Weekly Book Newsletter
4 September 2013

Quote of the week x

‘Schools have been hoping for a “one stop shop” across multiple resource providers that works on multiple devices’—Cambridge University Press executive director Mark O’Neil on... Read more

RiP Seamus Heaney x

Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney has died, aged 74. Heaney is the author of numerous poetry and prose collections, including Death of a... Read more

MWF 2013: box-office takings up, Griffith tops bestsellers list x

This year’s Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has recorded another boost in box-office takings. Although ‘detailed figures’ are still being collated, the festival reports that it... Read more

Copyright Agency to launch etextbook subscription service LearningField x

The Copyright Agency will launch an etextbook subscription service for secondary schools called LearningField at the beginning of 2014. The digital platform, which allows teachers and... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day today

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is staging its seventh Indigenous Literacy Day today and is aiming to raise up to $200,000 for Indigenous literacy. A... Read more

Australian Family Therapists’ Awards 2013 winners announced

The winners of the 2013 Australian Family Therapists’ Awards for Children’s Literature have been announced. The Children’s/Youth Literature Award, worth $1000, was presented to I’ll... Read more

Get Reading! 2013 campaign launched; ‘Favourite Homegrown Reads’ results announced x

The 2013 Get Reading! campaign was launched on 1 September and this year’s list of ‘Top 50 Books You Can’t Put Down’ is now available.... Read more

Rayner Roberts wins Hugo Award x

Australian fantasy author Tansy Rayner Roberts has won a Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. The winners of the 2013 Hugo Awards were announced at LoneStarCon 3,... Read more

Book Industry Collaborative Council final report released x

The final report of the Book Industry Collaborative Council (BICC) has been released and is available online. The report, which is available from Innovation Minister Kim... Read more

Authors in the running for ‘Cosmo’ Fun Fearless Female poll

A number of authors are in the running for Cosmopolitan magazine’s annual Fun Fearless Female poll. Nominated in the Author category are: Hannah Kent (Burial... Read more

Espeseth and Fine shortlisted for Warwick Prize

Australian author Amy Espeseth and Australia-based UK academic Cordelia Fine have been shortlisted for the 2013 Warwick Prize for Writing. The shortlist was announced at a... Read more

Bestsellers this week

Following the success of The 13-Storey Treehouse and The 26-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton have created The 39-Storey Treehouse (all Pan), which features 13 new... Read more

Davitt Awards 2013 winners announced

The winners of the 2013 Davitt Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime for crime and mystery books written by Australian women, have been announced. The... Read more

Co-op acquires DA Information, Central Book Services

Campus bookseller the Co-op has acquired library supply business DA Information Services and its trade distribution arm Central Book Services (CBS). The businesses, which operated... Read more

ALP pledges $12 million for national university publishing consortium; announces plans for Book Industry Innovation Council

A re-elected Federal Labor Government will invest $12 million over three years in a national university publishing consortium, called Australian Universities Press (AUP). Minister for... Read more

Edgar wins inaugural ACU Prize for Literature x

Sydney poet Stephen Edgar has won the inaugural Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Literature for his poem The Dancer. Edgar was announced as the... Read more

Safran presents true crime series on Radio National

Author and broadcaster John Safran is currently presenting a six-part series about true crime writing on ABC Radio National. ‘John Safran’s True Crime’ is being broadcast on Radio National each Sunday... Read more

Kobo to launch dedicated children’s and magazine ebookstores this year; new devices unveiled x

Kobo will launch a dedicated children’s ebookstore in Australia and add local magazine content to its catalogue before Christmas. Malcolm Neil, director of content acquisition... Read more

Books for Cooks makes entire stock available on Facebook x

Books for Cooks in Melbourne has made its entire stock available to browse on Facebook. By selecting the ‘my store’ tab on the store’s Facebook page,... Read more

O’Neill shortlisted in Scottish book awards

Australian author Ryan O’Neill’s The Weight of a Human Heart (Black Inc.) has been shortlisted in the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards. O’Neill’s novel... Read more

NZ Post Book Awards 2013 winners announced x

The winners of this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards have been announced.  The winners in each category are: New Zealand Post Book of the... Read more

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

Mary Ryan’s Bulimba closes x

The Mary Ryan’s bookstore in the Brisbane suburb of Bulimba has closed after eight years in business. The store, which was located on Oxford St... Read more

Five Mile Press wins Mattel Licensee of the Year x

The Five Mile Press has won the 2013 Licensee of the Year Award at this year’s Mattel licensing summit in Melbourne. The publisher was selected... Read more

QLA achieves $20,000 crowdfunding target x

The organisers of the Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) have achieved their $20,000 crowdfunding target in just under four weeks. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the money... 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

Amazon to bundle ebooks with print book purchases x

Amazon will launch its Kindle MatchBook program, which bundles discounted ebooks with print books, in October, reports Publishers Weekly. The company will offer ebook editions of the print... Read more

Bloomsbury acquires Hart Publishing x

In the UK, Bloomsbury has acquired legal publisher Hart Publishing, reports the Bookseller. The acquisition of Hart Publishing, for which Bloomsbury paid £6.5 million (A$11.17... Read more

Celebrities support UK ‘Books Are My Bag’ campaign

In the UK, a number of celebrities are supporting the upcoming ‘Books Are My Bag’ campaign, reports the Bookseller. The trade-wide advertising campaign to promote... Read more

BookShout! launches ebook direct sales platform for publishers

In the US, social reading and ebook retail website BookShout! has launched an ebook direct sales platform for publishers, reports Digital Book World. The company... Read more

CWA Dagger shortlists announced x

In the UK, the shortlists for the 2013 Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Gold Dagger, Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger awards... Read more

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ tops Travelodge ‘most discarded books’ list

The third book in E L James’ ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy has topped the annual list of books most likely to be left at a Travelodge... 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

LIANZA 2013 awards announced x

The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) has announced the winners of its 2013 awards. The winners in each category are: YBP... Read more

BICC develops elending principles, recommends including ebooks in lending rights schemes x

The Book Industry Collaborative Council (BICC) has developed a set of principles for the supply of ebooks to Australian libraries as part of its final... Read more

In brief x

Political parties repond to ALIA’s ‘Library and Information Agenda’ Australia’s political parties have responded to the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)’s ‘Library and Information... Read more

International Library News x

Jamie Oliver cookbook donated to every UK library A free copy of Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook, Save with Jamie (Michael Joseph), is being donated to... 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

Kicking goals: Sports books for kids x

September is often a highlight on the sporting calendar as many local and national seasons draw to a close and finals begin. Andrew Wrathall spoke to several publishers... 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

Sue Lawson’s ‘You Don’t Even Know’ x

Stuck in hospital after an accident he can’t remember, Alex is forced to try to put together the events that led him to this moment,... 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

Marie Clay list to change distribution x

Publisher: Marie Clay list (various ISBNs) Old distributor: Pearson Education New distributor: Scholastic Changeover date: 1 September  (See classifieds.)

InBooks to distribute Unicorn Press x

Publisher: Unicorn Press ISBN prefix: 978-1906-509 Old distributor: N/A New distributor: Inbooks Changeover date: 1 September 

NewSouth Books to distribute Brandl & Schlesinger x

Publisher: Brandl & Schlesinger ISBN prefix: 978-1-921556 Old distributor: MDS New distributor: NewSouth Books Changeover date: 3 September Returns cut-off (to ADS): 31 October

Fearnley leaves Ingram x

Nerida Fearnley is no longer working for Lightning Source Australia. A spokesperson for Ingram told Books+Publishing that Fearnley, who joined the company in the role... 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

2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards entries open x

Entries for the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards are open. Australian citizens and permanent residents can enter one of five categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama... Read more

APA Professional Development: Industry Networking Event in Brisbane x

The Australian Publishers Association’s Independent Publishers Committee is hosting a networking event on Monday 9 September from 5-7 pm at the Queensland Writers Centre. Drinks... Read more

Marie Clay list coming to Scholastic Australia and New Zealand x

As of September 1st 2013 Jill Eggleton and Tracy Strudley, directors of Global Education Systems Ltd (GES), will promote and manage Marie M. Clay’s sensational... Read more

Marie Clay literacy resources change to distribution x

New Zealand Information Announcement: Marie Clay literacy resources  Please note that as of 1 September 2013 all products belonging to the Marie Clay list (currently distributed by... Read more

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