Weekly Book Newsletter
11 September 2013

ABA Management Committee: Wehner steps down, Strong returns x

Boomerang Books owner Clayton Wehner has resigned from his position as a member of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Management Committee. ABA CEO Joel Beceker... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It could well be the first major report into the Australian book industry that effectively grapples with most of the deep-rooted structural issues besetting it... Read more

Nonfiction, children’s books top BWF bestsellers x

Tim Cope’s On the Trail of Genghis Khan (Bloomsbury) has topped the bestsellers list at this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF), with nonfiction and children’s... Read more

Man Booker Prize 2013 shortlist announced x

The Luminaries by New Zealand author Eleanor Catton (Granta) is one of six books shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. The full shortlist is:... Read more

New children’s publisher to focus on traditional folktales

A new Australian children’s book publisher called Christmas Press will specialise in publishing traditional folktales from around the world. Christmas Press has been founded by... Read more

Deadly Award for Published Book of the Year 2013 announced x

Traditional Healers of Central Australia: Ngangkari by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation (Magabala) has won the Deadly Award for Published Book of... Read more

Vale Ian Moir x

Ian Moir, former co-owner of Moirs Bookshop in Lane Cove, Sydney, has died, aged 79. Peribo owner Eddie Coffey writes: ‘I first met Ian in... Read more

Australian company creates 3D animation app for existing picture books x

Australian animation company Resin has created an app that uses 3D animation to transform Bloomsbury’s children’s book Two Left Feet (Adam Stower) into a ‘modern-day... Read more

Charalambous novel republished with new TV tie-in title

John Charalambous’ 2006 novel Silent Parts (UQP) has been republished with the new title An Accidental Soldier ahead of an ABC TV film adaptation of... Read more

RIP Ian Moir x

Ian Moir, former co-owner of Moirs Bookshop in Lane Cove, Sydney, has died, aged 79. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

In first place on the bestsellers chart and the fastest movers chart this week is the action-thriller Never Go Back (Lee Child, Bantam), which sees Jack... Read more

Ned Kelly Awards 2013 winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime writing were announced at the Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) on 7 September. The award for... Read more

CLNZ Writers’ Awards 2013 winners announced x

The winners of the 2013 Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Writers’ Awards for nonfiction have been announced. Geoff Chapple will receive one of the $35,000 prizes for... Read more

Momentum launches romance imprint Moonlight

Pan Macmillan’s digital imprint Momentum has launched a new romance imprint and online community called Momentum Moonlight. Momentum Moonlight, which has a dedicated website, will... Read more

Bloomsbury acquires natural history list from New Holland x

Bloomsbury Publishing has acquired over 200 natural history titles from New Holland Publishers, which it plans to integrate into its own natural history list. The... Read more

The Body in the Garden festival 2013 guests announced x

The guest line-up for the first Body in the Garden festival in Adelaide, South Australia, has been announced. The festival, which is for writers of... Read more

Queensland Literary Awards 2013 winners announced

The winners of the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) were announced on 4 September during the Brisbane Writers Festival. The winners in each of the... Read more

NZ educational publisher Learning Media to close x

New Zealand educational publisher Learning Media will close within coming months. The board of Learning Media said in a statement on 4 September that the... Read more

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

Book industry entries shortlisted in Create Design Awards x

A number of book industry entries have been shortlisted in the Create Design Awards 2013, presented by Desktop magazine. The illustration in this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival website... 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

Kobo to launch ebooks, devices in the Philippines x

Kobo will enter the Philippines ereading market this month, with a number of its ereading devices to be available from bookselling chain National Book Store from 20... Read more

Scottish book awards winners announced x

The category winners of this year’s Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards have been announced. Ewan Morrison won the Fiction Award for Close Your Eyes (Jonathan Cape)... Read more

CNP eReading platform sends ebooks into China x

Chinese readers will have access to foreign-language online journals and ebooks via the CNP eReading platform, which has been launched by UK company Publishing Technology and China National... Read more

Atwood, Jacobson join Hogarth’s Shakespeare project x

In the UK, authors Margaret Atwood and Howard Jacobson have joined Random House’s Shakespeare publishing project, reports the Bookseller. As part of the ‘Hogarth Shakespeare’... Read more

Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards 2013 winners announced x

In the US, the six winners of the 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards have been announced. The awards, which are each worth US$30,000 (A$32,499),... Read more

Samuel Johnson Prize 2013 longlist announced x

The longlist for this year’s Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction has been announced in the UK. The longlisted titles are: Small Wars, Far Away Places... Read more

Judge signs final order in Apple ebook pricing case x

In the US, the judge in Apple’s ebook pricing case has signed a final order for injunctive relief, reports Publishers Weekly. The parties in the case last... Read more

Doctorow, Angelou to receive National Book Foundation medals x

In the US, the National Book Foundation will present the 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to E L Doctorow and the 2013 Literarian Award for Outstanding... Read more

Sourcebooks to publish Wattpad titles x

In the US, independent publisher Sourcebooks has partnered with online writing platform Wattpad to publish some of its popular YA titles, reports Publishers Weekly. The... Read more

New Kindle Paperwhite to integrate with Goodreads x

The next upgrade of Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite ereader will allow users to access book-recommendation platform Goodreads on the device, reports Publishers Weekly. The sixth generation... Read more

William Morrow to revive Agatha Christie’s Poirot series x

HarperCollins imprint William Morrow will revive Agatha Christie’s crime series featuring Belgian detective Hercule Poirot with a new novel by UK crime writer Sophie Hannah, said HarperCollins... 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

In brief x

Further IFLA committee appointments announced Two Australian library professionals have been elected to new positions on the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)’s Copyright and... Read more

International Library News x

Shanghai subway library opens Chinese commuters now have access to a subway library on Shanghai’s Metro Line 2 where they can borrow a book from... Read more

Gordon elected CAUL president for 2014-15 x

Heather Gordon has been elected as president of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) for 2014 and 2015. Gordon is director of library and... Read more

NLA Fellowship recipients announced x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has announced the recipients of a number of its 2014 National Library Fellowships. The recipient of the 2014 Japan... 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

Why publish stuff which no-one reads? x

David Musgrave, poet, novelist and founder of independent press Puncher & Wattman, is often told that ‘nobody reads’ the poetry that his press publishes. ‘This... 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

Lloyd Jones’ ‘A History of Silence’ x

Lloyd Jones lives in Wellington, but when an earthquake devastates Christchurch he is asked by the BBC to write about it. Feeling unable to ‘speak... 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.)

Changes to the ABA Management Committee x

Boomerang Books owner Clayton Wehner has resigned from his position as a member of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Management Committee. Peter Strong, former owner... Read more

Gordon elected CAUL president x

Heather Gordon has been elected as president of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) for 2014 and 2015. Gordon, who is director of library... Read more

Bratchford joins Qld Supreme Court Library; Davies joins Legal Aid Queensland x

David Bratchford has been appointed as the new librarian at the Supreme Court of Queensland Library. Bratchford was previously library manager at Legal Aid Queensland,... Read more

‘Books+Publishing’ reporting at Frankfurt Book Fair x

Books+Publishing editor-in-chief Andrea Hanke will be attending this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair as part of the Australian Publishers Association (APA) contingent, and will be reporting... Read more

Independent Publishing Conference Academic Day: Call for Papers Closes 20 September x

The call for papers for the academic day of the 2013 Small Press Network Independent Publishers Conference has been extended, but must close on 20... Read more

Two upcoming events at Pinerolo x

Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage in Blackheath NSW, has two upcoming events.  The third annual Open Day will be held on 22 September, as part of... Read more

Harpercollins Australia to publish new Nick Cater book: ‘Delusions: The History of Bad Ideas’ x

Following the success of The Lucky Culture, HarperCollins Australia will publish a new book by author Nick Cater in early 2015. “I’ve been delighted with... Read more

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