Weekly Book Newsletter
31 July 2013

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

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

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, September issue. Order now for September stock from Peribo (02) 9457-0011, info@peribo.com.au. See www.storytorch.com.au for more details.


‘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.
The Royal Baby Book is the official souvenir album celebrating the arrival of the Prince of Cambridge and includes a wealth of previously unpublished items and documents from the Royal Collection and Royal Archives plus a chapter devoted to the new Prince.

The Royal Baby Book: A Souvenir Album 9781905686841 HB AUD $29.95 due in mid-August. Contact your Thames & Hudson Account Manager for further information and place orders with ADS.


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 store or centre court, you are assured to create ongoing sales with quality, simplicity, reliability and value. Herron represents all publishers locally and overseas. Big, small, fiction, kids, cooking you name it we stock it! 
Contact: Herron Books (07) 3399-8799 or sales@herronbooks.com


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 $29.99)
  • TransAtlantic (Colum McCann, Bloomsbury, 9781408841266 TPB $27.99)
  • The Lowland (Jhumpa Lahiri, Bloomsbury, 9781408844557 TPB $29.99)

Publication dates have been brought forward as follows:
The Luminaries  in-store from 12th August 2013
The Lowland  in-store from 10th September 2013
TransAtlantic  already published and in stock.
Booksellers may order now from UBD on 1800-338-836.


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 Manchester United’s pre-season Sydney tour. It was Rio Ferdinand’s first trip to Australia and TV stations were scrambling to meet with the star, after the first glimpse of this title. The book, with a foreword by Alex Ferguson, is a visual celebration of Rio’s phenomenal football career, presenting his perspective on key moments of his life, both on and off the pitch. It has over 300 images and offers exclusive digital content including video footage of Rio and his team mates.

Alexandra Maramenides, Managing Director of The Five Mile Press said “It was a fantastic opportunity for hundreds of fans to meet Rio Ferdinand for signed copies, before the official release- the response was phenomenal…Rio is a football legend and we’re delighted to be publishing this title ahead of his testimonial match. This represents an exciting chapter for The Five Mile Press and ties in with our publishing ambitions”

Picture above are (left to right) Andrew Carroll (FMP Sales Director), Rio Ferdinand and Alexandra Maramenides (FMP Managing Director). 


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 was closing her beloved bookshop down to retire when local Eltham woman Caitlin Ogdon bought the business from her. After an impressive profitable first year of building the business back up, Ms Ogdon has had to put this bastion of children’s literacy on the market due to ongoing personal, health and family constraints much to her dismay.

“This shop is such a joy to work in, we have wonderful client relationships with our Primary schools and Universities, loyal customers who return with new generations of their families and a great range of books to inspire children of all ages. I’d love to know there was someone else out there wanting to continue the good work this shop does in the Primary Education field. So many schools have rung saddened that there may be a huge hole in the market catering to them if we don’t find a buyer as I will then have to close down. Unfortunately the issues in my personal and family life are taking and will continue to take too much of my time away from being able to build and care for this business the way it deserves. Ward Sagar needs a new custodian.”

If you are interested in acquiring this great and profitable business please contact the shop directly on (03) 9439-9321.


‘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 Footprint Books. Murdoch Books will only accept returns that have been purchased from UBD.
All orders going forward are to be directed to United Book Distributors, (03) 9811-2555 and all backorders have been transferred to UBD and will be filled unless otherwise specified.


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 from the following subject areas: History, Literature, Linguistics, Politics, Nursing, Sports Science, Media Studies, Built Environment, Education, Sociology and Geography. The full list of affected titles is available to view from the Pearson Australia Bookseller Website. Pearson will accept returns from customers for books purchased up to the 31st July 2013, subject to our standard returns policy.


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 you will not be able to connect to PacStream to send or receive orders, order acknowledgements or invoices.

Contact: support@pacstream.com.au




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