Weekly Book Newsletter
6 August 2014

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

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

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 8th August. Orders for The Voice (ISBN 9781863956758) can be placed with United Book Distributors on 03 9811 2555 or email orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au



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 until 29th August. A new distributor has yet to be announced.


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 exposure already to tertiary, government & research markets. Contact Chris – c.edmeades@cabi.org – M: 0411210160


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, 2014, as we make some changes to serve you better.

During this time, we will be upgrading our operating system and transferring our distribution services to a new provider, Keppel Logistics (Australia) Pty Ltd.  To minimise the delivery disruption, we encourage you to place any orders you might have by the close of business on August 19.  Orders received by this time will be processed and despatched on August 20 and 21. Keppel Logistics (Australia), who will operate at our current address (33 Windorah Street, Stafford QLD), will commence processing orders and despatch from September 1. 

There will be no change for our customers in the way you place your orders with us and our contact numbers (ph. 1800 777 474 & fax 1800 802 258) and email addresses will also remain unchanged. 

While this transition is underway, we remain committed to providing you the excellent service that you have come to know us for. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact your Wiley representative.


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 ever selling book at the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival, and the Melbourne Town Hall event is sold out at 1800 seats. For more information on his tour please contact Hardie Grant Books marketing director Roxy Ryan on roxyryan@hardiegrant.com.au.

For orders please contact Random House on orders@randomhouse.com.au or phone 1800 222 444.


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 winning Olympic Gold and being the youngest member of the Sydney 2000 Olympic team, through debilitating depression that led me to want to take my life and to my retirement as the only Australian swimmer to compete at four Olympic Games. This book won’t be just another sporting memoir, however. It will also be a guide for young athletes who want to be their best, and anyone who has struggled to believe in themselves. It’s about the real me: a happy girl who loves making a fool of herself and who also just happened to be a really good swimmer.”

Nero publisher Jeanne Ryckmans says: “I’ve long been fascinated – like many others – with Leisel. As a nine time Olympic medallist, it was her grace and maturity at the London Games that most impressed when she stood up to her bullies and caustic comments about her body shape. What woman wouldn’t have shared the outrage? ‘I swim in the pool, I don’t swim in the papers,’ she was quoted saying. But it was this criticism that Leisel said was ‘the best thing that happened to me: you put me under pressure and I’ll show you what I can do.’ This isn’t another ‘swim-moir’ but an inspirational story.”  

Nero is proud to be publishing Leisel’s memoir in October 2015. 



‘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 title). Hunt’s bestselling first volume Girt was released last year and won the 2014 Indie Award for Non-Fiction.

Father’s Day top up orders for Girt (ISBN 9781863956116) can be placed with United Book Distributors on 03 9811 2555 or orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au

True Girt will be released for Father’s Day in 2016.



Exciting New Release: ‘Eat Less, Live Long’ by Jason Shon Bennett x

Exciting New Release: Eat Less, Live Long, Jason Shon Bennett, PB $29.99 (9780473267957)

The Wild Colonial Company is delighted to announce that this title releases mid-August, distributed by HEDS, to coincide with the author’s nationwide seminar tour starting in Perth on Monday 11 August. Already a bestseller in NZ, the book is now in its second reprint since publishing in March 2014 and Jason is set to replicate this success in Australia with his healthy lifestyle and Regular Intelligent Fasting. Please contact Juliet@wildcolonialcompany.com if you require an order form or further information.




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