Weekly Book Newsletter
4 December 2013

Online publication the ‘New Daily’ offers books coverage x

Australian online news publication the New Daily, which was launched in November, is including coverage of books in its entertainment section. The New Daily entertainment... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Back to 2009 levels—very exciting!’—A bookseller reports on their store’s Christmas sales to date in the Books+Publishing pre-Christmas survey. Booksellers and publishers, click here to... Read more

New Copia-powered online stores launched x

A number of Copia-powered online stores have been launched in the past few months. Some of the stores are ebooks-only, while others sell a mixture... Read more

Online sales up but purchase sizes down, says NAB report x

A new report from the National Australia Bank (NAB) has revealed that Australians spent $14.4 billion on online purchases in the year to October 2013,... Read more

EWF to stage Digital Writers’ Festival in February

The Emerging Writers’ Festival has announced that it will hold a Digital Writers’ Festival in February 2014. The purely online festival will run from 13-24 February at... Read more

RiP André Schiffrin x

French-born US publisher, editor and author André Schiffrin has died, aged 78. Schiffrin joined Random House imprint Pantheon Books in 1962, rising to become its... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Exisle Publishing has sold Arabic Language rights to The Happiness Trap Pocket Book (Dr Russ Harris and Bev Aisbett); and English language rights for... Read more

Christmas closing list 2013 x

Last day of business in 2013 First day of business in 2014 Andrews McMeel Publishing Friday 20 December Monday 13 January Arbon Publishing Friday 20... Read more

Christmas closing list: Final chance to submit dates x

Publishers and distributors have one more chance to advise the Weekly Book Newsletter of their Christmas closing dates by 5pm this Friday 6 December. If your business... Read more

Final ‘Weekly Book Newsletter’ for 2013 next week x

Next week’s Weekly Book Newsletter (11 December) will be the last for 2013. The first Weekly Book Newsletter for 2013 will be 8 January 2013. Any... Read more

‘Death on Demand’ wins Ngaio Marsh Award x

In New Zealand, Paul Thomas’ Death on Demand (Hodder Moa) has won this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for New Zealand crime fiction. Death on Demand... Read more

New online bookshop specialises in sports books

A new Australian online bookstore that specialises in sports books opened in November. Parade Lap Books sells motorsport, cricket, football and horseracing titles. It is... Read more

Please complete our pre-Christmas survey x

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual pre-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. Booksellers If you... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

For the second week in a row, Jeff Kinney’s Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Puffin) and Matthew Reilly’s The Tournament (Pan) are in... Read more

SWF 2014 School Days guests announced x

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has announced a number of the authors and illustrators who will participate in its 2014 School Days program, to be... Read more

Big W renews sponsorship of ‘The Book Circle’ x

Discount department store Big W has renewed its sponsorship of Mamamia’s online book show The Book Circle for another year. The show, which was launched... Read more

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2014 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Fiction Burial Rites (Hannah Kent, Picador) The Narrow Road... Read more

‘Killing Fairfax’ wins 2013 Walkley Book Award x

Pamela Williams has won this year’s Walkley Book Award for Killing Fairfax (HarperCollins). Williams received the award during the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism... Read more

2014 NZ Writers Week guests announced x

The guest line-up for the 2014 New Zealand Festival Writers Week, which will be held in Wellington between 7 and 12 March, has been announced. Among... Read more

Scribe announces shortlist for nonfiction prize x

Scribe has announced the shortlist for its inaugural nonfiction prize for young writers, run in partnership with Express Media. The shortlisted pieces are: ‘A Year... Read more

Decision on GST threshold pushed to March 2014 x

The decision to collect GST from overseas suppliers for online purchases below $1000 has been pushed back until March 2014, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.... Read more

Penguin launches Australian Classics x

Penguin has launched its first series of Australian Classics, beginning with six titles spanning several generations of Australian writers. Launched in late November, the first... Read more

Writers among recipients of latest Arts Tasmania funding x

A number of Tasmanian writers will receive a share of more than $380,000 in funding from Arts Tasmania as part of the Tasmanian Government’s 2014... Read more

NSW, Vic Rep of the Year Awards 2013 announced x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the winners of its NSW and Victorian Rep of the Year Awards for 2013. Jane Kembrey from NewSouth... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It is absurd to send stock to the US or UK in the knowledge that you are doing so solely for it to come back... Read more

French named ACLA Children’s Laureate for 2014-2015

Children’s author Jackie French has been named the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014-2015. Author, actor and director Rhys Muldoon presented French with the laureate’s Magpie Award... Read more

GST issue ‘on the agenda’ at federal and state treasurers’ meeting x

A move to collect GST from overseas suppliers for online purchases below $1000 will be discussed at a meeting between federal treasurer Joe Hockey and... Read more

Wildsmith and Burbidge win ABA Vic Rep of the Year x

Amanda Wildsmith from Hardie Grant and Gavin Burbidge from Penguin were named joint winners of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Victorian Rep of the Year... Read more

Inky Awards 2013 winners announced x

The winners of the 2013 Inky Awards, presented by the Centre for Youth Literature, were announced at the State Library of Victoria on 26 November.... Read more

Pick-a-WooWoo shortlisted for WA business award x

Western Australia-based publisher Pick-a-WooWoo has been named a finalist in the 2013 Regional Small Business Awards, presented by the Western Australian Government. Pick-a-WooWoo, which publishes... Read more

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

Goodreads Choice Awards 2013 winners announced x

The winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Books of 2013 have been announced. The winners included And the Mountains Echoed (Khaled Hosseini, Bloomsbury) in... Read more

‘Stoner’ named Waterstones Book of the Year x

Stoner by US author John Williams (Vintage) has been named the Waterstones Book of the Year for 2013 in the UK. The novel, which was... Read more

Quebec Government introduces legislation to regulate book prices x

In Canada, the Quebec Government has introduced legislation to regulate book prices by limiting discounts on books to 10%, reports globalnews.com. Under the legislation, each new... Read more

Hodder to launch self-help imprint x

In the UK, Hodder is set to launch a new self-help imprint called Yellow Kite, reports the Bookseller. Yellow Kite will launch in January with... Read more

Amazon plans drone delivery service x

Amazon has announced plans for a drone delivery service to be ready by 2015. The service, called Prime Air, will aim to deliver packages into customers’... Read more

Orwell’s ‘Burmese Days’ wins Burma’s highest literary award x

George Orwell’s novel Burmese Days (various imprints) has won the highest literary award in Burma, reports Publishing Perspectives. A Burmese translation of Orwell’s 1934 novel... Read more

Irish Book Awards 2013 winners announced x

The winners of the 2013 Irish Book Awards were announced at a ceremony in Dublin on 26 November. Roddy Doyle won the Novel of the... Read more

HarperCollins offers ebook rental to schools x

In the US, HarperCollins is offering short-term ebook rental to schools via the Curriculet digital reading platform, reports Publishers Weekly. Schools subcribing to the pilot program will have access to the Curriculet digital... Read more

‘The Spinning Heart’ wins ‘Guardian’ First Book Award x

Irish author Donal Ryan has won this year’s Guardian First Book Award for The Spinning Heart (Doubleday). Ryan’s novel, which tells the story of Irish... Read more

UK survey: young people prefer print books over ebooks x

According to a UK survey, 62% of 16- to 24-year-olds prefer print books over ebooks, reports the Guardian. The survey of 1420 young adults by... Read more

Costa Book Awards 2013 shortlists announced x

In the UK, the shortlisted titles for the 2013 Costa Book Awards have been announced. You can view the titles shortlisted in each category—first novel,... Read more

‘A Beautiful Truth’ wins Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize x

In Canada, Colin McAdam has won this year’s Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for A Beautiful Truth (Granta). McAdam’s novel was selected for the C$25,000... Read more

Oren Teicher, ABA board named ‘Publishers Weekly’ Person of the Year x

In the US, CEO of the American Booksellers Association (ABA) Oren Teicher and the ABA board have been chosen as trade magazine Publishers Weekly’s Person... Read more

Higgs boson book wins 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize x

Sean Carroll’s book about the search for the Higgs boson, The Particle at the End of the Universe (Oneworld), has won the £25,000 (A$43,953) Royal... Read more

In brief x

LIANZA appoints Stone as leadership champion  The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) has appointed Lynley Stone as leadership champion. According to LIANZA, Stone... Read more

SLNSW launches fundraising campaign to ‘revitalise’ Mitchell Library x

The State Library of NSW has launched a $25 million fundraising campaign to ‘revitalise’ the Mitchell Library through corporate, philanthropic and individual donations. The library’s revitalisation project... Read more

Library Shop at the SLQ launches online store x

The Library Shop at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) in Brisbane has launched an online store. The online store opened to the public at the... Read more

International Library News x

Children’s books most borrowed at new Birmingham Library Children’s books dominate the most borrowed list at the new Library of Birmingham in the UK, reports... 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

Under cover: Amanda Wildsmith on book cover design x

‘Every day I sell to bookstores I realise how much emphasis is placed on the cover,’ writes Hardie Grant sales rep Amanda Wildsmith. She shares... 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

Greg McLean, Aaron Sterns & Brett McBean’s ‘Wolf Creek: Origin’ and ‘Wolf Creek: Desolation Game’ x

Pre-empting the release of Wolf Creek 2 in cinemas in February come two prequel books about the villain of both films, Mick Taylor. Origin offers... Read more

Berlitz and Insight distribution change x

Publisher: APA Publications (Berlitz and Insight)  ISBN prefix: 978981268; 978073192; 978178005; 978981258; 978981282; 978981412; 978981413 Old distributor: Universal Publishers Pty Ltd (Hardie Grant Explore) New distributor: Woodslane... 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.

APA: Australian Collective Stand at Bologna Children’s Book Fair x

The Bologna Children’s Book fair is the most important event dedicated to the children’s publishing and multimedia industry. Why do you exhibit at the Bologna... Read more

HarperCollins congratulates Pamela Williams on winning the 2013 Walkley Book Award for ‘Killing Fairfax’ x

HarperCollinsPublishers congratulates Pamela Williams on winning the 2013 Walkley Book Award for her hard-hitting and utterly compelling expose of media, powerful mates and multi-million-dollar deals,... Read more

James Bennett personnel change x

Rachael McDiarmid has left James Bennett. Please direct future enquiries to your usual contact or to Nada Stanojlovic nada@bennett.com.au or 02 8988 5064

Berlitz and Insight (APA Publications) distribution x

Universal Publishers Pty Ltd (Hardie Grant Explore) will cease distribution of Insight and Berlitz products from 28 February 2014. Authorised returns will be accepted by... Read more

‘The Book Circle’ invites publisher submissions x

‘The Book Circle’ will return in 2014. Publishers are now invited to submit local and international author suggestions for episodes going to air from February through... Read more

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