Weekly Book Newsletter
26 February 2014

Quote of the week x

‘Rapacious readers can soon become immune to the allure of well-placed advertising copy. There is, after all, only so many times you can read the... Read more
 

RiP Mavis Gallant x

Canadian writer Mavis Gallant has died, aged 91. Gallant is the author of two novels and numerous volumes of short fiction, as well as more... Read more
 

Australian YA titles shortlisted for Nebula Awards x

Australian titles When We Wake by Karen Healey (A&U) and A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty (Macmillan) have been shortlisted for this year’s Nebula Awards... Read more
 

Byng promoted at HarperCollins x

Chren Byng has been promoted to the role of associate publisher of ABC Children’s Books at HarperCollins Australia. HarperCollins said in a statement this month that... Read more
 

Reader’s Feast opens online store x

Independent Melbourne bookstore Reader’s Feast has opened an online store. The store opened on Friday 22 February and can be accessed through Reader’s Feast’s existing... Read more
 

RiP Ali Gunn x

UK literary agent Ali Gunn has died, aged 45. Gunn worked as a literary agent for Curtis Brown for a number of years before establishing... Read more
 

Australian poets shortlisted for inaugural Daphne Awards x

Books by two Australian poets have been shortlisted for the inaugural Daphne Awards, launched by literary website Bookslut to reappraise the results of controversial book... Read more
 

‘Mr Wilkinson’s Vegetables’ shortlisted in international food writing awards x

Mr Wilkinson’s Vegetables: A Cookbook to Celebrate the Seasons by Australian chef Matt Wilkinson (Murdoch Books) is a finalist in the 2014 International Association of... Read more
 

Macleay Bookshop to close

Macleay Bookshop in Potts Point, New South Wales, will close on Friday 28 February, after 60 years of trading. The independent bookstore, which sells new release... Read more
 

Copyright Agency concerned about Law Reform Commission’s ‘fair use’ recommendation x

The Copyright Agency has joined other members of the book industry in raising concerns about the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) recommendation that the Australian... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

Influenced by film adaptations screening in cinemas and trailers of adaptations to come, the top three bestsellers remain the same this week. The film tie-in... Read more
 

Ebooks account for 20% of sales at S&S Australia; Australian team to take over NZ marketing and sales in April x

Ebook sales grew strongly for Simon & Schuster Australia in 2013 and now account for approximately 20% of the publisher’s total sales, reports managing director... Read more
 

International publishers to visit Wellington in March x

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) and Creative New Zealand have announced the guests that will participate in this year’s visiting international publisher program,... Read more
 

2014 ABA Conference: guest speakers announced; registrations now open x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the guest speakers for this year’s conference, to be held at the Langham Hotel in Melbourne on 18-19... Read more
 

Sayer, Nowra appointed 2014 CAL Nonfiction Writers-in-Residence at UTS x

Mandy Sayer and Louis Nowra have been appointed as the 2014 Copyright Agency Nonfiction Writers-in Residence at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). As part... Read more
 

‘Overland’ poetry prize 2013 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2013 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets has been announced. The 12 shortlisted poems are: ‘Solstice’ (Carolyn... Read more
 

McFarlane shortlisted for ‘LA Times’ debut fiction award

Australian author Fiona McFarlane has been shortlisted for the LA Times Book Awards in the US for her debut novel The Night Guest (Hamish Hamilton). McFarlane’s... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘Development of indigenous content in a small market such as Australia poses enough risks without weakening publishers’ confidence by eroding the current laws that protect... Read more
 

Random House recalls Malouf’s ‘A First Place’ x

Random House has recalled all copies of A First Place by David Malouf (Knopf) due to a printing error. The publisher said in a statement... Read more
 

New website dedicated to NZ books launched

A new website designed to showcase New Zealand books was launched earlier this month. NZ Booklovers features reviews of New Zealand and international books, as... Read more
 

OUP Australia titles to be sold internationally x

Books published by Oxford University Press Australia are now being licensed in international territories by the rights team at OUP UK, reports the Bookseller. Anne-Marie Hansen, head... Read more
 

Bolinda audiobook announced as finalist in Audie Awards x

The audiobook Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein, narrated by Sasha Pick and produced by Australian audiobook company Bolinda, is a finalist in the Teen... Read more
 

‘These Broken Stars’ to be adapted for television x

These Broken Stars, the first title of the YA science-fiction ‘Starbound’ trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (A&U), will be adapted for a television... Read more
 

VIDA 2013 count reveals male writers still dominate lit mags x

In the US, VIDA has released its annual figures on how many women and men were reviewed in, or wrote for, various high-profile literary publications.... Read more
 

Polare bookstore chain declares bankruptcy x

Bookstore chain Polare, which is owned by Dutch investment company ProCures, has declared bankruptcy, reports NL Times. The chain’s stores in the Netherlands and Belgium,... Read more
 

Penguin Random House launches UK author portal x

In the UK, Penguin Random House has opened an author portal for Random House UK authors and agents, reports the Bookseller. The UK Random House... Read more
 

Pearson appoints new MD for Greater China x

Hera Sui has been appointed as the new managing director for Pearson Greater China, Pearson announced in a statement. Sui joins Pearson from enterprise software... Read more
 

UK has fewer than 1000 indie bookshops

The UK has fewer than 1000 independent bookshops for the first time since records began, reports the Bookseller. According to figures from the UK Booksellers Association... Read more
 

Diagram Prize 2014 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the 2014 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year, presented by the Bookseller, has been announced. The... Read more
 

Headline UK launches website for book bloggers x

In the UK, Hachette imprint Headline has launched a dedicated website for book bloggers to request books, author interviews and promotional content directly from the... Read more
 

Patterson distributes US$267,000 to independent bookstores

Months after pledging to give US$1 million (A$1.11 million) to US independent bookstores, bestselling author James Patterson has begun distributing the funds. Publishers Weekly reports... Read more
 

Israel regulates book sales x

In Israel, a law has come into effect that attempts to lower book prices, increase competition and break the duopoly of bookstore chains Steimatzky and... Read more
 

Marra, Finkel win inaugural Carla Furstenberg Cohen Literary Prize x

In the US, a new literary prize to honour the memory of Washington DC bookstore Politics & Prose co-founder Carla Cohen has been announced by... Read more
 

‘Reader’s Digest’ UK sold for £1

In the UK, Reader’s Digest magazine has been sold for just £1 (A$1.85), reports the Guardian. Private equity company Better Capital sold the business to venture... Read more
 

Bonnier launches adult nonfiction imprint for digitally enhanced titles x

In the UK, Bonnier has launched an adult nonfiction imprint for official or endorsed titles with digital enhancements, reports the Bookseller. Blink Publishing, which plans... Read more
 

International Library News x

US libraries to trial ebook-sharing software In the US, academic library members of the Greater Western Library Alliance will participate in a pilot program for... Read more
 

SLNSW responds to concerns over Mitchell Library with Q&A x

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has responded to a petition protesting changes to the Mitchell Library by publishing a Q&A on its... Read more
 

Children’s Book Festival at SLV 2014 program announced

The program for the 2014 Children’s Book Festival, an event co-hosted by the Wheeler Centre and the State Library of Victoria (SLV), has been announced. The... Read more
 

International Library News x

OCLC Introduces WorldCat Discovery Services Library bibliographic provider the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) has announced that WorldCat Discovery Services (WDS) will be launched in March,... Read more
 

In brief x

SLV wins multiple categories in 2013 Arts Portfolio Leadership Awards The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has won multiple awards in the 2013 Arts Portfolio Leadership Awards, which... Read more
 

Australian, NZ libraries and schools to participate in third Big Library Read project x

Australian and New Zealand libraries and schools are again participating in the Big Library Read project run by ebook provider OverDrive. The latest version of... Read more
 

Victorian library receives Pierre Gorman Award for autism project x

Campaspe Regional Library in Echuca, Victoria, has been awarded the $24,480 Pierre Gorman Award for its ‘Being Connected—Libraries and Autism’ project. First awarded in 1997, the... Read more
 

SLNSW state librarian responds to Mitchell Library petition x

The state librarian at the State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW), Alex Byrne, has responded to a petition protesting changes to the Mitchell Library.... Read more
 

Authentic expansion: Susanne Horman tells the story of Robinsons Bookshop x

From its first store in Frankston’s Central Carpark to its forthcoming outlet in the Emporium Melbourne shopping complex, Robinsons Bookshop has come a long way.... Read more
 

Reprints: a reality check x

For booksellers who find themselves with insufficient stock to keep up with customer demand, the wait for reprinted titles can be excruciating. In the latest... Read more
 

Annie Boyd’s ‘Koombana Days’ x

A century ago, there weren’t many roads in Australia, and outside the main cities and the south-eastern states, what railways there were tended to run... Read more
 

Tonya Alexandra’s ‘Nymph: The Love Oracles Book 1’ x

When star nymph Merope is banished from Olympus for spurning the advances of her would-be suitor Orion, she can’t imagine ever fitting into this strange... Read more
 

Inbooks to cease distribution for Liverpool University Press x

Agency: Liverpool University PressISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: N/AChangeover date: 30/04/14Returns cutoff: 30/04/14                   (See classified.)
 

Byng promoted at HarperCollins x

Chren Byng has been promoted to the role of associate publisher of ABC Children’s Books at HarperCollins Australia. Byng, who has worked for HarperCollins in... Read more
 

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