Weekly Book Newsletter
25 June 2014

New online literary journal ‘Bumf’ launched x

New online literary journal Bumf has launched and is now open for submissions. The fortnightly journal, based in Brisbane and San Francisco, is looking for... Read more

Manuscript Appraisal Agency sold to Carstairs x

Brian Cook has sold the Manuscript Appraisal Agency (MAA) to former Murdoch Books project editor Kit Carstairs. Cook, who established the MAA in 1997 after leaving... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We’ve experienced one of the fastest growing ebook markets in the world and we’ve seen a whole bunch of new publishers starting up’—Publishers Association of... Read more

Smith to leave Paper Plus x

Rob Smith, CEO of Paper Plus in New Zealand, has announced that he will leave the company on 8 August. ‘It has been an honour... Read more

Co-op announces changes to executive team x

The Co-op has announced changes to its senior executive team. Head of general merchandise Adam Jones has been appointed to the newly created role of general... Read more

‘Song for a Scarlet Runner’ wins inaugural Readings Children’s Book Prize x

Song for a Scarlet Runner by Julie Hunt (A&U) has won the inaugural Readings Children’s Book Prize. The book was chosen from a shortlist of... Read more

Readings expands SLV store

The Readings store at the State Library of Victoria has been extended by almost a third. The store, which closed for two weeks for renovations,... Read more

Text acquires ‘Our Magic Hour’

Text Publishing has announced it has acquired Our Magic Hour by Melbourne writer Jennifer Down. Down’s manuscript was a runner-up for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s... Read more

John Button Prize 2014 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2014 John Button Prize for writing on policy and politics has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Hearts & Minds: A... Read more

NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of the 2014 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy... Read more

Rushdie to deliver 2014 MWF keynote

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has announced that Salman Rushdie will deliver a keynote address at this year’s festival. Rushdie, who will appear at the festival... Read more

ABC opens flagship Melbourne CBD store x

The ABC has opened its flagship store at the new Emporium shopping centre in Melbourne’s CBD. The store is located on the centre’s third level... Read more

Nielsen New Zealand Book Industry Awards 2014 winners announced x

The winners of the Nielsen New Zealand Book Industry Awards were announced in Auckland on Sunday 22 June. The winners are: Promotional and Sales Support... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The standard edition of The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Penguin) is on top of the bestsellers chart for the second week in a row,... Read more

Exisle to publish 12-year-old author x

Exisle Publishing has announced it has acquired I Don’t Like Cheese by 12-year-old Hannah Chandler. Chandler’s book about a mouse that doesn’t like cheese was... Read more

‘The Marriage Knot’ wins 2014 Margaret Medcalf Award x

Penelope Hetherington has won the 2014 Margaret Medcalf Award for her nonfiction title The Marriage Knot: Marriage and Divorce in Colonial Western Australia 1829-1900 (UWA... Read more

Australian Shadows Awards winners announced x

The winners of the 2013 Australian Shadows Awards have been announced. The winners in each category are:  Novel: 809 Jacob Street (Marty Young, Black Beacon... Read more

Wyld wins Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize x

Australian-born, UK-based author Evie Wyld is among eight writers to be awarded the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, Wyld was awarded the prize, which is open... Read more

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards winners announced x

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for ‘Best in the World’ have been announced. Three Australian titles won first place in their respective categories: Charity and fundraising... Read more

Davis to feature on ‘Australian Story’

Perth author and bookseller Brooke Davis will feature on an episode of ABC TV’s Australian Story on Monday 23 June. Davis’ debut novel Lost &... Read more

Booktopia, Bookworld nominated for online retailing awards

Booktopia and Bookworld have picked up several nominations in this year’s Online Retail Industry Awards (ORIAS). Booktopia is a finalist for Best Pureplay Online Retailer,... Read more

Wyld wins 2013 Encore Award

Australian author Evie Wyld has won the £10,000 (A$18,066) Encore Award for her novel All The Birds, Singing (Vintage). The annual award is presented for... Read more

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

Davis appears on ‘Australian Story’ x

Perth author and bookseller Brooke Davis featured on an episode of ABC TV’s Australian Story on Monday 23 June. Davis’ debut novel Lost & Found (Hachette, July)... Read more

WHSmith Melbourne Central closes

The WHSmith store at Melbourne Central Shopping Centre has closed. The store announced the news on its Facebook page in May. Its final day was 18... 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

Hachette acquires Perseus, sells distribution to Ingram x

In the US, the Hachette Book Group (HBG) has entered into an agreement to buy the Perseus Books Group (PBG), then sell PBG’s distribution business to... Read more

Brooks, Klassen win Carnegie, Greenaway medals x

In the UK, Kevin Brooks has won the Carnegie Medal for The Bunker Diary (Puffin) and Jon Klassen has won the Kate Greenaway Medal for... Read more

Ubud partners with DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival has partnered with the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. ‘The partnership will commence with Ubud Writers & Readers... Read more

Angry Robot closes YA and crime/mystery imprints x

UK publisher Angry Robot Books has closed its YA imprint Strange Chemistry and its crime/mystery imprint Exhibit A, reports Publishers Weekly. The publisher said in a statement that... Read more

Salman Rushdie wins PEN/Pinter Prize x

Salman Rushdie has won the 2014 PEN/Pinter Prize, reports the Bookseller. Established in 2009 by English PEN in memory of Nobel-Laureate playwright Harold Pinter, the award... Read more

Audiobook initiative wins FutureBook Hack prize x

An audiobook initiative that allows people to record their own audiobook clips and be rated for their performance online has won the UK publishing industry’s... Read more

Amazon launches The Fire Phone x

Amazon has launched a smartphone called The Fire Phone that has an inbuilt Kindle app and an app that recognises physical products that are available to buy... 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

International library news x

Singapore’s National Library Board launches Read! Fest The Singapore National Library Board’s 10th annual Read! Fest was launched on 20 June with a range of... Read more

ABS releases stats on library funding x

State and territory governments spent $367.3m on libraries in 2012-13, up slightly from $355.7m in 2011-12, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report.... Read more

Oakley Library launches My Cup of Tea community talks x

Oakey Library in Toowoomba, Queensland, has embarked on a bimonthly series of free community talks called My Cup of Tea. The series launched with Priscilla Sutton, who... 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

The growth of regional literary festivals in Australia x

Today there are close to 100 literary festivals around Australia, many of them in regional and rural areas. Andrew Nette explores the growth in regional... 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

Christie Nieman’s ‘As Stars Fall’ x

The fire swept through Murramunda two months ago. For bird-loving Robin, it was the spark that caused her family to fall apart, forcing her and... 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

Harvard University Press distribution change x

Publisher: Harvard University PressISBN prefix: 9780674Old distributor: InbooksNew distributor: Footprint BooksChangeover date: 30 June 2014Returns cut-off: 31 July 2014 (See classifieds.)

Newman to retire from Fremantle Press x

Fremantle Press sales, rights and distribution manager Clive Newman has announced his retirement. (See news.)

Co-op announces changes to executive team x

The Co-op has announced changes to its senior executive team. Adam Jones has been appointed general manager and Greg Smith has been appointed chief commercial officer. Both are newly created roles. (See news.)

Smith to leave Paper Plus x

Rob Smith will step down as CEO of Paper Plus NZ to become CEO of Flooring Brands NZ. (See news.)

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

Society of Editors: Editing Food Publications x

A recipe for success: Editing Food Publications Tuesday 1 July6.30 pm for 7.00 pm startSydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSWDrinks and... Read more

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