Weekly Book Newsletter
11 December 2013

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

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

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

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 reverting to the owners, B2Be. B2Be has been providing e-Commerce based products and services since the late 90’s. Present customers operate in a broad spectrum of vertical and horizontal based industries such as FMCG, Automotive, Electrical, Industrial, Hardware and Office Products. The only noticeable change to users will be invoicing from the 1st January will be carried out by B2Be. Thorpe-Bowker will retain responsibility for debt collection for all invoices raised up to the 31st December 2013. Customer support remains the same, with Thorpe-Bowker and B2Be working closely together to ensure both a smooth transition for all users of the service and a close working relationship to continue delivering industry services where there remains a mutual interest, such as ‘Title Page’.  

At this stage support numbers and email contacts will remain the same. There may be further adjustment over time but service users will be kept fully informed, with advance notice of any planned changes.


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 with our agency lists. From 1 April 2014, under our new name Macmillan Science and Education, our focus turns to our own Group lists. As they are primarily focused on publishing for the higher education and scholarly sector, regretfully, we also farewell our trade sales and marketing colleagues.


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 been the official bookseller for many of Melbourne’s biggest literary events and was the instigator of such events as Writers at Como and Writers at the Convent. We currently stage the highly successful event, Crime and Justice, each year.

We offer an in-store event option where our infrastructure includes full staging and A-V support, seating for 180 people, and a heavy investment in advertising and marketing. Reader’s Feast is a beautiful setting as we are located in the iconic Georges building on Collins Street and audiences appreciate the spectacular surroundings and history-laden atmosphere. We also undertake off-site specialised events at such venues as the Collins Street Baptist Church which we use for events where the audience numbers exceed 400, and the Stamford Plaza Hotel where we host culinary and cook book events. Other event formats are available and can be tailored to suit your needs in site-specific venues that match the author and their genre or latest release.

Reader’s Feast is widely acknowledged as the number one choice for well managed, successful literary events in Melbourne. We would be happy to discuss your proposals for the coming year.

All enquiries and event proposals should be directed to events@readersfeast.com.au


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, Scion Publishers will transfer to Footprint Books effective 1 April 2014.

Backorders for all lists will be transferred so please ensure you review your backorder report prior to 31 March 2014.

In all cases, credits for authorised returns must be finalised with Macmillan Distribution Services by 15 April 2014. Returned stock will not be accepted after this date.




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