Weekly Book Newsletter
5 February 2014

Booktopia celebrates 10 years x

Australian online bookseller Booktopia is celebrating its 10th birthday this month. The business, which was voted Australia’s Favourite Bookshop in 2013, was opened on 4... Read more

ABA delegation travels to Seattle booksellers’ conference x

Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) CEO Joel Becker, ABA president and managing director of ALS Library Services Patricia Genat, and booksellers Leesa Lambert (The Little Bookroom),... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I have changed covers and titles for Big W—it might mean a thousand sales. It’s literally been a case of me getting to say “stop... Read more

Bolinda partners with Walker Books on audiobooks, ebooks x

Bolinda has formed a publishing and distribution partnership with Walker Books to co-publish new release audiobooks, distribute backlist audiobooks and distribute digital content, including ebooks,... Read more

Readings announces new book awards

Independent Melbourne bookseller Readings has announced that it will present two new literary awards to Australian authors this year. The Readings New Australian Writing Award... Read more

Wellington bookstore to close x

Parsons Books & Music in Wellington will close in March after 66 years of trading. The Lambton Quay store was opened in 1948 by Roy... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Children’s—Hardie Grant Egmont and Little Hare have sold Canadian (English language) rights to Zac Power: Boot Camp and Zac Power: Swamp Race (HI Larry);... Read more

RMIT, CAL announce inaugural WrICE fellows x

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and the Copyright Agency (CAL)’s Cultural Fund have announced a new Asia-Pacific fellowship program for Australian writers. As... Read more

Elliott wins Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal x

Dunedin children’s book illustrator and author David Elliot has won the 2014 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, awarded annually for lifetime contributions to New Zealand children’s... Read more

Ariel Books closes The Rocks store

Sydney independent bookseller Ariel Books has closed its store in The Rocks after 15 years of trading. Manger Julia Blanks told Books+Publishing that the main... Read more

Affirm Press launches creative writing prize with Melbourne Uni

Affirm Press has launched a new prize that will give Melbourne University creative writing students the opportunity to have their manuscripts published by Affirm Press.... Read more

WAYRBA 2014 shortlists announced x

The shortlists for the 2014 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Older readers Pathfinder... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief (Picador) occupies the top two spots in this week’s bestsellers chart. The film tie-in edition is at number one for the... Read more

Catton signs TV deal for ‘The Luminaries’

Eleanor Catton has signed a deal to help create a television miniseries adaptation of her Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries (Granta), reports the Sunday Star-Times. Catton said... Read more

UWA Publishing launches scholarly imprint x

UWA Publishing has launched a scholarly imprint called UWAP Scholarly. The imprint launched in January with two books, After Homosexual: The Legacies of Gay Liberation... Read more

Express Media announces Hologram winners

Express Media has announced the winners of its Hologram book-publishing initiative for young writers. The successful novellas are No Limit by Holly Childs and The... Read more

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

Dempster shortlisted for ‘Women’s Agenda’ Leadership Awards x

Melbourne Writers Festival director Lisa Dempster has been shortlisted in this year’s Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards. Dempster, who has been director and CEO of the... Read more

‘Writers in Conversation’ literary journal launched x

The first issue of the Writers in Conversation open-access literary journal is now available. The journal, which focuses on interviews with authors, editors and translators... 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

Carnegie, Greenaway 2014 longlists announced x

The longlists for this year’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals, presented by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in the UK, have... Read more

S&S launches ‘publisher-agnostic’ business books website x

Simon & Schuster has launched a business books website that will feature content from authors from all publishing houses, reports Publishers Weekly. 250 Words, which... Read more

Cengage US reaches deal to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy x

In the US, educational publisher Cengage Learning has reached an agreement with major financial stakeholders and creditors to allow it to emerge from Chapter 11... Read more

Little, Brown acquires Constable & Robinson x

Independent UK publisher Constable & Robinson has been acquired by the Little, Brown Book Group, reports the Bookseller. Constable & Robinson, which was formed in... Read more

US publisher MacAdam/Cage files for bankruptcy x

In the US, San Francisco-based publisher MacAdam/Cage has voluntarily filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the equivalent of liquidation in Australia, reports Publishers Lunch. According to... Read more

Sainsbury’s gives away children’s ebooks x

Ebooks by Sainsbury’s, the ebook arm of UK supermarket Sainsbury’s, has partnered with Penguin Random House in a two-year promotion to give away free children’s... Read more

New prize to reappraise controversial book awards x

A new book prize that reappraises the results of controversial book awards has been launched by the literary website Bookslut, reports the Guardian. The prize,... 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

In brief x

Wellington City Council proposes $60,000 funding boost for libraries In New Zealand, the Wellington City Council has proposed increasing its funding for the city’s public... Read more

Vic govt announces final round of Living Libraries funding x

The Victorian Government has opened the fourth and final round of funding for its Living Libraries Infrastructure Program. The program gives Victorian councils and regional... Read more

International Library News x

Pilot scheme allows free access to 1.5 million journal articles at public libraries In the UK, a two-year pilot scheme will allow members of the... 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

Alex Adsett on applying ethics to ebooks x

What ethics should readers be aware of when shopping for ebooks? Alex Adsett lays out some of the options and their consequences for authors, publishers, booksellers... 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

Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner’s ‘These Broken Stars’ x

Society princess Lilac LaRoux and war hero from the wrong side of the tracks Tarver Merendsen lock eyes across the room during yet another party... 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

Little Tiger distribution change x

Agency: Little TigerISBN Prefix: 978185430; 9781870271; 978184143; 978184506; 978184857; 978184895Old Distributor: HinklerNew Distributor: Hardie Grant Egmont (via Random House)Changeover date: 01/01/14Returns cutoff: N/A   (See classifieds.)

Dunedin Academic Press distribution change x

Agency: Dunedin Academic PressISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: N/AChangeover date: 31/03/14Returns cutoff: 31/03/14(See classifieds.) 

ISEAS Publishing distribution change x

Agency: ISEAS Publishing ISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: N/AChangeover date: 31/03/14Returns cutoff: 31/03/14 (See classifieds.)

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

Indigenous Literacy Foundation Melbourne trivia night x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is holding a trivia night in Melbourne. Book industry people are invited to come along to help raise funds for the foundation. Those thinking about attending are asked to spread the word among friends, colleagues,... Read more

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2014 entries open x

Entries are sought for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2014 in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, Australian history, poetry, young adult fiction, and children’s fiction.The awards are... Read more

Australian Publishers Association: Beatrice Fellow in the snow; futurEDUCATION ramping up x

futurEDUCATION 2014: What will it take to improve educational outcomes? What can we really achieve using digital resources? Geoff Masters, CEO of the Australian Council for Educational... Read more

Reminder: Grants for Australian publishers to publish and promote titles by mid-list Australian authors x

Through the Australia Council’s Literature section, grants are available for publishers to raise the profile of mid-list authors in Australia and internationally through targeted support... Read more

Black Inc. congratulates David Hunt x

Black Inc. congratulates David Hunt for the shortlisting of Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia for the Non-Fiction prize in the 2014 Indie Awards. Orders... Read more

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