Weekly Book Newsletter
15 January 2014

Quote of the week x

‘Our business analytics showed us very clearly that the one bookstore model in the Australian market would eventually become unviable’—Robinsons Bookshop owner Susanne Horman on... Read more

Taylor & Francis distribution to move to TLD x

Academic publisher Taylor & Francis has announced that its books distribution will move from Macmillan Distribution Services (MDS) to TL Distribution (TLD) at the end of March.... Read more

Remainder books chain Hyer Books & More rebrands x

Victorian remainder books chain Hyer Books & More has rebranded from Hyer Bookworld, a business name it traded under from January to November 2013. Prior... Read more

Australian writers shortlisted for Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize

Two Australian writers have been shortlisted for this year’s Hot Key Books Prize, presented for unpublished young readers and young adult manuscripts. Tasmanian writer Lyndon... Read more

OPUS adds UK partner to global printing alliance x

The OPUS Group, parent company of Australian book printers Ligare and McPherson’s Printing Group, has expanded its Content Delivery Alliance (CDA) to the UK, announcing... Read more

RiP Graham Stone x

Australian science-fiction expert Graham Stone has died, aged 87. Stone wrote several books on the genre, founded and published periodicals and established societies and conventions. Stone’s definite... Read more

Please complete our post-Christmas survey x

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

NZ Book Month to move to August x

New Zealand Book Month, previously held in March each year, will move to August this year. The organisers of the month-long promotion said in a... Read more

WritingWA releases app based on children’s picture book x

WritingWA has released an app based on a children’s picture book as part of an initiative to encourage multi-platform product development. Caterpillar and Butterfly is... Read more

New travelling children’s bookshop to open in Victoria in February

A new children’s bookshop housed in a vintage caravan will open in Victoria in February. The Itty Bitty Book Van will appear at the NightJar... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Jeff Kinney’s Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Puffin) is again at number one on the bestsellers chart, followed by the film tie-in edition of Markus... Read more

Robinsons to open Melbourne CBD store in April

Independent Melbourne bookseller Robinsons Bookshop will open a new outlet in the Melbourne CBD in April. The new store, which will open in mid-April, will... Read more

Children’s Peace Literature Award 2013 winners announced

The winners of the 2013 Children’s Peace Literature Award have been announced. The biennial award, which is presented by the Australian Psychological Society’s interest group... Read more

Dymocks Watergardens reopens; New Co-op store on the Gold Coast x

Dymocks has reopened a bookstore at the Watergardens shopping centre in Taylors Lakes, Victoria, after the store closed in April 2013. Reopening in the middle of Dymocks’... Read more

Banjo Paterson Festival to be held in February x

A new festival celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Banjo Paterson will be held from 7-17 February in Paterson’s birthplace, the city of... Read more

ASA announces 2013-14 mentorship recipients x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the recipients of its 2013-14 mentorships for emerging writers and illustrators. Twelve applicants have been selected for... Read more

Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2014 finalists announced

Writers Victoria has announced the finalists for the 2014 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, which is presented each year to an Australian writer for a proposed... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘In fiction, we can look forward to a new Salman Rushdie novel, a new Hercule Poirot mystery, a sequel to The Rosie Project, the next... Read more

RiP Alan Gilderdale x

New Zealand children’s book illustrator Alan Gilderdale has died, aged 89. Gilderdale is best known as the illustrator of the popular ‘Little Yellow Digger’ series... Read more

Hachette Australia joins NetGalley x

Hachette Australia is the latest local publisher to make digital advance reading copies of its books available through NetGalley.  There are 30 Hachette Australia titles currently... Read more

New editing business to focus on ebooks

A new Australian editing business aimed at individual authors wanting to self-publish ebooks launched this month. Ebookedit was founded by Nicola O’Shea and Keith Stevenson.... Read more

Stella Prize receives $20,000 in Creative Partnerships Australia funding x

The Stella Prize has received $20,000 in funding from Creative Partnerships Australia as part of a new matched funding initiative. The Plus1 Matched Funding grants,... Read more

Dunne joins Lightning Source Australia x

Susan Dunne has joined the Ingram Content Group in the role of senior key accounts sales manager for Lightning Source Australia. Dunne, who started in... Read more

Queensland student shortlisted for Digital Book Awards x

Queensland creative writing student Donna Thompson has been shortlisted for the 2014 Digital Book Awards, to be held in New York on 14 January. Thompson is a... Read more

Melbourne radio show ‘Aural Text’ finishes up x

Melbourne radio program Aural Text broadcast its final show in December 2013. The program, which focussed on books and writing, was hosted by Melbourne writer,... Read more

Booktopia and Bookworld win SmartCompany Web Awards x

Online booksellers Booktopia and Bookworld are among the winners in the SmartCompany Web Awards. Booktopia picked up an award for Best Mobile Website and Bookworld won for... Read more

New email service offers daily ebook deals x

A new email service that offers daily ebook deals launched in January. Subscribers can sign up to eBookSoda to receive a daily email with ebook... Read more

Nesbo joins Hogarth’s Shakespeare project x

In the UK, Norwegian crime author Jo Nesbo is the latest author to join Random House’s Shakespeare publishing project, reports the Bookseller. As part of... Read more

US law firms file class action suits against Barnes & Noble x

Several US law firms have filed class action lawsuits against Barnes & Noble, claiming that the bookselling chain misled investors between February and December 2013,... Read more

Morrissey wins 2013 TS Eliot Prize for Poetry x

Northern Irish author Sinéad Morrissey has won the 2013 TS Eliot Prize for Poetry for Parallax (Carcanet), reports the Guardian. Judges Ian Duhig, Imtiaz Dharker and... Read more

National Book Critics Circle Awards 2013 finalists announced x

In the US, the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Awards finalists have been announced. The finalists in the fiction category are: Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Fourth Estate);... Read more

Story Prize 2013 finalists announced x

In the US, the finalists have been announced for the 2013 Story Prize, presented for books of short fiction. The three shortlisted books are: Archangel... Read more

Macmillan acquires Cookstr; Schwalbe joins Macmillan x

Macmillan US has acquired cookbook and recipe website Cookstr, reports Publishers Weekly. Will Schwalbe and Katie Workman founded the website in 2008, with the aim to... Read more

German bookseller and publisher Weltbild appoints receivers x

German media company Verlagsgruppe Weltbild has commenced insolvency proceedings, reports the Bookseller. The company, which has interests in publishing, as well as bookselling as joint-owner... Read more

French senate approves bill to ban free delivery from online retailers x

The French senate has approved a bill banning online retailers from offering free delivery to customers, reports US news outlet ABC News. The bill was... Read more

Amazon installs ‘Kindle Kiosks’ in US airports and shopping malls x

Online retailer Amazon has installed a number of ‘Kindle Kiosks’ in airports and shopping malls in the US, reports Geekwire. The vending machines sell a... Read more

US Booksellers Association, NetGalley to launch ‘Digital White Box’ program x

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) and NetGalley have announced a new program that will allow publishers to make digital proofs available exclusively to ABA member... Read more

S&S US to publish Peanuts x

In the US, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing has signed a deal with Peanuts Worldwide to publish 12-15 titles in 2015 featuring cartoon characters Snoopy and friends, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

Huseby appointed Barnes & Noble CEO x

In the US, Barnes & Noble president Michael Huseby has been appointed as the company’s CEO, filling the role left vacant by the departure of... Read more

Inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction to be appointed this year x

In Ireland, the Arts Council has established a new €150,000 (A$228,730) laureateship to promote Irish fiction, reports the Bookseller. The Laureate for Irish Fiction will... Read more

Amazon UK imposes delivery charge on orders under £10 x

Amazon UK is ending free delivery for UK book orders under £10 (A$18), reports the Bookseller. The ‘Super Saver Delivery’ service previously allowed free delivery... Read more

In brief x

Toowoomba library to move to temporary home Queensland’s Toowoomba City Library will move to a temporary home in March to make way for the redevelopment... Read more

International Library News x

Former German airport to be transformed into major central library In Germany, the site of a former Berlin airport will be transformed into a major... Read more

Gregory appointed director of NT Library x

Patrick Gregory has been appointed as the new director of the Northern Territory Library. Gregory, who will begin in the role on 24 February, has... Read more

ALIA fellowships for Richards, Hamill; research grant for Missingham x

Jan Richards and Cheryl Hamill were awarded fellowships by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) in December. The ALIA board regularly confers fellowships to... Read more

‘The Rosie Project’ tops most-requested list at Libraries ACT in 2013 x

Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project (Text) was the most-requested book at public libraries in the Australian Capital Territory in 2013, reports Fairfax. The five most-requested books... Read more

International Library News x

Ebook promotion in Illinois libraries aims to influence publishers     In the US, a new promotion in public libraries across Illinois will aim to influence publishers to change... Read more

In brief x

NLA digitises ‘Canberra Times’ archives as centenary gift The National Library of Australia (NLA) has digitised the complete archives of the Canberra Times from 1926... Read more

CAUL, ASA announce research fellowships x

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) have announced a new fellowship program to provide authors with access... Read more

Key findings from Kelly Fagan’s Unwin Trust Fellowship report x

‘I went to the UK expecting to find examples of highly experimental or revolutionary marketing campaigns, and was surprised to find that most campaigns were... Read more

Miriam Cosic on the decline of book launches x

‘We don’t really launch books any more,’ says Allen & Unwin publicity director Andy Palmer in Miriam Cosic’s article on the decline of book launches... Read more

Alan Gold & Mike Jones’ ‘Bloodline’ x

A Palestinian youth is shot while trying to bomb the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, and his Israeli doctor discovers that they share a common... Read more

N J Gemmell’s ‘The Kensington Reptilarium’ x

December, 1945. When their father goes missing in mysterious circumstances, the four Caddy children are uprooted from their lives in outback Australia and taken to... Read more

Taylor & Francis moves to TL Distribution x

Publisher: Taylor & FrancisISBN prefix: VariousOld distributor: Palgrave Macmillan/Macmillan Distribution ServicesNew distributor: TL DistributionChangeover date: 31/03/2014Returns cut-off: 15/06/2014(See classified.)

Hardie Grant Egmont and Little Tiger Group Agency Change x

Publisher: Little Tiger GroupISBN prefix: 978-1-85430; 978-1-870271; 978-1-84143; 978-1-84506; 978-1-84857; 978-1-84895Old distributor: Random HouseNew distributor: Hardie Grant Egmont Changeover date: 1/01/14Returns cut-off: 1/01/14

Gregory appointed director of NT Library x

Patrick Gregory has been appointed as the new director of the Northern Territory Library. Gregory, who will begin in the role on 24 February, replaces... Read more

Lenton joins Momentum x

Patrick Lenton has joined Pan Macmillan digital imprint Momentum in the newly created role of digital marketing assistant. Lenton has previously worked for Allen &... Read more

Puvanenthiran appointed deputy arts editor of the ‘Age’ x

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran has been appointed deputy arts editor of the Age, replacing Dewi Cooke, who is currently on maternity leave. Puvanenthiran has worked as a... Read more

Australian Publishers Association’s new program of networking events; futurEDUCATION selling well x

Australian Publishers Association will hold its inaugural Last Thursdays APA Networking event after work on Thursday 30 January to discuss ‘What will happen to Publishing in 2014?’  Margaret... Read more

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