachs. Last week Clements has appeared on some of America’s highest rating TV programs including Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, NBC’s Today and CNN, and the requests keep flowing in from the US, UK and Europe.

In May 2012 Kirstie Clements was unceremoniously sacked after thirteen years in the editor’s chair at Vogue Australia. In The Vogue Factor she tells the story behind the headlines, and takes us behind the scenes of a fast-changing industry.

Continuing with her national publicity tour, Kirstie is visiting book stores and retailers for events and signings. Media highlights include interviews on The Morning Show, Today Tonight, The Drum, conversation hours, and various national commercial AM and FM programs. Also continuing with her local promotional tour, Kirstie is visiting book stores and retailers for events and signings leading up to Mothers Day. TV, radio and print publicity will continue with Kirstie having appeared on Ch 7 Sunrise on Friday and will be interviewed by Fashionista’s Australia this week. Advertising for the book will be appearing on the back of busses across the Eastern seaboard leading up Mother’s Day.
Win a NAPOLEON PERDIS makeover in your state!

To celebrate Kirstie Clements’ new book The Vogue Factor, we’re giving you and your customers the chance to win some gorgeous prizes! Please contact Ash Dowling dowling@unimelb.edu.au Booksellers place your reorders with RHA 1800-222-444


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 April 2013. Nicky’s next book, Actually, I Can, will be published by Rough Draft in August 2013 and will also be distributed by Dennis Jones & Associates.


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 download; ePUB and ePDF formats; marc records; free text searching; print, email, highlight, copy, note, bookmark, and read aloud functions, and; multiple concurrent access. The David Unaipon Award 23 Winners and the UQ ePress Pacific Studies Series Collection One are available now. Custom collections can also be compiled on request. All subscriptions are for 12 months or perpetual access. Please email dean.mason@uq.edu.au for more information.


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 Books category of the 2013 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. 

To order copies of Tom the Outback Mailman (ISBN: 9780734412249) please contact Alliance Distribution Services customer service on toll-free fax 1800-664-477 or tel (02) 4390-1300.


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) Editor and Board. We regret the resignation, as we had high hopes for the Editorship of Damon Jaggers, and it was disappointing to see it conclude so abruptly after only 12 weeks.

Contrary to reports of restrictive author rights, JLA authors in fact have the best “Green Open Access” route option available. As for authors in all other journals in our Library & Information Science (LIS) portfolio, JLA authors do not have to pay an Article Publishing Charge (APC) in order to achieve full OA from the point of publication. Under our LIS pilot program, which has been running since 2011, authors can freely post their (“post-print”) author accepted manuscript immediately on publication – ie without any embargo.  By way of example, this policy meets – and indeed positively exceeds – the requirements of the ARC mandate released in January 2013 in relation to access to research. For a complete explanation of our current LIS Author Rights Policy, please visit the link here.

There is also no requirement for JLA authors to pay any money in order to publish in the JLA or to get immediate full-text Open Access of their articles. Taylor & Francis’ APC (Author Publishing Charge) paid OA model, T&F Open Select, has been implemented as an option for authors in order to comply with the recent RCUK and Wellcome Trust mandate on those journals where there is an embargo period on author accepted version posting in a repository. To view the RCUK Open Access Policy please follow the link here.

As detailed above, there is no embargo for JLA authors who wish to post their version of their manuscript online (following peer review) – and no requirement for JLA authors to pay for publication in JLA.

The regrettable circumstances around the resignation of the JLA Board have highlighted the complexities of the current arena. This is characterized by a range of Open Access models, alongside a range of licences, in the quest to meet the different requirements being set by various funding bodies around the world. Taylor & Francis has a range of licences designed to meet author and funder needs. We regularly review author documents, and since late last year we have been working on new versions for release. These versions will provide greater choice and more clarity to our authors about the rights they retain.

For any queries, please contact: Sarah Blatchford, Regional Director, Routledge/Taylor & Francis Australasia, e-mail: sarah.blatchford@tandf.com.au


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 Australia Awards:

Older Reader’s Category
– The Wrong Boy by Suzy Zail

Younger Reader’s Category
– Other Brother by Simon French

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books Category
– Nature Storybooks: Python by Christopher Cheng and Mark Jackson (illus)

Classroom ideas are available for these titles at www.walkerbooks.com.au/teachers. Stock of The Wrong Boy and Other Brother will be available 3 May and Python will be available 12 June. To order copies of any of these titles, please contact Harper Entertainment Distribution Services: 1300-551-721



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.




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