Weekly Book Newsletter
15 May 2013

Federal Government outlines Creative Australia funding in budget x

The Federal Government has outlined its funding plans for Creative Australia, its recently released national cultural policy, in the 2013-14 Commonwealth Budget. As previously reported... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The idea of a national body that enables individual writers’ centres to work more closely together remains a valuable one’—New South Wales Writers Centre chair... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Golvan Arts Management has optioned the film rights to Mice (Gordon Reece, Allen & Unwin) to Southern Light Alliance, partnering with Cyan Films. HarperCollins has sold German volume rights... Read more

Text Prize 2013 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2013 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing has been announced. The shortlisted authors and their manuscripts are: Meg Caddy... Read more

Sala, Meager win Pacific region in 2013 Commonwealth Writers prizes

Australian author Michael Sala has won the Pacific region for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and New Zealand writer Zoe Meager has won the Pacific... Read more

Melbourne council announces plans to create City of Literature office x

The City of Melbourne Council has allocated $135,000 in its 2013-14 draft budget towards the establishment of a permanent City of Literature office in partnership... Read more

Australian, NZ authors among IPPY Award winners x

Books by Australian and New Zealand authors are among the winners of the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), which recognise excellence in independent publishing.... Read more

‘What Katie Ate’ wins James Beard Foundation Award x

Sydney-based author and photographer Katie Quinn Davies has won the photography category of the 2013 James Beard Foundation culinary awards in the US for her... Read more

‘Herman and Rosie’ selected for Read for Australia event

Thousands of school children will read Gus Gordon’s picture book Herman and Rosie (Viking) during Read for Australia, a nation-wide reading event to be held... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Hugh Mackay’s The Good Life: What Makes a Life Worth Living (Pan Macmillan) is not a book about ‘how to feel good, how to find... Read more

Writing Australia defunded x

Writing Australia, a national organisation that was launched in 2011 to support writers’ centres across Australia, has been ‘quietly defunded’, according to a report from... Read more

RMIT to open pop-up bookshops; plans underway for permanent shops

RMIT University in Melbourne will open two pop-up bookshops in June to cater for students buying their textbooks for the second semester of the university... Read more

‘Kill Your Darlings’ opens online store

Melbourne-based literary journal Kill Your Darlings (KYD) has opened an online store, which will sell editions of KYD as well as other books and stationery.... Read more

2013 kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowships announced

The black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has announced the winners of the 2013 kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowships.... Read more

Vale Gregory Rogers

Children’s book illustrator, author and teacher Gregory Rogers has died, aged 55. Scholastic Australia writes: ‘Scholastic Australia wishes to note the passing of the much-loved... Read more

Big W to sponsor Mamamia’s The Book Circle, screen episodes online x

Discount department store Big W has signed up as a major sponsor of Mamamia’s The Book Circle and will screen episodes of the online book... Read more

2013 Davitt Awards to include new Lifetime Achievement Award x

The Davitt Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime for crime books written by Australian women, has introduced a new lifetime achievement award. The 2013 Davitt... Read more

ABIA Book of the Year shortlist announced

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the shortlist for this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) Book of the Year Award, which is sponsored... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It has been inspiring to have been a part of the management of change, and part of the growing professionalism and internationalisation of the industry’—former... Read more

Genat to replace Page as ABA president in June x

Patricia Genat, managing director of ALS Library Services, will replace Jon Page as the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) president after the organisation’s annual general meeting... Read more

Thousands flock to Clunes for annual Booktown Festival x

Booksellers have reported strong sales and author events attracted record crowds at this year’s Clunes Booktown Festival, with up to 18,000 people visiting the central... Read more

QBD launches first local Copia-powered ebookstore x

Bookselling chain QBD has become the first Australian retailer to launch an ebookstore powered by Copia. The QBD ebookstore is now live and is integrated... Read more

Tsiolkas guest speaker at ABA conference dinner; menu designed by Liaw and Halliday x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced that Christos Tsiolkas will be the guest speaker at the conference’s ‘celebrating bookselling’ gala dinner at the Hilton... Read more

Thames & Hudson distribution to move to ADS x

Thames & Hudson Australia has announced that distribution of its titles and those of its sales agencies will move from Macmillan Distribution Services (MDS) to... Read more

Sony opens ebookstore in Australia

Sony has opened its Reader Store in Australia, offering a range of local and international ebooks. The Reader Store has previously been available in the... Read more

2013 NT Literary Awards finalists announced x

The finalists in this year’s Northern Territory Literary Awards have been announced. The finalists in the book-related categories are:   Short stories:     ‘Flag of Surrender’ (Kerry... Read more

Victorian Government announces $29 million in new arts funding, restructures arts funding processes x

The Victorian Government has announced close to $29 million in new funding for the state’s arts sector in its latest budget. The government, which released... Read more

Funder wins ‘Women of Style’ award

Australian author Anna Funder has won the Arts and Culture category of the 2013 Women of Style awards, presented by InStyle Magazine. Funder, whose novel... Read more

Military police return confiscated books after two years x

Military police have returned books that were confiscated from the Beyond Q Bookshop in Canberra in 2011, reports the Canberra Times. After two years, military police... Read more

Monash University EWF prize shortlist announced x

Fifteen writers from eight universities have been shortlisted for the 2013 Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing, which will be presented during the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) in Melbourne... Read more

‘The Light between Oceans’ selected for Richard & Judy Book Club x

M L Stedman’s The Light between Oceans (Vintage) has been selected for the Summer season of the Richard & Judy Book Club. Stedman’s novel is... Read more

Perpetual acquires The Trust Company x

Perpetual, manager of many private charitable and philanthropic foundations in Australia, including the Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards, has acquired The Trust Company, which manages the Miles Franklin Literary Award, reports Business Spectator. Perpetual... Read more

Lilydale Books opens ebookstore on ReadCloud x

Victorian bookseller Lilydale Books has opened an ebookstore using ReadCloud, called Lilydale eBooks. The 25-year-old bookseller specialises in school books and educational supplies for primary... Read more

New Writers Victoria fellowship announced x

Writers Victoria, in association with Templeberg Villa, has announced a new international fellowship for writers. The inaugural Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship will give one writer... Read more

South Korean publisher steps down amid allegations of inflating sales figures x

In South Korea, the CEO of book publisher Jaeum & Moeum has stepped down amid allegations he inflated company sales figures, reports the Korea Times.... Read more

Amazon buys Liquavista; colour Kindle rumoured x

Amazon has purchased screen technology company Liquavista from Samsung, sparking rumours that the company is working on a colour version of its Kindle, reports the... Read more

Survey: almost 90% of Chinese read online; few satisfied with quality x

In China, almost 90% of people have read books online, but few are satisfied with the quality of ebooks, reports Xinhuanet News. In a survey conducted and... Read more

Cengage US negotiating ‘restructure’ with creditors, may file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy x

In the US, educational publisher Cengage Learning is in the process of negotiating a restructuring plan with its creditors and may file for Chapter 11... Read more

Kobo launches online game contest featuring ‘Inferno’-inspired ebooks from Writing Life author x

Kobo has created an online game contest featuring three new ebooks from one of its self-published authors to tie in with Dan Brown’s new book... Read more

Apple wins ‘iBooks’ trademark case x

In the US, a district court has ruled in favour of Apple in a legal dispute over the ‘iBooks’ trademark, reports Apple Insider. The plaintiff, publisher Black Tower... Read more

Microsoft offers to buy Nook Media, according to ‘TechCrunch’ report x

In the US, TechCrunch has reported that Microsoft is offering to pay Barnes & Noble US$1 billion (approximately A$1 billion) to purchase the digital assets... Read more

Book discovery platform Riffle goes live x

In the US, book discovery platform Riffle has opened to the general public, reports Shelf Awareness. The platform, which was initially expected to launch during... Read more

World Book Night in US boosts sales by 32% x

World Book Night in the US, which was held for the second time on 23 April, has resulted in a 32% increase in year-to-date sales... Read more

UK indies concerned over price of new Dan Brown novel x

In the UK, independent retailers have expressed concerns about competing with the big retailers for sales of the new novel from Dan Brown, reports the Evening... Read more

Online sales bill passes US Senate x

The US Senate has approved a bill to allow states to collect taxes from high-earning online retailers, reports Publishers Weekly. In a vote of 69... Read more

International Library News x

Baker & Taylor launches axisReader app for ebook lending Library distributor Baker & Taylor has launched its axisReader app, which allows library patrons to download... Read more

In brief x

Debate sparked by NZ suggestion that Kindles replace library services In New Zealand, Marlborough District local councillor David Oddie has sparked debate by suggesting it... Read more

SLV appoints new directors x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has appointed three new directors to reflect a new executive structure.   Jo Watson has been appointed as director... Read more

Melbourne council allocates funding to Docklands, Carlton libraries x

The City of Melbourne Council has allocated new funding to libraries in the Docklands and Carlton in its 2013-14 draft budget. The council has committed... Read more

ALIA releases ‘The Future of the Profession’ report x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has released a new report that discusses the future role of library and information services. ALIA said the... Read more

In brief x

Gold Coast libraries may consider commercialising services The Gold Coast City Council may consider partnering its library services with commercial organisations such as bookshops, reports goldcoast.com.au.... Read more

New funding for SLV announced in budget x

New funding for the State Library of Victoria (SLV) has been announced in the 2013-14 Victorian state budget, released on 7 May. Victorian Arts Minister... Read more

Jon Page on the digital future for booksellers x

Last week, Pages & Pages general manager Jon Page announced that he would be stepping down as president of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) in... Read more

What’s next for romance fiction? x

Over the past year, Australian publishers have enjoyed a significant boost in sales for romance fiction, mostly fuelled by erotic fiction. But how long will... Read more

John Harwood’s ‘The Asylum’ x

In this suspenseful gothic thriller set in late Victorian England, John Harwood (The Ghost Writer, Séance) has clearly had fun with the genre while creating... Read more

Felicity Volk’s ‘Lightning’ x

A road novel, a tale of magic realism, a story of two outsiders finding each other, and a search for identity saga. Lightning, an ambitious,... Read more

Thames & Hudson will commence distribution for The National Gallery of Victoria x

Publisher: National Gallery of Victoria – NGV ISBN Prefix: 978072410 Old Distributor: NGV New Distributor: Thames & Hudson Changeover Date: Immediately

Peribo to distribute Choc Lit x

Publisher: Choc Lit ISBN Prefix: 978-178189, 978-190693 Old Distributor: Alpa Books New Distributor: Peribo Changeover Date:  01/06/2013

SLV appoints new directors x

The State Library of Victoria has appointed three new directors. Jo Watson has been appointed as director of community engagement, Peter McMahon has been appointed... Read more

Changes at the ABA x

Patricia Genat, managing director of ALS Library Services, will replace Jon Page, general manager of Pages & Pages Booksellers in Sydney, as president of the Australian Booksellers... Read more

Kavanagh appointed chair of IPEd x

Owen Kavanagh, professional member of the Society of Editors NSW, has been appointed chair of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).

Editors Victoria: Ebooks for Beginners 2013 x

Editors Victoria is running a session on Ebooks on Saturday June 1. The session answer questions such as: What are ebooks? How are ebooks created? Where does the... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) editing annual reports: a special approach x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will present a one-day professional development workshop on editing annual reports: a special approach with Arthur E Delbridge on Wednesday... Read more

APA Professional Development x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) professional development sessions include: Book Design: A Thousand Words’ Worth – Friday 24 May 10-11am at Wharf Theatre Two. Free entry.... Read more

The Future of Arts Publishing, Journalism and Criticism seminar x

Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group (SAMAG) will hold a seminar on The Future of Arts Publishing, Journalism and Criticism with guest speakers James Ley and Angela Bennetts. This panel... Read more

One week left to book APA awards tickets x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced that there is only one week left to book tickets to the Book Design Awards and Australian Book... Read more

Walkley Book Award first round entries now open x

First round entries for this year’s Walkley Book Award are now open for titles produced by an Australian journalist or writer, published in the year from 1... Read more

ABA Announces Panel for 2013 Industry Forum x

The ABA Industry Forum is an annual opportunity to have an open discussion about topics directly related to bookselling and publishing. Louise Adler (Melbourne University... Read more

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