Weekly Book Newsletter
9 October 2013

Quote of the week x

‘We have printed over 50,000 of the two editions as a first print, [and] we expect to be pushing the reprint button several times’—Pan Macmillan... Read more

Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2013 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing has been announced. The shortlisted pieces of writing are: ‘The Last Laughing Death’... Read more

Tulba shortlisted for Dylan Thomas Prize

Australian author Majok Tulba has been shortlisted for this year’s Dylan Thomas Prize in the UK. Tulba’s novel Beneath the Darkening Sky (Hamish Hamilton) is... Read more

Alex Adsett Publishing Services announces first book deals with publishers x

Brisbane-based literary agency Alex Adsett Publishing Services (AAPS) has announced details of its first deals with Australian publishers. AAPS, which was established as a literary agency... Read more

Walker Books creates international sales team; Vahtrick appointed sales executive for Northern, Eastern Europe x

Walker Books has appointed a new sales team to manage all international sales of Walker Books UK, Candlewick Press and Walker Books Australia titles, reports... Read more

RiP Tom Clancy x

Author Tom Clancy has died, aged 66. Clancy was the author of numerous novels including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, The Cardinal of... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Alex Adsett Publishing Services has signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster for Chasing The Ace and Running The Red (Nicholas Johnson);... Read more

ABA, Leading Edge to share conference weekend, trade exhibition again in 2014

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and Leading Edge Books will hold their 2014 conferences over the same weekend at the Langham Hotel in Melbourne next... Read more

The ‘Monthly’ names De Kretser, Coetzee, Wright as best in literature x

The Monthly has selected books by Michelle de Kretser, J M Coetzee and Alexis Wright as the best in literature in 2013 for its annual... Read more

New bookshop Fat Cat Books opens in Melbourne

A new bookshop called Fat Cat Books has opened in Dandenong Plaza in Melbourne. Fat Cat Books, which is located near the previous site of... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

For the third consecutive week Jamie Oliver’s Save with Jamie (Michael Joseph) and Andy Griffiths’ The 39-Storey Treehouse (Pan) are first and second respectively on the... Read more

AllBooks4Less trademarks, assets purchased by SJC Books

Remainders outlet AllBooks4Less will be relaunched in coming weeks, following the acquisition of its trademarks and some of its assets by Victorian-based company SJC Books Pty Ltd. The acquisition comes... Read more

Hitchcock wins inaugural writingWA fiction award x

Miles Hitchcock has won the inaugural Curtin University Prize for Fiction, administered by writingWA. Hitchcock, who lives in the Western Australian town of Barragup, near... Read more

Hachette Australia appoints head of field sales x

Hachette Australia has appointed Sean Cotcher to the new role of head of field sales following the company’s recently announced restructure. Cotcher has seven years’... Read more

Catton shortlisted for Governor General’s Literary Award 2013 in Canada x

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has been shortlisted for the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction (English language) in Canada. Catton, who was born... Read more

Dymocks Kids’ Top 51 list announced x

Dymocks has revealed its Kids’ Top 51 list for 2013. The top 10 books on the list are: Tomorrow, When the War Began (John Marsden,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s a cornucopia of riches’—Dymocks buying manager Sophie Higgins reflects on publishers’ Christmas releases in an article in the Age. Higgins, Readings’ Mark Rubbo and... Read more

New online bookstore to donate ‘GST equivalent’ to Australian literacy charities x

A new online retailer selling books, CDs, vinyl, DVDs and Blu-ray has launched in Australia, and will donate the ‘GST equivalent’ of its sales to... Read more

Berkelouw Books Newtown to move x

The Berkelouw Books store in Newtown, Sydney, has announced that it is relocating to Hornsby. The store will begin accepting deliveries at its new location... Read more

Booksellers NZ introduces electronic gift cards x

Booksellers NZ has introduced electronic gift cards. The gift cards, launched on 1 October, can be purchased and redeemed at bookshops that are members of... Read more

Collins Kawana to close x

Collins Booksellers in Kawana, Queensland, will close this month, reports the Sunshine Coast Daily. Owner Therese Appleby, who bought the Collins store at Kawana Shoppingworld three... Read more

Black Inc. announces ‘Best Australian’ contributors x

Black Inc. has announced the contributors for The Best Australian Stories 2013, edited by Kim Scott, The Best Australian Essays 2013, edited by Robert Manne,... Read more

Lloyd Jones announced as finalist for the 2013 Wellys x

New Zealand author Lloyd Jones is a finalist in the Arts category of the 2013 Wellingtonian of the Year Awards, also known as ‘the Wellys’,... Read more

Bryce to deliver 2013 Boyer Lectures x

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has announced that the Governor General of Australia Quentin Bryce will deliver the 2013 Boyer Lectures next month. The lectures will... Read more

Penguin Random House completes 100% acquisition of Penguin Books India x

Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired Penguin Books India from Ananda Publishers Private Limited’s (APPL), which completes the merger of Penguin Random House India, said... Read more

Bloomsbury Spark to launch in December x

Bloomsbury has announced that it will launch its new digital-first imprint for young adult, teen and new adult fiction, Bloomsbury Spark, in December. As previously... Read more

Brazil’s Coelho calls off Frankfurt Book Fair appearance in protest x

Brazil’s Guest of Honour program at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair will be without one of the country’s most famous authors, with Paulo Coelho cancelling... Read more

McCall Smith to adapt Austen’s ‘Emma’ for HarperCollins x

In the UK, Alexander McCall Smith will write a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, reports the Bookseller. McCall Smith is the latest author to... Read more

Apple appeals ebook pricing verdict, final injunction x

In the US, Apple has lodged an appeal against Judge Denise Cote’s verdict in the ebook pricing case made on 10 July and the final... Read more

French parliament passes bill banning online retailers from offering free delivery x

The French parliament has passed a bill banning online retailers from offering free delivery to customers, reports the New York Times. The bill was unanimously passed... Read more

Report reveals global ebook trends x

Publishing consultant Rüdiger Wischenbart has released his latest report into global ebook trends, ‘Global eBook: A Report on Market Trends and Developments’, which estimates ebook penetration by country using... Read more

Scribd launches ebook subscription service x

In the US, document-sharing and ebook sales platform Scribd is launching an ebook subscription service that offers unlimited ebooks for US$8.99 (A$9.60) a month, reports... Read more

First Book initiative launches ‘global marketplace’ project x

In the US, not-for-profit book distribution organisation First Book has launched a new ‘global marketplace’ project, reports Publishers Weekly. First Book, which currently provides books... Read more

Bloomsbury launches self-publishing comparison service x

In the UK, Bloomsbury’s online writers’ resource Writers & Artists has launched selfpubcompare.com, a free self-publishing provider comparison website. Writers can complete a questionnaire on the website to find self-publishing... Read more

Goldsmiths Prize 2013 shortlist announced x

In the UK, the shortlist for the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are Harvest (Jim Crace, Picador), Red or Dead (David... Read more

Australian books featured in New York Library’s top 100 children’s books x

Shaun Tan’s The Arrival (Lothian) and Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and illustrated by Judy Horacek (Puffin) are featured on the 100... Read more

International Library News x

American Library Association to open Center for the Future of Libraries In the US, the American Library Association (ALA) will establish a Center for the... Read more

In brief x

Victorian Chief Justice to deliver SLV Redmond Barry Lecture Victoria’s Chief Justice Marilyn Warren will deliver this year’s Redmond Barry Lecture at the State Library... Read more

International library news x

Penguin US ebooks available to libraries through OverDrive again Libraries in the US can now access Penguin ebooks through OverDrive, more than 18 months after... Read more

In brief x

Public Libraries of SA launches Dads Read campaign Public Libraries of South Australia has launched the ‘Dads Read’ campaign, an early childhood literacy initiative developed... Read more

Pan Macmillan, Bloomsbury sign with Wheelers ebook platform x

ALS Library Services has announced that ebooks from Pan Macmillan and Bloomsbury are now available to Australian and New Zealand users of the Wheelers ePlatform... Read more

Found in translation x

The 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair kicks off this week. In Junior Term 3, Kate Blackwood spoke to two children’s publishers who visit overseas book fairs to choose titles... Read more

Agata Mrva-Montoya on the St Gallen International Publishing Management Course x

‘The majority of industry-based training programs focus on technology, production, marketing or editorial skills, reflecting the traditional needs of this creative industry, as well as... Read more

Jennifer McBride & Lynda Nixon’s ‘Shimmer’ x

When I was asked if I wanted to review Shimmer, it was pitched to me as ‘a teenage genie from another planet is sent to earth... Read more

Ballistic distribution change x

Publisher: Ballistic Publishing  ISBN prefixes: 978-0-9750965; 978-1-921002; 978-1-921828; 978-0-9874036 Old distributor: Ballistic New distributor: Perseus Changeover date: Immediate (See classified.)

Inkerman & Blunt distribution change x

Publisher: Inkerman & Blunt  ISBN prefix: 978-0-9875401 Old distributor: I&B New distributor: NewSouth Books Changeover date: Immediate (See classified.)

Shanks appointed PANZ membership services manager x

Katherine Shanks has recently joined the Publishers Association of New Zealand in the role of membership services manager. Shanks, who has previously worked for Anne... Read more

Changes at Walker Books x

At Walker Books, Melissa Keown has moved into a new position, taking on responsibility for sales of all Walker Books UK, Candlewick Press and Walker... Read more

Cotcher appointed head of field sales at Hachette x

Hachette Australia has appointed Sean Cotcher to the new role of head of field sales following the company’s recently announced restructure. Cotcher has seven years’... Read more

Hachette Australia staff changes x

Hachette Australia has announced a number of staff changes. Former managing director at Bloomsbury Australia Louise Sherwin-Stark has been appointed sales and product director and Justin... Read more

Cubitt joins Bloomsbury Australia x

Former sales director at Simon & Schuster Australia Kate Cubitt has been appointed to the position of managing director at Bloomsbury Australia. She will start... Read more

Currie leaves Avid Reader x

Chris Currie has left his role as buyer at Avid Reader in Brisbane. His position will be filled by Sarah Deasy, who previously managed the... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Editing for horticultural publication x

Society of Editors (NSW) is holding a workshop on Editing for Horticultural Publication presented by Jennifer Stackhouse, a former editor of ABC Gardening Australia magazine and is... Read more

APA diary alerts: Residential Editorial Program call for applications; futurEDUCATION 2014 x

Residential Editorial Program (REP): Applications are invited from mid-career editors for REP 2014.This intensive, five-day program offers mid-career editors an exceptional opportunity to develop their... Read more

Society of Editors NSW: Plain English for editors x

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc is presenting a one-day workshop on Friday 15 November: Speketh so Pleyne: Plain English for editors, presented by Dr Neil... Read more

Writers Victoria: Dinner meeting debate x

Writers Victoria and RMIT will hold a dinner meeting debate on the topic: Old Media Is Dead!  On-demand digital access to content—anytime, anywhere—is transforming how we... Read more

Berkelouw Books Newtown is moving to Hornsby x

There will be no one to accept deliveries at Newtown and the Hornsby store will accept deliveries from November 4. The new address is: Berkelouw... Read more

NewSouth Books to distribute Inkerman & Blunt x

Effective immediately NewSouth Books will be the exclusive distributor for Inkerman & Blunt, publisher of Australian Love Poems 2013, edited by Mark Tredinnick. Copies of... Read more

Perseus to distribute Ballistic Publishing x

Effective immediately Perseus (supplied in Australia by NewSouth Books) will distribute Ballistic Publishing, publishers of digital art books. Copies of Ballistic publications previously supplied in... Read more

Changes to NewSouth Books distribution x

From December 31st NewSouth Books will no longer distribute the following publishers: Indiana University Press Papadakis Strident Publishing

Alliance Distribution Services Christmas changes x

Alliance Distribution Services wishes to advise of the following changes which will assist customers in maximising opportunities in the period leading up to Christmas. 1. ... Read more

Editing & Publishing Postgrad Information Session x

The annual information session for those considering applying for admission in 2014 to RMIT’s Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing (program GD073) will be held... Read more

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