Weekly Book Newsletter
6 August 2014

Quote of the week

‘This Saturday 9 August is National Bookshop Day, and while we can all agree that books are great, we can probably also agree that pugs... Read more

Inaugural Bookbinding and Book Arts Conference to be held in Auckland

The inaugural Bookbinding and Book Arts Conference will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 24 to 26 October, featuring experts from the UK and US,... Read more

Momentum acquires NT-set YA fantasy series and rural romance

Momentum has acquired two books in a YA crossover fantasy series by Justin Woolley and a yet-to-be-titled medical rural romance by Nicki Edwards. Woolley’s books have... Read more

Manning Valley Books moves to Wingham, NSW

Manning Valley Books has moved to Wingham, NSW, from Taree, also in NSW, and will hold a grand opening of its new store on 9 August... Read more

Vale 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 National Board writes: ‘Jo... Read more

RiP Shirley Painter x

Australian author Shirley Painter has died, aged 95. HarperCollins writes: ‘Sadly, Melbourne teacher and author, Shirley Painter died on Tuesday 29th July. In 2003, at... Read more

Strout to step down as SWF executive director

The Sydney Writers’ Festival has announced that executive director Ben Strout will leave the role at the end of 2014. Strout joined the festival in... Read more

Ngaio Marsh Award 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2014 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Joe Victim (Paul Cleave, Atria) Frederick’s... Read more

LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2014 winners announced

The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) has announced the winners of its 2014 Children’s Book Awards.  The winners in each category... Read more

Ticket and book sales up at 2014 Byron Bay Writers Festival, ‘extraordinary’ effort for ILF

Ticket sales at the 2014 Byron Bay Writers Festival (BBWF), which ran from 1 to 3 August,  increased by 21% compared to last year, with many sessions... Read more

Bob Brown title bestselling book ever at Byron Bay Writers Festival

Collins Byron Bay bookseller Gabi Calder said the quality of the program at this year’s Byron Bay Writers Festival and the ‘willingness of the audience... Read more

‘The Ambitions of Jane Franklin’ wins National Biography Award

The Ambitions of Jane Franklin by Alison Alexander (A&U) has won this year’s National Biography Award, presented by the State Library of New South Wales... Read more

Bestsellers this week

The regular and film tie-in editions of The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Penguin) are in first and second place, respectively, on this week’s... Read more

Macmillan Education joins Copyright Agency’s LearningField

The Copyright Agency’s LearningField etextbook subscription service has expanded to include content from ‘all six of the major Australian educational publishers’ after Macmillan Education signed up... Read more

Government releases discussion paper on online copyright infringement

The Federal Government is seeking feedback on its ‘Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper’, released by the Attorney General’s department on 30 July, which is aimed... Read more

Book-to-screen adaptations pitched at Books at MIFF x

The eighth annual Books at MIFF (BaM) was held on 31 July as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). The event, which is... Read more

Ubud announces 2014 program

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has announced the full program for its 11th festival, which will run from 1-5 October in Bali, Indonesia.... Read more

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

Sydney Uni launches Reading Australian Literature program

Australian authors will reflect on their favourite Australian literary titles and discuss their value to society in a new series of public lectures at the... 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

Sony will stop producing ereader devices x

Sony will cease production of ereader devices, because it is not ‘economically viable’, reports the Bookseller. The announcement that the company will halt ereader production, made in an interview... Read more

Print production by ‘non-traditional’ publishers drops dramatically in US

Production of print books by traditional publishers in the United States has dropped from 309,957 titles in 2012 ‘to a projected 304,912 titles in 2013’,... Read more

HarperCollins US, Ingram and BookShout partner with booksellers for ebook bundling

In the US, HarperCollins, Ingram and ebook platform BookShout are working with 11 independent bookstores to provide bundling of print books and ebooks, said HarperCollins in... Read more

HarperCollins completes acquisition of Harlequin

HarperCollins’ parent company News Corp has completed its acquisition of Harlequin from Torstar Corporation for C$455 million (A$447 million), reports Publishers Weekly. As previously reported... Read more

PEN Literary Awards 2014 winners announced

PEN America has announced winners for the 2014 PEN Literary Awards. The unpublished novel ‘And West is West’ by Ron Childress has won the PEN/Bellwether... Read more

Amazon outlines objectives in Hachette dispute

Amazon has outlined its objectives in its dispute with Hachette US over sales terms in a post on its Kindle forum. A key objective is... Read more

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, reports DigitalBookWorld. The addition of frontlist titles... 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

UTS library unveils automated retrieval system x

The University of Technology (UTS) Library in Sydney is offering tours of its new automated library retrieval system (LRT), which will be completed by the... Read more

International library news x

Report says libraries struggle with ebooks A report from the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) suggests libraries around the world are struggling with ebooks,... 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

App, app and away: Australian interactive ebooks and apps for children

At home and in the classroom, kids are swiping their way through a range of interactive ebooks and apps. Carody Culver spoke to Australian publishers... 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.

Helen Garner’s ‘This House of Grief’

On the evening of Father’s Day 2005, Robert Farquharson was driving his three children home to their mother—from whom he was separated—when his car left... 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

Inbooks to cease distribution for CABI x

Agency: CABIISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: Not yet announcedChangeover date: 1/9/14Returns cut-off: 29/8/14

Smith and Steed join Margaret River Press editoral board x

Annabel Smith and Laurie Steed have been appointed to the editorial board of Margaret River Press and will provide input to the selection of manuscripts for publication. Smith... Read more

SPN conference academic day: extension to submission date for conference papers x

The submission date for proposals for papers to be presented at the academic day of this year’s Small Press Network Independent Publishing Conference has been... Read more

Reprint of ‘The Voice’ by Ray ‘Rabbits’ Warren available Friday 8 August x

Due to high demand, a reprint of The Voice: My Story by Ray Warren with Andrew Webster is underway. Stock will be available on Friday... Read more

Inbooks to cease distribution for CABI x

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

Distributor wanted—Australia & NZ (January 2015) x

Respected UK-based Academic Science publisher – CABI publishes high quality research monographs, advanced textbooks, encyclopaedias, practical handbooks, reference works. Also covering Tourism & Hospitality. High... Read more

Wiley (John Wiley & Sons) Systems Upgrade & Warehouse Operations x

Wiley (John Wiley & Sons) wishes to advise our customers that our ordering and despatch services will be unavailable between August 21 and September 1,... Read more

Hardie Grant Books Congratulates Bob Brown x

Hardie Grant Books congratulates Bob Brown on the launch of his autobiography Optimism. Part-way through a six week national tour, Optimism is already the highest... Read more

Nero to publish Olympic swimmer Leisel Jones’ memoir in October 2015 x

Nero is delighted to announce the forthcoming memoir of Leisel Jones. Leisel says: “This is an honest, warts-and-all story of my life to date: from... Read more

‘True Girt’ by David Hunt to be published in 2016 x

Black Inc. is thrilled to announce the second book in David Hunt’s satirical history series, True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, Volume 2 (working... Read more

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