Weekly Book Newsletter
19 June 2013

Quote of the week x

‘I dishonour my craft and I piss on my vocation if give in to my laziness to not write’—author Christos Tsiolkas reflects on his writing... Read more

Leading Edge Books Conference 2013 x

Eighty booksellers from around 50 bookshops attended this year’s Leading Edge Books Conference, which was held at the Hilton Adelaide from 14-16 June. As previously reported... Read more

ABA Conference round-up

The 2013 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Conference was held at the Hilton Adelaide from 16-17 June. Approximately 260 members of the industry attended the first day... Read more

‘Questions of Travel’ wins 2013 Miles Franklin

Michelle de Kretser’s Questions of Travel (A&U) has won this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award. De Kretser’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of five,... Read more

APA appoints Michael Gordon-Smith as interim CEO x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the appointment of Michael Gordon-Smith as interim CEO following the resignation of long-time CEO Maree McCaskill last week.... Read more

2013 BILBY Awards winners announced x

The winners for this year’s Books I Love Best Yearly (BILBY) Awards, the children’s choice book awards for Queensland, have been announced. The winning titles... Read more

Changes to ABA management committee announced x

A number of changes to the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) management committee were announced at this year’s annual conference, which was held in Adelaide from... Read more

NT History Book Award 2013 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Tiwi: Arts, History, Culture (Jennifer Isaacs, Miegunyah)... Read more

ABA announces National Bookshop Day promotions

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced a number of promotions to support National Bookshop Day on 10 August. The ABA will be running a... Read more

PM’s Literary Awards 2013 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are: Fiction Floundering (Romy Ash,... Read more

‘The Light between Oceans’ wins booksellers choice award; Shaw, Fay win bookseller awards x

The Light between Oceans by M L Stedman (Vintage) has won this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award. The award, which... Read more

MWF, BWF announce festival events x

The Melbourne and Brisbane writers’ festivals have announced a number of events ahead of their official program launches. The Melbourne Writers Festival, which runs from... Read more

A&U named Publisher of the Year at Leading Edge Conference; Avenue Bookstore, BooksPlus win bookselling awards x

Allen & Unwin was named Publisher of the Year at the 2013 Leading Edge Books Conference in Adelaide on 15 June, the fourth year running... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Entwined with You (Sylvia Day, Penguin), the third novel in the erotic fiction series ‘Crossfire’, is at the top of the bestsellers and the highest new entries... Read more

McCaskill resigns from APA

Maree McCaskill has resigned as CEO of the Australian Publishers Association (APA) after more than seven years in the position. Her resignation is effective from... Read more

PANZ Book Design Awards 2013 shortlists announced x

The shortlists for the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards, including the PANZ Young Designer of the Year Award, have been announced.... Read more

Penguin announces publishing partnership with AFL x

Penguin Australia has announced that it will publish a series of books with the Australian Football League (AFL) for ‘supporters of all ages’. The children’s... Read more

Booksellers NZ Industry Awards finalists announced x

The finalists for this year’s Booksellers New Zealand Industry Awards have been announced. The finalists in each of the categories are: Regional Bookseller of the... Read more

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

Booktopia shortlisted in Telstra Business Awards x

Online bookseller Booktopia has been named as a finalist in the New South Wales Telstra Business Awards in the medium-sized category for the third year... Read more

Lanagan nominated for British Fantasy Awards x

Australian author Margo Lanagan has been nominated for the 2013 British Fantasy Awards. Lanagan is shortlisted in the Best Fantasy Novel category for her book... Read more

NZ GST research to be considered by parliamentary committee x

A study into New Zealand’s goods and services tax (GST) arrangements that was commissioned by Booksellers New Zealand will be considered by the New Zealand... 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

New ebook DRM aims to stop piracy by changing text x

Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute is working on a new digital rights management (DRM) system called SiDiM, which aims to prevent ebook piracy by altering the text of an... Read more

Penguin US launches First to Read book discovery platform x

In the US, Penguin has launched a new book discoverability platform called First to Read, reports Publishers Weekly. The platform allows users to access digital proofs... Read more

Pottermore website redesigned x

Pottermore, the website designed for J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series, will unveil a new design to broaden its user base and publishing business, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more

Tan Twan Eng wins Walter Scott Prize x

Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng has won the 2013 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his second novel The Garden of Evening Mists (Canongate).... Read more

Griffin Poetry Prize 2013 winners announced x

The winners of the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize have been announced. The winner of the international prize was Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me: And... Read more

Rebellion launches children’s imprint x

UK publisher Rebellion has launched the children’s imprint Ravenstone at Book Expo America (BEA), along with the imprint’s first book, reports Publishers Weekly. Rebellion is best known... Read more

Profit up, sales down for Book Depository following Amazon acquisition x

The Book Depository’s pre-tax profit has surged since it was acquired by Amazon in 2011, reports the Bookseller. In its first financial statement released since... 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

International Library News x

PNG library to open, more books needed A library in the formerly war-torn island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea opened on 21 June, but continues... Read more

International Library News x

Library for All gives digital content to schools in developing nations New York charity Library for All will run a pilot for a digital library... Read more

New funding for SLNSW in 2013-14 Budget x

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) will receive approximately $3 million in new funding as part of the NSW Government’s 2013-14 Budget. A... Read more

In brief x

Softlink to launch Scout platform for primary schools Australian library supplier Softlink is preparing to launch Scout, a library management software platform that gives primary schools... Read more

SLV Creative Fellowships announced x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has announced the recipients of its 2013-14 Creative Fellowships. Among the recipients selected for funding are several with book-related... 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

Pricing and marketing ebooks: three publishers share their views x

Last year, Ruth Jelley interviewed several Australian fiction publishers—one large multinational, one medium-sized independent and one small independent—about their digital publishing programs. Find out what... 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

Ali Alizadeh’s ‘Transactions’ x

Ali Alizadeh’s critically acclaimed book of poetry Ashes in the Air was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards last year and I would be... 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

Central Book Services advises that the following imprints will be Firm Sale effective 19th June 2013 x

Imprints: IGI Global, Cybertech, Information Science Publishing and IRM Press ISBN Prefix: Various

Simon and Schuster Australia to cease Reader’s Digest Sales and Distribution x

Agency Change Details Publisher: Readers Digest Australia ISBN Prefix: 2764; 7621; 5758; 1606; 1876; 9210; 9213; 9215; 9217; 9220 Old Distributor: Simon & Schuster New... Read more

Random House Australia to Distribute Prometheus Books x

Agency Change Details Publisher: Prometheus Books Old Distributor: Footprint Books New Distributor:  Random House Australia Returns cut-off: 30 September 2013

Changes to ABA management committee x

Patricia Genat, managing director of ALS Library Services, has been elected as the new president of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and Jon Page, general manager of... Read more

Gordon-Smith appointed APA CEO x

Michael Gordon-Smith has been appointed as the interim CEO of the Australian Publishers Association (APA), following the resignation of long-time CEO Maree McCaskill last week.... 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

Australian Educational Publishing Awards nonimations open x

The Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2013 are open for nominations. The awards, presented by the Australian Publishers Association(APA), recognise the best educational materials published during the year in... Read more

APA Professional Development x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) professional development sessions include: Click on Kids’: Children’s Digital Publishing Seminar: Thursday August 1 in Sydney at Aerial UTS Function Centre,... Read more

Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers 2013 Medal x

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers Medal is offered annually for the most outstanding index to a book or periodical compiled in Australia... Read more

ASA to manage The Asher Literary Award 2013 x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is thrilled to announce it will manage The Asher Literary Award in 2013, on behalf of the Literature Board... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) inc. Microsoft Word for editors x

Society of Editors (NSW) are running two professional development sessions on Microsoft Word for editors presented by editor Kevin O’Brien. Beginner to intermediate on 2 August 2013... 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

Random House Australia to Distribute Prometheus Books x

As a result of Prometheus Books moving its Sales and Distribution to Random House in the US, Random House Australia have taken over distribution of... Read more

Simon and Schuster Australia to cease Reader’s Digest Sales and Distribution x

Simon and Schuster Australia Pty Ltd will cease distribution for Reader’s Digest Australia from 30th August 2013. Simon and Schuster will sell up to and... Read more

Register Now for Get Reading! September 2013 x

Registrations are now open for this year’s September Get Reading! campaign, which will feature an all-Australian Top 50 Books You Can’t Put Down.   The... Read more

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