Weekly Book Newsletter
30 July 2014

MWF announces digital reporters, ‘geo-fiction’ app

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has announced its digital reporters for 2014. With the support of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, each reporter will cover events... Read more

Quote of the week

‘You might expect jealousy and conflict not unlike the plots and twists of the stories they write, but this group of authors believe forming a... Read more

Melbourne’s All Star Comics wins international retailer award

Melbourne comic bookstore All Star Comics has been named joint winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award at the San Diego Comic-Con.... Read more

Ashton wins 2014 RITA Award

The Romance Writers of America (RWA) has announced the winners of the 2014 RITA Awards.   Among the winners was Australian author Leah Ashton, who picked up the... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold Polish rights to Six Days in Leningrad (Paullina Simons). Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold North American rights to Born Bad: Original Sin... Read more

RiP Jo Goodman x

Jo Goodman, former president of the Victorian branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, has died, aged 73. The CBCA Victorian Branch committee writes:... Read more

New writers’ studio opens in Melbourne

A new writers’ studio has opened in Collingwood in inner-city Melbourne. The Good Copy, which moved into its studio space earlier this year, describes itself as... Read more

RiP Michael Gifkins x

New Zealand literary agent Michael Gifkins has died, aged 68. Former Penguin NZ publishing director Geoff Walker writes: ‘For many years New Zealand’s leading literary agent, Michael... Read more

A&U celebrates 100 years of ‘Allen & Unwin’

Allen & Unwin has celebrated the centenary of its name by publishing a ‘small hardback history’ called A Hundred Years of Allen & Unwin 1914-2014.... Read more

Wellington independent Capital Books to close

Capital Books in Wellington, New Zealand, will close at the end of August, reports the Dominion Post. The store, which has traded for 18 years,... Read more

Samsung closes Australian book content business

Samsung has closed its Australian book content business as part of a company-wide move.  ‘Globally, Samsung Electronics closed Samsung Books in Samsung Hub,’ a company... Read more

WA prem’s awards 2014 shortlists announced

The titles shortlisted for the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards were announced on 28 July by State Library of Western Australia CEO and state... Read more

Australian writers shortlisted for Sri Lankan writing fellowship

Eleven Australian writers have been shortlisted for the 2014 Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship. The fellowship, which is offered by Writers Victoria and Templeberg Villa, will... Read more

ACT defers proposed changes to 2014 ACT Book of the Year eligibility

ACT minister for the arts Joy Burch has announced that proposed changes to the ACT Book of the Year Award will be deferred while a... Read more

Bestsellers this week

There is no change at the top of this week’s bestsellers chart, with the regular and film tie-in editions of The Fault in Our Stars (John... Read more

Australian rural fiction authors launch promotional website

A group of authors has launched a website to promote Australian rural fiction. The website, An Australian Rural Romance, ‘showcases the genre’s emerging, established and... Read more

Book sales up for first half of 2014, ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ top-selling title x

The Australian book industry has recorded a small increase in book sales for the first half of 2014. According to Nielsen BookScan, sales were up 1.3%... Read more

Bookworld wins two online retailing awards x

Bookworld has won awards for Best Social Commercial Initiative and Best Online Retail Marketing Initiative at this year’s Online Retail Industry Awards (ORIAS). The online... Read more

Proportion of Australians reading has declined over past decade: Roy Morgan Research x

A new survey of Australian reading habits by Roy Morgan Research has found that the proportion of Australians reading has declined over the past decade.... Read more

Flanagan on Booker Prize longlist

Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage) is among the 13 titles longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize. The full longlist... Read more

BWF 2014 program announced x

US author, publisher and philanthropist Dave Eggers will give the opening address at Brisbane Writers Festival on 4 September and be part of a Literary... Read more

Catton on Dylan Thomas Prize longlist x

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has been longlisted for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize for The Luminaries (Granta). The full longlist is: At Night We... Read more

Quote of the week

‘A bookshop should be a bookshop, right? If you walk in and don’t see books, you lose your faith in the business’—Craig Hildebrand-Burke argues against a radical reinvention... Read more

Bookworld launches online book club with parenting website x

Online retailer Bookworld has announced a partnership with Australian parenting website Stay at Home Mum (SAHM). The partnership will involve the launch of the ‘biggest integrated... Read more

Book adaptations nominated for AWGIE Awards x

The Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) has announced the nominees for the 47th Annual AWGIE Awards for screen, television, stage and radio writing. Among the nominees are a... Read more

Kibble and Dobbie awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards have been announced. The winner of the $30,000 Nita B Kibble Literary Award, which recognises... Read more

New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014 finalists announced x

The finalists of this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton,... Read more

New residencies announced for NZ writers x

New Zealand writers can apply for two three-month residencies to write essays of about 10,000 words on New Zealand life and culture. The D’Arcy Writers’ Residencies... Read more

Whitcoulls announces Top 100 list x

Whitcoulls has announced its Top 100 list, as voted by New Zealand readers in 2014. The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Penguin) is in first place,... Read more

Baileys Women’s Prize names ‘most life-changing novels written by women’

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has named the 20 ‘most life-changing novels written by women’, as voted by the public through the prize’s #ThisBook... Read more

Frankfurt sends delegates to gamescon in Cologne

Frankfurt Book Fair’s (FBF) StoryDrive conference will send delegates to the computer-game trade fair gamescon in Cologne in August, FBF said in a statement. Ten representatives of international... Read more

Concerns raised over author royalties from ebook subscription services x

In the UK, the Society of Authors (SOA) and the Association of Authors’ Agents (AAA) have expressed concerned over author royalties from ebook subscription services and are calling... Read more

Apple acquires ‘Pandora for books’

Apple has acquired book analytics and recommendation company BookLamp, described as a ‘Pandora for books’, reports Techcrunch. The company, which was purchased for between US$10... Read more

Waterstones opens ‘indie’ bookshop

UK bookselling chain Waterstones has opened a new store under ‘independent’ branding, reports the Bookseller. Southwold Books opened in July in the seaside town of... Read more

Eight of the 20 top-grossing films adapted from UK books

A British Film Institute (BFI) report has found that eight of the world’s 20 highest-grossing film releases from 2001 to 2013 were adaptations of novels by UK authors, reports the Bookseller. The adaptations were... Read more

Kindle Unlimited titles dominate Kindle bestseller list

The number of ebooks on the Kindle bestseller list that are offered through Amazon’s new subscription service Kindle Unlimited has tripled since the launch of... Read more

New Salinger title published

In the US, the Devault-Graves Agency (DGA) has published the J D Salinger short story collection Three Early Stories as a print-on-demand paperback, ebook and audiobook,... Read more

Amazon launches ebook subscription service Kindle Unlimited x

Amazon has launched an ebook and audiobook subscription service called Kindle Unlimited. The company said in a statement that the service offers ‘over 600,000 books—available on Kindle devices,... Read more

HarperCollins signs up to ebook bundling trial x

HarperCollins US has signed up to an ebook-bundling pilot program with Canadian start-up BitLit. HarperCollins is the first of the big five publishers to partner... Read more

Gollancz to host sci-fi and fantasy festival at Waterstones x

In the UK, science-fiction and fantasy (SFF) imprint Gollancz has released the program for its inaugural festival, which will be held in conjunction with London... Read more

New library opens in Rockingham, WA x

In Western Australia, the City of Rockingham’s Mary Davies Library and Community Centre has opened its doors to the public, reports the West Australian. Named... Read more

Government department libraries may be outsourced, leaked documents reveal x

Leaked documents from a meeting of senior government librarians has revealed that ‘many departments’ libraries have been, or may be, outsourced’, reports the Canberra Times.... Read more

International library news x

Macmillan US makes frontlist ebooks available to libraries Macmillan US is adding frontlist ebooks published in the previous 12 months to its public library elending project,... Read more

Gift ideas for Father’s Day x

With Father’s Day just over a month away, Tim Coronel rounds up some bookish gift ideas for dads. Read his feature online here.

The fun of the fair: Angela Crocombe on children’s and YA trends at BEA x

Readings bookseller Angela Crocombe visited BookExpo America earlier this year on a Readings Scholarship. She writes that realistic teen fiction, a new US school curriculum... Read more

Lorelei Vashti’s ‘Dress, Memory’ x

Dress, Memory is a memoir of Lorelei Vashti’s twenties, told with a focus on her impressive—and mostly vintage—dress collection. From her family home to university... Read more

Catherine Harris’ ‘The Family Men’ x

A month after a post-season celebration, footballer Harry Furey still can’t remember what actually happened at the team’s men-only Sportsman’s Night—but he knows it was... Read more

Inbooks to cease distribution for Yale University Press x

Agency: Yale University PressISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: Footprint BooksChangeover date: 1/9/14Returns cut-off: 29/8/14

Softlink appoints new managing director x

Nathan Godfrey has replaced Kim Duffy as Softlink’s new managing director. (See library news.) 

Hollingworth joins Clunes x

Sheila Hollingworth has joined Clunes Booktown as part-time manager. (See news.)

Penguin Random House staff changes x

Peter Blake will retire from the position of Penguin sales director at the end of November. Following his departure, Random House sales director Gavin Schwarcz will... Read more

Bray leaves A&U x

Liz Bray has resigned from the position of children’s book director at Allen & Unwin. (See news.)

Editors Victoria workshop: InDesign for Editors x

Editors Victoria is running an interactive workshop ‘InDesign for Editors (PC)—Introduction’ covering the basics of InDesign at CAE, 253 Flinders Lane Melbourne, 11am to 5pm... Read more

2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Longlist x

From the 13 novels selected this year as the very best fiction written in the English language, Allen & Unwin is proud to bring you:... Read more

Bookworld thanks Australian publishers x

Bookworld would like to take this opportunity to thank our Australian publishers and authors for their support. Our recent success at the Online Retail Industry... Read more

Hardie Grant Books Congratulates Masterchef 2014 Winner Brent Owens x

Hardie Grant Books would like to congratulate Brent Owens, the Masterchef 2014 winner. Over 1.7 million Australians tuned in to see Brent win the 2014... Read more

Hachette Australia Congratulates Our Shortlisted Authors/Illustrator x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Ursula Dubosarsky and Annie White on being shortlisted in the children’s book category for Violet Vanishes and Dawn Barker being... Read more

Joseph O’Neill’s ‘The Dog’ on the Man Booker Prize List x

HarperCollins congratulates Joseph O’Neill, the author of the award-winning ‘Netherland’, whose new novel ‘The Dog’ has been long listed for the Man Booker Prize 2014.... Read more

Inbooks to cease distribution for Yale University Press x

Inbooks would like to advise customers that we will cease distribution for Yale University Press at the end of August. Customer returns will be accepted... Read more

‘The Fight of My Life’ by Greg Combet with Mark Davis x

ISBN 978-0-522-86617-9 Print RRP price $32.99 E-Book RPP $14.99 In-Store Date: 30th July Available to order now! The Fights of My Life is the story of a man who... Read more

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