Weekly Book Newsletter
24 July 2013

Quote of the week x

‘For debut authors, independent book retailers are the best—and sometimes only—chance at getting into readers’ hands, because that bookseller will often physically put a book... Read more

Kibble, Dobbie 2013 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards have been announced. The winner of the $30,000 Nita B Kibble Literary Award, which recognises... Read more

Books editors pick ‘100 books to read before you die’ x

The Courier Mail and Herald and Weekly Times books editors, Fran Metcalf and Blanche Clark, have selected a list of ‘100 books to read before... Read more

NZ Post Book Awards 2013 finalists announced x

The finalists for this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards have been announced. The finalists in each category are: Fiction In the Absence of Heroes... Read more

Complete the ‘Books+Publishing’ book industry employment survey x

Books+Publishing is conducting research into wages in the book industry for an article in Books+Publishing magazine. If you work in the book industry, we would... Read more

Man Booker Prize 2013 longlist announced

The Luminaries by New Zealand author Eleanor Catton (Granta) is among the 13 books longlisted for 2013 Man Booker Prize.  The Luminaries is Catton’s second novel, following The Rehearsal,... Read more

Writers’ retreat launched in Tasmania x

A new writers’ retreat has been established in a property in Taroona, south of Hobart. Novel Writing Retreats Australia, which will officially open in February... Read more

Readings creates a ‘Book Nook’ for Classic Cinema patrons

Melbourne bookseller Readings has created a mini library with one of its partners, the Classic Cinema in Elsternwick. Launched last week, the Readings Book Nook is located in the foyer... Read more

Moorhouse wins Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal x

Frank Moorhouse has been awarded this year’s Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal at the Mildura Writers’ Festival in Victoria. The award, which is named after the... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. has made a translation deal for The China Choice (Hugh White) with the Polish Institute of Foreign Affairs via Graal Agency (Poland).... Read more

Exisle launches children’s imprint

Independent publisher Exisle Publishing has announced a new imprint that will specialise in children’s books. EK Books will publish its first book in October and... Read more

Edify appointed Pearson distributor in New Zealand x

Edify, a new distribution company founded by former managing director of Pearson New Zealand Adrian Keane, will take over the sales and distribution of Pearson’s... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The town of Chester’s Mill in Maine in the US is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible and impenetrable... Read more

Harlequin announces ebook partnership with ‘Cosmo’

Harlequin Australia has announced a partnership with Cosmopolitan magazine that will involve the publisher launching a digital romance fiction program called ‘Cosmo Red Hot Reads... Read more

Up to 80 redundancies expected at Lonely Planet worldwide; 49 redeployment opportunities available

Australia-based travel publisher Lonely Planet has confirmed that between 70 and 80 staff across the publisher’s worldwide operations will be made redundant within the next 12... Read more

PANZ Book Design Awards 2013 winners announced x

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

MWF 2013 program launched x

London mayor Boris Johnson and style blogger Tavi Gevinson are among the international guests at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), which launched its full... Read more

ACT Poetry Prize 2013 winner announced x

Canberra-based author Lesley Lebkowicz has won the 2013 ACT Poetry Prize. Lebkowicz’s poem ‘Inside’ was chosen from 128 entries to win the annual award, which... Read more

‘Books at MIFF’ titles announced

The titles selected for this year’s ‘Books at MIFF’ session at the Melbourne International Film Festival have been announced. Seven titles were chosen from 89... Read more

Deadly Awards 2013 finalists announced

The finalists for this year’s Deadly Awards, presented to Indigenous Australians for excellence in the areas of arts, music, sport, entertainment and community, have been... Read more

Affirm Press book raises $10k for PEN Melbourne

Affirm Press has announced a $10,000 donation to PEN Melbourne, representing the profits raised so far from the sale of Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home.... Read more

Bendigo Writers Festival 2013 program announced x

The program for this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival in Victoria, which runs from 9 to 11 August, has been announced. The festival kicks off with... Read more

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

Wright wins Sri Lankan writing fellowship x

Short story-writer Michelle Wright has won the first Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship. The Fellowship, which is offered by Writers Victoria and Templeberg Villa, will send... Read more

Book Grocer Williamstown to close x

The Book Grocer will close its Williamstown store in August due to the planned redevelopment of the building in which the store is housed. ‘We’ve... Read more

Booksellers recognised at Australian Retail Awards x

Reader’s Feast Bookstore, the Co-op and ABC Stores have been recognised at the 2013 Australian Retailers Association (ARA) Australian Retail Awards. Melbourne-based Reader’s Feast was named... 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

Penguin to relaunch Book Country, open online bookstore x

Penguin will relaunch Book Country, an online community for genre fiction writers, in July, reports the Bookseller. The revamped website, which was first established in 2011,... Read more

One third of US higher ed students admit to downloading course material illegally x

In the US, the percentage of higher education students reporting that they had downloaded course material illegally has risen from 20% in 2010 to 34%... Read more

Bookvibe book discovery platform to analyse tweets, Facebook posts

Californian digital start-up Parakweet is developing a book discovery platform called Bookvibe, which analyses tweets and public Facebook posts to generate book recommendations, reports DigitalBookWorld. For consumers, the free service generates customised lists of... Read more

Fifteen redundancies confirmed at Lonely Planet in London x

Fifteen positions will be made redundant at Lonely Planet’s London office as part of the company-wide restructure announced last week, reports the Bookseller. A Lonely... Read more

RITA Awards 2013 winners announced x

In the US, the winners of the 2013 Romance Writers of America (RWA) RITA Awards have been announced. Among the winners are Simone St. James’... Read more

OECD releases plan to close international tax loopholes x

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has presented a plan to G20 nations to patch outdated tax laws, which can easily be exploited... Read more

Law firm claims responsibility for Galbraith leak

London law firm Russells Solicitors has claimed responsibility for leaking J K Rowling’s identity as the writer Robert Galbraith, reports the Bookseller. In a statement... Read more

Chapman appointed CEO and publisher of S&S UK and International x

Simon & Schuster has announced a number of international appointments, including the promotion of Ian Chapman to the position of CEO and publisher for S&S... Read more

Pearson, Elsevier to create ‘next generation’ digital education content with Inkling x

In the US, educational publishers Pearson and Elsevier have signed agreements with software platform Inkling to create ‘next generation’ digital education content, reports Publishers Weekly.... 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

International Library News x

British Council to reopen Pakistan library In Pakistan, the British Council will reopen its library in Lahore in mid-2014, 12 years after it was closed,... Read more

National Library of NZ produces its first ebooks x

The National Library of New Zealand’s book digitisation pilot program has produced its first ebooks, the library has announced on its website. Thirty-six titles have... Read more

In brief x

ALIA 2013 National Advisory Congresses underway The Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) 2013 National Advisory Congresses kicked off this week with an event at... Read more

ALIA launches federal election advocacy campaign x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) will be lobbying all candidates for the forthcoming federal election to endorse its ‘Library and Information Agenda’, which was... 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

Keiran Rogers: Robert Galbraith didn’t sell. Why is anyone surprised? x

‘Many people appeared very surprised that even without her name on the cover in 72-point font, J K Rowling’s quality of writing did not shine... 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

Skye Melki-Wegner’s ‘Chasing the Valley’ x

Sixteen-year-old Danika is a street kid in a world where a tyrant king keeps the population cowed with alchemy bombs dropped by royal biplanes. The... 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

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.)

Keane leaves Pearson New Zealand x

Adrian Keane finished in his role of managing director of Pearson New Zealand in June as part of the closure of the Pearson educational publishing... Read more

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

LIANZA Conference 2013 registrations open x

LIANZA has announced that registration is open for LIANZA Conference 2013: Wai-Ora, Wai-Māori, Waikato, 20-23 October 2013 in Hamilton, New Zealand. With a great range of keynote speakers,... Read more

APA Professional Development x

APA Professional Development: Last bookings this week for Children’s Digital Publishing Conference. And there’s more. Click on Kids’: Children’s Digital Publishing Seminar with 13 presentations... Read more

PacStream outage on Saturday x

PacStream advises that there will be an outage for essential system maintenance from 1:00pm – 3:00pm AEST this coming Saturday, 27 July 2013. During this period... Read more

Last chance to register for Get Reading! 2013 x

There’s only one week left to register for this year’s September Get Reading! campaign, which will feature an all-Australian Top 50 Books You Can’t Put... Read more

Hardie Grant congratulates cyclist Stuart O’Grady on retirement x

Hardie Grant Books congratulate Stuart O’Grady on his retirement from professional cycling. In a glittering career, O’Grady equalled a record 17 appearances in the Tour... Read more

Elsevier Australia reviewing prices x

Elsevier Australia are reviewing prices with changes to take affect from Monday 2nd September 2013. These new prices will be applicable to orders from Monday... Read more

Woodslane Minimum Order Amount x

Please note Woodslane’s minimum order amount for free freight is now $200. Orders below this amount can either be held and merged until the minimum... 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

Want remainders? x

Herron offer the best remainders in Australia with over 5000 titles at any one time. From a small dump bin, front table to a full... Read more

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