Weekly Book Newsletter
18 June 2014

Ernest Scott Prize 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2014 Ernest Scott Prize for history, presented by the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts, has been announced. The shortlisted titles... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Today’s exchange rate, plus 10%, plus GST, then round up or down to the nearest 95 or 99 cents’—Peter Donoughue’s ‘golden rule in import pricing’.... Read more

Kavanagh joins Stella Prize

Bec Kavanagh has been appointed education resource development officer for the Stella Prize. Kavanagh, a freelance writer and reviewer and founder of A Thousand Words... Read more

RiP David Ell x

Australian publisher David Ell has died, aged 74. Bridging the Gap publisher Kathryn Lamberton writes: ‘David founded David Ell Press in the late 1970s and... Read more

RiP Pat Rosier x

New Zealand author Pat Rosier has died, aged 72. Spinifex Press publishers Renate Klein and Susan Hawthorne write: ‘New Zealand author Pat Rosier died on... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold world English-language audio rights to Cleanskin Cowgirls (Rachael Treasure). Nonfiction—HarperCollins has sold Polish rights to Fast, Fresh, Simple (Donna Hay); and... Read more

Almost all public libraries can lend ebooks but over half ‘less than satisfied’ with content x

The Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) has released a report on ebook lending in Australian libraries that finds 97% of all Australian public libraries can... Read more

Exisle acquires Rennie’s ‘Art in Nature’

Exisle has acquired Art in Nature, the first book by photographer David Rennie. Rennie was the 2013 winner of the Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer... Read more

Writers Vic launches ‘Writers Book Club’

Writers Victoria has launched a new ‘professional development and networking opportunity’ for published writers, who will ‘use a newly released Australian novel as a starting... Read more

Wakefield appoints ‘geek in residence’

Wakefield Press has appointed Simon Collinson as the publisher’s ‘geek in residence’ until September. The role, which is part-funded by the Australia Council, will involve Collinson... Read more

Apple reaches settlement with states and consumers over ebook price-fixing

Apple has reached a settlement with US states and consumers seeking damages over its ebook price-fixing, reports Joel Rosenblatt on Bloomberg. The settlement means the... Read more

McInnes national ambassador for the Reading Hour

The Reading Hour has announced Australian actor and writer William McInnes is the national ambassador for the initiative in 2014. First held during the National... Read more

Lonely Planet to relaunch children’s list x

Lonely Planet will relaunch its children’s list, Not for Parents, as Lonely Planet Kids, reports the Bookseller. ‘We now feel the time is right to... Read more

Stanley and Harrison win 2014 black&write! fellowships

Adrian Stanley and Jane Harrison are the winners of the 2014 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships. Each of the fellowships are worth $10,000 and include publication... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Penguin) is on top of this week’s bestsellers chart, up from second spot last week. The film tie-in edition... Read more

If:book and Editia announce Twitter comp to unearth new writers

If:book Australia and publishing company Editia have announced they will run a Twitter competition to find new writers to appear in the forthcoming print title... Read more

PANZ Book Design Awards 2014 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards, including the PANZ Young Designer of the Year Award, have been announced.... Read more

Canberra bookstore Gaslight Books to close x

Canberra bookstore Gaslight Books will close on 2 August after 25 years of operation. The Fyshwick store, which specialises in crime and detective fiction, science... Read more

Robinsons Bookshop unveils Melbourne Emporium store

Robinsons Bookshop has unveiled its new store in Melbourne’s Emporium shopping complex. The Emporium store, which began trading on 11 June, is ‘designed as a... Read more

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

Indonesia launches translation grant program x

Indonesia has launched a translation grant program to assist translations of works by Indonesian authors into English and German as part of its ‘guest of honour’ status... 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

Oyster launches Android app x

Ebook subscription service Oyster has launched an Oyster for Android app, making the service available on Android devices, Kindle Fire and Nook HD, reports Publishers Weekly. The... Read more

Hachette UK to merge sales teams x

Hachette UK is merging its sales teams at Little, Brown and Orion; and at Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, Hachette Children’s Books and Quercus, reports the... Read more

Robert Harris wins Walter Scott Prize x

British author Robert Harris has won the £25,000 (A$45,167) Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for An Officer and a Spy (Arrow), reports the Bookseller.... Read more

‘The Bookseller’ announces its ‘rising stars list’ x

UK book trade publication the Bookseller has announced its ‘annual run-down of the best and brightest’ book industry professionals. The list features a number of... Read more

Norwegian publishers refuse Google ebook deal x

Norway’s three biggest publishers, Aschehoug, Gyldendal and Cappelen Damm, will not allow Google to sell their ebooks, reports the Bookseller. The Google Play store launched in... Read more

‘Books are my Bag’ campaign to send an author to every UK bookshop x

In the UK, organisers of the trade-wide ‘books are my bag’ (BAMB) campaign are aiming to send an author to every bookshop in the UK... Read more

Self-publishing sales increase by 79% in UK x

In the UK, the market share for self-published books grew by 79% in 2013, according to Nielsen statistics, reports the Guardian. UK consumers bought 18... Read more

Makumbi wins Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Ugandan author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for ‘Let’s Tell This Story Properly’. The £5000 (A$9030) prize is presented annually... Read more

Amazon has 78% share of ebooks at Hachette UK, 60% at Hachette US x

Amazon has a 78% market share of Hachette’s ebooks list in the UK and a 60% share of its ebooks list in the US, an... Read more

Charles Wright named US Poet Laureate x

In the US, the Library of Congress has named Charles Wright as the country’s next Poet Laureate, reports The New York Times. Wright, a retired... Read more

Juan Gabriel Vásquez wins IMPAC Dublin award x

Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez has won 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel The Sound of Things Falling (Bloomsbury), translated from the original... 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

Yarra Plenty Regional Library launches festival program x

Yarra Plenty Regional Library (YPRL) in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne has launched the program for its sixth annual Booklovers’ Festival. This year’s festival, entitled ‘A... Read more

International library news x

UK librarians to crowdfund library festival In the UK, a group of librarians have launched a crowdfunding campaign to establish a National Public Library Festival,... 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

Gabe McGrath on the benefits of the Pay-What-You-Want ebook bundle x

Last year, Australian ebookstore Tomely launched a Pay-What-You-Want (PWYW) bundle for literary journals. Co-founder Connor Tomas O’Brien says the average price paid for the bundle... 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

Claire Zorn’s ‘The Protected’ x

Strong characters and a standout depiction of high school bullying make Claire Zorn’s second YA novel, following The Sky So Heavy, worth reading. In the... 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

Inbooks to cease distribution of Ashmolean Publications x

Agency: Ashmolean PublicationsISBN Prefix: 978185444Old Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: N/AChangeover date: 1/8/2014Returns cutoff: 31/7/2014                  

Inbooks to cease distribution of Architext x

Agency: Architext (Inspire volumes)ISBN Prefix: 9780980612Old Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: N/AChangeover date: 1/8/2014Returns cutoff: 31/7/2014                  

Inbooks to cease distribution of English Heritage x

Agency: English Heritage ISBN Prefix: 978184802, 978185074, 978185946, 9781905624Old Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: N/AChangeover date: 1/8/2014Returns cutoff: 31/7/2014                   

Inbooks to cease distribution of Information Age Publishing x

Agency: Information Age Publishing ISBN Prefix: 978184802, 978185074, 978185946, 9781905624Old Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: Lightning Source AustraliaChangeover date: 1/8/2014Returns cutoff: 31/7/2014                  

Bec Kavanagh joins Stella Prize x

Bec Kavanagh, freelance writer and reviewer and founder of A Thousand Words Festival in Melbourne, has been appointed education resource development officer for the Stella Prize. (See... Read more

Writers Victoria Book Club: Bookings open x

Bookings are now open for Writers Victoria members to join the Writers’ Book Club. Running on the first Tuesdays of every month from July, this... Read more

Final call for entries for ABDA Design Awards 2014 x

The cut-off date for entering the ABDA design awards is Monday 23 June. Since taking over from the APA in running the annual design awards,... Read more

Walkley Book Award 2014: Entries close 27 June x

Entries are open for the 2014 Walkley Book Award, which acknowledges the work produced by an Australian journalist or writer, published from 1 September 2013 to 31... Read more

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

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