Weekly Book Newsletter
12 February 2014

Quote of the week x

‘Let’s improve it, by all means, but let’s not transform it into a hub’—Author and Giramondo Books publisher Evelyn Juers argues against proposed changes to... Read more

Imagination Library now operating in nine Australian communities

Child literacy program the Imagination Library, launched in 2013 as a pilot program, is now operating in nine communities around Australia. The local version of... Read more

Koala Books calls for picture book submissions x

Children’s book publisher Koala Books is calling for picture book submissions for the first time since it was acquired by Scholastic in early 2013. Koala... Read more

APA announces successful applicants for 2014 Residential Editorial Program x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the Australia Council for the Arts have announced the editors selected to attend the 2014 Residential Editorial Program (REP),... Read more

Dymocks Sydney to attempt Guinness World Record ‘reading relay’

Dymocks Bookstore in George Street, Sydney, will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the largest ‘reading relay’ on 27 February to raise money... Read more

Bookworld launches competition to choose next pop-up bookshelves location x

Online bookseller Bookworld has launched a competition for members of the public to select the location of its next pop-up bookshelves. The Bookworld Pop-Ups competition is calling on individuals... Read more

CBCA conference program announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced the program for this year’s national conference, to be held in Canberra from 16 to 18 May. This... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The film tie-in edition of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Picador) remains in number one spot on the bestsellers chart this week, followed by the... Read more

QUT becomes Australian partner of The Writing Platform

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has invested in UK-based The Writing Platform, becoming the Australian partner of the platform. The Writing Platform was established in... Read more

Wombat Books launches YA/adult imprint Rhiza Press x

Children’s publisher Wombat Books has launched a new imprint called Rhiza Press to publish ‘family friendly’ titles for readers over the age of 14, including... Read more

St Leger appointed chief executive of Copyright Agency x

Murray St Leger has been appointed chief executive of the Copyright Agency. St Leger, a former managing director of McGraw-Hill Australia and former president of... Read more

Arcade Publications closes x

Melbourne-based publisher Arcade Publications has announced the closure of its business after five years. Arcade announced at the end of January that it will not... Read more

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

Murdoch joins PANZ Council x

Te Papa Press publisher Claire Murdoch has joined the council of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ), replacing former Huia Publishers managing director Robyn Bargh... Read more

French book chain Chapitre closes x

French bookstore chain Chapitre has completed its dissolution after the Paris commercial court approved the takeover sale of eight stores and the closure of 23... Read more

Shortlists announced for 2014 Paddy Power Political Book Awards x

In the UK, the shortlists for this year’s Paddy Power Political Book Awards have been announced, reports the Bookseller. The awards, which were established in... Read more

Random House UK launches creative writing academy x

In the UK, Random House has launched a new creative writing academy that will offer face-to-face and online writing courses from March. The Writers’ Academy... Read more

Inaugural Folio Prize shortlist announced x

In the UK, the shortlist for the inaugural Folio Prize has been announced. The eight shortlisted titles are: Red Doc by Anne Carson (Jonathan Cape);... Read more

First Arabic-language ebookstore opens x

The first Arabic-language ebookstore, Kotobi.com, was launched at the Cairo International Book Fair in February, reports ANSAmed. The bookstore offers several hundred Arabic ebooks from around... Read more

Penguin Random House to close two US warehouses x

Penguin Random House US will consolidate its distribution from February 2015, with the publisher announcing this week that it will close two of its four... Read more

UK publisher Saqi Books looks for investors x

Independent UK publisher Saqi Books has announced that it is seeking new investors for the business amidst a review of the future of its English-language... Read more

Kobo to provide ebooks for Sony customers in the US, Canada x

Kobo will provide ebooks to Sony ereader and tablet customers in the US and Canada from March after a deal was struck between the two... Read more

Fixed book price law passed in Slovenia x

A fixed book price law has been passed in Slovenia, reports Publishing Perspectives. The Slovenian parliament passed the law on 30 January with a majority... Read more

New CEO for Kobo x

Takahito Aiki has been appointed as the new CEO of ereading company Kobo, replacing founder Michael Serbinis, who moves into the role of vice-chairman, reports... Read more

UK university launches self-publishing degree x

In the UK, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will offer a Masters of Arts in self-publishing, which is the ‘first of its kind in the UK’,... 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

In brief x

New city library branch opens in Adelaide Adelaide City Council officially opened its new City Library on Friday 7 February. The new library is located... Read more

Authors petition against changes to Mitchell Library at SLNSW x

A number of authors have signed a petition protesting changes to the Mitchell Library at the State Library of NSW (SLNSW), reports the Sydney Morning Herald.... Read more

Search underway for ‘Australia’s Favourite Library’ x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is calling for nominations in a national search for ‘Australia’s Favourite Library’. Members of the public are invited... Read more

International Library News x

HarperCollins makes ebook catalogue available to UK libraries HarperCollins UK will make over 5000 ebook titles available for library and school lending for the first time... 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

Words of war: The market for military history titles x

With the centenary of World War I fast approaching, Brad Jefferies looks at forthcoming military history titles, and reports on the trends, subgenres and specialist sellers... 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

Karen Viggers’ ‘The Grass Castle’ x

Karen Viggers, author of the successful The Lightkeeper’s Wife and The Stranding, has penned this new tale of two women, generations apart, set in the evocative bush... 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

Hardie Grant Egmont to distribute Curious Fox x

Publisher: Curious FoxISBN prefix: 978178202Old distributor: N/ANew distributor: Hardie Grant EgmontChangeover date: 1/02/2014Returns cut-off: N/A (See classifieds.)

Hardie Grant Egmont to distribute Capstone Young Readers x

Publisher: Capstone Young ReadersISBN prefix: 978162370Old distributor: N/ANew distributor: Hardie Grant EgmontChangeover date: 1/02/2014Returns cut-off: N/A(See classifieds.)

Murdoch joins PANZ Council x

Te Papa Press publisher Claire Murdoch has joined the council of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ). Murdoch, who will take on the newly... Read more

St Leger appointed chief executive of Copyright Agency x

Murray St Leger has been appointed chief executive of the Copyright Agency. St Leger is a former managing director of McGraw-Hill Australia and former president... Read more

Call for Nominations: 2014 CHASS Australia Prizes x

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) invites applications for the newly endowed CHASS Australia Prize for a Book in the Humanities,... Read more

Walkley Foundation and Writers Victoria present: Autobiography masterclass x

The Walkley Foundation for Journalism and Writers Victoria are running an autobiography masterclass featuring Benjamin Law, with the support of the Cultural Fund of the Copyright... Read more

Australian Publishers Association: REP participants announced; futurEDUCATION booking now x

REP 2014: Successful Applicants Announced Twelve editors have been chosen to attend the prestigious Residential Editorial Program in May 2014.  Chair of the 2014 REP... 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

‘From Wireless to Wallabies’ Library Tour x

Author Janet Werkmeister is touring libraries in Victoria to promote her latest book From Wireless to Wallabies, a biography of her grandfather Norman McCance. Initial... Read more

‘Anzac’s Long Shadow’ by James Brown x

The fourth book in Black Inc.’s Redback series, Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession by former military officer James Brown, will be... Read more

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