Weekly Book Newsletter
31 July 2013

Quote of the week x

‘Borders and Angus & Robertson’s sales were 40% Australian published books. Now our biggest bookshop, Amazon, has an infinitesimally small number of Australian books being... Read more

Inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards finalists announced x

The finalists for the Federal Government’s inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards have been announced. The finalists in the literature category and the countries they... Read more

Penguin launches True Stories website

Penguin Australia has launched a new website for ‘immersive reading experiences based on real life Australian stories’, called True Stories. The site launched this week with... Read more

Reminder: Last chance to 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

Booku to close this week x

Online bookseller Boomerang Books has again announced that it will close its ebookstore Booku, just over a month after announcing that the store would continue... Read more

APA Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2013 shortlists announced x

The titles shortlisted for this year’s Australian Publishers Association (APA) Australian Educational Publishing Awards have been announced. The titles shortlisted in each category are: Primary... Read more

Adidem Group acquires full ownership of Affirm Press

Melbourne-based publisher Affirm Press has been wholly acquired by previous part-owner, the Adidem Group. Affirm Press publisher Martin Hughes told Books+Publishing that he sold his... Read more

Inaugural Editia Prize winner announced

The inaugural Editia Prize has been awarded to Minyma by former social worker and freelance writer Carly Lorente. Lorente will receive a $2500 advance on... Read more

Comparative study of Australian and German publishers underway x

Academics from Australia and Germany are currently working on a comparative study of publishing companies operating in the two countries. The German Australian Publishing Project... Read more

Pages & Pages takes over fulfilment for Boomerang Books x

Sydney bookstore Pages & Pages Booksellers will supply all print books for online bookseller Boomerang Books as part of a new partnership between the two... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The Cuckoo’s Calling (Hachette) by Robert Galbraith, which was revealed to be an alias of J K Rowling, is at the top of the fastest... Read more

QLA people’s choice award shortlist announced

The Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) has announced the shortlist for the Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award, worth $5000. The shortlisted books... Read more

RIP Marg Dennithorne x

Ian McCarthy from Penguin Australia writes: Marg (Margaret) Dennithorne passed away on Friday 12 July. Her funeral was held in Castlemaine one week later, on... Read more

Hachette to close New Zealand publishing program x

Hachette has announced a major restructure of its New Zealand operations, which will involve the relocation of its finance, administration and IT divisions to Australia and... Read more

Majority of ex-Booki.sh stores unlikely to sell ebooks before Christmas x

Independent booksellers Readings, Avid Reader, Gleebooks, Fullers, Imprints, Mary Ryan’s and Books for Cooks have confirmed to Books+Publishing that they are no longer selling ebooks... Read more

BWF 2013 program launched x

A ‘Great Debate’ with former politicians and a day dedicated to comics and graphic novels are among the highlights of this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival... Read more

Book Expo Australia announced

A book expo to promote the Australian book industry and encourage readers to buy from Australian booksellers will be held at the Sydney Showground on... Read more

Pearson to close SA, WA, QLD offices x

Pearson Australia has confirmed to Books+Publishing that it will close its offices in Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane as part of a major restructure of its... Read more

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

Booktopia, Co-op nominated in ‘BRW’ Mid-Market Awards x

Booktopia and The Co-op are among the finalists for Business Review Weekly’s (BRW) inaugural Mid-Market Awards. Booktopia is a finalist in the Best Mid-Market Business... Read more

Kobo now selling devices direct in Australia, New Zealand x

Australian and New Zealand consumers can now purchase Kobo ereading devices directly from Kobo.com. The company announced this week that all of its devices, including... Read more

Warren wins Shirley Jackson Award x

Australian author Kaaron Warren has won in the novella category of the Shirley Jackson Awards, presented annually for ‘outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological... 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

US booksellers express concerns over Obama’s Amazon speech x

A number of US bookselling associations have written to President Barack Obama ahead of his planned visit to an Amazon warehouse in Tennessee later this... Read more

Nielsen launches BookScan in Brazil x

Nielsen BookScan has begun tracking print book sales in Brazil. Nielsen launched its Brazil service earlier this month and expects to measure sales volume of... Read more

UK indie publishers look to export markets to boost sales x

In the UK, some independent publishers are increasingly focussing on export sales to compensate for lower sales in a tougher UK market, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

‘The Bookseller’ to publish monthly ebook charts x

In the UK, the Bookseller will publish monthly ebook rankings with sales figures from major UK publishers from next month. This will be the first... Read more

Amazon US slashes new release prices

In the US, Amazon began discounting new release print titles by up to 65% over the weekend, reports Shelf Awareness. The discounted titles come from a... Read more

Google to launch textbook purchase and rental service x

Google is launching a new service in August that allows students to purchase and rent textbooks from the Google Play store to read on Android... Read more

Austen to appear on £10 note x

Novelist Jane Austen will be the next person to appear on the UK’s £10 banknote, reports the BBC. A portrait of Austen, along with a quote... Read more

Digital Virgo acquires online retailer VirginMega x

In France, mobile and interactive media group Digital Virgo has acquired VirginMega, the online retail subsidiary of the defunct Virgin Megastore group, reports the Bookseller. Founded in... Read more

Goodreads reaches 20 million members x

Social reading and reviewing service Goodreads has announced that it has reached 20 million members, doubling its membership since August last year. Since Goodreads launched... 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

International Library News x

Colorado library opens branch at local Kmart Aurora Public Library in Colorado, US, has opened a satellite branch within the building of a local Kmart... Read more

Antric appointed executive director of NZ Association of Public Library Managers x

The Association of Public Library Managers (APLM) in New Zealand has appointed Tim Antric has the association’s new executive director. Antric has previously worked in... Read more

NSLA releases guidelines to help libraries work with Indigenous communities x

The Indigenous project group of the National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) has released a set of guidelines for libraries working with Indigenous communities. The document... 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

What booksellers want from publishers x

In the latest instalment in our series of opinion pieces from booksellers, Tim White from Books for Cooks makes the case for increased social interaction... Read more

Do underperforming books ever get a second chance? x

Publishers say it’s almost impossible to convince booksellers to stock titles with disappointing BookScan figures, but examples of successful ‘book rejuvenations’ offer some hope. Read Portia Lindsay’s piece online... 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

Alexis Wright’s ‘The Swan Book’ x

Author and Indigenous academic Alexis Wright’s haunting third novel is hard to capture in simple terms as, similar to her previous fiction, it operates largely... Read more

‘How To’ books distribution moves to Murdoch Books x

Publisher: Constable & Robinson ISBN prefix: 97818 and 97819 Old distributor: Footprint Books New distributor: United Book Distributors Changeover date: Effective immediately

Antric joins NZ Association of Public Library Managers x

Tim Antric has been appointed as the new executive director of the Association of Public Library Managers in New Zealand. Antric has previously worked in... Read more

One Word One Day Art Auction x

One Word One Day Art Auction to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation Wednesday 4 September 2013, 6pm-8.30pm, ABC Southbank Centre, 120 Southbank Boulevard,... Read more

Tickets on sale: Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2013 x

Tickets are now available for the award ceremony of the Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2013. The awards, presented by the Australian Publishers Association (APA), recognise the best educational... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Professional Development x

Society of Editors (NSW) is presenting a professional development session with Emeritus Professor Pam Peters DE on Editing across State, national, and disciplinary borders. Date: Tuesday,... Read more

APA Professional Development x

Projects, Priorities & Time Management – Sydney only 3 September Learn practical tools and strategies to help you juggle your multiple projects and manage the increasing... 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

‘The Royal Baby Book: A Souvenir Album’ x

Royal Collection Trust Publishing announce the rush delivery of The Royal Baby Book: a Souvenir Album, for mid-August release in Australia and New Zealand.  ... 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

Allen & Unwin is delighted to represent three Man Booker Prize 2013 longlisted books x

Allen & Unwin is delighted to represent three of the 13 books longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013.  The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton, Granta, 9781847088765 TPB... Read more

Rio Ferdinand Book Launch x

The Five Mile Press is publishing Rio: My Decade as a Red in August and arranged an exclusive early book-signing, at Kinokuniya, to coincide with... Read more

Ward Sagar Booksellers Business For Sale x

Ward Sagar Booksellers, this niche children’s specialist bookstore and Primary school supplier located in Eltham is Up For Sale! In 2012 the inimitable Kay Sagar... Read more

‘How To’ books – distribution moves to Murdoch Books x

Murdoch Books have taken over the distribution of the Constable & Robinson ‘How To’ list of books effective immediately, this list was previously distributed by... Read more

Palgrave Macmillan to acquire selected list of Pearson UK Higher Education Titles x

From the 1st August, 2013 Palgrave Macmillan will become the distributor of a select list of titles from Pearson UK Higher Education. These titles come... Read more

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