Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
19 June 2013

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

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

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

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 Prometheus Books in Australia. The current distributor, Footprint Books, will accept AUTHORISED returns in accordance with their policy provided goods are returned before 30 September 2013.

Please contact Footprint Books on (02) 9997-3973 or sales@footprint.com.au for any queries on such returns. Backorders held by Footprint Books have been transferred to Random House. Please contact Random House customer service on 1800-222-444 for any other queries on the Prometheus Books List.


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 including August 2013 new titles. Reader’s Digest will sell September 2013 new titles and forward.

Any valid returns for Reader’s Digest titles sold by Simon and Schuster need to be receipted into UBD by Friday 25th October 2013. Returns received after that date will not be processed for credit and the stock will be returned at the customer’s expense.

All backorders for active Reader’s Digest titles (aside from OP titles) accrued to 30th August 2013 will be transferred to Reader’s Digest to supply.

From Monday 2nd September 2013, Reader’s Digest titles will be available in Australia and New Zealand directly from Reader’s Digest.

Jason Workman, Reader’s Digest Marketing Director (Jason_workman@rd.com) thanks Simon and Schuster for all their support over the past 4 years.

For sales enquiries or a copy of the latest Reader’s Digest catalogue, please contact Ellen Wesseling on (02) 9018-6250 or booksales@rd.com. Reader’s Digest looks forward to continuing to supply its range of books to the Australian and New Zealand book trade.


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 2013 guide will promote 50 great reads by Aussie authors and will include something for everyone – making it easy for more Australians to find a good book. The guide this year will reach more Australians than ever before as it will be available as an easily accessible, attractive digital guide at getreading.com.au and also as a downloadable and printable PDF.

This year’s largest celebration of books and reading will also include exciting competitions and giveaways, a national author event program, television advertising featuring National Ambassador Shane Jacobson and free POS promotional material.

Booksellers and libraries can get onboard this year’s campaign, order their promotional material and register to host author events by emailing getreading@trustandc.com.au for a password, and then registering online at getreading.com.au before TUESDAY 31 JULY.


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.




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