Weekly Book Newsletter
13 November 2013

Quote of the week x

‘Our job is to invent on behalf of the customer, make the experience of buying books and enjoying books better, and then let customers decide’—Amazon... Read more

Readings launches new website x

Melbourne-based bookseller Readings has launched its new-look website in the lead-up to Christmas. The new site replaces the previous six-year-old website, and aims to give... Read more

Amazon launches Kindle store in Australia

Amazon has launched a Kindle store in Australia and is now selling locally published ebooks. The Kindle store went live this morning at www.amazon.com.au, a... Read more

Nicoll-Hatton wins 2013 Lady Cutler Award x

Primary teacher and literacy educator Vivienne Nicoll-Hatton is the winner of this year’s Lady Cutler Award for Distinguished Services to Children’s Literature, presented annually by... Read more

Hachette partners with radio station for Rock’n’Roll Book Club x

Hachette Australia has partnered with NSW radio station 101.7 WSFM to present a monthly Rock’n’Roll Book Club. The book club will focus on one title... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold Canadian and French rights to Coal Creek (Alex Miller); Italian rights to The Ancestor Game (Alex Miller); Italian rights... Read more

Australian, NZ authors on IMPAC Dublin 2014 longlist

A number of books by Australian and New Zealand authors have been longlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Books by Australian authors... Read more

Nowra wins 2013 Patrick White Award x

Author and playwright Louis Nowra is the recipient of the 2013 Patrick White Literary Award, the 40th award in the prize’s history.   Nowra was... Read more

RiP Peter Darby x

Bookseller Peter Darby has died, aged 79. Pam Horsey writes: ‘Peter began his bookselling career in the 1950s at Robertson & Mullen. He was a... Read more

Human Rights Literature Award 2013 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Human Rights Literature Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the Emergence of... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Ricky Ponting’s Ponting: At the Close of Play (HarperSports) has ended Tim Winton’s two-week run at number one on the bestsellers chart, with Eyrie (Hamish Hamilton)... Read more

Perth Writers Festival announces line-up x

The Perth Writers Festival has announced a number of authors appearing in its 2014 line-up. Among the international guests attending the festival, which runs from... Read more

Walkley Book Award 2013 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2013 Walkley Book Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Speechless: A Year in My Father’s Business (James Button, MUP)... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Her story proves that digital publishing and the communities that have embraced it are part of the future for any serious publisher’—Momentum publisher Joel Naoum... Read more

Dymocks launches first pop-up store; new location for Canberra store x

Dymocks has opened its first pop-up store in the Westfield Eastgardens shopping centre in Sydney. The store, which is 25 sqm in size, opened on... Read more

YABBAs 2013 winners announced

The winners of the 2013 Young Australian’s Best Book Awards (YABBAs) have been announced. The winning titles are: Picture Storybooks Pooka (Carol Chataway & Nina... Read more

ILD raises over $170,000 x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) raised over $170,000 from this year’s Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD) on 4 September, bringing the foundation’s fundraising total to just... Read more

Adelaide Writers’ Week launches Copia-powered ebookstore x

Adelaide Writers’ Week (AWW) has launched an ebookstore that is powered by Copia. The ebookstore went live at the end of October to coincide with... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold rights to 20 x 3: Eliminate Your Belly Fat in an Hour a Week (Steve Boutcher) to Rupa Publications for an... Read more

A&U announces senior appointments for Gilliatt, Hines

Allen & Unwin has announced two senior appointments to the business.  Tom Gilliatt, Pan Macmillan’s director of nonfiction publishing and digital-only imprint Momentum, has been appointed publishing... Read more

Jordon resigns from Collins Booksellers

Daniel Jordon has resigned as CEO of Collins Booksellers. Collins Booksellers said in a statement this week that Jordon has left the company to take... Read more

New open-access literary journal to focus on author interviews x

A new open-access literary journal, jointly published by Flinders University in Australia and the University of Central Lancashire in the UK, will launch in February... Read more

New children’s website Gobblefunked launches x

A new website dedicated to children’s books has launched in Australia and Ireland.   Gobblefunked was founded by Linda Crosbie and Anne Whelton, who live in Melbourne,... Read more

Turia Pitt named ‘Cosmo’ Woman of the Year

Australian author Turia Pitt has been named Cosmopolitan magazine’s Woman of the Year, winning the overall prize in the magazine’s annual Fun Fearless Female Awards. Pitt,... Read more

Myer Christmas Windows based on Jan Brett picture book x

This year’s Myer Christmas Windows in Bourke St, Melbourne, and Queen St, Brisbane, are based on the picture book Gingerbread Friends by US author Jan Brett (Penguin).... Read more

Ashurst Business Literature Prize opened up to international topics x

From 2014, books by Australian authors about international business and financial affairs will be eligible for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize. The State Library of... Read more

Author Tim Ferriss begins publishing audiobooks x

In the US, self-help author Tim Ferriss has begun publishing audiobooks, reports TechCrunch. Ferriss, who is the author of books such as The 4-Hour Workweek and The... Read more

Penguin India announces new Bollywood crime imprint x

Penguin India will launch a crime imprint with authors who are connected to Bollywood, reports Business Today. The Blue Salt imprint will launch in December... Read more

Debut novel attracts advance of ‘close to US$2 million’ x

In the US, a debut novel has sold at auction for ‘close to US$2 million’ (A$2.14 million) after a bidding war in which 10 publishers... Read more

Amazon teams up with US postal service for Sunday deliveries x

In the US, Amazon shoppers in New York and Los Angeles will be able to receive their parcels on Sundays as a result of a... Read more

S&S pulls sale of ‘The Embassy House’ x

In the US, Simon & Schuster has pulled the sale of a book about the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, amid doubt about its legitimacy,... Read more

‘Battleborn’ wins Dylan Thomas Prize x

In the UK, US author Claire Vaye Watkins has won the Dylan Thomas Prize for her short-story collection Battleborn (Granta). Vaye Watkins was presented with... Read more

2013 Bad S-x in Fiction Award shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s UK Literary Review Bad S-x in Fiction Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: My Education (Susan Choi, Short... Read more

‘The Aleppo Codex’ wins 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature x

In the US, journalist Matti Friedman has won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession,... Read more

Booksellers respond negatively to Amazon Source launch x

A number of booksellers in the US and UK have responded negatively to the newly launched Amazon Source program, which allows retailers to stock Kindle... Read more

Amazon launches Kindle reseller program for booksellers x

In the US, Amazon has launched a new program that allows booksellers and other retailers to sell Kindle devices and receive revenue for Kindle ebook... Read more

Lynn Coady wins Giller Prize 2013 x

In Canada, Lynn Coady has won the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her short-story collection Hellgoing (House of Anansi Press). She wins C$50,000 (A$50,340). Coady’s... Read more

British Fantasy Awards 2013 winners announced x

Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce (Gollancz) has won the Best Fantasy Novel category at the 2013 British Fantasy Awards, which were presented... Read more

Goldman Sachs to invest in ProQuest x

In the US, ProQuest has announced that an affiliate of financial services firm Goldman Sachs will purchase a ‘significant minority equity interest’ in the company.... Read more

Hughes-Hallet wins Samuel Johnson Prize x

In the UK, author Lucy Hughes-Hallett has won the £20,000 (A$33,802) Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction for The Pike (Fourth Estate), her biography of the... Read more

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund local library leadership program x

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will provide $550,000 over five years to fund a regional leadership program for library professionals in Australia, New Zealand... Read more

In brief x

Former Booker Prize judge to deliver David Scott Mitchell Lecture 2013 Former Booker Prize judge Rick Gekoski will deliver this year’s David Scott Mitchell Lecture.... Read more

International Library News x

Petition against Lincolnshire library closures attracts 23,000 signatures A petition against the closure of libraries in the county of Lincolnshire, UK, has attracted 23,000 signatures... Read more

De Kretser, Koch and Tiffany most popular local nominations for 2014 IMPAC award x

Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser (A&U), Lost Voices by Christopher Koch (Fourth Estate) and Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany (Picador) were the... Read more

Reilly and Fox top PLR, ELR lists x

Books by Matthew Reilly and Mem Fox have once again topped the lists of the highest scoring titles in the Public Lending Rights (PLR) and... Read more

Courtland named Library Technician of the Year x

Susan Courtland is the recipient of the 2013 Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) Library Technician of the Year Award. Courtland, who is the e-services... Read more

2013 Softlink survey finds 81% of school library budgets unchanged or decreased x

In Softlink’s fourth annual Australian School Library Survey, 81% of respondents have reported that their school library budget has remained the same or decreased over... Read more

Annabel Smith on (not) making a living from writing x

What kind of income can ‘mid-list’ authors expect to earn from their books? Annabel Smith, whose second novel Whisky Charlie Foxtrot was published by Fremantle... Read more

Drawing disability: Peter Whitfield on a cerebral palsy edition of ‘Jessica’s Box’ x

This month, New Frontier is publishing a ‘cerebral palsy edition’ of Peter Carnavas’ picture book Jessica’s Box, which will be used as part of the... Read more

Chris Harrison’s ‘Happy Eva After’ x

Sebastian Pink, perennial underachiever and ESL teacher at The Future Perfect, bites off more than he can chew with a new arrival at the school.... Read more

Kim Kane & Sara Acton’s ‘Esther’s Rainbow’ x

There is something about a rainbow that appeals to kids of all ages (and no doubt, to adults too): its large arc across the sky,... Read more

Jordon leaves Collins Booksellers x

Daniel Jordon has resigned as CEO of Collins Booksellers to take up a position with the Howards Storage World Franchise Group. Collins Booksellers chairman Duncan... Read more

Senior appointments at A&U x

At Allen & Unwin, Tom Gilliatt, Pan Macmillan’s director of nonfiction publishing and digital-only imprint Momentum, has been appointed publishing director, and will join the company... Read more

Australian Publishers Association: Christmas Party, REP, and futurEDUCATION x

Children’s Publishing Christmas Get-Together: 25 November, 4.30 – 7 pm (RSVP by November 18). Calling everyone who works in Children’s publishing: authors, publishers, illustrators, booksellers,... Read more

Australian Publishers Association: Taipei International Book Exhibition & Seoul; Bologna Children’s Book Fair x

Taipei International Book Exhibition & Seoul In February this year eight rights and export managers attended the 2013 Taipei international book fair, with a smaller... Read more

Australian Publishers Association: Children’s Publishing Networking event and more x

Calling everyone who works in Children’s books: authors, publishers, illustrators, booksellers, teachers, librarians: The APA Children’s Publishing Committee invites you to the annual Christmas Get-Together... Read more

NSW ABA/APA Christmas Party and Rep of the Year Awards x

You are invited to the biggest party in town—the annual Publishers and ABA NSW Christmas Party to be held on Wednesday 20th November. This year... Read more

Harper Entertainment Distribution Services’ Christmas Closure x

Harper Entertainment Distribution Services’ warehouse will close at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 24th and will be closed for the following public holidays: Christmas Day,... Read more

NewSouth congratulates Louis Nowra x

Congratulation to Louis Nowra on winning the Patrick White Literary Award for his amazingly creative and diverse body of work. Louis’ most recent book –... Read more

The Editorial Suite provides professional B2B publishing services x

20 years experience across educational and trade: Acquisitions, content development and curation, author management and copy writing. Contact ailsa@theeditorialsuite.com or call 0467 959 955 to... Read more

By the Book? Essential reading for everyone in publishing and bookselling x

By the Book? Contemporary Publishing in Australia will be launched by David Dunstan at the Independent Publishing Conference on Thursday 14 December (http://spunc.com.au/ind-pub-conference). A collection... Read more

The Great Cholesterol Myth x

Authors Dr Jonny Bowden and Dr Stephen Sinatra were interviewed as part of the controversial 2 part ABC Catalyst program – The Heart of the... Read more

‘Books+Publishing’ 2014 editorial and advertising deadlines x

Editorial and advertising deadlines for Books+Publishing magazine and Books+Publishing Reviews and Junior newsletters are now available for 2014. If you’d like to receive these documents,... Read more

SPN Independent Publishing Conference: book now! x

There’s a week to go until the 2013 Small Press Network Independent Publishing Conference, and it’s not too late to book! With an extensive three-day... Read more

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