Weekly Book Newsletter
2 April 2014

Auckland Writers Festival 2014 program released x

The program for the 2014 Auckland Writers Festival, to be held from 14-18 May, has been released. The festival will feature over 140 international and local... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We’re confident that there’s a book in this shortlist for every young reader, whether they’re into fantastical worlds or real-life dramas, action-packed adventures or situational... Read more

Readings Children’s Book Prize 2014 shortlist announced

Independent Melbourne bookseller Readings has announced the shortlist for the inaugural Readings Children’s Book Prize. The shortlisted titles are: Song for a Scarlet Runner (Julie... Read more

US book sales up 1% in 2013 x

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has released the latest results from its StatShot program, which shows that US book sales increased by 1% from... Read more

Dymocks reveals 101 Club list for 2014 x

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Picador) has topped the Dymocks 101 Club list of the best 101 books of all time for 2014, as voted... Read more

Bologna: contemporary, realistic fiction in demand x

Nerrilee Weir, rights manager at Random House, reports from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair: The 2014 Bologna Children’s Book Fair felt a lot like the... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Black Inc. has sold Czech translation rights to Gazing at the Stars (Eva Slonim) to Mlada Fronta, and Slovak translation rights to Ikar. Zeitgeist... Read more

‘The Sex Lives of Australians’ named ACT Book of the Year

The Sex Lives of Australians: A History by Frank Bongiorno (Black Inc.) has been named the 2013 ACT Book of the Year. Bongiorno’s book was... Read more

Storylines NZ announces 2014 Notable Books List x

The Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust in New Zealand has announced its list of notable books for 2014. The Storylines 2014 Notable Books List was... Read more

Matiszik replaces Hodson at ABC Retail x

Anne Matiszik has replaced Renée Hodson as national buyer of books, audio and magazines at ABC Retail. ABC Retail buying manager Maureen Thompson told Books+Publishing that Matiszik started with... Read more

Crow Books owner purchases Fremantle’s New Edition x

Crow Books owner Alan Sheardown has purchased Fremantle’s New Edition Bookshop and will re-open the store in June. Sheardown told Books+Publishing that the new store... Read more

Writers selected for exchange program between EWF and BEWF x

Emerging writers from Australia and Indonesia have been selected for the 2014 Writers Exchange Project between the Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) in Australia and the Bali... Read more

Shearer’s bricks-and-mortar store to close

Shearer’s Bookshop in Leichhardt, Sydney, will close its bricks-and-mortar store on 31 May but will continue to operate as an online business. Shearer’s co-owner Barbara Horgan told... Read more

Moulton replaces Broun at Magabala x

Anna Moulton has been appointed the new CEO of Magabala Books.   Moulton, who takes up the role on 10 April, replaces former CEO Michelle Broun,... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

James Patterson’s Unlucky 13 (Century) has moved from outside the top 10 to take first spot in this week’s bestsellers chart. I Quit Sugar for Life (Sarah Wilson, Macmillan),... Read more

Australian ebook company among retailers suing Apple and publishers over agency pricing x

Australian ebook company DNAML is one of three retailers that have filed legal action against Apple and the five major publishers that were involved in... Read more

Lonely Planet partners with Scribd x

Lonely Planet has partnered with ebook subscription service Scribd to make all of its travel guides available to subscribers. The announcement marks the launch of... Read more

Oz, NZ romance authors nominated for 2014 RITA Awards x

A number of Australian and New Zealand authors have been nominated for the Romance Writers of America (RWA) 2014 RITA Awards. The RITA Awards, which... Read more

‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ wins Indie Book of the Year 2014

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Vintage) has been named Indie Book of the Year at the 2014 Indie Awards, presented... Read more

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

Crime fiction commissioned for ‘Fashion Detective’ exhibition x

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has commissioned short stories from several Australian crime writers for its forthcoming Fashion Detective exhibition. The exhibition, which runs from 9 May to 31... Read more

Vogel to be awarded this year x

Allen & Unwin will announce the winner of this year’s Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award on the evening of 22 April 2014, with the book to be... Read more

EWF announces festival ambassadors x

The Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) has announced its festival ambassadors for 2014. The five ‘established writers’, who will participate in a series of events at... Read more

Piper wins 2014 Calibre Prize x

Christine Piper has won the eighth Australian Book Review (ABR) Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay, for her essay ‘Unearthing the Past’. Piper’s essay was... Read more

‘EJ12 Girl Hero’ to be adapted for television

Susannah McFarlane’s young readers series ‘EJ12 Girl Hero’ (Lemonfizz Media) is to be adapted into a children’s television series. The series, which is expected to... Read more

Judge makes two key decisions in Apple ebook pricing case x

In the US, Judge Denise Cote has made two key rulings in the damages phase of Apple’s ebook pricing case, reports Publishers Weekly. In the... Read more

Kobo to offer children’s ebooks from Nickelodeon and Blue Apple Books x

Ebook retailer Kobo has made two separate announcements that it will sell children’s titles from Nickelodeon Publishing and Blue Apple Books on the Kobo platform,... Read more

Verso to offer print book, ebook bundles from own website x

UK publisher Verso will offer DRM-free print book and ebook bundles from its own website, reports the Bookseller. Launching on 8 April, the bundling offer... Read more

Tesco launches ebookstore x

UK supermarket chain Tesco has begun selling ebooks via its blinkbox digital entertainment platform, reports the Bookseller. The blinkbox books store, which can be accessed... 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

Hobsons Bay council scraps plans to exclude print books at new library x

Hobsons Bay City Council in Melbourne has scrapped plans to exclude print books from a new library’s collections, reports the Age. According to the Age,... Read more

In brief x

ACT to close mobile-library service Canberra’s mobile-library service will cease operations in July due to a decline in borrowing, reports the Canberra Times. The ACT... Read more

NLA and antiquarian booksellers to hold joint conference x

The National Library of Australia and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) will host a joint conference in Canberra on 19-20... 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

Nicky Stevens: Real issues in book retailing x

Nicky Stevens, owner of Manning Valley Books in NSW, says her bookshop is in danger of closing this year. She believes the Australian publishing industry ‘is on self-destruct’,... 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

Suzanne McCourt’s ‘The Lost Child’ x

This poignant and atmospheric debut novel set in a 1950s Australian fishing village is told from the perspective of Sylvie, who is five when the... 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

Springer Publishing distribution change x

Publisher: Springer Publishing CoISBN prefix: 97808261; 97809771Old distributor: Woodslane Pty LtdNew distributor: Footprint BooksChangeover date: 01/04/2014

Scion Publishing Ltd distribution change x

Publisher: Scion Publishing LtdISBN prefix: 97807506; 97809038; 97809553; 97809560; 97819048; 97819060; 97819079; 97819086; 97885367Old distributor: Palgrave MacmillanNew distributor: Footprint BooksChangeover date: 01/04/2014

Demos Medical Publishing distribution change x

Publisher: Demos Medical PublishingISBN prefix: 97809399; 97816207; 97818887; 97819326; 97819338; 97819362; 97819363Old distributor: Woodslane Pty LtdNew distributor: Footprint BooksChangeover date: 01/04/2014

Matiszik replaces Hodson at ABC Retail x

Anne Matiszik has replaced Renée Hodson as national buyer of books, audio and magazines at ABC Retail. (See news.)

Moulton replaces Broun at Magabala x

Anna Moulton has been appointed the new CEO of Magabala Books. She replaces former CEO Michelle Broun, who left the position in October 2013. (See... Read more

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

Society of Editors (NSW): Copyediting fiction workshop x

Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. presents a one-day Copyediting Fiction workshop on Friday, 4 April, presented by Nicola O’Shea. In this workshop, editor Nicola O’Shea... Read more

Dymocks Children’s Charities Great Debate x

The 2014 Dymocks Children’s Charities Great Debate will raise much-needed funds to assist Australian children-in-need around improve their literacy standards. This year’s ambassadors, Rob Carlton and Adam Spencer,... 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

MUP March/April New Releases – A Celebration of Australian Art x

Australian Art: A History by Sasha Grishin. 9780522856521 print RRP $175.00. A comprehensive and definitive history of Australian Art … Publicity highlights so far: Print: The Age... Read more

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