Weekly Book Newsletter
13 June 2013

Quote of the week x

‘If this proposal ever becomes law, the APA can only think that we’re in for some tough times, with publishers likely to have to spend... Read more
 

ABA Booksellers of the Year finalists announced

The finalists for the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Booksellers of the Year awards have been announced. The finalists for the Text Publishing Bookseller of the... Read more
 

Hoekstra appointed head of ABC Retail; ABC Shop in Melbourne CBD to close this month x

Regina Hoekstra has been appointed as the new head of ABC Retail and has been given the task of moving the ABC Shops, ABC Centres... Read more
 

Johnson, Muir, Colpoys join Scribe x

Melbourne-based publisher Scribe Publications is expanding its team with a number of new staff appointments. Kirsty-Michelle Johnson has been appointed to the position of sales... Read more
 

APA, Thorpe-Bowker launch TitlePage Plus; Indies launch white-label Copia stores x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and Thorpe-Bowker, parent company of Books+Publishing, have launched TitlePage Plus. The APA and Thorpe-Bowker said in a joint press release... Read more
 

HGE signs two new Ampersand novels x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) has signed two new novels in the second round of its Ampersand Project for unpublished YA authors. HGE will publish The... Read more
 

Pinerolo 2013 illustrators-in-residence announced x

Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, has announced its 2013 illustrators-in-residence. The illustrators, who will each undertake a one-week... Read more
 

Symonds to take on expanded role for Nielsen Book; Meechan to retire x

General manager of Nielsen Book Australia Shaun Symonds will take on an expanded role in September, adding responsibility for Nielsen Book New Zealand to his current... Read more
 

RiP Iain Banks x

Scottish author Iain Banks has died, aged 59. Banks’ novels include The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road, Complicity, The Steep Approach to Garbadale, Transition and... Read more
 

HarperCollins to relocate NZ distribution to Australia

HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand has announced that it will relocate its New Zealand distribution to its Australian facilities in Moss Vale, New South Wales.... Read more
 

Pearson to close NZ education business

Pearson has announced that it will close its educational publishing business in New Zealand by the end of August. Pearson Australia and New Zealand CEO... Read more
 

Interim industry council to be established following final BICC meeting this month x

An interim book industry council will be established at the beginning of July following the conclusion of the Book Industry Collaboration Council (BICC) at the... Read more
 

Lillebuen wins Arthur Ellis Award x

Australian author and journalist Steve Lillebuen has been named a winner in the 2013 Arthur Ellis Awards, presented by the Crime Writers of Canada. Lillebuen, who... Read more
 

Industry figures, authors recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours x

Penguin Australia publisher Bob Sessions, literary agent Robin Dalton, bookseller Jacqueline Cookes and authors Jill Conway and Hazel Edwards were among those recognised in this year’s... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

Theodore Boone: The Activist by John Grisham (Hachette) is the fourth instalment in the children’s book series featuring 13-year-old legal whiz kid Theodore Boone. It’s on top of this... Read more
 

Ernest Scott Prize 2013 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2013 Ernest Scott Prize for history, presented by the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts, has been announced. The shortlisted titles... Read more
 

Law Reform Commission proposes broad ‘fair use’ copyright provision, voluntary licensing model x

The introduction of a broad ‘fair use’ copyright provision and the replacement of statutory licenses with a voluntary licensing model are among the key changes... Read more
 

Hartcher wins Ashurst Business Literature Prize

Journalist Peter Hartcher has won this year’s Ashurst Business Literature Prize for his book The Sweet Spot: How Australia Made Its Own Luck (Black Inc.).  Federal MP... Read more
 

Homes wins 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction

American author A M Homes has won the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel May We Be Forgiven (Granta). Homes, the author of... Read more
 

Wilderness Society children’s book award winners announced x

The winners of the Wilderness Society’s 2013 Environment Award for Children’s Literature were announced at Readings Carlton on World Environment Day on 5 June. The winners in... Read more
 

Meechan to retire from Nielsen Book x

Ka Meechan has announced that she will retire from her position as Asia Pacific managing director for Nielsen Book later this year. According to the Publishers Association of... Read more
 

University Book Shop Otago to restructure; staff to reapply for jobs x

The University Book Shop Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, is undergoing a restructure, with staff required to reapply for their jobs. General manager Phillippa Duffy... Read more
 

Wolf wins SOYA 365 Written Word award x

Alli Sebastian Wolf has won in the Written Word category of Qantas’ Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA 365). Wolf, a Sydney-based writer, performer and artist,... Read more
 

Farrell wins Creative NZ Michael King Fellowship x

New Zealand author Fiona Farrell is the recipient of this year’s Creative New Zealand Michael King Fellowship, worth NZ$100,000 (A$83,717). Farrell is the author of... Read more
 

Bent awarded 2013 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced that Hannah Bent has won the 2013 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency, entitling the author to one... Read more
 

Audible ends US$1 author payments program x

Amazon-owned audiobooks provider Audible is ending its Author Services program, which pays authors a US$1 ‘honoraria’ for every audiobook sold through Audible.com, Audible.co.uk and iTunes, reports... Read more
 

New military history book award to be presented in 2014 x

In the US, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation has created the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History, with a US$50,000 (A$52,800) prize to be awarded for the... Read more
 

Bowker research shows 20% of genre ebooks sold are self-published x

Bowker Market Research has found that self-published titles accounted for more than 20% of crime, science fiction, romance and humour ebooks sold in the UK... Read more
 

Russian Government to invest US$100 million in book industry x

In Russia, the national government has announced plans to invest US$100 million (A$105 million) in the country’s book industry over the next five years, reports... Read more
 

Canadian publisher McArthur & Company to close x

Kim McArthur, owner of the independent Canadian publisher McArthur & Company, has announced that she is closing the business. According to Publishers Weekly, the company... Read more
 

Random House launches consumer insight website x

In the UK, Random House has launched a consumer insight website to collect information from readers on book discovery and consumption, reports the Bookseller. Readers... Read more
 

Salt to cease publishing single-author poetry collections x

In the UK, Salt Publishing has announced that it will no longer publish single-author poetry collections and will instead focus on poetry anthologies, as well... Read more
 

‘City of Bohane’ wins IMPAC Dublin Literary Award x

City of Bohane by Irish author Kevin Barry (Vintage) has won this year’s International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, worth €100,000 (approximately A$163,000). Barry’s novel, a futuristic tale set... Read more
 

Ebooks make up half of Hosseini’s first-week sales in the UK x

In the UK, 50% of first-week sales for Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed (Bloomsbury) were for ebooks, with 10,000 copies sold in each format,... Read more
 

French Government, publishers announce new funds for booksellers x

French booksellers will have access to an additional €9 million (A$12.4 million) in funds this year, thanks to new funding pledged by the French Government and... Read more
 

International Library News x

Obama unveils ConnectED program for high-speed internet in schools  US President Barack Obama has launched the ConnectED program, which aims to connect 99% of America’s students to high-speed... Read more
 

In brief x

ALIA releases draft principles on ebook lending The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has released a set of draft principles on ebook lending in... Read more
 

SLSA receives funding boost in state budget x

The State Library of South Australia (SLSA) will share in an additional $18.2 million earmarked for the state’s major cultural institutions over the next four... Read more
 

Vic govt announces recipients of third round of Living Libraries funding x

The Victorian Government has announced the first recipients of the third round of funding from its Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, worth $17.2 million over four... Read more
 

Jane Caro on bookselling and marketing x

‘I think the marketing of individual books is largely unsophisticated and that an opportunity to market reading and books as a whole may be worth... Read more
 

Tracy Ryan’s ‘Unearthed’ x

‘Now you are dead perhaps we can really talk.’ Ryan’s last poetry collection, The Argument, won the WA Premier’s Book Award for poetry and her previous... Read more
 

Hoekstra appointed head of ABC Retail x

Regina Hoekstra has been appointed as the new head of ABC Retail. Hoekstra, who has worked for ABC Commerical since 2000, has been acting in... Read more
 

Mewburn elected NZSA president x

Children’s book author Kyle Mewburn has been elected as the new national president of the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA). Mewburn, who has been... Read more
 

Staff changes at Scribe x

Scribe Publications has announced a number of staff appointments. Kirsty-Michelle Johnson has been appointed to the position of sales and distribution manager, Nicole Muir has... Read more
 

Changes at Nielsen Book x

General manager of Nielsen Book in Australia Shaun Symonds as been appointed as general manager of Nielsen Book Australia and New Zealand and will start in... Read more
 

‘The Nib’ Waverley Library Award for Literature nominations closing soon x

Nomations for the ‘The Nib’ Waverley Library Award for Literature are closing soon. The award winner receives a prize of $20,000, plus a trophy and all shortlisted authors receive... Read more

St Gallen International Publishing Management Course: scholarships available x

The Institute for Media and Communications Management of the University of St Gallen in Switzerland and the Frankfurt Academy in Germany have announced scholarship awards... Read more

Redact 2013 registrations open x

Registrations are open for Redact 2013 running during 10-11 August at Bellinzona Resort in Hepburn Springs. Redact is a intensive residential course for working editors with at least two years’... Read more

Editors Victoria workshops x

Editors Victoria is running several workshops over the next few weeks: Punctuation Refresher for Writers and Editors (Saturday 29 June).  Introduction to Structural Editing (Saturday... Read more

APA Professional Development x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) professional development sessions include: Please note if you registered for The Publishing Contract it is now a half day workshop followed... Read more

Australian Publishers Association and RR Bowker Launch TitlePage Plus x

Enhancements to TitlePage offer brand new products and services for booksellers to attract and keep customers in Australian stores. The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and... Read more

Scribe Staff News x

Kirsty-Michelle Johnson has been appointed sales and distribution manager; Kirsty was formerly at Penguin Books in the role of inventory and group export sales co-ordinator.... Read more

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