Weekly Book Newsletter
5 March 2014

John Marsden’s ‘The Year My Life Broke’ x

Twelve-year-old Josh is highly unimpressed when his family packs up and moves to Tarrawagga, the most boring town in Australia. Determined not to enjoy himself... 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

Random House launches teen writing comp with Movellas.com, Sony x

Random House has partnered with online writing community Movellas.com and the Sony Reader Store to launch a writing competition for Australian teen writers. The Sony... Read more

Galleguillos joins ILF board x

Teacher and Indigenous education specialist Sharon Galleguillos has joined the board of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), replacing Martin Nakata, who has finished his directorship.... Read more

NZSA Auckland Museum library grants 2014 recipients announced x

The New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) and the Auckland Museum have announced the recipients of this year’s NZSA Auckland Museum Library Research Grants. Christchurch... Read more

Tarneit library construction loses Federal Government funding x

The Federal Government has pulled $1 million of funding from the construction of a new $6.95 million library in Tarneit in Victoria, reports the Herald Sun.  ... Read more

International Library News x

UK public library elending pilot announced In the UK, the Publishers Association (PA) and the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) have announced a year-long public... 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

On dropping the C-format paperback x

‘In my opinion a C-format at more than $30 is overpriced. I know the reasons for the prices of books in this country but the... 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

New address for The Bookshop Darwin x

The Bookshop Darwin is relocating from its current address at Shop T18, The Galleria, Smith Street, Darwin. The store will re-open on 10 March at... Read more

New appointments at S&S x

At Simon & Schuster, Anna O’Grady has been appointed marketing and publicity manager, replacing Greg Tilney; Georgina Rhodes has been appointed to the newly created position... Read more

Galleguillos joins ILF board x

Teacher and Indigenous education specialist Sharon Galleguillos has joined the board of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), replacing Martin Nakata who has finished his directorship.... Read more

Flux appointed ‘Voiceworks’ editor x

Express Media has announced that Elizabeth Flux has been appointed as the new editor of the Voiceworks journal. Flux will start in the position in... 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. Byng, who has worked for HarperCollins in... Read more

Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript 2014: entries open x

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript 2014 is calling for submissions. Entry is open to all Victorian writers who have not previously... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Copyediting workshop x

Society of Editors (NSW) will hold a one-day workshop on copyediting fiction presented by editor Nicola O’Shea. Participants will be able to practise and refine their... Read more

‘Australia: Small Book, Big Island’ x

Due to increasing demand for our travel size photo gift book: Australia: Small Book, Big Island, in addition to the 12 copy packs Thames & Hudson will now be releasing single copies— ISBN 9780987392725 A$19.95 RRP.

Along with your book orders don’t forget the free display bags ISBN 9789991308104. Order from ADS Tel: 02 43901300.


NewSouth to stop distributing Insight Publications x

From April 1 NewSouth Books will no longer distribute Insight Publications and its imprint Wild Dingo Press. NewSouth Books will accept returns until May 1. For distribution queries for Insight Publications please contact Insight Publications on (03) 8571 4950. For distribution queries for Wild Dingo Press please contact Dennis Jones & Associates on (03) 9762 9100


New Location for CoInfo x

Co Info Pty Ltd would like to advise our customers, publishers and suppliers that we have moved to a new office and warehouse address:

200A Rooks Road
Vermont, Victoria 3133, Australia

Please update your records accordingly. Our overseas freight forwarder details remain the same. Overseas suppliers should continue to send their deliveries to the appropriate Book Systems International (BSI) address.

Our phone, fax and email details remain unchanged. However, due to the move we have experienced a few technical issues and we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. Our customer care team are available on 03 9210 7777 to take your calls and will be the main point of contact as we work through the migration process.

We look forward to continuing to supply the Australian market across the library, academic and retail sectors.


Harlequin signs 7-book deal with Stephanie Laurens x

No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens and Harlequin MIRA are pleased to announce a groundbreaking, hybrid multi-book agreement that reflects the new dynamics of publishing.

The seven-figure deal, negotiated by Nancy Yost of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency and Tara Parsons, Editorial Director of Harlequin MIRA, consists of seven books: Three titles in the author’s signature Cynster family series—featuring the next generation of Cynsters—which the author will release in digital format, and which Harlequin MIRA will release simultaneously in print beginning in Fall 2014; additionally, four titles in a new historical romance quartet based in the same Regency world which will be released globally in both print and e-book by Harlequin MIRA.

Ms. Laurens applauded Harlequin on “their vision in embracing an innovative deal that balances the needs of both parties, reaching the widest possible audience and addressing many of the key factors influencing authors in this current publishing climate.”

Michelle Laforest, Vice President of Harlequin Asia Pacific says “I’m delighted to welcome Stephanie to the Harlequin family as a key author in our portfolio, and excited to be publishing her internationally bestselling titles in Australia.”

Laurens’s novels are set in the time period of the British Regency, and her settings range from Scotland to India. She has published over fifty books, including 31 New York Times bestsellers. An international bestseller, her works are continuously available in print and digital formats in English worldwide, and have been translated into many other languages.

“Stephanie Laurens’ is synonymous with historical romance,” says Loriana Sacilotto, Executive VP, Global Editorial at Harlequin. “Richly detailed, elegantly written, her books continue to delight her fans and attract new readers. We’re thrilled to move forward with Stephanie in this exciting partnership.”


Palgrave Macmillan/Taylor & Francis Group x

This is a reminder that effective 1 April 2014 Palgrave Macmillan will no longer represent the Taylor and Francis Group in ANZ. Backorders will be transferred so please ensure you review your backorder report prior to 31 March 2014.

Please note: all authorised returns will now be processed at Macmillan Distribution Services. MDS will continue processing return authorisations until 15 June 2014 and credits until 30 June 2014, for MDS invoiced stock only.


Inbooks to cease distribution for Liverpool University Press x

Inbooks would like to advise customers that we will cease distribution for Liverpool University Press on 30th April. Customer returns will be accepted by Inbooks until 30th April. For any inquiries, please contact Inbooks on 02 8988 5082 or orders@inbooks.com.au


HarperCollinsPublishers appoints new Associate Publisher of ABC Children’s Books x

ABC Books has appointed Chren Byng to the role of Associate Publisher, Children’s Books, replacing Tegan Morrison, who left the company at the end of 2013. Byng, who has been on maternity leave, rejoined the HarperCollins team in February and will be acquiring titles for children of all ages. Byng can contacted at chren.byng@harpercollins.com.au or on 02 9952 5496.




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