Weekly Book Newsletter
27 November 2013

Pages & Pages offers ebooks from Kobo x

Sydney independent bookseller Pages & Pages Booksellers is offering Kobo ebooks to customers via its website. The bookseller is the first member of the Australian... Read more

Whitcoulls relaunches ebookstore x

New Zealand bookselling chain Whitcoulls is once again selling ebooks through Kobo after suspending its Kobo ebookstore in mid-October. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Whitcoulls... 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

International Library News x

New York Public Library acquires Tom Wolfe archive New York Public Library (NYPL) has acquired the archive of US journalist and author Tom Wolfe for... Read more

OverDrive rolls out in-library digital kiosks, announces video streaming service x

Auckland City Libraries in New Zealand is the first local library to install an OverDrive Media Station, a digital touch-screen kiosk that allows library users to search... Read more

SA council reviewing Salisbury libraries, community centres x

The Salisbury Council is reviewing libraries and community centres across the Adelaide suburb of Salisbury, reports Adelaide Now. The committee conducting the review has released... Read more

In brief x

Wangaratta Library wins local business award The Wangaratta Library, a branch of the High Country Library in north-east Victoria, has won a local business award.... 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

What’s selling after Christmas? x

While booksellers are currently focussed on those all-important Christmas sales, it’s worth taking a look at some of the titles that sell well in 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

Colleen McCullough’s ‘Bittersweet’ x

Pitched as a return to form for Colleen McCullough, Bittersweet is a family saga (although to describe it as ‘sweeping’ might be pushing it) set in... Read more

McDiarmid, O’Brien leave James Bennett x

Rachael McDiarmid, publisher relations and marketing communications manager, and Malcolm O’Brien, sales representative, have left library supplier James Bennett. See classifieds for contact details.

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: futurEDUCATION, Residential Editorial Program x

futurEDUCATION 2014: Achieving Real Results with Digital Resources will be held on Thursday 27 February at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne. Tickets are on sale now.... Read more

New address for Sally Bird x

New address for Sally Bird, Calidris Literary Agency – as from Monday 25th November 2013: PO Box 99 Castlemaine VIC 3450 Phone: (03) 5472 2772... Read more

‘Kill Your Darlings’ has moved x

Kill Your Darlings has gone west, relocating to offices at The Idea Collective in Footscray. Please direct all future correspondence – including book samples, invoices... Read more

Malcolm O’Brien new contact details x

Malcom O’Brien has left James Bennett and can now be contacted on 0403 48 77 88 or mal@dmcpr.com.au

‘Australian Story’ wins with Murray Rose x

Published posthumously by Arbon Publishing, Murray Rose’s inspirational book Life Is Worth Swimming featured on ABC TV’s Australian Story on Monday 11th November, which won... Read more

Rachael McDiarmid contact details x

Rachael McDiarmid, Publisher Relations & Marketing Communications Manager at James Bennett / Inbooks has left the company after nearly 11 years. Looking for new opportunities... Read more

Book Submissions for ILF x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is calling for book submissions for our programs that provide much needed books and literacy resources into remote and isolated communities... Read more

Cengage Learning Australia and Pearson Australia: PAVE title acquisition x

Cengage Learning has acquired future publishing rights to Pearson Australia’s Vocational titles. Pearson will continue to sell current editions of the textbooks, primarily used in... 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

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