Weekly Book Newsletter
16 April 2014

Quote of the week x

‘Publishers and booksellers face an inherent paradox: they offer specialized skills in a world where everyone can now publish and sell a book’—Foong Ling Kong... Read more
 

Copyright Agency boosts funding to Reading Australia website x

The Copyright Agency has allocated an additional half a million dollars from its Cultural Fund to expand its Reading Australia website. The website, which was launched... Read more
 

SPN publishing conference dates, venue announced x

The Small Press Network’s Independent Publishing Conference will be held in Sydney from 13-14 November. The organisation’s third annual conference, and its first outside Melbourne,... Read more
 

ILF launches new children’s reading app with Chatty Kidz x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) and app developer Chatty Kidz have launched a new children’s reading app. The app, which is available to download for free,... Read more
 

Co-op to take over Curtin University bookshop x

The Co-op campus bookshop has announced it will take over the main bookshop and retail outlet at Curtin University in Western Australia. The bookshop was... Read more
 

Penguin Random House results x

Bertelsmann, which owns 53% of the recently merged entity Penguin Random House, has released its annual financial report. The report ‘reflects a full year of... Read more
 

RiP Doris Pilkington Garimara x

Author Doris Pilkington Garimara has died, aged 76. University of Queensland Press writes: ‘Indigenous writer Doris Pilkington Garimara passed away peacefully on April 10, surrounded... Read more
 

RiP Sue Townsend x

British author Sue Townsend has died, aged 68. Townsend was the creator of the bestselling ‘Adrian Mole’ series, beginning with The Secret Diary of Adrian... Read more
 

Text Publishing celebrates 20 years x

Text Publishing is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The Melbourne-based publisher will mark the occasion at its Melbourne Writers Festival party, which publisher Michael... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold the film/TV option to Anna Krien’s Night Games to Samantha Lang at Wild Light Films. Children’s—Hardie Grant Egmont and Little Hare has... Read more
 

Galley Club to continue, MacDonald interim president x

After a general meeting held last week, it appears the publishing and printing association the Galley Club will continue to operate. The club, which was... Read more
 

APA restructures office x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) CEO Michael Gordon-Smith has confirmed the organisation has made changes to its office staffing. Industry professional development manager Dee Read, manager... Read more
 

Quirky Oz titles in demand at LBF 2014

This year’s London Book Fair, which wound up on 10 April, was ‘undeniably buzzy’, with international publishers ‘keen to mine Australian lists for the next... Read more
 

New Australia Council editing and mid-list author grants awarded

The successful applicants for two new Australia Council for the Arts grants for Australian editors and for Australian publishers of mid-list authors have been announced.... Read more
 

Vogel shortlist announced

The titles shortlisted for this year’s Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award have been announced. The shortlisted titles, chosen from 100 entries, are: The Collapse (Aidan Anderson) Dream... Read more
 

Leading Edge Books Benalla to close x

Leading Edge Books Benalla in country Victoria will close in May. The bookstore was opened in May 1999 by Ron Schulz and his wife Bev. At its... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

TV chef Pete Evans’ cookbook Healthy Every Day (Plum) has moved from outside the top 10 last week to first place in this week’s bestsellers chart, ahead of I... Read more
 

Kibble and Dobbie Awards 2014 longlists announced

The longlists for this year’s Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards have been announced. The longlisted titles for the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award, which recognises the... Read more
 

Wordstorm 2014 program released x

The program for the Northern Territory writers festival Wordstorm 2014 has been released. Running in Darwin from 29 May to 1 June, the festival will... Read more
 

Melbourne photography centre opens bookshop with Perimeter Books x

In Melbourne, the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), along with bookseller and publisher Perimeter Books, has opened a new bookshop specialising in art and photography books. The... Read more
 

De Kretser shortlisted for 2014 IMPAC Dublin Award x

Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser (A&U) has been shortlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. De Kretser’s novel is one of 10... Read more
 

Hopkins and Winter launch new publishing company x

Former HarperCollins nonfiction publisher Roz Hopkins and former HarperCollins book designer Natalie Winter have launched the new publishing company Captain Honey. Hopkins told Books+Publishing she... Read more
 

Oz, NZ festival of literature and arts events announced, tickets on sale x

The ‘first wave of events’ for the inaugural Australian and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts in London have been announced and tickets are... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘You’ve managed to completely remove romance from the festival’—romance reader and reviewer Gabby bemoans the lack of romance programming in the 2014 Sydney Writers’ Festival in an... Read more
 

CBCA Awards 2014 shortlists announced x

As reported in a Books+Publishing special bulletin, the shortlists for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been... Read more
 

Penguin, ILF winners at LBF International Book Industry Excellence Awards x

Penguin Australia and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) are among the winners at the inaugural London Book Fair (LBF) International Book Industry Excellence Awards. Penguin... Read more
 

Fullers Launceston for sale x

Independent Tasmanian bookseller Fullers Bookshop Launceston is on the market. Owner Clive Tilsley told Books+Publishing the decision to sell the Launceston business was made ‘purely... Read more
 

Random House to publish competition winner in ebook collection x

Random House Australia has announced a romance fiction competition, with the winner to be published in an ebook collection by the company. Random House is... Read more
 

‘Overland’ launches Story Wine Prize x

Literary journal Overland has launched a new short story prize. The Overland Story Wine Prize is for original short fiction of up to 1000 words in length. The... Read more
 

New ABA Conference closing speaker announced x

Writer, actor and comedian Shaun Micallef will replace Richard Flanagan as the closing keynote speaker at this year’s Australian Booksellers Associated (ABA) conference. The ABA... Read more
 

Lonely Planet develops travel accessories range x

Lonely Planet has developed a range of travel accessories that are now available for sale in bookstores. Branded with the Lonely Planet logo, the items include neck pillows,... Read more
 

‘Reader’s Digest’ pulls novel after LA Larkin refuses Chinese censorship x

Reader’s Digest has pulled LA Larkin’s Thirst (Pier 9) from an anthology of condensed novels after a Chinese printing company refused to print the book... Read more
 

Preston shortlisted for International Thriller Writers award x

Australian author Luke Preston has been shortlisted for a 2014 International Thriller Writers (ITW) award for Out of Exile (Momentum). Preston’s novel has been nominated... Read more
 

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014 shortlist announced x

In the UK, the shortlist for the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim, translated... Read more
 

Up to 18 jobs at risk at Random House Children’s Publishers UK x

In the UK, up to 18 jobs at Random House Children’s Publishers (RHCP) are at risk of redundancy, reports the Bookseller. According to the Bookseller,... Read more
 

Amazon rumoured to release 3D smartphone in June x

Amazon is preparing to release a 3D smartphone in June and will start shipping phones by the end of September, reports the Wall Street Journal. According... Read more
 

Norway’s top four publishers under investigation for anti-competitive practices x

Norway’s four largest publishing houses are being investigated for a possible breach of competition law, reports the Bookseller. On 15 April, the Konkurransetilsynet (The Norwegian... Read more
 

Pulitzer Prize 2014 winners announced x

The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced in New York City on 14 April. The winner in the Fiction category was The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt... Read more
 

Amazon signs agreement with Swedish database company x

Amazon has signed an agreement with Swedish database company Bokrondellen that gives Amazon access to metadata from most of the publishing houses in Sweden, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more
 

Chinese bookstore to open 24 hours thanks to government assistance x

In China, Sanlian Taofen Bookstore (STB) has become Beijing’s first 24-hour bookstore with the help of government subsidies and a tax reduction, reports the People’s Daily.... Read more
 

Authors Guild files appeal in Google book-scanning case x

In the US, the Authors Guild has filed an appeal in its long-running copyright infringement lawsuit against Google over its book-scanning project, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more
 

Thwaites Wainwright Prize shortlist announced x

In the UK, the shortlist for the inaugural Thwaites Wainwright Prize has been announced by publisher Frances Lincoln and the National Trust. The £5000 (A$8900)... Read more
 

Africa39 project authors announced x

The line-up of authors for Africa39, a project that celebrates 39 fiction authors aged under 40 from Africa and its diaspora, was announced this week... Read more
 

Amazon acquires digital comics platform comiXology x

Amazon has acquired comiXology, a digital comics platform ‘that has been instrumental in driving the growth and popularity of digital comics’, reports Publishers Weekly. The... Read more
 

Blackwell’s announces ‘digital learning service’ for students x

In the UK, academic bookselling chain Blackwell’s has announced a new ‘digital learning service’ for students, reports the Bookseller. Unveiled at the London Book Fair... Read more
 

Shatzkin, McCarthy launch new digital marketing business x

In the US, publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin and digital marketer Peter McCarthy have launched a new digital marketing business for publishers and authors, The Logical... Read more
 

PubMatch unveils rights sales function x

PubMatch, an international book rights database founded by Publishers Weekly and Combined Book Exhibit, has unveiled its new rights sales function at the London Book... Read more
 

S&S to publish collection of TED Books x

In the US, Simon & Schuster has announced a partnership with TED Conferences to co-publish a 12-book collection of TED Books, said S&S in a... Read more
 

In brief x

Brisbane City Council Libraries releases annual book club list Brisbane City Council Libraries has released its annual Top 40 Book Club Reads to help book clubs... Read more
 

SLNSW revises plan for changes to Mitchell Library x

In response to community feedback, the State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has announced a revised plan for its forthcoming changes to the Mitchell Library. According... Read more
 

International Library News x

ALA names top 10 most ‘challenged’ books in US libraries for 2013 The American Library Association (ALA) has released its list of the top 10 most ‘challenged’ books... Read more
 

ALIA releases report on international elending initiatives x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has released a report on public library elending initiatives around the word. The Elending Landscape Report 2014, which... Read more
 

International Library News x

Four libraries to reopen in Newcastle In the UK, four libraries in Newcastle, England, are set to reopen, reports the Bookseller. In early March, Newcastle... Read more
 

Bendigo TAFE library staff cuts include Vic Librarian of the Year x

Five staff at the Bendigo TAFE library in regional Victoria were made redundant in November, including a staffer who was named Victorian Librarian of the... Read more
 

In brief x

Mitchell Library petition attracts over 9000 signatures An online petition protesting changes to the Mitchell Library at the State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has attracted... Read more
 

The pros and cons of book extracts x

‘Extracts can be both a blessing and a curse. They only really work for nonfiction and then they mustn’t take the heart of the story... Read more
 

Made for Mum: Mother’s Day 2014 titles x

Books on offer this Mother’s Day include inspirational memoirs, colourful picture books, dramatic debut novels, stylish coffee-table books and rural romances. As Brad Jefferies reports, booksellers... Read more
 

Catherine Jinks’ ‘Saving Thanehaven’ x

Saving Thanehaven has possibly the strangest premise of any recent teen book: the protagonists are characters in computer games. The antagonist is a virus named... Read more
 

Will Elliott’s ‘Inside Out’ x

What begins as a story about Denton, an utterly unremarkable and unsuccessful young man, and his encounter with a bizarre new age cult, turns into... Read more
 

Changes at ‘Griffith REVIEW’ x

Susan Hornbeck has replaced Erica Sontheimer as associate publisher at the Griffith REVIEW. Hornbeck was previously a publicist for UQP and was formerly publicity manager... Read more
 

Parkhill joins EWF as programming coordinator x

Writer, editor and arts worker Chad Parkhill has joined the Emerging Writers’ Festival as programming coordinator for the 2014 festival. Parkhill was festival manager for... Read more
 

Allington joins ‘Transnational Literature’ x

Author, critic and lecturer Patrick Allington has been appointed book reviews editor at Transnational Literature, a digital journal published by the Flinders Institute for Research in... Read more
 

Society of Editors (NSW) May Presentation x

Rex Finch will talk about the 20-year history of Finch Publishing at a Society of Editors presentation in May. Topics include how to find your... Read more

Online Bookshop URLs for sale x

Suite of URLs: betweenReads.com.au lawbooks.com.au medicalbookstore.com.au universitybookshop.com.au   These would best suit an existing online business who wants to top up their own online business.... Read more

Hachette Australia Congratulates Max Barry, Shaun Tan and Peter Gouldthorpe x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Max Barry on Lexicon winning best Science-fiction novel in the 2013 Aurealis Awards. We also congratulate our shortlisted authors... Read more

Availability of Allen & Unwin CBCA Shortlisted titles x

Congratulations to the Allen & Unwin authors and illustrators whose books have been shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year... Read more

It all started with a tweet … Robyn Cadwallader’s ‘The Anchoress’ to be published in 2015 x

Fourth Estate Australia has been successful in its bid to publish The Anchoress by an exciting new Australian – and soon to be international –... Read more

Working Title Press x

Working Title Press congratulates the following authors and illustrators on being short-listed for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards 2014: Picture Books Category The... Read more

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