Weekly Book Newsletter
22 May 2013

RiP Kevin Jones x

Kevin Jones, former manager of Publishers Distribution Limited (PDL), has died aged 65. Jones worked as manager of PDL, an Auckland-based distribution company, from March... Read more

White appointed head of international at HarperCollins; Catherine Milne to acquire lit fiction for Fourth Estate x

HarperCollins Australia has appointed Michael White to the newly created position of head of international publishing. HarperCollins Australia marketing and communications director Simon Milne told Books+Publishing... Read more

Brockhoff joins Harlequin x

Harlequin Australia has announced that Sue Brockhoff has joined the publisher in the role of publishing and communications manager. Brockhoff, who was previously head of... Read more

Masson re-elected as chair, Day as treasurer of ASA board x

Sophie Masson has been re-elected as chair and David Day as treasurer of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) board. Masson, Irina Dunn, Helen O’Neill, Chris... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘As an unintended consequence of changes in consumer buying habits, people are not paying taxes on things that they have done for years’—Australian Booksellers Association... Read more

SWF kicks off

The Sydney Writers’ Festival was officially launched last night. The opening address was delivered by oral storyteller Daniel Morden, who embodies this year’s festival theme... Read more

Hayes joins Copia as merchandising and marketing manager x

Antonia Hayes has joined ebook provider Copia in the role of Australian merchandising and marketing manager. Hayes, who started in the role this month, is... Read more

Express Media announces book publishing initiative for young writers x

Express Media will publish two novella-length books by Australian writers under 30 as part of a new initiative called Hologram. The Hologram books will be... Read more

Hachette partners with Droga5 to create ‘in-flight’ collection for Qantas flyers

Hachette Australia has partnered with Sydney creative agency Droga5 and Qantas to create a set of paperback books that are timed to be read during... Read more

Sanders, Flowers shortlisted for AOI Illustration Awards

Australian illustrators Ben Sanders and Tony Flowers have been shortlisted in the children’s book category of the UK-based Association of Illustrators (AOI) Illustration Awards. Sanders has... Read more

Scribe to launch new media series

Melbourne-based publisher Scribe will launch a new series of nonfiction books about contemporary media trends later this year. The ‘Media Chronicles’ series will launch with... Read more

Nash nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year award x

Booktopia CEO and founder Tony Nash has been nominated for the 2013 Australian Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Nash, who founded Booktopia... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Charlaine Harris fans will be sad to say goodbye to Sookie Stackhouse, the small-town telepathic waitress who loves vampires. Dead Ever After (Hachette), the 13th... Read more

2012 Aurealis Awards announced

The winners of the 2012 Aurealis Awards were announced at a ceremony in Sydney on 18 May, with Margo Lanagan picking up four awards, including... Read more

2013 NT Literary Awards winners announced x

The winners of the Northern Territory Literary Awards have been announced. The winners in the book-related categories are: Short stories ‘Responsible’ (Lois Murphy)   Youth ‘Change... Read more

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards winners announced; ‘Ruby Moonlight’ wins Book of the Year

The winners of this year’s New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award were announced in Sydney on 19 May, on the eve of the 2013 Sydney... Read more

MWF 2013 schools program announced x

The Melbourne Writers Festival has released its schools program for 2013. Among the authors featured in this year’s program, which runs from 26 to 29... Read more

Becker: How the GST threshold on overseas purchases can be lowered to one cent

Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) CEO Joel Becker has written a blog post on the Council of Small Business Australia website calling for Australian leaders to ‘show some gumption’... Read more

Grybowski appointed Australia Council CEO x

Tony Grybowski has been appointed as the new CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts. Grybowski joined the Australia Council in 2007 and previously... Read more

Victorian Premier’s unpublished manuscript award shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript has been announced. The shortlisted manuscripts are: A Field Guide to Birdwatching... Read more

Publisher Inkerman & Blunt launched x

A new publisher has been launched in Melbourne. Inkerman & Blunt is the brainchild of Donna Ward, founding editor of WA creative writing journal Indigo.... Read more

2013 Galley Club Awards cancelled x

The Galley Club of Sydney has cancelled its book and magazine production awards for 2013 because of a lack of resources and industry support, reports... Read more

Nominations for ABA Management Committee announced x

The nominations for each of the positions on the management committee of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) have been announced, ahead of the association’s 2013... Read more

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

‘The Light between Oceans’ shortlisted for UK historical fiction prize x

The Light between Oceans by Australian author M L Stedman (Vintage) is one of five titles shortlisted for the 2013 Goldsboro Crown for Historical Debut... 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

Waterstones to restructure bookshop management positions x

UK bookselling chain Waterstones is restructuring its bookshop management positions to put more emphasis on shop-floor bookselling, reports the Bookseller. Managing director James Daunt has... Read more

Barefoot Books withdraws books with Amazon x

In the US, independent children’s publisher Barefoot Books has announced it will no longer sell books through Amazon, reports Digital Book World. The publisher said... Read more

Bowker launches SelfPublishedAuthor.com x

In the US, Bowker, parent company of Books+Publishing owner Thorpe-Bowker, has launched SelfPublishedAuthor.com, a website designed to help authors self-publish their work. The website, which says its aim... Read more

European booksellers warn against closed ebook ‘ecosystems’ x

European booksellers have urged the European Commission to act over big retailers’ use of closed ebook ‘ecosystems’, reports the Bookseller. At the European and International... Read more

Book discovery platform BookLikes goes live x

In the US, another book discovery platform, BookLikes, has been launched. The platform allows users to create a personal webpage complete with blog, virtual bookshelf... Read more

Jobs to Murdoch: HarperCollins had three options for ebook pricing x

As Apple prepares to face the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in a courtroom on 3 June over the DOJ’s ongoing ebook pricing lawsuit, an email... Read more

Doctorow awarded Gold Medal for the Arts x

US novelist E L Doctorow has been awarded one of the 2013 Gold Medals for the Arts by the American Academy of Arts and Letters,... Read more

Amazon expected to face new questions over tax practices

In the UK, Amazon may face new questions in parliament about its British tax status, reports the Guardian. A recent investigation conducted by the Guardian... Read more

Kinney, Preiss Glasser honoured in US children’s choice awards x

In the US, author Jeff Kinney and illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser have taken out the top awards at this year’s Children’s Book Council (CBC) Children’s... Read more

Hensher wins 2013 Ondaatje Prize x

In the UK, Philip Hensher has won the 2013 RSL Ondaatje Prize, reports the Guardian. Hensher won the £10,000 (A$15,416) award for Scenes from Early Life (Fourth Estate), a novel... 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

In brief x

ProQuest completes EBL acquisition ProQuest has announced the completion of its acquisition of Ebook Library (EBL) from the Ebook Corporation. The EBL platform offers approximately 300,000 ebooks from... Read more

Australian libraries participate in Big Library Read project x

A number of Australian libraries are participating in the Big Library Read project, a two-week ebook data experiment run by OverDrive and Sourcebooks. As previously... Read more

Australia’s Favourite Librarians announced x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Love2Read campaign have announced the winners of the Australia’s Favourite Librarian competition. The overall winner is... Read more

New items added to Australian Memory of the World register x

Collections from the National Library of Australia and state and territory libraries in Victoria, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and South Australia are among... Read more

International Library News x

OCLC appoints Prichard as president and CEO In the US, the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) has appointed Skip Prichard as president and CEO, reports... 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

What booksellers want from publishers x

In a speech delivered at a publishers’ conference in the UK earlier this year, the Bookseller’s editor Phillip Jones argued that ‘bookshops can help themselves.... 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

Inga Simpson’s ‘Mr Wigg’ x

The book that comes to mind on having finished Inga Simpson’s Mr Wigg is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. They share nothing much in common; Mr Wigg is set... 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

Masson re-elected as chair, Day as treasurer of ASA board x

Sophie Masson has been re-elected as chair and David Day as treasurer of the Australian Society of Authors board. (See news.)

Changes at HarperCollins x

Michael White has been appointed to the newly created position of head of international publishing at HarperCollins. White’s appointment follows the departure of former head... Read more

Harrex retires from Otago University Press x

Wendy Harrex has retired as publisher at Otago University Press in Dunedin, New Zealand, after 20 years in the role. Rachel Scott, formerly the publisher of Canterbury University... Read more

Brockhoff joins Harlequin x

Sue Brockhoff has joined Harlequin Australia in the role of publishing and communications manager. Brockhoff, who was previously head of fiction at HarperCollins, replaces former... Read more

Hayes joins Copia x

Antonia Hayes has joined ebook provider Copia in the role of Australian merchandising and marketing manager. Hayes has previously worked as a publicist for Random... Read more

Grybowski appointed Australia Council CEO x

Tony Grybowski has been appointed as the new CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts. Grybowski, who previously worked for the Australia Council in... Read more

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

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. June workshop 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 AM,... Read more

APA Professional Development x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) professional development sessions include: The Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellow 2013/14 will be announced on Saturday 25 May at 1 pm at... Read more

Editors Victoria: Redact 2013 – Training for editors x

Editors Victoria is running a weekend course over 10-11 August in Hepburn Springs. Redact is a residential weekend course offered by Editors Victoria over the... Read more

ALPA Books Publishers Moving to NewSouth Books x

As previously announced, from June 1 NewSouth Books will be representing ALPA Books. This will affect the following imprints: Auzou Barron’s Educational CRW – Collector’s Library... Read more

'The Rook' named best science fiction novel at The 2012 Aurealis Awards x

HarperCollins Publishers is delighted to congratulate author Daniel O’Malley, whose debut novel, The Rook, was named best science fiction novel at this year’s Aurealis Awards.... Read more

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