Weekly Book Newsletter
28 August 2013

Quote of the week x

‘It galls me that these monkeys don’t have to collect GST—they rip the guts out of local publishing and bookselling and on top of that,... Read more

Coronel to coordinate 2013 SPN publishing conference x

The Small Press Network (SPN) has appointed Tim Coronel to coordinate its 2013 Independent Publishing Conference. This is the second year that SPN will host... Read more

Nielsen to acquire commerce, business intelligence services from R R Bowker x

Nielsen has signed an agreement to acquire a range of commerce and business intelligence services in the US and UK from R R Bowker, parent... Read more

Amazon meets with local publishers ahead of rumoured local ebook launch x

Representatives from Amazon have met with local book publishers during recent visits to Australia. Books+Publishing understands that the representatives met with a number of Australian... Read more

Hardie Grant Books acquires Quadrille Publishing x

Hardie Grant Books has acquired UK publisher Quadrille for an undisclosed sum. Hardie Grant said in a statement that CEO Sandy Grant will become chairman... Read more

Ward to leave Simon & Schuster x

Kirsty Ward, head of consumer and market insights at Simon & Schuster Australia, will leave the publisher in the first week of September. Ward has resigned from... Read more

Get Reading! reveals first titles from poll of Australia’s top books x

Get Reading! has revealed the first 20 books from its poll of Australia’s top 100 books of all time. The first 20 books are: 100:... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—The Drummond Agency has sold world rights to books five and six in the ‘Tales from the Highland Gazette’ series (A D Scott) to Atria US,... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day 2013

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) will stage its seventh Indigenous Literacy Day on Wednesday 4 September to raise funds for literary resources in remote Indigenous... Read more

Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival 2013 program announced x

The program for the ninth annual Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival in Geraldton, Western Australia, has been announced. The festival, which runs from 13-15... Read more

CLNZ Writers’ Award 2013 finalists announced x

Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) has announced the finalists for the CLNZ Writers’ Award 2013 for nonfiction writers. The finalists, and their nonfiction book projects, are:... Read more

‘Seizure’ novella project editors announced x

Literary journal Seizure has announced the editors for its inaugural Stepping Stones project, which aims to create career pathways for editors. The editors, who each receive... Read more

Inky Awards 2013 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2013 Inky Awards, presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria, have been announced. The shortlist... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Hachette titles dominate this week’s highest new entries chart. In first place on the chart is Watching You by Michael Robotham, followed by Children of the... Read more

Peter Blazey, Wesley Michel Wright, Ernest Scott prizes announced

The University of Melbourne’s Australian Centre, School of Culture and Communication and Faculty of Arts announced the winners of the Peter Blazey Fellowship, the Wesley... Read more

Marr wins 2013 John Button Prize

Journalist and author David Marr has won the John Button Prize for writing on Australian politics and policy for Quarterly Essay 47, Political Animal: The Making... Read more

Kent, Collins nominated for UK first book awards x

Australian author Hannah Kent has been nominated for this year’s Guardian First Book Award for her novel Burial Rites (Picador). Eleven titles have been longlisted... Read more

‘Age’ Book of the Year Awards suspended x

The Age Book of the Year Awards have been suspended and may not be presented this year. In previous years, the awards have been presented... Read more

‘Reading Hour’ to take place tomorrow

The 2013 Reading Hour will take place around the country tomorrow, 24 August, from 5-6pm. The initiative, which promotes the idea that everyone can benefit from... Read more

APA Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2013 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Australian Publishers Association (APA) Australian Educational Publishing Awards were announced at a ceremony at the State Library of Victoria in... Read more

Nielsen to acquire commerce, business intelligence services from R R Bowker x

Nielsen has signed an agreement to acquire a range of commerce and business intelligence services from R R Bowker, parent company of Books+Publishing owner Thorpe-Bowker.... Read more

Penguin launches teen readers website

Penguin Australia has launched a new website for teenage readers. Penguin Teen Australia, which was launched this month, replaces teen blogs that Penguin has been... Read more

Clan Destine Press launches three digital imprints x

Genre publisher Clan Destine Press has launched three short-form digital imprints: Crime Shots, Encounters and Clan Destine Fictions. Crime Shots is an imprint for true crime writing, Encounters... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I want to find the next Michelle de Kretser, the next Anna Funder or the next Gail Jones. There are very few companies expanding their... Read more

RiP Elmore Leonard x

US author and screenwriter Elmore Leonard has died, aged 87. Leonard is the author of 45 novels, many of which were adapted for film and... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Exisle Publishing has sold rights to Growing Yourself Up (Jenny Brown) in the Netherlands and Belgium; French language rights to The Happiness Trap Pocket... Read more

Haigh wins sixth Jack Pollard Literary Award x

Gideon Haigh has won the Australian Cricket Society Jack Pollard Literary Award for the sixth time for his book On Warne (Hamish Hamilton). Haigh will... Read more

Mrva-Montoya wins international publishing scholarship to University of St Gallen x

Sydney University Press production coordinator Agata Mrva-Montoya has won a scholarship to attend the International Publishing Management course at the University of St Gallen in... Read more

TB Clarke, AllBooks4Less to close x

Books wholesaler and remainders dealer TB Clarke and its retail arm AllBooks4Less are now in liquidation after being placed into administration in early July. According... Read more

‘Outlaw Bikers in Australia’ recalled in QLD x

Pan Macmillan has announced a recall of Outlaw Bikers in Australia by Duncan McNab from Queensland bookstores. The publisher said in a statement that the book ‘has been recalled... Read more

HarperCollins NZ also accepting unsolicited manuscripts on Wednesdays x

HarperCollins New Zealand has announced that it is accepting unsolicited manuscripts via its website. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, HarperCollins Australia recently launched an online... Read more

Millennium House atlas wins award x

Millennium House Australia’s Earth Platinum World Atlas has been named the overall winner at the International Map Industry Association (IMIA) regional map awards. The atlas,... Read more

Booktopia wins Digital Innovation Award x

Online bookseller Booktopia has won the Digital Innovation Award at the inaugural BRW Momentum Mid-Market Awards in Sydney. The awards focus on mid-market companies with... Read more

Melbourne printer Troedel-Docucopy enters liquidation x

Melbourne printer Troedel-Docucopy has entered liquidation with more than $2.5 million of debt, reports ProPrint. Troedel-Docucopy was liquidated on 27 June, 14 months after the... Read more

Collins Werribee to close x

The Collins bookstore in Werribee, Victoria, will close at the end of September. The store, which is a previous recipient of the Collins Franchise of... Read more

Samsung to release kids’ tablet x

Samsung has announced plans to release a tablet designed specifically for kids. The brightly coloured Galaxy Tab 3 Kids comes with a range of child-friendly... Read more

Warner, Harrod win 2013 James Tait Black Prizes x

In the UK, Alan Warner has won this year’s James Tait Black Prize for Fiction for The Deadman’s Pedal (Vintage), and Tanya Harrod has won... Read more

Dench, Hoffman to star in ‘Esio Trot’ adaptation

The BBC will produce a feature-length film adaptation of the children’s classic Esio Trot by Roald Dahl (various imprints) next year, which will star Dame... Read more

DOJ revises Apple injunction proposal in ebook pricing case x

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has revised its proposal for injunctive relief against Apple in its ebook pricing case against the retailer, adopting Judge... Read more

CourseSmart offers flat-fee etextbook rentals x

In the US, digital course material provider CourseSmart has launched a subscription pack that allow students to rent six etextbooks for a flat fee of... Read more

US morning TV show launches book club x

US morning television show Today has launched what is being described as an ‘Oprah-like Book Club’. According to the New York Times, the books, which... Read more

US publisher launches ebook-bundling program for entire list x

In the US, publisher PM Press has launched an ebook-bundling program for its entire list, reports Publishers Weekly. The Paperback Plus! program offers customers a... Read more

Penguin Random House expands into TV x

Penguin Random House is moving into television production to boost the sales of its books, reports the Wall Street Journal. The publisher’s first project is... Read more

Overstock.com continues Amazon price war x

In the US, online retailer Overstock.com is continuing its price war with Amazon, reports Digital Book World. Overstock.com has announced a new loyalty rewards offer for its ‘Club... Read more

In brief x

Modjeska to present 2013 NLA Seymour lecture The National Library of Australia (NLA) in Canberra has announced that Drusilla Modjeska will deliver the 2013 Seymour... Read more

Local librarians to take up new roles on IFLA committees x

A number of Australian and New Zealand librarians and library professionals have been elected to new positions on various committees of the International Federation of... Read more

LIANZA gives ebook access to members x

The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) is giving its members free access to EBL’s ebook library service for a number of... Read more

International Library News x

Swedish startup to allow ‘real time’ e-lending negotiations between publishers and libraries In Sweden, new digital startup company Atingo is promising to ‘radically change’ library ebook... Read more

Queensland school librarian wins CBCA award x

Queensland librarian Judith Russell has been awarded the Dame Annabelle Rankin Award for services to literature by the Queensland branch of the Children’s Book Council... Read more

Public libraries expenditure up six percent in 2011-2012 x

Total expenditure on public libraries in Australia grew by close to six percent in the 2011-2012 financial year, according to the latest statistics from the... Read more

Get set for Father’s Day x

Looking for some last-minute Father’s Day ideas? Andrea Hanke rounds up some of the publishers’ highlights, from new books to mark anniversaries for Wisden and... Read more

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation: Tiwi Islands trip x

Earlier this month, Andrea Hanke joined several members of the Australian book industry on a trip to the Tiwi Islands to visit some of the... Read more

Blanche d’Alpuget’s ‘The Young Lion’ x

The Tudor family has long been a focus for historical novels, with authors such as Alison Weir, Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel flooding the market... Read more

Margaret Wild’s ‘The Vanishing Moment’ x

A weeping girl, a haunted somnambulist and a mysterious magician named Bob—Margaret Wild’s latest YA novel is a riveting exploration of the measure of human... Read more

Footprint Books to distribute Kogan Page x

Publisher: Kogan Page ISBN prefix: 97807494 New distributor:  Footprint Books Pty Ltd Old distributor: Woodslane Pty Ltd Changeover date: 1 September 2013 Returns cutoff: 1... Read more

Inbooks to end distibution of AUC Press x

Agency: American University in Cairo Press ISBN Prefix: 9789774 Old distributor: Inbooks New distributor: I B Taurus (worldwide) Changeover date: 1 September 2013 Returns cutoff:... Read more

Ward to leave Simon & Schuster x

Kirsty Ward, head of consumer and market insights at Simon & Schuster Australia, will leave the company in September to join Sydney organic and natural... Read more

Coronel to coordinate 2013 SPN publishing conference x

The Small Press Network (SPN) has appointed Tim Coronel to coordinate its 2013 independent publishing conference. Coronel will work two days per week from SPN’s... Read more

Senogles leaves SWF x

Renee Senogles has finished in her role as programming coordinator at the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF). Senogles, who joined the festival in 2012 after seven years... Read more

New appointments at HGE x

Hardie Grant Egmont has announced two new appointments to its team. Jess Wallis has been hired in the new role of marketing and communications executive,... Read more

Treasure leaves Momentum x

Anne Treasure has resigned as digital marketing executive at Momentum. Treasure will be tutoring in communication technologies and change at the University of Canberra.

Wong joins Books Kinokuniya x

Allen & Unwin marketing coordinator Valerie Wong has joined Books Kinokuniya in Sydney as marketing and events coordinator. Wong will be replaced at Allen &... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) workshop x

Society of Editors (NSW) will present a one-day workshop on Grammar Essentials on Friday 18 October presented by Pam Peters, emeritus professor of linguistics at... Read more

Editors Victoria workshops x

Editors Victoria has two workshops currently open for bookings. Introductory Grammar for Editors (Saturday, 14 September). This is a half-day course that outlines the nine... Read more

Aurealis Awards 2013 entries open x

Entries for the 2013 Aurealis Awards are open. Any work of speculative fiction written by an Australian citizen of permanent resident and published for the... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) meeting x

The Society of Editors (NSW) will hold a meeting with the topic ‘Seizure: Multiplatform content and the changing role of the editor’. Author and creative director David Henley will talk about the... Read more

‘Outlaw Bikers in Australia’ Recalled x

Pan Macmillan Australia has announced a recall of Outlaw Bikers in Australia by Duncan McNab. The recall applies to the state of Queensland only. The... Read more

Industry Networking Opportunity: 9 September in Brisbane x

The Australian Publishers Association’s Independent Publishers Committee conducts regular networking events for book industry participants to meet and share knowledge. Check in with your colleagues... Read more

Second reprint of ‘Girt’ by David Hunt available Thursday 29 August x

Due to high demand, the second reprint of Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia by David Hunt is underway. Stock will be available on Thursday... Read more

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