Weekly Book Newsletter
5 March 2014

New Australian schools book club launched x

A new schools book club created to showcase Australian books has launched in New South Wales and Queensland. The Redgum Book Club will allow parents and students to... Read more

Ebook sales up at Hachette in 2013 x

Hachette Australia has recorded an increase in ebook sales in 2013, with CEO Matt Richell reporting growth in ebook sales of 27%. Ebooks now account for... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Publishers need to make a big hit with the first novel … There is no longer a sense of publishers nurturing authors’—The Age literary editor Jason... Read more

New appointments at S&S x

Simon & Schuster has announced a number of new appointments. Anna O’Grady has joined the publisher as marketing and publicity manager, beginning on 24 March.... Read more

Additional Australian Curriculum subject areas available online x

The Australian Curriculum for the subject areas of the arts, health and physical education, technologies, economics and business, and civics and citizenship for foundation year to... Read more

International marketplaces, territoriality discussed at VIP industry forum x

This year’s Adelaide Writers’ Week included the annual Visiting International Publishers (VIP) program, which offers Australian publishers the opportunity to meet with international publishers and editors.... Read more

Dymocks Collins Place to close

Dymocks Collins Place in Melbourne’s CBD will close on 7 March after almost 20 years of trading. The store, which is located near the larger Dymocks store at 234 Collins... Read more

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the public holiday next Monday in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, the Weekly Book Newsletter will... Read more

RiP Charlotte Dawson x

Author, television presenter and model Charlotte Dawson has died, aged 47. Dawson is the author of two memoirs: Charlotte’s Secrets: Advice I Wish I’d Taken... Read more

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2014 winners announced

Frank Moorhouse has won the overall Premier’s Award, worth $25,000, in the 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature for the third book in his ‘Edith’... Read more

38,500 attend Perth Writers Festival; ‘On the Trail of Genghis Khan’ tops bestseller list x

Around 38,500 people attended this year’s Perth Writers Festival (PWF), up from around 36,000 in 2013, with the festival recording a 30% increase in ticket... Read more

New Jewish writers’ festival for Melbourne x

A new writers’ festival celebrating Jewish literature will be held in Melbourne later this year. The inaugural Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival will be held from 31... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Blockbuster film adaptations continue to dominate the bestsellers chart, with this week’s top three titles unchanged for the third week in a row. The film tie-in of... Read more

Asialink 2014 arts residencies announced x

The University of Melbourne’s Asialink program has announced the recipients of its 2014 Arts Residencies, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts. Writers receiving... Read more

ALS Gold Medal 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2014 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: What Was Left (Eleanor Limprecht, Sleepers) An Elegant... Read more

2014 Leading Edge Books Conference: guest speakers announced; registrations open x

The 2014 Leading Edge Books Conference, to be held at the Langham Hotel in Melbourne from 16-17 May, will feature a keynote address by Simon Dell,... Read more

‘The Last Eaglehawk’ wins Random House National Seniors Literary Prize 2014 x

Queensland writer Bruce Gannaway has won the 2014 Random House National Seniors Literary Prize for his novel The Last Eaglehawk. Gannaway wins a $2000 cash... Read more

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

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

Golden Kite Awards 2014 winners announced x

In the US, the winners of the 2014 Golden Kite Awards for children’s book authors and illustrators have been announced. Better Nate than Ever (Tim... Read more

Ingram acquires etextbook platform CourseSmart x

In the US, Ingram Content Group’s Vital Source Technologies business has acquired the assets of CourseSmart, an etextbook platform founded by Macmillan, Cengage, John Wiley,... Read more

New S&S website to highlight backlist titles x

Simon & Schuster has launched a new website and email service that will promote backlist titles from all publishing houses, reports Publishers Weekly. The Off... Read more

Amazon Publishing seeks staff in the UK x

In the UK, Amazon Publishing has said it wants to build ‘the world’s most author-centric publishing house’ according to job descriptions it has posted in... Read more

UK Independent Publishing Awards winners announced x

The UK’s Independent Publishers Guild has announced the winners of this year’s Independent Publishing Awards at its annual conference in Oxford, reports the Bookseller. Children’s publisher Usborne... Read more

Former Book Depository MD to launch new online bookstore

Former managing director of the Book Depository Kieron Smith has announced plans to launch a new online bookselling business, reports the Bookseller. Smith, who left... Read more

Wellcome Book Prize 2014 shortlist announced x

In the UK, the shortlist for this year’s Wellcome Book Prize, presented for books about health and medicine, has been announced. The shortlisted titles are:... Read more

NoViolet Bulawayo wins inaugural Etisalat Prize for debut African literature x

NoViolet Bulawayo has won the inauagural Etisalat Prize for Literature, presented for debut fiction by African writers, for her novel We Need New Names (Chatto... Read more

Thomas King wins Canadian nonfiction award x

In Canada, Thomas King has won the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Nonfiction, worth C$40,000 (A$40,076), for The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in... 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

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

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

NewSouth to end distribution of Insight x

Publisher: Insight Publications (including Wild Dingo Press)ISBN prefix: 9781875882; 9781920693; 9781921088; 9781921411; 9781922004; 9781922150; 9781922243; 9781925134; 97809807570; 97809871785; 97809873811; 97809873813Old distributor: NewSouth BooksNew distributor: Insight will... 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.)

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 &... Read more

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.... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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