Weekly Book Newsletter
7 August 2013

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Clan Destine Press has sold rights to Out of the Black Land and the ‘Delphic Women’ trilogy Medea, Cassandra and Electra (all Kerry Greenwood)... Read more

John Button Prize 2013 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2013 John Button Prize for writing on Australian politics and policy has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Reluctant Rescuers: An... Read more

Four Collins franchises placed into administration x

Four Collins Booksellers franchises in Victoria have closed after the stores’ parent company was placed into voluntary administration. The four stores are located in Bendigo... Read more

Standfield appointed publishing manager at Jane Curry Publishing x

Jane Curry Publishing (JCP) has appointed Jasmine Standfield to the newly created position of publishing manager. Standfield will manage JCP’s production, taking over from Karen Young,... Read more

Six authors selected for Creative Industries Career Fund x

Six authors have received funding in the latest round of the Creative Industries Career Fund, administered by the Copyright Agency (CAL). Children’s author and Random House... Read more

Staff changes at Black Inc. x

Black Inc. has announced a number of staff changes following a restructure of the publisher’s publicity and marketing team. Publicity and marketing manager Elisabeth Young has... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s really no different from suggesting that because they’re so keen to see a game, fans should have the right to avoid ticket barriers at... Read more

Travelling writers festival to tour Australia’s East Coast x

Asialink’s travelling writers festival the Bookwallah will tour Australia’s East Coast over coming months, kicking off with an exhibition at the State Library of Victoria... Read more

Keating joins Collins Booksellers head office x

Michelle Keating has joined the Collins Booksellers head office in the role of national franchise manager. Keating has worked for a number of Collins stores... Read more

Ticket sales up at BBWF 2013; philosophy magazine tops bestseller list x

This year’s Byron Writers Festival was held on 2-4 August, with record ticket sales and attendances on the first day of the festival and an... Read more

Davitt Awards 2013 shortlist announced

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

Australian authors nominated for ‘Not the Booker’ Prize

A number of Australian authors have been nominated for this year’s ‘Not the Booker’ Prize. The prize, which is run by the Guardian in the... Read more

Pear Jam Books closes amid claims of ‘unpaid debts’ x

New Zealand publisher Pear Jam Books has closed and its founder, children’s author Jill Marshall, has left the country ‘with a trail of unpaid debts’,... Read more

LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2013 winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Children’s Book Awards have been announced.  The winners in each category are: LIANZA Junior... Read more

‘The Two Frank Thrings’ wins National Biography Award

The Two Frank Thrings by Peter Fitzpatrick (Monash University Publishing) has won this year’s National Biography Award, presented by the State Library of New South Wales... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Inferno (Dan Brown, Bantam) has been knocked off the top spot in the bestsellers chart by The Cuckoo’s Calling (Robert Galbraith, Hachette). The Cuckoo’s Calling is also in first place in the... Read more

Australian Arts in Asia Awards winners announced x

The winners for the Federal Government’s inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards have been announced, with book-related winners in two of the categories. James Aitchison... Read more

Ned Kelly Awards 2013 shortlists announced

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

Preparations underway for third National Bookshop Day

Bookstores around the country are preparing for the third annual National Bookshop Day on Saturday 10 August, with many stores staging events and promotions on... Read more

Fox, Griffiths, Marsden top Australian children’s bestsellers charts 2012-13 x

For the third year in a row, books by Mem Fox, Andy Griffiths and John Marsden have topped the Australian picture book, children’s fiction and... Read more

Parliamentary inquiry recommends removing PIRs, limiting geoblocking; industry responds x

A federal parliamentary inquiry into the prices of electronic products paid by Australian consumers has recommended that Australia’s parallel importation restrictions (PIRs) be removed, and... Read more

Courtenay, Hay top Australian bestsellers charts 2012-13 x

Bryce Courtenay’s final novel Jack of Diamonds (Viking) and Donna Hay’s Fresh and Light (HarperCollins) have topped the Australian fiction and nonfiction bestsellers chart for July... Read more

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

Vic govt to hold ‘Support Small Business Day’ in October x

Victorian booksellers will have an opportunity to be part of the state’s first Support Small Business Day on 19 October. Announced this week by Victorian Minister for Innovation,... 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

Will Amazon and ‘The Washington Post’ form a closer relationship under Bezos ownership? x

Following the widely reported news that Amazon founder and owner Jeff Bezos has purchased the Washington Post, speculation has begun about what the relationship between... Read more

Finalists announced for Jan Michalski Prize x

The finalists have been announced for the CHF50,000 (A$60,150) Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, a Swiss literary prize open to any work of fiction or nonfiction published anywhere... Read more

Apple: DOJ proposal is ‘draconian and punitive’ x

In the US, Apple has responded to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) proposal for ‘injunctive relief’ against the company in its ebook pricing case, labelling... Read more

Pearson invests in English-language education platform Voxy x

In the US, Pearson has announced ‘a strategic investment and commercial partnership’ with Voxy, an English-language education platform. Pearson said in a statement that it... Read more

DOJ seeks ‘injunctive relief’ against Apple x

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has released a proposal for ‘injunctive relief’ against Apple following a US court’s findings that Apple conspired with publishers to... Read more

Sylvia Day tops first ebook bestseller chart from the ‘Bookseller’ x

In the UK, US author Sylvia Day has topped the Bookseller’s first monthly ebook bestseller chart. Day’s ebook Entwined with You (Penguin) sold 201,053 copies... Read more

Hachette US president and COO to join Macmillan x

In the US, Hachette Book Group president and chief operating officer Ken Michaels will leave his position to join Macmillan Science and Education in the... Read more

Rowling to donate ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ royalties to charity x

J K Rowling will donate worldwide publishing royalties from The Cuckoo’s Calling (Hachette) to The Soldier’s Charity for a period of three years, reports the... Read more

Borders to reopen in Singapore

Borders bookstore will reopen in the Singapore suburb of Jurong by the end of the year, reports Yahoo News. Book retailer Popular Holdings recently announced... 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

In brief x

Softlink to supply OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks to Sydney Catholic schools The Catholic Education Office (CEO) in Sydney has announced a partnership with library supplier Softlink, which... Read more

International Library News x

UK to celebrate National Libraries Day in February 2014 In the UK, the next National Libraries Day will be held on 8 February 2014, reports... Read more

Vic govt announces more funds for Victorian public libraries x

Libraries in Cobram, Gippsland and Tarneit are among the recipients of the Victorian Government’s third round of funding from its Living Libraries Infrastructure Program, worth $17.2... Read more

Green joins NLA Council x

Author and co-founder of Pantera Press John M Green has been appointed to the council of the National Library of Australia (NLA). Green is the author... 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

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

Nelika McDonald’s ‘The Vale Girl’ x

This impressive debut novel from Melbourne writer Nelika McDonald had me hooked from the beginning. Told through realistically drawn characters, this part thriller, part coming-of-age... Read more

Keating joins Collins Booksellers head office x

Michelle Keating has joined the Collins Booksellers head office in the role of national franchise manager. Keating, who has worked for a number of Collins... Read more

Standfield appointed publishing manager Jane Curry Publishing x

Jasmine Standfield has been appointed to the newly created position of publishing manager at Jane Curry Publishing. Standfield joined JCP as an intern in April,... Read more

Staff changes at Black Inc. x

At Black Inc., publicity and marketing manager Elisabeth Young has been promoted to the role of marketing director. Imogen Kandel, formerly marketing coordinator at the Melbourne... Read more

Laidlaw joins MWF, promoted at KYD x

Emily Laidlaw has been appointed marketing coordinator at the Melbourne Writers Festival and online editor at Kill Your Darlings, replacing Imogen Kandel, who previously held... Read more

Green joins NLA Council x

Author and co-founder of Pantera Press John M Green has been appointed to the council of the National Library of Australia. (See news.)

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

APA Professional Development: Booking now x

Australian Publishers Association Professional Development sessions are open for bookings. Projects, Priorities & Time Management – Sydney only: Tuesday 3 September. Learn practical tools and strategies to help... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) workshop: Decoding XML x

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. presents a one-day workshop on Friday, 13 September on Decoding XML: a practical guide for editors, presented by Dr Linda... Read more

Parslow leaves Seekbooks and plans new venture x

Richard Parslow’s contract with Collins Seekbooks finished at the end of June and he is no longer with this company. He is currently planning a... Read more

Finch congratulates Marion van Dyk x

Finch Publishing congratulates Marion van Dyk on being short-listed for the 2013 Ned Kelly Awards. She is nominated in the Sandra Harvey Short Story Award... Read more

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