Weekly Book Newsletter
22 January 2014

Quote of the week x

‘After several years of declining sales it was good to see the market bounce back, particularly in the area of physical book retail’—Allen & Unwin... Read more

Lit magazine ‘Seizure’ relaunches

Literary magazine Seizure relaunched in January with a new website that replaces the biannual print magazine. The website will be updated each week with new... Read more

Search underway for ‘Great Kiwi Classic’ x

The New Zealand Book Council (NZBC) and Auckland Writers Festival (AWF) have partnered to find the ‘Great Kiwi Classic’ and are asking New Zealanders to ‘join... Read more

Nikolic to join Nielsen NZ x

Nevena Nikolic has been appointed as national manager for Nielsen Book Services in New Zealand. Nikolic, who begins in the role on 28 January, replaces... Read more

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the Australia Day public holiday next Monday, the Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday 30 January. The deadline... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Michelle Anderson Publishing has sold US rights to You Can Conquer Cancer (Ian Gawler) to Tarcher; Exisle Publishing has sold North American rights to... Read more

Last chance to complete our post-Christmas survey x

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

Australian, NZ books selected for 2014 Gourmand Awards x

A number of Australian and New Zealand books have been selected for the 2014 Gourmand Awards. The Australian winners are: Authors and chefs category Chef:... Read more

Audible launches Australian audiobook store

Amazon-owned Audible has launched an Australian audiobook store. The audible.com.au site went live on 15 January. Australian customers, who were previously able to purchase audiobooks... Read more

New staff appointed at ‘Kill Your Darlings’; journalism mentorships announced x

Brigid Mullane has been appointed as the new editor of Melbourne-based literary journal Kill Your Darlings (KYD). Mullane has been deputy editor of KYD since... Read more

Tasmania-London literary project announced x

A new literary project, which will publish and promote writers from Tasmania and London and ‘draw on the long historic links between these distinct places’, has been... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Marcus Zusak is the big winner in this week’s bestsellers chart, with the film tie-in edition of his novel The Book Thief (Picador) at number one,... Read more

Local push for Barnes & Noble ebookstore

US bookseller Barnes & Noble has begun raising the profile of its Australian Nook ebookstore, offering new customers free local ebooks and magazines for a... Read more

Saffin appointed Macmillan Education MD x

Peter Saffin has been appointed as the new managing director of Macmillan Education Australia. Saffin has been promoted from his previous role as general manager... Read more

Printing association Galley Club may close next month x

Long-running printing and publishing association, the Galley Club of Sydney, may close in February due to a decline in the participation of its members. According to... Read more

Perth Writers Festival program launched x

The 2014 Perth Writers Festival program has been launched and tickets are now available. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the line-up of international guests includes... Read more

APA launches informal networking events x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has launched a series of informal networking events, called Last Thursdays. The free events will be held on the last... Read more

A&U purchases majority share in Atlantic Books x

Allen & Unwin has purchased a majority share in UK publisher Atlantic Books following a ‘difficult period for the UK company’, reports the Bookseller. A&U previously... Read more

Australian app, ebook win at 2014 Digital Book Awards x

An Australian app and ebook have won awards at the 2014 Digital Book Awards, announced in New York on 14 January. Australian app Cowzat! won... Read more

Scribe appoints Philip Gwyn Jones as UK editor-at-large x

Scribe Publications has made its first editorial appointment for its UK office, appointing former Granta Books publisher Philip Gwyn Jones to the part-time role of... Read more

‘Kill Your Darlings’ announces new columnists, journalism mentorships x

Melbourne-based literary journal Kill Your Darlings (KYD) has announced its new columnists for 2014, with Carody Culver to write about books and Danielle Binks to... Read more

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

Booktopia counting down top 50 ‘Favourite Australian Novelists’ x

Booktopia is counting down the top 50 finalists in its annual ‘Australia’s Favourite Novelist’ promotion. On 20 January, Booktopia announced the top 50 to 41... Read more

‘The Dark’ wins 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award x

The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen (Hodder) has won the 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award, presented for outstanding writing in a picture book published... Read more

IPA endorses Thema classification standard x

The International Publishers Association (IPA) has officially endorsed Thema, the global subject classification standard for the book trade that was first launched at the 2012 Frankfurt Book... Read more

Mistry wins 2014 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature x

Indian author Cyrus Mistry has won the 2014 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for his novel Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer (Aleph). The novel was... Read more

Amazon gains patent to ship items before customers buy them x

In the US, Amazon has patented a delivery method that will allow it to ship items before customers buy them, reports the Wall Street Journal. In... Read more

Russia’s two major publishers merge x

Russia’s two major publishers Eksmo and AST have merged, reports Publishing Perspectives. Eksmo has officially acquired AST, which is estimated to be worth RUB 12... Read more

Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2014 nominations announced x

In the US, the Mystery Writers of America has announced the nominees in the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, which honour mystery fiction, nonfiction and television... Read more

Wattpad and Goodreads release 2013 membership statistics

In the US, online reading communities Wattpad and Goodreads have released statistics that show their memberships increased significantly throughout 2013. According to Publishers Weekly, Wattpad’s membership grew to... Read more

Waterstones ends debut novelist promotion x

In the UK, Waterstones has ended its program for promoting debut novelists in its stores, reports the Bookseller. The Waterstones Eleven campaign, which had run... Read more

Penguin Random House merges UK children’s divisions

Penguin Random House has announced that it will merge the children’s divisions of Penguin and Random House UK. The publisher said in a statement on... Read more

S&S to launch sci-fi imprint Simon451 x

In the US, Simon & Schuster will launch a new imprint for adult science-fiction books in October 2014, reports Publishers Weekly. Named after Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Simon451... 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

Melbourne Library Service ranked 19th in global library study x

The Melbourne Library Service has been ranked in the top 20 library services around the world in a study conducted by researchers at the Heinrich... Read more

‘Spectacular’ growth in ebook loans at Christchurch City Libraries x

New Zealand’s Christchurch City Libraries have recorded ‘spectacular’ growth in the number of ebooks being loaned in the past year, reports stuff.co.nz. Loans through the... Read more

International Library News x

Simon & Schuster US announces new library ebook pilot with OverDrive In the US, Simon & Schuster has expanded its library ebook lending program, launching... 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

Julietta Jameson on the royalty payment cycle x

Why should authors have to wait up to nine months to be paid royalties? Julietta Jameson spoke to Text publisher Michael Heyward, literary agents Selwa... Read more

Michele Lee’s ‘Banana Girl’ x

When it comes to memoir in Australian publishing, it seems that 30 is the new 40, with many writers mining their rollercoaster 20s for outrageously... 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

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.)

Smith to retire from Random House x

Random House Australia has announced that Western Australian account manager Laurie Smith will retire from the company in February. Smith has worked as a sales... Read more

Mullane appointed ‘Kill Your Darlings’ editor x

Brigid Mullane has been appointed as the new editor of Melbourne-based literary journal Kill Your Darlings (KYD). Mullane has been deputy editor of KYD since... Read more

Pearce joins Black Inc. x

Jessica Pearce has joined Black Inc. in the newly created role of publicist. Pearce previously worked for Cambridge University Press in the role of development editor. (See classifieds.)

Nikolic to join Nielsen NZ x

Nevena Nikolic has been appointed as national manager for Nielsen Book Services in New Zealand, replacing David Dromer, who resigned from the company at the... Read more

Gwyn Jones to join Scribe UK x

Philip Gwyn Jones has been appointed to the newly created role of editor-at-large at Scribe Publications UK. Gwyn Jones, who is the former executive publisher... Read more

Saffin appointed Macmillan Education MD x

Peter Saffin has been appointed as the new managing director of Macmillan Education Australia. Saffin has been promoted from his previous role as general manager... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) Workshop x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. is presenting a one-day workshop, Editing Intensive, led by Meryl Potter DE. This interactive workshop is designed for editors who... Read more

Laurie Smith’s retirement x

Laurie Smith will retire in February marking the end of 33 years of selling books for Transworld and Random House. Laurie’s incredible passion and dedication... Read more

Major Street Publishing distribution x

From 1st February 2014 Major Street books will be distributed by Woodslane. Dennis Jones & Associates will continue to accept returns of Major Street titles... Read more

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