Weekly Book Newsletter
26 March 2014

Quote of the week x

‘In today’s highly competitive and technological world, Quercus’ board believes that publishers will best fulfil their potential by being part of a larger and more... Read more

Penguin, McGrath Foundation to launch second series of Pink Popular Penguins

Penguin Books Australia will publish a second series of Pink Popular Penguins to raise money for the McGrath Foundation. Penguin will publish eight new Pink... Read more

Ebooks account for 25% of sales at Harlequin Asia Pacific in 2013 x

Digital sales grew by more than 50% at Harlequin Asia Pacific in 2013 and now account for 25% of the publisher’s total sales, reports regional... Read more

Walker Books Australia wins Bologna Prize for children’s publishing x

Walker Books Australia has won the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Oceania category. The publisher was chosen from a... Read more

Staff changes at ‘Books+Publishing’ x

The editorial team that produces the Weekly Book Newsletter, Books+Publishing Daily newsletter and Books+Publishing magazine is undergoing some changes. News editor Eloise Keating is leaving... Read more

Giveaway: Peppa Pig and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom DVDs x

Hopscotch is releasing two DVDs on 9 April for children aged under five. Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party DVD contains 10 entertaining piggy tales about... Read more

Dunedin submits UNESCO City of Literature bid

Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand has applied to become a UNESCO City of Literature. Dunedin mayor Dave Cull submitted the city’s application... Read more

Newcastle Writers Festival program announced x

The program for the second annual Newcastle Writers Festival is now available online. The festival, which will be held on 4-6 April, will be opened... Read more

Kent, Foxlee nominated for 2014 Indie Choice Book Awards in the US x

Books by Australian authors Hannah Kent and Karen Foxlee are among the titles nominated for this year’s Indies Choice Book Awards, presented by the American... Read more

Australian Romance Readers Awards 2013 winners announced

Newcomer Kylie Scott was named Favourite Australian Romance Author at the Australian Romance Readers Awards in Sydney on 22 March. Scott was selected from a shortlist... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

I Quit Sugar for Life (Sarah Wilson, Macmillan) is at the top of the bestsellers chart for the third week in a row, followed by The... Read more

Penguin, ILF shortlisted for inaugural LBF International Book Industry Excellence Awards x

Penguin Australia and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) are among the finalists for the inaugural London Book Fair (LBF) International Book Industry Excellence Awards. The awards,... Read more

Stella Prize 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the second Stella Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Burial Rites (Hannah Kent, Picador) Night Games (Anna Krien, Black Inc.)... Read more

Inky Awards 2014 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2014 Inky Awards have been announced. The awards are presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘There is little recent research on Australian children’s leisure reading preferences and no research on Australian children’s online and digital reading preferences’—One of the findings... Read more

Ashurst Business Literature Prize 2013 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Ashurst Business Literature Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Shark’s Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature Is Inspiring Innovation (Jay... Read more

Program announced for 2014 SCBWI Conference in Sydney x

Program details have been announced for the 2014 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Australia East/New Zealand Conference, to be held in Sydney... Read more

Hachette and QWC partner on online novel-writing course x

Hachette Australia and the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) have teamed up to present an online novel-writing course for emerging writers, called Year of the Novel... Read more

New Australian Children’s Poetry website launches

A new website dedicated to Australian children’s poetry has launched. Australian Children’s Poetry was launched by author Dianne Bates on 15 March. The website, which... Read more

Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing expands to New Zealand x

The Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing has opened up submissions to New Zealand students for its 2014 award. The award for emerging literary writers, presented... Read more

MC announced for 2014 ABIAs x

Satirist and musician Casey Bennetto will host this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). Bennetto, who has previously hosted several Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, said... Read more

Barbro Lindgren wins 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award x

Swedish author and illustrator Barbro Lindgren is the recipient of the 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s richest prize for children’s and young adult... Read more

Hodder to purchase Quercus x

Hodder, a division of Hachette UK, has announced plans to purchase UK independent publisher Quercus several months after the company was put up for sale,... Read more

Amazon, Apple and Google must pay UK taxes from 2015 x

Multinational corporations such as Amazon, Apple and Google will no longer be able to avoid paying 20% value-added tax (VAT) on online sales within the UK... Read more

Hans Christian Andersen Awards 2014 winners announced x

The 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Awards, presented by the International Board of Books for Young People (IBBY), have been awarded to author Nahoko Uehashi from... Read more

Kobo challenge delays implementation of ebook agency-pricing agreement in Canada x

The implementation of an agreement between the Competition Bureau of Canada and Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster regarding the use of agency pricing... Read more

‘How to Poo on a Date’ wins Diagram Award x

In the UK, How to Poo on a Date (Mats & Enzo, Carlton Books) has won the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year,... Read more

Thatcher bio wins Political Book of the Year Award x

Margaret Thatcher: The Authorised Biography, Volume One: Not for Turning by Charles Moore (Allen Lane) has won the Political Book of the Year Award, worth... Read more

Nook Press expands to multiple European countries x

Barnes & Noble has announced that its self-publishing platform Nook Press is now available outside the US for use by authors and publishers in the UK, France,... Read more

Arthur C Clarke Award 2014 shortlist announced x

In the UK, the shortlist for this year’s Arthur C Clarke Award for science fiction has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Disestablishment of Paradise... Read more

Penguin Random House to acquire trade businesses of Spanish-language publisher Santillana x

In a move that it says will ‘significantly’ boost its presence in Spain and Latin America, Penguin Random House has signed agreements to acquire the... Read more

Carnegie, Greenaway 2014 shortlists announced x

The shortlists 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

POD supplier launches Great British Bookshop as alternative to Amazon x

In a bid to offer an alternative to Amazon that champions and supports independent publishers, Print on Demand Worldwide (POD-W) has launched a new online... Read more

Netherlands and Flanders announced as joint Guests of Honour at 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair x

The Netherlands will join with Flanders, the Dutch-speaking region of Northern Belgium, as joint Guests of Honour at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more

New online library for architecture and construction industries announced x

A new online library for resources relating to Building Information Modelling (BIM) will be developed by the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) and the Australian... Read more

In brief x

NSLA develops new position statement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander library services The Indigenous project group of National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) has... Read more

NSW library association launches funding campaign x

The New South Wales Public Library Association has launched a campaign calling for increased state government funding of public libraries in NSW, which it says... Read more

International Library News x

‘Library Journal’ publishes list of 2014 ‘Movers and Shakers’ In the US, Library Journal has released this year’s ‘Movers and Shakers’ list of influential library... Read more

Voting underway in search for Australia’s Favourite Library x

Voting has commenced in this year’s search for Australia’s Favourite Library, conducted by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) in the lead-up to Library... Read more

ALIA adopts open access statement x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has adopted a statement in support of open access, listing the ‘free flow of information and ideas through... Read more

In brief x

ALIA National Conference program announced The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has released the program for its National Conference, which runs from 15-19 September. Keynote... Read more

International Library News x

Report finds two-thirds of Americans engaged with public libraries The Pew Research Center in Washington DC has released a report on library use in the... Read more

Business smarts: changing business models in publishing x

How are publishers big and small adapting to the changing publishing landscape? Simon & Schuster, Affirm Press, Text Publishing and Editia tell Books+Publishing about recent... Read more

Angela Meyer: tips on chairing panels and interviewing authors x

Long-time writers’ festival attendee and chair Angela Meyer argues that the ‘general standard’ of author events can be better, and offers some tips on chairing... Read more

Trader Faulkner’s ‘Inside Trader’ x

Born in Sydney—to a Ballets Russes ballerina improbably named Sheila and a larrikin silent-movie actor, John—young Ronald Faulkner earned his sobriquet after trading back his... Read more

Amra Pajalic & Demet Divaroren’s ‘Coming of Age’ x

Coming of Age is the kind of book that will change how readers look at the world, at others and themselves. This anthology of real-life stories... Read more

Lynne Rienner distribution change x

Publisher: Lynne RiennerISBN prefix: 978089410; 9780931477; 978155587; 978156549; 978158826; 978162637Old distributor: Palgrave MacmillanNew distributor: CoInfoChangeover date: 01/04/2014Returns cutoff: 15/04/2014

Gelfer leaves RMIT Publishing x

RMIT Publishing editorial specialist Joseph Gelfer has left the organisation after six years. Gelfer’s role included managing the RMIT University Press imprint and product development... Read more

Staff changes at ‘Books+Publishing’ x

The editorial team that produces the Weekly Book Newsletter, Books+Publishing Daily newsletter and Books+Publishing magazine is undergoing some changes. News editor Eloise Keating is leaving... Read more

Grigg joins Scribe x

Scribe Publications has announced that Jenny Grigg has joined the company in the role of art director, replacing Miriam Rosenbloom who has commenced maternity leave.... Read more

Walkley Foundation seeking speakers for Storyology festival x

The Walkley Foundation for Journalism is seeking speakers for its four-day Storyology festival running from 1-4 December in Sydney. Prospective speakers may be writers, storytellers,... Read more

Australian Publishers Association: Nominations for Pixie O’Harris; ABIA nominations and lots of BookTalk x

Friday 28 March is your last chance to nominate for the Best Books Categories in the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). Nominations for the Business... Read more

Call for nominations: NSW Premier’s History Awards 2014 x

Nominations for the NSW Premier’s History Awards 2014 are now open. A total of $75,000 in prize money will be presented to the winners at... Read more

Grigg joins Scribe x

Jenny Grigg has joined Scribe as Art Director in a maternity leave position covering Miriam Rosenbloom. Grigg, an internationally acclaimed designer, will be responsible for... Read more

‘The Motorcycle Diaries’ distributed by NewSouth Books x

Che Guevara’s best-selling The Motorcycle Diaries, the book of the popular movie, is now distributed by NewSouth Books (www.newsouthbooks.com.au). For all other titles from Ocean... Read more

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