Weekly Book Newsletter
17 July 2013

Quote of the week x

‘We are seeing indications that textbooks are not playing the central role in underpinning learning that they once did’—Pearson Australia CEO David Barnett explains the... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Austlit has sold rights to Mary Poppins She Wrote (Valerie Lawson) to Simon & Schuster in New York and to Wydawnictwo Marginesy in Poland.... Read more

Reprint of ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ underway following J K Rowling revelation x

Hachette Australia is reprinting The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (Little, Brown) following the revelation this week that Harry Potter author J K Rowling is... Read more

Gibbs recognised at Australian Produce Awards x

Lantern publishing director Julie Gibbs has been awarded the Maggie Beer Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Food at this year’s Produce Awards, presented by... Read more

NZSA Best First Book Awards 2013 winners announced x

The winners of this year’s New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Best First Book Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each of the... Read more

2013 Byron Bay Writers’ Festival program announced x

The program for this year’s Byron Bay Writers’ Festival (BBWF) has been announced. The festival, which runs from 2 to 4 August, features 130 writers who... Read more

‘75 positions potentially redundant’ after Pearson Australia restructure x

Pearson Australia has announced a major restructure of its educational publishing activities, which could result in as many as 75 redundancies in the organisation. The... Read more

Wheeler Centre announces new ‘hot desk’ fellowships x

The Wheeler Centre has announced its third round of ‘hot desk’ fellowships, including a number of applicants with publishing contracts. Musician and writer Justin Heazlewood,... Read more

Hachette signs three-book deal with Vic Prem’s Unpublished Manuscript winner

Hachette Australia has signed a three-book deal with the winner of the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, Maxine Beneba Clarke. Hachette... Read more

Robotham longlisted for CWA Gold Dagger x

Say You’re Sorry by Australian author Michael Robotham (Sphere) has been longlisted for the 2013 Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Gold Dagger in the UK. Say You’re... Read more

‘Larrikins’ wins 2013 Ernest Scott Prize

Larrikins: A History by Melissa Bellanta (UQP) has won the 2013 Ernest Scott Prize for history, presented by the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts.... Read more

NZ govt working party to consider reducing tax-free threshold on overseas purchases x

The New Zealand Government has established a ‘working party’ to consider reducing the country’s current tax-free threshold on overseas purchases, reports Business Day. The working... Read more

Publishing insider launches Australian website for writers

A new Australian website for writers who want to learn more about the publishing industry has been launched. The Book Salon is the brainchild of writer and... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The Stalking of Julia Gillard: How the Media and Team Rudd Contrived to Bring Down the Prime Minister (Kerry-Anne Walsh, A&U) is at the top... Read more

Screen Australia funds book-to-film adaptations x

Feature film adaptations of Australian novels Bereft (Chris Womersley, Scribe), The Burial (Courtney Collins, A&U), Jasper Jones (Craig Silvey, A&U) and YA novel On the... Read more

Express Media Young Writers Innovation Prize winners announced x

Three projects have won the inaugural Young Writers Innovation Prize, presented by Express Media for innovative projects in the fields of literature and publishing. Writer... Read more

Webster retires from RMIT University; O’Shaughnessy appointed program director of grad dip in editing and publishing x

Michael Webster has announced his retirement as program director of the graduate diploma in editing and publishing at RMIT University in Melbourne. ‘“Retired” is a... Read more

‘Australia’s Favourite Bookshop’ competition kicks off this weekend

A national search for Australia’s Favourite Bookshop will officially kick off tomorrow, 13 July, ahead of this year’s National Bookshop Day on 10 August. The... Read more

Apple loses ebook price-fixing case; ACCC to ‘continue to follow developments’ x

A US court has found that Apple conspired with publishers to raise the retail prices of ebooks. Over the three-week trial, the US Department of... Read more

Davitt Awards 2013 finalists announced

The finalists for this year’s Davitt Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime Australia for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women in 2012,... Read more

‘The Hoopla’ creators launch teen website with books section

The creators of The Hoopla have launched a new website for teenage girls called Birdee, which features a dedicated section about books. Birdee publisher Jane Waterhouse told Books+Publishing... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Dear England. We’re going to send you a big present: our Australian and New Zealand writers, film and music makers. It will all be like... Read more

RiP Arthur J Rosenthal x

US academic book publisher Arthur J Rosenthal has died, aged 93. Rosenthal founded academic publisher Basic Books in 1952, going on to publish influential books... Read more

Vale Paul Alford x

Paul Alford, owner of book distributor TB Clarke and long-time member of the Australian publishing industry, has died. Gary Pengelly, general manager of Thorpe-Bowker, writes:... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold UK English language rights to The Scrivener’s Tale (Fiona McIntosh); and Bulgarian translation rights to The Right Hand of God (Russell... Read more

Loukakis, Cunningham respond to Australia Council restructure x

Last week’s announcement of the new Board of the Australia Council for the Arts has been met with some concern from the book industry over... Read more

Inaugural Queensland Writers Fellowships announced

Angela Slatter, Kristina Olsson and Patrick Holland have been announced as the winners of the inaugural Queensland Writers Fellowships. The three authors, who were chosen... Read more

Ned Kelly Awards 2013 longlists announced x

The longlists for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing have been announced. The longlisted titles in the full-length book categories are: Best fiction... Read more

Le on judging panel for Folio Prize x

Australian author Nam Le has been selected as a judge for the inaugural Folio Prize. Le joins fellow judges Lavinia Greenlaw (chair), Michael Chabon, Sarah... Read more

Collins store in Karratha to close x

Collins Booksellers in Karratha, WA, is set to close, reports the Pilbara Echoe. The bookshop, which is located in the Centro Karratha shopping centre on Welcome... Read more

‘Australia’s Favourite Bookshop’ competition underway x

The Australian Booksellers Association’s (ABA) competition to find Australia’s Favourite Bookshop is now underway. Voting in the national competition opened on 13 July and will run... Read more

ASA launches manuscript development service x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has launched a manuscript development service to support authors with a substantial work-in-progress. As part of the service, an... Read more

‘Veronica Mars’ creator signs two-book deal with Random House

In the US, screenwriter and novelist Rob Thomas has signed a deal with Random House to publish two books about the titular character in his... Read more

HarperCollins partners with Autography x

HarperCollins has partnered with US technology company Autography to use its digital book-signing technology. The patent-pending technology, which can be used on a wide variety... Read more

Rowling’s crime novel alias revealed

Harry Potter author J K Rowling has been unmasked as the writer of crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling (Little, Brown), written under the alias of... Read more

Apple, Amazon end legal dispute over ‘app store’ name x

In the US, Apple and Amazon have ended their legal dispute over the rights to use the name ‘app store’, leaving both companies free to... Read more

Amazon patents supplementary content for ebooks x

Amazon has been granted a US patent for supplementary content attached to ebooks, reports Wired, which compares the patent to ‘DVD extras’. The patent ‘Customized Electronic... Read more

Baker & Taylor to offer publishing services through Bookmasters partnership x

In the US, book distributor and library supplier Baker & Taylor has entered into a ‘strategic partnership’ with publishing services company Bookmasters, which has been... Read more

Authors pen ‘literary tours’ for the ‘Telegraph’ x

In a new series called ‘Flights of the Imagination’, the Telegraph in the UK has asked a number of authors to write ‘literary tours of... Read more

Seth asked to return advance for ‘A Suitable Boy’ sequel x

Indian author Vikram Seth has been asked to return a US$1.7 million (approximately A$1.9 million) advance for the sequel to his bestselling novel A Suitable... Read more

Amazon adds comics, graphic novel imprint x

In the US, Amazon has added a new imprint for comic books and graphic novels called Jet City Comics, reports Publishers Weekly. The imprint will feature... Read more

In brief x

New location for Lavington Library in NSW Albury City Libraries has opened a new library in the city’s suburb of Lavington, reports the Border Mail.... Read more

Council to end funding of Mount Gambier library x

The Grant District Council in South Australia will cease funding the Mount Gambier Public Library, reports the ABC. The district council announced last week that its... Read more

Baker & Taylor to combine James Bennett, YBP academic services for ANZ libraries x

Library supplier Baker & Taylor has announced that it will combine its academic library services from James Bennett and Yankee Book Peddler (YBP) in the... Read more

International Library News x

UK PLR extension for ebooks, audiobooks confirmed The UK government will extend its Public Lending Rights (PLR) scheme to include ebooks and audiobooks borrowed onsite... Read more

International library news x

UK library survey reveals effects of government cuts In the UK, a survey of 2000 library staff by UK trade union UNISON reveals the negative... Read more

Hyde to join SLV leadership team x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has announced the appointment of Justine Hyde to the position of director of library services and experience. Hyde will... Read more

In brief x

OCLC global council announces Australian appointment Library bibliographic provider OCLC has announced RMIT University librarian Craig Anderson as an executive committee member the OCLC Asia Pacific regional council. The election of new... Read more

New report highlights benefits of investing in Australian libraries x

A new report commissioned by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has found that every $100 invested in Australian public libraries delivers $290 in... Read more

$9 million in funding for Toowoomba’s new library; new Gold Coast library to open this month x

The Toowoomba Regional Council in Queensland has committed nearly $9 million in funding for Toowoomba’s new City Library, reports the Chronicle. The 2013/14 Budget includes... Read more

What booksellers want from publishers x

In the latest instalment in our series of opinion pieces from booksellers, Christopher Currie from Avid Reader argues that the book industry needs to get... Read more

Business smarts: Boffins Bookshop owner Bill Liddelow shares his bookselling wisdom x

Boffins Bookshop in Perth has won Specialist Bookseller of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards for six years running. Some of Boffins’ bookselling... Read more

Kirsten Krauth’s ‘just_a_girl’ x

Kirsten Krauth’s debut novel is by turns frustrating and exhilarating. On one hand, the plot is fraught with clichés connected to the too-familiar ‘rite of... Read more

Marie Williams’ ‘Green Vanilla Tea’ x

Green Vanilla Tea is the winner of the 2013 Finch Memoir Prize and it’s easy to see why. Marie Williams, her husband Dominic, and their two... Read more

Hardie Grant/Random House to distribute Carlton Publishing Group x

Publisher: Carlton Publishing Group New distributor: Hardie Grant Books/Random House Australia Changeover date: 22 July 2013 (Australia); 1 January 2014 (NZ) (See classified.)

Harper Entertainment Distribution Services to distribute HarperCollins Christian Publishing x

Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Publishing Old distributor: United Book Distributors New distributor: Harper Entertainment Distribution Services Changeover date: 29 July 2013 Returns cut-off: 27 September 2013 (See classified.)

Madman to distribute Milk Shadow Books x

Publisher: Milk Shadow Books ISBN prefix: 978-0-9872119; 978-0-9874976 New distributor: Madman Changeover date: 1 August 2013

McCleary resigns from Booksellers New Zealand x

Emma McCleary has resigned as web editor of Booksellers New Zealand to take up a role as senior communications and marketing advisor at Hutt City Council. McCleary... Read more

O’Shaughnessy to replace Webster at RMIT x

Michael Webster will retire from his position as program director of the graduate diploma in editing and publishing at RMIT University in Melbourne in August.... Read more

Hyde to join SLV x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has announced the appointment of Justine Hyde to the position of director of library services and experience. Hyde, who... Read more

APA Professional Development x

Moving the Dial for the Future of Publishing: Kristen McLean will lead an International Digital Chat on Friday 2 August 9.30 am in Sydney at... Read more

Editors Victoria professional development x

Editors Victoria is running a residential training course over the weekend of 10-11 August at the Bellinzona Grange in the Hepburn Springs, central Victoria. There... Read more

‘Think Australian’ ad bookings closing soon x

Advertising bookings for Books+Publishing’s Think Australian export catalogue are closing on Friday 23 August. Now in its 11th year, Think Australian is an annual overview... Read more

NewSouth Books minimum order x

NewSouth Books would like to advise customers that the minimum invoice value for orders will be $150 effective from the 1st July 2013. A small... Read more

The Happiness Jar by Samantha Tidy x

SEPTEMBER NEW RELEASE: The Happiness Jar by Samantha Tidy. Published by Storytorch Press, September 2013. Multi-award nominated novel, will be cover feature of Good Reading Magazine,... Read more

Hardie Grant Books announces marketing, sales and distribution of Carlton Publishing Group x

Hardie Grant Books is pleased to announce the marketing, sales and distribution of Carlton Publishing Group in ANZ. This will be effective 22 July 2013... Read more

HarperCollins Christian Publishing Change of Sales & Distribution x

Effective Monday 29th July 2013 Australia and New Zealand Customers HarperCollins Christian Publishing [HCCP] is pleased to announce that as from 1st August 2013, it... Read more

Congratulations to Kerry Greenwood from NewSouth Publishing x

NewSouth Publishing is thrilled to congratulate Kerry Greenwood, author of Tamam Shud, for being long-listed in the true crime category in the 2013 Ned Kelly... Read more

Monash University Publishing congratulates its authors x

Congratulations to Darrell Lewis, author of A Wild History, who has shared the winning prize for this year’s NT Chief Minister’s History Book Prize. Darrell’s... Read more

PacStream outage on Saturday x

PacStream advises that there will be an outage for essential system maintenance from 9:00–11:00am this coming Saturday, 13 July 2013. During this period you will... Read more

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