Weekly Book Newsletter
12 June 2014

NZ bookstore Atlantis Books expands x

New Zealand bookstore Atlantis Books, based in the North Island town of Rotorua, is expanding its business to the neighbouring town of Tokoroa, reports Booksellers NZ.... Read more

Over 14,000 attend EWF 2014

Over 14,000 people attended the 2014 Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF), the second festival under director Sam Twyford-Moore, breaking last year’s box office and attendance records.... Read more

Digital press ideePOP launched x

A new digital press specialising in longform nonfiction has launched. ideePOP is the brainchild of Simon Clews, director of Melbourne University’s Writing Centre for Scholars... Read more

RiP Eric Hill x

Writer, illustrator and ‘Spot the Dog’ creator Eric Hill has died, aged 86. Francesca Dow, managing director of Penguin Random House UK Children’s, writes: ‘Eric Hill was a... Read more

RWA ‘Ruby’ award finalists announced

The finalists for the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Romantic Book of the Year award, known as ‘the Ruby’, have been announced. The finalists in... Read more

Australian publisher of ‘Fifty Shades’ subject of US lawsuit

Two American women are suing Australian Amanda Hayward for a share in profits from E L James’ bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Hayward is... Read more

Copyright Agency extends WrICE funding until 2017

The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund has announced it will continue its funding of RMIT University’s Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange (WrICE) program until 2017.  The... Read more

LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2014 finalists announced

The finalists in the 2014 LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) Children’s Book Awards have been announced. The judges this year selected... Read more

Australians on Frank O’Connor short story award longlist

Five Australians have been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. The Australians longlisted are Tony Birch for The Promise (UQP), Catherine McNamara... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Cassandra Clare’s City of Heavenly Fire (Walker Books), the sixth and final novel in the ‘Mortal Instruments’ series, has debuted at number one on this week’s... Read more

Australian software company’s suit against Apple and publishers to go ahead x

In the US, judge Denise Cote has refused to dismiss an antitrust suit filed by Australian ebook software company DNAML against Apple and the five... Read more

Ditmar Awards ballot 2014 winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Ditmar Awards ballot have been announced. The winners include: Best novel Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead (Robert Hood, Wildside)... Read more

Wheelers among 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours list

The 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List has been announced, with Lonely Planet founders Maureen and Tony Wheeler both awarded Officer in the General Division (AO) for... Read more

Byron Bay Writers’ Festival launches 2014 program

The Byron Bay Writers’ Festival has launched its 2014 program. Joining international guest Jeanette Winterson, who was previously announced as the festival’s keynote speaker, are... Read more

ABA forms data and supply chain committee

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has formed a new committee to work through data and supply chain issues. Members of the committee are: Jon Page... Read more

SA Writers Centre, Writing Australia launch Digital Writers in Residence project x

The SA Writers Centre and Writing Australia have launched the Digital Writers in Residence project. The project presents six writers-in-residence from writers centres around Australia: the SA... Read more

Co-op offers cash to ‘reconnect’ with members x

The Co-op has announced that it will offer its members $25 if they switch their old membership card for a new one. The retailer is... Read more

Australian Book Design Awards adds indie category

The Australian Book Design Awards has added a new category to this year’s awards. ‘Affectionately dubbed the “Indie 1000”’, the new category is ‘designed for... Read more

Writers Victoria to run inaugural Manuscript Assessor Conference

Writers Victoria will run its inaugural Manuscript Assessor Conference from 2-3 September 2014 at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. Manuscript assessors and editors are invited to... Read more

Bookstores to run Chicago Independent Bookstore Day x

In the US, nine independent bookstores will run a Chicago Independent Bookstore Day on 12 July, following the success of the California Bookstore Day on 3 May, reports... Read more

New book crowdfunding platform to reward authors and readers x

A crowdfunding platform for books that allows both readers and authors to profit from book sales has launched in Spain and the US, reports Publishing... Read more

Lemony Snicket ‘noble librarians’ prize announced x

In the US, Laurence Copel, youth outreach librarian and founder of the Lower Ninth Ward Street Library in New Orleans, has won the inaugural Lemony... Read more

Hachette US lays off 30 staff x

The Hachette Book Group in the US has announced it will lay off 30 people from its 950 staff, reports the Bookseller. In a statement,... Read more

Foyles’ ‘bookshop of the future’ opens x

UK bookseller Foyles has opened its new flagship London store on Charing Cross Road, reports the Bookseller. The four-storey store, which has been described as a... Read more

Barnes & Noble, Samsung to release co-branded tablets with Nook software

In the US, Barnes & Noble has signed an agreement with Samsung to release co-branded tablets with Nook software, reports Publishers Weekly. The first of... Read more

Ebook novels to overtake print book novels in the UK by 2018 x

In the UK, a new report has found that ebooks will overtake print books as the preferred option for reading novels by 2018, reports the Bookseller. According to the report by accounting... Read more

McBride wins Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014

Irish author Eimear McBride has won the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (Text). McBride’s... Read more

Munno Para Library construction begins x

Construction will begin this week on the City of Playford’s Munno Para Library in Adelaide, reports the Herald Sun. The $3 million library, which is due to... Read more

International library news x

Connecticut State Library to create state-wide ebook collection In the US, legislators in the state of Connecticut have passed a bill for the Connecticut State... Read more

Picture perfect: three picture book illustrators discuss their work x

A desire to create something beautiful, and to experiment with different methods and materials, have informed the careers of Australian picture book illustrators Dub Leffler,... Read more

Peter Docker’s ‘Sweet One’ x

Sassy, hard-drinking, menthol-smoking, blonde-curled protagonist Izzy is a newspaper journalist and daughter of a cop who is determined to reveal the truth, particularly about racism... Read more

Footprint to distribute University of California Press x

Publisher: University of California PressISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: Footprint BooksChangeover date: 30/06/14Returns cutoff: 30/06/14 (See classifieds.)

Dennis Jones & Associates to distribute John Leonard Press x

Agency: John Leonard PressISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: Dennis Jones & AssociatesChangeover date: 30/06/14Returns cutoff: 30/06/14

Deadly Style: Editing Indigenous Authored Manuscripts x

Deadly Style: Editing Indigenous Authored Manuscripts is a two-hour seminar led by Queensland Writers Centre and black&write! writing and editing project. This seminar will provide... Read more

APA: ‘How to be successful in Frankfurt’ seminar x

The Australian Publishers Association in partnership with the Small Press Network is offering a seminar for people who are keen to learn how to get... Read more

Editors Victoria: ‘Dance Steps for the Self-Employed’ x

Editors Victoria will present ‘Dance Steps for the Self-Employed, with Jackey Coyle’ on 21 June. In this full-day course, which is aimed at self-employed editors, Jackey Coyle covers topics such as:... Read more

Independent Publishing Conference: Call for papers x

The 2014 Independent Publishing Conference will be held in Sydney on 13-14 November at the Federation Conference Centre, 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills. Academic panels... Read more

Ray ‘Rabs’ Warren awarded Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) x

We’re delighted to share the news that Ray Warren, the legendary voice of Australian sport, has received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)... Read more

Five Mile Press to distribute Rockpool Publishing x

The Five Mile Press is delighted to announce that they will commence Australian trade sales and distribution for Rockpool Publishing from 1st July, 2014. Alexandra... Read more

Online Bookshop URLs for sale x

Gross Sales $550,000 per annum Asking price $30,000 Suite of URLs:      betweenReads.com.au lawbooks.com.au medicalbookstore.com.au universitybookshop.com.au   These would best suit an existing online business who... Read more

The Stella Prize needs a new home x

The Stella Prize is looking for a pro-bono or an affordable office space, preferably in the city or the inner north, to house its expanding... Read more

Pascal Press stocktake x

Pascal Press will be carrying out their annual Stocktake week commencing Monday 7th July to Friday 11th July Last despatch of orders will be Friday... Read more

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