Weekly Book Newsletter
20 November 2013

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Random House has sold German rights to Losing Kate (Kylie Kaden). Nonfiction—Exisle has sold North American rights to Younger Skin in 28 Days (Karen Fischer);... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s not wonderful but it’s certainly not dead’—RMIT University’s Michael Webster reports on the state of the Australian book trade at the Small Press Network’s... Read more

Taylor & Francis appoints McKenney, Fearnley-Gill ahead of local Books division launch x

Academic publisher Taylor & Francis has announced plans to open a local Books division in Australia and New Zealand next year. The division will be... Read more

Pages & Pages relaunches Kindle amnesty with Kobo devices x

Sydney independent bookseller Pages & Pages Booksellers has relaunched its ‘Kindle amnesty’ with Kobo devices, expanding the offer from monthly to daily and offering $50 Kobo gift... Read more

Attendance up 50% at second Independent Publishing Conference x

The Small Press Network’s (SPN) second Independent Publishing Conference has recorded an increase in attendance of around 50% at its industry day. SPN general manager... Read more

Haigh wins Waverley Library Award 2013

Gideon Haigh has won the 2013 Waverley Library Award for Literature, known as the ‘Nib’, for his book On Warne (Hamish Hamilton). Haigh was presented... Read more

Ogden wins Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History book prize 2013 x

John Ogden has won this year’s Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History book prize for his history books Saltwater People of the Broken Bay and Saltwater... Read more

Greenwood, Disher top bestsellers at sixth Reader’s Feast Crime and Justice Festival x

Books by Kerry Greenwood and Garry Disher were the bestselling titles at this year’s Crime and Justice Festival, held at Reader’s Feast Bookstore in Melbourne... Read more

RiP Barbara Park x

American children’s book author Barbara Park has died, aged 66. Park, who had a long battle with ovarian cancer, was the author of more than... Read more

CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards 2013 winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Educational Publishing Awards have been announced.  The winning titles in each of the categories are:... Read more

Grattan Institute releases PM summer reading list

Australian public policy think tank Grattan Institute has released its annual summer reading list for the Prime Minister. The list features ‘books and articles that... Read more

New OzCo grants for editors, publishers of mid-list authors

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced new grants for Australian editors and for Australian publishers of mid-list authors. The editorial professional development and cultural... Read more

Catton shortlisted for International Author of the Year in UK National Book Awards x

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has been shortlisted for the International Author of the Year Award in this year’s National Book Awards in the UK.... Read more

‘Burial Rites’ shortlisted for ‘Guardian’ First Book Award

Australian author Hannah Kent has been shortlisted for this year’s Guardian First Book Award in the UK for her novel Burial Rites (Picador). Kent’s novel... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Jeff Kinney’s latest book, Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Puffin), has debuted at number one on this week’s bestsellers chart. After a week... Read more

RiP Doris Lessing x

British author and Nobel prize winner Doris Lessing has died, aged 94. Lessing was the author of more than 50 novels, including The Grass is... Read more

‘Fish-Hair Woman’ wins Most Underrated Book Award 2013 x

Merlinda Bobis has won the 2013 Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) for her novel Fish-Hair Woman (Spinifex Press). Bobis was announced as the winner at... Read more

Eight-year book-scanning project ends after US judge rules in favour of Google x

In the US, Judge Denny Chin has ruled in favour of Google in the long-running litigation over Google’s book-scanning project, ending an eight-year-long legal battle.... Read more

Tuffield, authors nominated for Women of the Year list on ‘Daily Life’

Affirm Press publisher Aviva Tuffield and a number of Australian authors have been nominated for this year’s Women of the Year list on news website... Read more

Peter Carnavas books to be adapted as school stage plays x

Two picture books by Queensland author and illustrator Peter Carnavas will be adapted for the stage in 2014.   With the support of Artslink Queensland, Carnavas’ books Sarah’s... Read more

Bookworld launches ‘shop local’ marketing campaign with pop-up bookshelves

Online bookseller Bookworld has unveiled a new marketing campaign in the lead-up to Christmas that encourages shoppers to buy books locally.   The campaign officially... Read more

Suzy Wilson named Queensland Local Hero of the Year

Suzy Wilson, owner of Riverbend Books and founder of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, has been named Queensland Local Hero of the Year in the 2014... Read more

Optus launches ebookstore

Australian telecommunications company Optus is now selling ebooks. The Optus ebookstore, which also sells audiobooks, was launched on 11 November. The store is powered by OverDrive,... Read more

Catton wins Governor General’s Literary Award in Canada x

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has won the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction (English language) in Canada for her Man Booker Prize-winning novel... Read more

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

Scholastic recalls ‘Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt’ x

Scholastic Australia has confirmed to Books+Publishing that it has recalled all copies of the children’s book Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt (Geronimo Stilton)... Read more

Australian Writers’ Centre to expand to WA x

The Australian Writers’ Centre has announced plans to offer writing courses in Perth, Western Australia, in 2014. The centre, which was previously known as the... Read more

Ackland receives PEN/Keneally Award x

Journalist and editor Richard Ackland is the recipient of the 2013 PEN/Keneally Award for his contribution to promoting freedom of expression. Ackland, who is a... Read more

Readings to sponsor ‘Age’ Short Story Award 2013 x

Melbourne-based bookseller Readings will sponsor the 2013 Age Short Story Award, reports the Age. The winner of this year’s award, worth $2000, will be announced in... 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

‘The Everything Store’ wins FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book Award x

Brad Stone’s The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon (Bantam) has won this year’s Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of... Read more

High-profile writers join Authors for the Philippines appeal x

George R R Martin, Kate Atkinson, Neil Gaiman, David Nicholls and Samantha Shannon are among the high-profile authors who are offering their support for the... Read more

Higher tax rate imposed on DRM-ebooks under new French law

France has passed an amendment to its tax laws that increases the tax rate for ebooks with digital rights management (DRM), reports Le Nouvel Observateur. The amendment, which... Read more

Publisher offers customer refund over errors in Alex Ferguson bio x

In the UK, Hodder & Stoughton has offered to refund a customer for the purchase of Alex Ferguson’s My Autobiography following the discovery of multiple factual errors,... Read more

Penguin Random House, authors donate funds for Typhoon Haiyan aid relief x

Penguin Random House (PRH) and a group of British authors, called Authors for the Philippines, are donating funds towards the Red Cross aid relief effort... Read more

Latest ‘Wimpy Kid’ book sells over 1 million copies worldwide in first week x

The latest instalment in Jeff Kinney’s ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series has sold over one million copies worldwide in its first week, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

US campus bookseller Follett lays off 570 full-time staff x

In the US, campus bookselling chain Follett Higher Education Group has laid off 570 full-time staff, reports Publishers Weekly. Follett vice-president for retail operations Bob... Read more

McBride wins inaugural Goldsmiths Prize x

Irish author Eimear McBride has won the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize for ‘boldly original fiction’ for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (Text). McBride’s debut novel... 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

International Library News x

US librarians support Google book-scanning case verdict In the US, a number of library associations have publicly welcomed Judge Denny Chin’s decision to rule in... Read more

In brief x

Brisbane’s ex-library books sold for charity Brisbane City Council will sell books sourced from its 33 libraries to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland (CFQ)... Read more

SLNSW launches WWI commemoration project x

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has launched a new project commemorating World War I. The project, which will run from 2014 to 2019,... Read more

SLSA to introduce technology ‘hub’ in response to falling visitor numbers x

The State Library of South Australia (SLSA) in Adelaide will introduce a technology ‘hub’ and expanded events program in response to falling visitor numbers outlined... 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

The intern experience: Starting out in the book industry x

Internships are a common way of breaking into the book industry and an opportunity to try out different roles. But there are pros and cons... 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

Christos Tsiolkas’ ‘Barracuda’ x

After the success of 2008’s The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas could be excused for feeling he had nothing more to prove. Perhaps though it was that completely... 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

McKenney, Fearnley-Gill join Taylor & Francis x

Anthony McKenney and Nerida Fearnley-Gill have joined Taylor & Francis in newly created positions ahead of the publisher’s launch of a local Books division in... Read more

Changes to SPN board x

Former Small Press Network (SPN) president Emmett Stinson has stepped down from the SPN board. The board’s current president/chair is Nathan Hollier, who took over from... Read more

Australian Publishers Association: REP program finalised; futurEDUCATION; Christmas Party x

Residential Editorial Program (REP) 2014: Program finalised: Charlotte Wood, John Flanagan, Alice Pung, Ellen van Neerven and Ali Coby Eckermann join acclaimed editorial mentors Jo... Read more


FURIA, the new journal of literary short stories has published its first issue, with authors including Cassandra Atherton and Les Zigomanis. Available from furia@bigpond.com. $10.... Read more

ABA Victorian Christmas party and Rep of the Year Award x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) invites book industry staff to the Victorian Christmas party: ‘Come and celebrate another year in bookselling and tell your rep... Read more

Are you missing out on the ‘B+P Daily’? x

The Books+Publishing Daily newsletter features the latest local and international book news delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. If you’re a subscriber to the... Read more

HarperCollins Pays Tribute to Doris Lessing x

Doris Lessing, the British novelist, poet, playwright and Nobel Laureate, has died at the age of 94. The internationally acclaimed writer died peacefully at her... Read more

‘Killing Fairfax’ shortlisted for 2013 Walkley Book Award x

HarperCollins would like to congratulate Pamela Williams, author of the best-selling book on the decline of the Fairfax media empire, Killing Fairfax: Packer, Murdoch and... Read more

Call for entries: 2013 Ashurst Business Literature Prize x

Nominations are now being accepted for Australia’s largest and most important award for business literature, the Ashurst Business Literature Prize (previously the Blake Dawson Business... Read more

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