Weekly Book Newsletter
13 June 2013

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

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

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

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 RR Bowker have teamed up to launch TitlePage Plus, a comprehensive supply chain solution powered by Thorpe Bowker® that creates a single point of access to local availability and enriched metadata for print and digital books. TitlePage Plus now includes a consumer direct fulfillment (CDF) offering, enabling local booksellers to compete with the services offered by global booksellers, and expected by consumers. It also includes a cost effective entry point to selling ebooks with an integrated print and digital offering via Copia, an APA strategic partner in TitlePage.

“TitlePage Plus is the service Australian publishers and booksellers have been seeking,” said Thorpe-Bowker’s General Manager, Gary Pengelly. “It delivers opportunities to expand consumer offerings and improve supply chain efficiency, ultimately enhancing the customer experience. We’re confident TitlePage Plus will make a positive contribution to return on investment for all.”

“Focussed on the discoverability of book content, seamless integration of print and digital delivery, the convenient service consumers expect, TitlePage Plus makes it easier for the Australian book industry to compete with international offerings, while continuing to deliver quality customer service as only local businesses can,” said APA CEO, Maree McCaskill.

The APA introduced TitlePage in September 2004 to provide a single search repository of all titles available in Australia and publisher/distributor information. The user-friendly service became an instant hit with booksellers and suppliers by providing access to accurate price and availability and bibliographic information 24/7.

In addressing supply chain needs TitlePage Plus takes the service further.

To learn more about TitlePage and TitlePagePlus, visit www.titlepage.com.

TitlePagePlus will also be presented at the Annual conference of the ABA on 16th June.


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.

Nicole Muir, who has recently returned to Melbourne from London, has joined Scribe in a newly created position that combines editorial and, from July, publicity functions.

Carly Millar has resumed her role of production editor.

Award-winning book designer and illustrator Allison Colpoys will join Scribe’s design department in a new part-time role in July; last month, Allison won Best Literary Cover of the Year at the APA book design awards for her work on Amy Espeseth’s Sufficient Grace.

In publicity moves, Bridie Riordan returns from maternity leave in mid-July, while Sarah Braybrooke is relocating to London, where she will work as a publicist for Scribe UK from August.


Reprint of ‘Night Games’ by Anna Krien available Friday 14 June x

Due to high demand, a reprint of Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport by Anna Krien is underway. Stock will be available on Friday 14 June.

Orders for Night Games (ISBN 9781863956017) can be placed with United Book Distributors on (03) 9811-2555 or email orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au

‘One of the most anticipated books of the year’ – Books+Publishing



Oxford University Press Indent and Print on Demand Titles x

Oxford University Press Australia & NZ would like to remind our valued customers that all Indent and Print on Demand titles are supplied on a strictly firm sale basis. Orders for these titles cannot be cancelled.


Pascal Press Stocktake x

Pascal Press will be carrying out their annual Stocktake week commencing Monday 17th June to Friday 21st June

There will be no orders dispatched during stocktake.

Please continue to send in your orders with normal distribution resuming Monday June 24th.




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