Weekly Book Newsletter
11 December 2013

Quote of the week x

‘Books pages are full of authors reviewing authors, almost always in the uncomfortable position of writing about someone they know and in many cases someone... Read more

Hardie Grant launches recipe subscription website Cooked

Hardie Grant Books has launched a recipe subscription website called Cooked, which draws on content from the publisher’s cookbooks and allows members to create their... Read more

PacStream management to revert to owner B2Be x

B2Be, owner of ecommerce service PacStream, has announced that it will manage the service from January 2014. Pacstream is currently managed by Thorpe-Bowker, owner of... Read more

Last chance to complete our pre-Christmas survey x

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual pre-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers.  This is your last chance to complete the survey online.  Booksellers If you... Read more

‘Dying for a Chat’ wins Human Rights Literature Award 2013 x

Dying for a Chat: The Communication Breakdown between Doctors and Patients by Ranjana Srivastava (Penguin) has won this year’s Human Rights Literature Award. Dying for... Read more

A&U to publish children’s books directly into the UK x

Allen & Unwin has announced that it will publish a ‘small number’ of its children’s books directly into the UK from 2014. A&U children’s publicist... Read more

ArtsHub launches online bookshop with Bookworld

Arts website artsHub has launched an online bookshop in partnership with Bookworld. The artsHub bookshop opened to the public on 6 December, offering 200,000 titles... Read more

Nash joins Pan Macmillan x

Haylee Nash has been appointed to the newly created role of commissioning editor of fiction at Pan Macmillan. Nash, who begins in the role on... Read more

‘Books+Publishing’ reviews: 83% of print books published simultaneously as ebooks; 60% of adult titles written by women

Books+Publishing has conducted an overview of its reviews pages for 2013 to reveal some interesting statistics about the Australian publishing industry. In total, 232 Australian... Read more

Strudley replaces Glover on PANZ Council x

Tracy Strudley, sales and marketing director of New Zealand educational publishing company Global Education Systems, has been elected to the council of the Publishers Association... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Fremantle Press has sold UK rights to Prime Cut and Getting Warmer (Alan Carter); and German rights to Prime Cut. Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold... Read more

Christmas closing list 2013 x

Last day of business in 2013 First day of business in 2014 Allen & Unwin (Australia) Tuesday 24 December (closing 1.30pm) Thursday 2 January Allen... Read more

Final ‘Weekly Book Newsletter’ for 2013 x

This issue of the Weekly Book Newsletter will be the last for 2013. The first issue for 2014 will be published on 8 January. Any... Read more

New publication the ‘Saturday Paper’ to include pseudonymous book reviews x

The Saturday Paper, a weekly newspaper to be launched by Schwartz Publishing in the first quarter of 2014, will include book coverage with pseudonymous reviews.... Read more

The Women’s Bookshop named Penguin NZ Independent Bookseller of the Year x

The Women’s Bookshop in Auckland has been named the Penguin New Zealand Independent Bookseller of the Year for 2013. The Women’s Bookshop is owned by Carole... Read more

Readings Foundation awards $134,750 in grants for 2014

The Stella Prize is one of seven organisations that will receive a share of $134,750 in grants from the Readings Foundation in 2014. The prize,... Read more

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2014 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are: Fiction ($15,000) A... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

There are no changes at the top of this week’s bestsellers chart, with Jeff Kinney’s Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Puffin) and Matthew... Read more

Bloomsbury to publish illustrated Harry Potter books

Bloomsbury has announced that it will publish illustrated editions of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series with artwork from UK illustrator Jim Kay. The first... Read more

Dymocks Alice Springs to close

Alice Springs will lose its only generalist bookstore when Dymocks Alice Springs closes in mid-January. The franchise store’s owner Bev Ellis told Books+Publishing that she... Read more

Glover wins 2013 Johnno Award

Brisbane writer, lecturer and book industry figure Stuart Glover has won the 2013 Johnno Award, presented by the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) for outstanding contributions... Read more

Joint winners awarded Scribe nonfiction prize x

Scribe has announced the joint winners of its inaugural nonfiction prize for young writers, run in partnership with Express Media. The winning titles are: ‘I Don’t Know’ by... Read more

COSBOA forms specialist taskforces; Becker appointed to Competition Policy taskforce x

The Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) has announced the formation of eight taskforces to assist small business policy development and communication. The taskforces... Read more

Baillie appointed sales director at Simon & Schuster x

Elissa Baillie will join Simon & Schuster Australia in January in the role of sales director. Baillie currently works for Penguin US, where she manages... Read more

‘Too Many Elephants in This House’ selected for 2014 National Simultaneous Storytime

Too Many Elephants in This House by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner (Viking) has been selected for next year’s National Simultaneous Storytime, to be held... Read more

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

Swinburne Bookshop Co-op Prahran closes x

The Swinburne Bookshop Co-op in the Melbourne suburb of Prahran has closed. All stock from the store has been moved to the bookshop at the Swinburne University campus in... Read more

Random House New Books App now available on Android devices x

Random House Australia has released an Android version of its free New Books App, which is now available through the Google Play store in Australia... Read more

Palgrave Macmillan to be renamed Macmillan Science and Education x

Palgrave Macmillan will be renamed Macmillan Science and Education next year. The publisher said in a statement this week that the change will take place... Read more

‘The Secret River’ adaptation receives investment funding x

Screen Australia has announced investment funding for the ABC’s television adaptation of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River (Text). The miniseries is being developed by producers Stephen... Read more

WH Smith reduces backlist, increases children’s and Kobo devices x

UK bookselling chain WH Smith has reduced the amount of shelf space for adult backlist titles in its stores, making room for more children’s books... Read more

Judge dismisses US booksellers’ DRM class action against Amazon, publishers x

In the US, Federal Judge Jed Rakoff has dismissed a class action against Amazon and the big six publishers that was filed by three independent... Read more

S&S launches social media community for new adult readers x

Simon & Schuster has launched a new social media community for new adult readers, reports the Bookseller. The Hot Bed community exists on Tumblr, Facebook,... Read more

Penguin UK to relaunch Pelican imprint x

In the UK, Penguin is set to relaunch its nonfiction imprint Pelican, reports the Bookseller. Pelican will return in May 2014 with the publication of... Read more

Swinwood to succeed Hayes at Harlequin x

In the US, Harlequin publisher and CEO Donna Hayes will retire from her position the end of the year and be succeeded by Harlequin North... Read more

Folio Prize to launch two-day fiction festival x

In the UK, the organisers of the Folio Prize will stage a two-day fiction festival next year in the lead-up to the announcement of the... Read more

Pandora Award 2013 shortlist announced x

Women in Publishing UK has announced the shortlist for 2013 Pandora Award, which recognises women for their significant and sustained contributions to the publishing industry.... Read more

Suri wins 2013 Bad S-x in Fiction Award for ‘The City of Devi’ x

Indian-American author Manil Suri has won this year’s UK Literary Review Bad S-x in Fiction Award for his third novel The City of Devi (Bloomsbury).... 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

ALIA: ebooks to account for 50% of library collections by 2020 x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has predicted that ebooks will account for 50% of library collections by 2020 and that this ratio will... Read more

Swinburne Prahran campus library to close x

The library at Swinburne University’s Prahran campus in Melbourne is due to close as the campus prepares to shut down. The Prahran campus library is will close on 20 December. The... Read more

International Library News x

Volunteers to run Lincolnshire’s libraries in the UK Lincolnshire is the latest country in Britain to approve plans to give control of local libraries to... Read more

Review of Victorian Public Libraries recommends statewide library card system x

A two-year review into Victoria’s public library system has recommended that a library card system be introduced across the state. The second stage report in the ‘Tomorrow’s... 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

Charlotte Harper on the transition from digital to print x

‘One thing I am absolutely sure about after this year is that the world is not yet ready for digital-only publishing,’ writes Charlotte Harper, founder... 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

Garry Disher’s ‘Bitter Wash Road’ x

Garry Disher’s new novel is a rewarding mix of small-town policing and corruption, parish politics, vested interests and the closing of ranks against an outsider.... Read more

Scion Publishing distribution change x

Publisher: Scion Publishing ISBN prefix: 978 19048; 9781859; 97809747 Old distributor: Macmillan Distribution Services New distributor: Footprint Books Changeover date: 1 April 2014 Returns cut-off:... Read more

Lynne Rienner distribution change x

Publisher: Kumarian Press, Lynne Rienner ISBN prefix: 978 15654; 978 08559; 978 09318; 978 08893; 978 09129; 978 92913; 978 089410; 978 155587; 978 15882.... Read more

New Internationalist distribution change x

Publisher: New Internationalist ISBN prefix: 978 1904456 Old distributor: Macmillan Distribution Services New distributor: None yet Changeover date: 1 April 2014 Returns cut-off: 15 April... Read more

Pluto Books distribution change x

Publisher: Pluto Books ISBN prefix: 978 74532 Old distributor: Macmillan Distribution Services New distributor: None yet Changeover date: 1 April 2014 Returns cut-off: 15 April... 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

Nash joins Pan Macmillan x

Haylee Nash has been appointed to the newly created role of commissioning editor of fiction at Pan Macmillan. Nash, who begins in the role on... Read more

Strudley replaces Glover on PANZ Council x

Tracy Strudley, sales and marketing director of New Zealand educational publishing company Global Education Systems, has been elected to the council of the Publishers Association... Read more

Changes at Inbooks x

Alexa Burnell has resigned from her position as sales and marketing manager of Inbooks, the trade division of James Bennett. Burnell, who has worked for... Read more

Baillie appointed sales director at Simon & Schuster x

Elissa Baillie will join Simon & Schuster Australia in January in the role of sales director. Baillie currently works in sales for Penguin US and... Read more

LIANZA 2014 Conference: Call for abstracts x

The LIANZA 2014 conference program committee is calling for abstract submissions for the conference to be held in Auckland, New Zealand on 12-15 October 2014. Professionals... Read more

APA: futurEDUCATION Symposium early bird deadline; REP press release today x

futurEducation 2014: Achieving Real Results with Digital Resources is for teachers, educators, publishers and policy makers.  Realistic and challenging presentations will address both the cutting... Read more

Call for entries: 2014 National Biography Award x

The State Library of NSW invites entries for the 2014 National Biography Award. The deadline for entries is Friday 17 January 2014. The National Biography... Read more

PacStream management to revert to B2Be x

From the 1st January 2014 the distribution agreement held by Thorpe-Bowker to manage the PacStream e-commerce service in the publishing space will cease, with management... Read more

Macmillan Science and Education x

Palgrave Macmillan would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers and agency partners for the many productive years we have enjoyed working... Read more

Reader’s Feast Bookstore: looking for events in 2014 x

Reader’s Feast Bookstore in Melbourne – your perfect literary event partner – is now looking for events for our 2014 calendar. Our expert team has... Read more

Macmillan Distribution Services changes x

We regret to advise that effective 1 April 2014 we will no longer represent Lynne Rienner Publishers, New Internationalist, or Pluto Press UK. In addition,... Read more

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