Weekly Book Newsletter
24 April 2013

A&U to pay damages to Corby family for use of photographs x

Allen & Unwin has been ordered to pay members of Schapelle Corby’s family more than $50,000 in damages over the publication of a number of photographs in... Read more

RiP Al Knight

Hyland House publisher and doyen of the book industry Al Knight has died, aged 88.  Knight’s wife Janet McCalman writes: ‘Al came to Melbourne in 1971 to... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Amazon has over sixty-five percent of the ebook market in Australia and over seventy-five percent of ereaders owned in Australia are Kindles’—Pages & Pages general... Read more

Australians upbeat at ‘busy and buzzy’ LBF x

Annabel Blay from Curtis Brown reports: ‘Busy and buzzy’ was the most frequent observation from editors, agents and scouts about this year’s London Book Fair... Read more

RMIT Bookshop to close x

Melbourne campus bookseller RMIT Bookshop will close on 30 April. The independent business, which is owned by the Melbourne Co-operative Bookshop Group (MCGB), has operated in the Melbourne CBD... Read more

RiP E L Konigsburg x

Children’s author and illustrator E L Konigsburg has died, aged 83. Konigsburg wrote or illustrated more than 20 books including picture books, contemporary novels and... Read more

RiP A S A Harrison x

Canadian author and editor A S A Harrison has died, aged 65. Harrison’s debut novel The Silent Wife (Headline) is due for worldwide release in... Read more

Pages & Pages announces ‘Kindle amnesty’ x

Pages & Pages Booksellers in Mosman, Sydney, has announced that it will introduce a ‘Kindle amnesty’ on the third Saturday of every month, asking customers... Read more

Best Australian Blogs 2013 finalists announced x

The finalists in the Best Australian Blogs 2013 competition have been announced. Finalists in the Words and Writing category are: ‘Alpha Reader’ by Danielle Binks... Read more

ASA Children’s Picture Book Illustrators’ grants announced

The recipients of the 2013 Australian Society of Authors’ (ASA) Children’s Picture Book Illustrators’ grants have been announced. The Emerging Illustrator’s grant of $5000 was awarded to... Read more

ABA Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Light between Oceans... Read more

Handbury, Ashbridge launch online food community x

Former Murdoch Books owner Matt Handbury and digital director Mark Ashbridge have partnered to launch a new website dedicated to food and cooking. Eatlove, which... Read more

JB HiFi launches ebookstore

Australian electronics retailer JB HiFi has launched an ebookstore. The store, which went live on 22 April, is part of the retailer’s NOW platform, which also sells digital... Read more

ASA celebrates 50 years; National Writers’ Congress to be held in October x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with a National Writers’ Congress in October. The ASA, which was founded... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

After Elizabeth witnesses a mafia murder she enters a witness protection program and begins a new life as computer security expert Abigail Lowery. The anxiety of her past life... Read more

Canadian regulators approve Penguin Random House merger x

The Canadian Competition Bureau and the Department of Canadian Heritage has cleared the proposed merger of Penguin and Random House. Random House parent company Bertelsmann... Read more

Keneally shortlisted for £25,000 Walter Scott Prize x

Australian author Tom Keneally has been shortlisted for the 2013 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his novel The Daughters of Mars (Vintage). Keneally’s... Read more

Lonely Planet celebrates 40th anniversary; competitions and limited-edition covers planned x

Lonely Planet is celebrating 40 years of publishing travel books this year. The company has a number of events planned across the globe to celebrate... Read more

Text signs eight-book deal with self-published YA author

Text Publishing has signed an eight-book deal with self-published YA author Darrell Pitt. Pitt, a Melbourne writer who is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts... Read more

EWF program announced x

The program for the tenth 2013 Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) in Melbourne has been announced. The festival will begin with a gala event on 23 May,... Read more

Leading Edge Books conference program announced x

Leading Edge Books (LEB) has announced a number of sessions and participating authors for its annual conference, to be held from 14-16 June at the... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘In only a few short years since they first started discussing the position of women in literature they have made something beautiful.’ Stella Prize winner Carrie... Read more

RiP Kevin Wong Hoy x

Melbourne-based author and historian Kevin Wong Hoy has died, aged 65.  Australian Scholarly Publishing writes: ‘Kevin made a significant contribution to Chinese Australian history, having... Read more

RiP Graham Davey x

Graham Davey, president of the Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA), has died. Davey was the president of YABBA for more than 20 years. During... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Hachette has sold Bulgarian and Latvian language rights to Wildflower Hill (Kimberley Freeman); Latvian language rights to Lighthouse Bay (Kimberley Freeman); Serbian language rights... Read more

‘Farewell, Dear People’ wins 2012 Manning Clark House Cultural Award x

Ross McMullin has won the individual category of the 2013 Manning Clark House Cultural Awards for his book Farewell, Dear People (Scribe). McMullin’s book, a... Read more

Globalese and the gamification of editing discussed at National Editors Conference x

The effects of globalisation on the English language, the gamification of editing and the business of freelancing were among the topics discussed at the sixth Institute... Read more

Publishers, festivals to share in $800,000 from Copyright Agency Cultural Fund

The Small Press Network (SPN), literary journals and writers’ festivals are among the organisations that will receive funding from the Copyright Agency in its latest... Read more

Tiffany wins inaugural Stella Prize x

Carrie Tiffany has been named the winner of the inaugural Stella Prize, an award established to promote books by Australian women writers. Tiffany received the... Read more

Australian writer wins ‘Guardian’ Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize x

Australian writer Joe Ducie has won the inaugural Guardian Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize. Ducie, 24, from Perth, Western Australia, was named one of... Read more

Haylee Nash joins Booktopia x

Haylee Nash has joined Booktopia to manage the online bookseller’s romance sales. Nash, who started in the role on 15 April, was previously publishing manager... Read more

Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction, previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction, has been announced. None of the Australian and... Read more

Chinese writer wins inaugural NZ writing fellowship x

The inaugural Rewi Alley Writing Fellowship has been awarded to Chinese writer Huo Yan. Huo, a 23-year-old PhD student at Beijing Normal University, will undertake... Read more

ALA announces finalists for 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals x

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the six finalists for this year’s Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The titles shortlisted... Read more

‘LA Times’ Book Prizes winners announced x

The 33rd annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced, recognising the ‘best books’ published in the US in 2012, across 10 categories. Among... Read more

Bangkok celebrates World Book Capital 2013

Bangkok has begun celebrating its title of World Book Capital 2013. Bangkok, which received the honour from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2011, is hosting a number of... Read more

German court rejects sale of secondhand ebooks x

A German court has ruled that used ebooks cannot be resold by owners, reports Publishers Weekly. In its decision the German District Court of Bielefeld... Read more

Penguin soon to resolve ebook price-fixing charges with DOJ, EU x

Penguin is close to resolving ebook price-fixing charges in the US and EU ahead of its planned merger with Random House, reports Publishers Weekly. In... Read more

US Indies Choice Book Awards winners announced x

The American Booksellers Association has announced the winners of the 2013 Indies Choice Book Awards. The prize for Adult Fiction Book of the Year went... Read more

Shortlist announced for 2013 RSL Ondaatje Prize x

The shortlist for the 2013 RSL Ondaatje Prize, an annual award of £10,000 (A$14,850) for ‘a distinguished work of fiction, nonfiction or poetry evoking the... Read more

Mantel, Saunders make 2013 TIME 100 influential people list x

Authors Hilary Mantel and George Saunders have been included in TIME Magazine’s 2013 list of 100 influential people. Mantel, who has dominated recent literary awards... Read more

Publishers concerned about Amazon’s territoriality practices x

Publishers who attended this year’s London Book Fair have raised concerns about how Amazon enforces territorial restrictions for books listed on its websites, reports both the... Read more

Faber teams up with the ‘Guardian’ to launch nonfiction imprint x

In the UK, Faber & Faber has launched a new nonfiction imprint with the Guardian newspaper, reports the Bookseller. Guardian Faber will commission up to... Read more

ASLA report calls for greater support for teacher librarians x

A new report released by the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) has called for greater support for teacher librarians from governments and other education authorities.... Read more

In brief x

Mudgee Library reopens The Mudgee branch of the Mid-Western Regional Council Library in New South Wales has reopened after extensive renovations, reports the Mudgee Guardian.... Read more

Queensland Government research and information centre to move to SLQ x

The Research and Information Centre (RIC) at the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) will move to the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) from... Read more

International Library News x

UK publishers to use Ingram’s CoreSource platform for legal deposit of ebooks In the UK, Ingram Content Group has announced that it has extended its... Read more

International Library News x

Simon & Schuster makes ebooks available to libraries for the first time Simon & Schuster is making its ebooks available to libraries for the first... Read more

SLNSW launches AMAZE Gallery with new app x

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has launched its first new gallery since 1929. The AMAZE Gallery was launched on 11 April with... Read more

Self-published YA author Darrell Pitt on striking a deal with Text x

‘There are disadvantages to signing with a traditional publisher. Certainly, traditional publishing is far slower than self-publishing. Gone are the good old days of finishing... Read more

Abigail Nathan on the highlights of the National Editors Conference x

‘With publishing currently facing such drastic change, one might expect that the tone of the conference would have been doom and gloom, with a soupçon... Read more

Peter Cotton’s ‘Dead Cat Bounce’ x

Timeliness is next to godliness if you’re a popular fiction author, and Peter Cotton’s debut novel Dead Cat Bounce is about as on the money... Read more

Pan Macmillan's distribution move to ADS x

Agency Change Details Publisher: Pan Macmillan ISBN Prefix: Pan; 97817426, 97803304, 97803303, 97814050, 97803305, 97802305, 97814472, 97802830 Macquarie; 97818764 Agencies; 97817808, 97818491, 97808573, 97819066, 97819049,... Read more

Footprint ends distribution of Hurst x

Agency Change Details Publisher: Hurst Agency: Hurst ISBN Prefix: 978184904 Old Distributor: Footprint New Distributor: Inbooks Changeover Date: 1 April 2013                

McDonald leaves OverDrive x

Andrew McDonald has resigned from his position as business development consultant for OverDrive Australia. McDonald, a YA author who previously worked in the role of online manager... Read more

Hanniffy appointed territory manager for Sydney at Herron Books x

Kevin Hanniffy has been appointed territory manager for Sydney and surrounds at Herron Books. (See classified.)

Editors Victoria Professional Development x

Advanced Microsoft Word 2011 for Editors (Mac) Saturday, 4 May 2013 Much of an editor’s job involves repetitive work, especially as the technological requirements of... Read more

Editors Victoria Dinner: Carrie Tiffany and Toni Jordan in conversation x

Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov once said: ‘The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible... Read more

APA professional development x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) professional development sessions include: Editing on Screen: For the Keen, Green and In Between with Kevin O’Brien Thursday 9 May (afternoon)... Read more

LIANZA Conference 2013: Call for Abstracts x

The LIANZA 2013 Conference Programme Committee welcomes abstract submissions for papers, lightning sessions, and workshops for the conference, themed ‘Wai-Ora, Wai-Māori, Waikato’, running from 20-23 October in Hamilton, New... Read more

The Maurice Saxby lecture 2013 x

This year’s Maurice Saxby Lecture will be held at the Dixson Room at the State Library of NSW on 14 May. The lecture, to be... Read more

S&S Congratulates Nadifa Mohamed x

S&S Australia is delighted to congratulate Nadifa Mohamed on being named in the Granta Best of Young British Novelists 2013.  Mohamed’s second novel, The Orchard... Read more

UQP Authors Shortlisted for Numerous Awards x

Congratulations to the UQP authors who have recently been shortlisted for prestigious awards. These include: Jennifer Mills, author of The Rest is Weight (ISBN: 9780... Read more

‘It’s a Miroocool!’ x

Audrey’s picture book has been nominated for the Early Childhood CBCA book of the year. Australia’s very own Pippi Longstocking can’t put a foot wrong!... Read more

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