Weekly Book Newsletter
3 July 2013

Quote of the week x

‘A deal like this effectively excludes sixty percent of the book buying market’—Australian Booksellers Association president and managing director of Australian Library Services Patricia Genat... Read more

RIP Ray Richards x

New Zealand publisher and literary agent Ray Richard has died, aged 92. On behalf of the Publishers Association of New Zealand, Kevin Chapman writes: ‘The... Read more

RIP Paul Alford x

Paul Alford, owner of book distributor TB Clarke and long-time member of the Australian publishing industry, has died. Alford previously held positions with William Collins, HarperCollins and... Read more

‘ABR’ editor raises concerns over MWF programming x

In the July issue of Australian Book Review (ABR), editor Peter Rose has raised concerns over the Melbourne Writers Festival’s (MWF) decision to feature the... Read more

Macdonald appointed contract publisher for HarperCollins NZ x

HarperCollins New Zealand has appointed journalist and editor Finlay Macdonald to the newly created position of contract publisher to ‘steer its local publishing program’.  ... Read more

HarperCollins ANZ to report to US following restructure; Redmayne to replace Barnsley as UK CEO x

The management of HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand has moved from the UK to the US following a restructure of the publisher’s international businesses, reports... Read more

SPN partners with Ingram for digital distribution x

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced a digital distribution partnership with Ingram’s CoreSource platform, which will replace its current Digital Distribution Service. SPN is offering... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold Polish translation rights to Golden Earrings (Belinda Alexandra); Norweigan translation rights to Chasing the Light (Jesse Blackadder); and ANZ English-language audio... Read more

2012 WA Premier’s Book Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2012 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are: Fiction ($15,000) and... Read more

New Australia Council Board appointed; lack of literature representation criticised x

The members of the new Board of the Australia Council for the Arts have been announced following the passage of the Australia Council Act 2013. ... Read more

Arts Victoria announces latest arts development grants

Arts Victoria has announced its latest round of Arts Development Program grants. In all, 60 new projects will share in more than $810,000 in funding as part... Read more

‘Questions of Travel’ wins ALS Gold Medal x

Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser (A&U) has won this year’s Australian Literary Society (ALS) Gold Medal. De Kretser was announced as the winner... Read more

Penguin Random House merger completed; Coyne appointed Asia Pacific CEO x

The merger of two of the world’s largest publishing companies, Penguin and Random House, has been completed. Random House parent company Bertelsmann said in a... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

A man returns to his childhood home in Sussex, England, to attend a funeral. As he sits by a pond his past comes flooding back... Read more

New Steve Waugh book to be sold exclusively through BIG W, Woolworths; industry responds

A new book by former Australian cricketer Steve Waugh will be sold exclusively through BIG W and selected Woolworths supermarkets from 15 August. The Meaning... Read more

Scribe launches nonfiction prize with Express Media x

Scribe has launched a new prize for young nonfiction writers, run in partnership with Express Media. The Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers is open to... Read more

Booku to stay open

Online bookseller Boomerang Books has reversed its decision to close its ebookstore Booku, announcing this week that the store will continue to trade. As previously... Read more

International treaty to give improved access to books for blind people x

International representatives meeting at a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) conference in Morocco have adopted the Marrakesh Treaty, which boosts access to books for people... Read more

Australia among top markets for US print, ebook sales in 2012 x

Australia is ranked in the top three international export markets that contributed to English-language print and ebook sales for US trade publishers in 2012, according... Read more

Ruby Romantic Book of the Year finalists announced x

The finalists for the 2013 Ruby Romantic Book of the Year awards have been announced. The finalists in each category are: Long Romance Bride by... Read more

Aussie debuts feature in US booksellers association promotional campaign x

Three novels by Australian authors are among the 22 titles that will feature in a new promotional campaign by the American Booksellers Association, called Indies... Read more

Australia Council restructure approved by Senate x

The Australia Council for the Arts will be restructured for the first time in its 40-year history after the Senate approved the Australia Council Bill... Read more

‘Griffith REVIEW’ to celebrate 10 years with inaugural lecture, 10th-anniversary edition

The Griffith REVIEW will celebrate 10 years of publication with an inaugural lecture, the annual Griffith REVIEW Lecture, and a 10th-anniversary edition of the review. The inaugural... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The “traditional” publicity function will not be a focus of our marketing strategies’—Hardie Grant Egmont managing director Natasha Besliev on the restructure of Hardie Grant’s... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold Spanish translation rights to Fresh Fields (Peter Kocan) and My Brilliant Career (Miles Franklin); and US, European and Irish English-language rights... Read more

RiP Michael Hastings x

US journalist and author Michael Hastings has died, aged 33. Hastings worked as a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and as a reporter for Newsweek,... Read more

RiP Richard Matheson x

US science-fiction author and screenwriter Richard Matheson has died, aged 87. Matheson is the author of a number of novels, including I Am Legend, The Shrinking... Read more

‘Fifty Shades’ boosts Random House profits in 2012 x

Global revenues at Random House increased by 22.5% in 2012 in large part due to the success of E L James’ ‘Fifty Shades’ series, which... Read more

RiP Vince Flynn x

US author Vince Flynn has died, aged 47. Flynn is best known for his bestselling ‘Mitch Rapp’ series of political thriller novels. His most recent... Read more

Collins offers 20% off books reviewed in the ‘Weekend Australian’ x

Collins Booksellers has partnered with the Australian newspaper to offer its customers 20% off the price of books reviewed in the Weekend Australian each week.... Read more

Ebook platform Bkclb relaunches as Tomely, offers pay-what-you-want ebook bundles x

Australian ebook retail platform Bkclb, which launched in the second half of 2012, has been relaunched with the new name Tomely. The platform, which is aimed... Read more

Golds wins Nance Donkin Award x

Cassandra Golds has won the 2013 Nance Donkin Award, presented biennially by the Society of Women Writers Victoria (SWWV) for an outstanding woman author in Australia... Read more

Booktopia, Bookworld finalists in Online Retail Industry Awards x

Online booksellers Booktopia and Bookworld have been nominated in multiple categories in this year’s Online Retail Industry Awards. Booktopia is a finalist in four categories:... Read more

NZ’s Frankfurt Pavilion wins design award x

New Zealand’s Guest of Honour Pavilion at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair has won the Supreme Award and the Installation category at the 2013 Interior Awards in New Zealand. The... Read more

QBD grows to 50 stores x

Bookselling chain QBD now operates 50 stores across Australia, following the opening of a new store in New South Wales in April. A QBD outlet... Read more

Authors Guild v Google: judges drop class action ruling x

In the US Authors Guild’s lawsuit against Google’s book-scanning project, judges from the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals have dropped Judge Denny Chin’s 2012 ruling that granted... Read more

Faber UK launches online store with The Book People x

In the UK, Faber has launched an online store with the website The Book People, reports the Bookseller. The store, called FaberShop, sells directly to... Read more

UK survey: 90% of people want action to support high street retail x

In the UK, a new survey suggests most British book-buyers think action needs to be taken to support high street retail, reports the Bookseller. According... Read more

Andrew Carnegie Medals 2013 winners announced x

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the winners of the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction at this year’s ALA conference in Chicago.... Read more

Hachette to acquire Hyperion adult titles from Disney x

In the US, Hachette Book Group will acquire the majority of adult titles published by Disney under its Hyperion imprint, reports Publishers Weekly. The deal,... Read more

‘The Marlowe Papers’ wins Desmond Elliott Prize x

UK poet Ros Barber has won the Desmond Elliott Prize for her novel in verse, The Marlowe Papers (Sceptre). Barber was presented with the £10,000... Read more

Indigo to open Apple in-store shops, expand overseas x

Canada’s largest bookseller Indigo Books and Music is opening Apple technology shops within its larger bookstores and plans to open stores outside of Canada, reports... Read more

Winterson, Tyler to pen ‘cover versions’ of Shakespeare plays for Random House x

In the UK, Random House has commissioned well-known authors Jeanette Winterson and Anne Tyler to re-imagine Shakespeare’s plays The Winter’s Tale and The Taming of... Read more

Barnes & Noble to discontinue Nook tablet production; announces losses x

In the US, bookselling chain Barnes & Noble has announced that it will discontinue production of its Nook tablet devices, reports DigitalBookWorld. The Nook Simple Touch and... Read more

New US fan fiction platform Outlier Digital to launch x

In the US, a film and television production company will launch a new fan fiction platform called Outlier Digital, reports Digital Book World. Like Amazon’s Kindle Worlds,... Read more

In brief x

Melton Library becomes first Australian library to receive Green Star rating The new Melton Library and Learning Hub in Victoria has been awarded a Green... Read more

Yarra Plenty Regional Library to provide collection, program and training support for Murrindini Library Service x

In Victoria, the Yarra Plenty Regional Library (YPRL) has announced that it will provide collection, online, program and training services to the Murrindindi Library Service (MLS). Under... Read more

NZ library service selling Kobo devices; plans to offer ereader rentals x

In New Zealand, Hutt City Libraries is now selling Kobo ereading devices to its members, and plans to offer the devices for rent in coming... Read more

Peter Williams awarded Library Board of WA Fellowship; other WA awards announced x

Children’s art collector Peter Williams has received a Library Board of Western Australia Fellowship for his contribution to WA library services. Williams donated 107 original... Read more

International Library News x

ALA launches Authors for Library Ebooks campaign The American Library Association (ALA) has launched a new campaign to improve access to ebooks in libraries at its annual... Read more

In brief x

Librarians recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours Librarians have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Brisbane City Council Library Service (BCCLS) manager Sharan Harvey... Read more

SLV, PLVN launch strategic framework for Victorian public libraries x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) and the Public Libraries Victoria Network (PLVN) launched a new strategic framework for public libraries in Victoria this month.... Read more

Poll position: a preview of political books in the lead-up to the federal election x

Following the dramatic events in Canberra over the past fortnight, several books about Australian politics have been fast-tracked to publication. These include Downfall: How the... Read more

What booksellers want from publishers x

In a new instalment in our series of opinion pieces from booksellers, Louise Fay from Dymocks Adelaide calls on publishers to deliver new-release titles more... Read more

Vanessa Russell’s ‘Holy Bible’ x

It’s quite a bold move to name your book Holy Bible; it could pique curiosity or incite alienation. Let’s hope it’s the former, as regardless... Read more

Andrew Leigh’s ‘Battlers & Billionaires’ x

This short book is the first in what promises to be a great new series from Black Inc. called ‘Redbacks’. The series aims to introduce... Read more

Eurospan distributes Transaction Publishers x

ISBN Prefix: 978-0-7658; 978-0-87855; 978-0-88738; 978-1-56000; 978-1-4128. New distributor: Eurospan (See classified.)

Redmayne to replace Barnsley as HarperCollins UK CEO x

Victoria Barnsley, CEO of HarperCollins UK, has announced that she will leave HarperCollins this month after 13 years with the company. Barnsley, who was also... Read more

Coyne appointed Penguin Random House Asia Pacific CEO x

Gabrielle Coyne, previously CEO of Penguin Asia Pacific, has been appointed as CEO of Penguin Random House Asia Pacific, following the completion of the merger... Read more

Macdonald to join HarperCollins NZ x

Journalist and editor Finlay Macdonald will join HarperCollins New Zealand on 18 July in the newly created position of contract publisher. Macdonald, who will be... Read more

Booksellers NZ elects new board x

New members elected to the 2013/14 board of Booksellers New Zealand are: Stella Chrysostomou of Page & Blackmore in Nelson, Chris Lumsden of Paper Plus in Wanaka,... Read more

Most Underrated Book Award entries open x

Entries are open for the Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA), which aims to ‘shine a light on some of the outstanding titles that are released... Read more

APA Professional Development: Children’s Digital Publishing Seminar x

The Click on Kids’: Children’s Digital Publishing Seminar will be held on Thursday 1 August in Sydney, supported by Australian Publishers Association (APA) Children’s Publishing Committee. The seminar venue is Aerial UTS... Read more

Editors Victoria workshops x

Editors Victoria is running several workshops over the coming weeks. Introduction to Copy-editing on Saturday 13 July. Introduction to Structural Editing on Saturday 27 July.... Read more

Australian Educational Publishing Awards deadline extended 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... Read more

Winners of the Lonely Planet ‘Share Your Travel Story’ window display competition announced x

Lonely Planet congratulates the four national winners of the ‘Share Your Travel Story’ retail display competition.  We received more entries than ever for the retail... Read more

‘Rudd v. Abbott’ by David Marr available Tuesday 9 July x

Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott have resumed battle for leadership of the nation. Rudd v. Abbott beings together their definitive portraits by Australia’s pre-eminent biographer... Read more

B format of ‘Gaysia’ by Benjamin Law now available x

The B format of Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East by Benjamin Law is now available. The C format is now out of stock. To... Read more

HarperCollins Oxfam Trailwalker Trivia Night x

Every year, tens of thousands of over-nourished, self-involved, slightly paunchy, social smoking, wee bit unfit, guilt-ridden First-Worlders pretend to take an interest in someone else’s... Read more

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