Weekly Book Newsletter
30 January 2014

Adelaide Writers’ Week 2014 program launched x

The 2014 Adelaide Writers’ Week program has been launched. The event will run from Saturday 1 March to Thursday 6 March at the Pioneer Women’s... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Good Australian writing needs good Australian bookshops to prosper. Without them Australian writers are one more endangered species whose bush has been bulldozed’—2014 Indie Award... Read more

Australians, New Zealanders nominated for YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list x

A number of books by Australian and New Zealand authors have been nominated for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Best Fiction for Young Adults... Read more

Inaugural Digital Writers’ Festival program announced x

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has launched the program for its first Digital Writers’ Festival, to be held on 13-24 February. The purely online festival... Read more

Penguin to distribute Fremantle titles in WA x

Fremantle Press has announced that Penguin Books will distribute its titles in Western Australia from May 2014. The publisher said in a statement that the... Read more

Indie Awards 2014 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2014 Indie Awards, presented by Leading Edge Books, have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction Barracuda (Christos Tsiolkas,... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Random House has sold Taiwanese rights to The Elusive Language of Ducks (Judith White). Nonfiction—Michelle Anderson Publishing has sold Chinese complex-character rights to Taiwan... Read more

OzCo VIP Program guests announced for AWW 2014 x

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the guests attending the 2014 Visiting International Publishers (VIP) Program, to be held during Adelaide Writers’ Week... Read more

2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards winners announced; ‘Liquid Nitrogen’ wins Victorian Prize for Literature

Liquid Nitrogen by Jennifer Maiden (Giramondo) has won the 2014 Victorian Prize for Literature, worth $100,000. Giramondo publisher Ivor Indyk accepted the award on Maiden’s... Read more

Book industry figures among 2014 Australia Day honours recipients x

Cookbook author Stephanie Alexander is among the recipients of the 2014 Australia Day honours, presented by the Governor-General on 26 January as a ‘national and formal recognition... Read more

Boomerang Books merges with online schools bookseller BookSurf

Boomerang Books has expanded its school supply business by merging with specialist online bookseller BookSurf. BookSurf, which has been operating for around 14 years, was... Read more

Reilly named ‘Australia’s Favourite Novelist’ in Booktopia poll x

Matthew Reilly has topped the list in Booktopia’s annual ‘Australia’s Favourite Novelist’ promotion. Booktopia announced the top 10 finalists on its website on 24 January. They... Read more

Newbery, Caldecott, Printz winners announced; Zusak wins lifetime contribution award x

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced its 2014 awards for children’s and young adult literature, including the Caldecott, Newbery, Printz and Morris awards. The... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The film tie-in edition of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief (Picador) is number one on this week’s bestsellers chart, while the standard edition has climbed to number... Read more

Post-Christmas survey: sales up for 69% of booksellers x

The majority of booksellers have reported an increase in sales in Christmas 2013 compared to the previous year, according to the results of Books+Publishing’s annual... Read more

Nielsen BookScan figures: volume up, value down x

This Christmas period has seen some growth in volume but a small drop in value. According to Nielsen BookScan, sales were up 0.7% in volume... Read more

Publishers’ perspectives x

Almost all of the publishers who participated in Books+Publishing’s post-Christmas survey described Christmas 2013 as ‘excellent’, with just two publishers describing sales during the Christmas... Read more

Stock: supply, sales and returns x

Several booksellers reported ‘the usual’ issues with slow deliveries, but a number reported that supply was better than last year. One NSW bookseller said: ‘In... Read more

Online sales x

Online sales of print books were much stronger in Christmas 2013. Seventy-three percent of booksellers reported an increase in online sales compared to Christmas 2012, up from 13%... Read more

The books: a strong showing for local fiction x

In Books+Publishing’s pre-Christmas survey, booksellers were overwhelmingly impressed by the titles on offer, particularly in local fiction. While Nielsen BookScan’s figures show that fiction sales... Read more

Withycombe joins the Wheeler Centre x

Helen Withycombe has joined the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne in the role of programming coordinator. Withycombe, who started in the... Read more

Jones appointed ABA conference and marketing manager x

Steve Jones has been appointed to the new role of conference and marketing manager for the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA). Jones, who joined the ABA... Read more

Bayside Literary Festival to be replaced with year-long event series x

The Bayside Literary Festival in Melbourne will be replaced with a new year-long event series, Words by the Bay.   Words by the Bay will be... Read more

2013 WAYRBA winners announced x

The winners of the 2013 West Australia Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) were announced at the end of 2013. The winning books are: Picture Book... Read more

Catton to be awarded honorary doctorate x

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Literature from Victoria University of Wellington, reports Booksellers NZ. Catton, whose second novel The... Read more

‘The Broken Shore’ to screen on ABC TV this weekend

The television adaptation of Peter Temple’s novel The Broken Shore (Text) will screen on ABC Television at 8.30pm on Sunday 2 February. The telemovie stars Don... Read more

Polare closes 20 bookstores in Belgium and the Netherlands x

Bookstore chain Polare, which operates over 30 stores in Belgium and Netherlands, has announced that it will ‘temporarily’ shut 20 of its Selexyz and De Slegte stores following... Read more

Book sales down in international markets according to trade publications x

Reports published in several international book trade publications indicate that many major book markets experienced a drop in sales during 2013, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more

Penguin Random House UK announces changes to sales and consumer teams x

Penguin Random House UK has announced a number of changes to its sales and consumer teams, reports the Bookseller. Among several new appointments, Mike Symons... Read more

‘The Shock of the Fall’ named Costa Book of the Year x

In the UK, Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall (HarperCollins) has won the £30,000 (A$56,500) Costa Book of the Year award, after previously winning the First Novel... Read more

Another executive leaves Barnes & Noble x

In the US, Barnes & Noble’s managing director of global ebook sales Jim Hilt will leave the company in February, reports the Bookseller. Hilt is the third... Read more

Japan to collect sales tax on ebooks sold overseas x

Japan will begin collecting a sales tax on downloadable goods such as ebooks from foreign websites in 2015, reports the Japan Daily Press. No taxes are... Read more

Shortlist announced for inaugural Etisalat Prize for debut African literature x

The shortlist for the inauagural Etisalat Prize for Literature, to be presented for debut fiction by African writers, has been announced. The shortlisted titles are:... Read more

Apple expands iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager internationally x

Apple has announced an international expansion of its iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager products. iBooks Textbooks, a platform for interactive textbooks for use on... Read more

Quercus for sale

UK publisher Quercus is looking for a new owner, putting itself up for sale just days after announcing that it was expecting to record a... Read more

McDiarmid joins Wheelers Books x

Rachael McDiarmid has joined library and schools supplier Wheelers Books in the newly created position of publisher and partner relations manager. McDiarmid joined the company on... Read more

Lodge to take over ALIA presidency in May x

Damian Lodge will take over the presidency of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) in May. Lodge, an academic in the School of Information... Read more

International Library News x

Wade appointed as chair of CILIP council In the UK, Martyn Wade has been appointed as chair of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information... Read more

In brief x

New $9.5 million library opens in Bendigo A new public library opened in the regional Victorian city of Bendigo on 28 January. According to the ABC,... Read more

Librarians among 2014 Australia Day honours recipients x

A number of librarians are among the recipients of the 2014 Australia Day honours, which were presented by the Governor-General on 26 January as ‘national and... Read more

Where can you buy ebooks in Australia? x

Last year ended with a flurry of new ebookstore announcements, including the launch of an Australian Kindle store, an Australian Nook ebookstore and an Optus... Read more

Kaz Delaney’s ‘Almost Dead’ x

What do you do if you wake up in the dead of night to see a spirit standing by your bed … and he’s really,... Read more

Industrial Press distribution change x

Publisher: Industrial PressISBN prefix: 9780 8311Old distributor: Elsevier Science & Technology BooksNew distributor: CoInfo Pty LtdChangeover date: ImmediateReturns cut-off: 30 April 2014 (See classifieds.)

Fremantle Press distribution change in WA x

Publisher: Fremantle PressOld distributor in WA: Wilmot Book AgenciesNew distributor in WA: PenguinChangeover date: 30 AprilReturns cut-off: 30 June (See news.)

McDiarmid joins Wheelers Books x

Rachael McDiarmid has joined library and schools supplier Wheelers Books in the newly created position of publisher and partner manager. McDiarmid previously worked for library... Read more

Changes to the ALIA board x

Damian Lodge will take over the presidency of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) in May. Lodge, who joined the ALIA board in May... Read more

Malcolm O’Brien joins Wavesound x

Malcolm O’Brien has been appointed NSW, QLD and NT territory manager for Wavesound. O’Brien joins Wavesound from James Bennett, where he was a sales representative. (See... Read more

New appointments at ‘Good Reading’ x

Good Reading has appointed Robert Kennedy as advertising sales manager for Good Reading, SpineOut and PK. Angus Dalton has also been appointed as editorial assistant.

Jones appointed ABA conference and marketing manager x

Steve Jones has been appointed to the new role of conference and marketing manager for the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA). Jones, who joined the ABA... Read more

Withycombe joins the Wheeler Centre x

Helen Withycombe has joined the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne in the role of programming coordinator. Withycombe, who started in the... Read more

Networking with the APA; Beatrice Davis Fellow to New York; tickets for futurEDUCATION x

Networking with the Australian Publishers Association (APA) Join Margaret Whiskin, publisher at Magabala Books along with industry colleagues to share some predictions for the year ahead on... Read more

Industrial Press distribution change x

Elsevier Science & Technology Books advises that effective immediately distribution of Industrial Press has moved to CoInfo Pty Ltd. Elsevier will accept returns received by... Read more

Mal O’Brien joins Wavesound x

Mal O’Brien will be joining Wavesound as territory manager for NSW, QLD and NT. Mal has more than 30 years’ experience in Australian Publishing and... Read more

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