Weekly Book Newsletter
27 August 2014

Berkelouw to open new Port Macquarie store

Work on a new Berkelouw Books store in Port Macquarie, NSW, will begin in September. The store, which will open in Port Central Shopping Centre, will... Read more

Vic Prem’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing 2014 shortlist announced

The titles shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Promise (Tony Birch, UQP)... Read more

Quote of the week

‘We hope that the “buy it now” button will deliver real benefits to users and revenue to authors, publishers, booksellers, and libraries’—ALIA chief executive Sue... Read more

Hinkler sells Engage Literacy to Capstone

Hinkler has announced it has sold its international literacy program Engage Literacy to US publisher Capstone Capstone is the exclusive distributor of the Engage Literacy... Read more

Industry gears up for eighth annual Indigenous Literacy Day

The eighth Indigenous Literacy Day will take place around Australia next Wednesday 3 September. Among the events scheduled is a special celebratory event at the... Read more

‘Buy it now’ buttons planned for libraries

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and Public Library Services South Australia (PLS SA) have announced plans to trial ‘buy... Read more

Magabala Books Indigenous Creators Scholarships recipients announced

Magabala has announced the recipients for its Magabala Books’ Indigenous Creators Scholarships for 2014. The recipients are: Reggie Sultan from Darwin, who will use the... Read more

New website to list Australian releases

A new website promises to list new book releases by Australian authors ‘and nothing more’. The publishers of the website told Books+Publishing their identities are... Read more

Readings New Australian Writing Award 2014 shortlist announced

Readings has announced the titles shortlisted for its $4000 New Australian Writing Award. The shortlisted titles are: After Darkness (Christine Piper, A&U) An Elegant Young... Read more

Scribe acquires crime thrillers

Scribe has acquired world rights in two crime thrillers by Melbourne writer and librarian J M Green. Good Money was shortlisted in the 2014 Victorian... Read more

‘Overland’ Story Wine Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for Overland’s inaugural Story Wine Prize has been announced.  The shortlisted stories are: ‘I thought maybe I could be a lounge singer’ by... Read more

RiP David St John Thomas x

Publisher and author David St John Thomas has died, aged 84. Exisle Publishing writes: ‘Veteran publisher and author, David St John Thomas, the founder and... Read more

Colin Roderick Award shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Colin Roderick Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Eldershaw (Stephen Edgar, Black Pepper) The Narrow Road to the... Read more

Hardie Grant Publishing: 30% of revenue now ‘in international or digital markets’ x

In a statement on its financial results for 2013-14, Hardie Grant Publishing says that more than 30% of the company’s $70 million revenue ‘is now... Read more

Inky Awards 2014 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2014 Inky Awards have been announced. The awards are presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of... Read more

Peter Blazey Fellowship, Ernest Scott, Wesley Michel Wright and Affirm Press Creative Writing prizes presented

The University of Melbourne’s Australian Centre and Faculty of Arts announced the winners of the Peter Blazey Fellowship, the Ernest Scott Prize, the Wesley Michel... Read more

Australian Book Design Awards 2014 winners announced

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) announced the winners for the 2014 Book Design Awards at a gala event in Melbourne on 22 August. The... Read more

Saunders wins Indigenous poetry prize

Brenda Saunders has won the 2014 Scanlon Award for Indigenous Poetry. Brenda Saunders is a Sydney poet and artist of Aboriginal and British descent. She... Read more

Bestsellers this week

When he was a high school student, Tsukuru Tazaki’s four best friends announced that they never wanted to talk to him again, with no reason given.... Read more

Fraser wins 2014 John Button Prize

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has won the 2014 John Button Prize for writing on policy and politics for his book Dangerous Allies (MUP). Fraser’s book was... Read more

John Button Prize 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2014 John Button Prize for writing on policy and politics has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Anzac’s Long Shadow (James... Read more

Di Morrissey to release first picture book

Harbour Publishing House has announced it will publish Di Morrissey’s first children’s picture book in October. Sonoma Meets Miss Mouse, written by Morrissey and illustrated... Read more

Random House recalls Eddie Obeid book

Random House has recalled copies of He Who Must Be Obeid by Kate McClymont and Linton Besser due to a ‘misidentification’ in the book. ‘The... Read more

‘The Big Issue’ announces 2014 fiction edition line-up

The Big Issue’s 10th annual fiction edition will be launched on 29 August at the Melbourne Writers Festival, and will feature 12 short stories written... Read more

Penguin acquires debut novel from Hayes

Penguin Random House has acquired ANZ rights to Antonia Hayes’ debut novel Relativity at auction. The publisher described the novel as ‘an irresistible story about... Read more

EWF launches Adelaide program

The Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) has announced its first Adelaide program, which will run for three days in September and feature discussions, workshops and performances.... Read more

HarperCollins results: children’s books have their ‘strongest year ever’ x

HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand had ‘a very successful F14 year’, according to CEO James Kellow, reporting growth ‘in revenue, profit and market share overall’.... Read more

Quote of the week

‘This is an outcome where we would provide a library free of charge to the citizens of Brisbane by placing a retailer at ground level’—Brisbane... Read more

Shosanya appointed CEO of Paper Plus

Sam Shosanya has been appointed CEO of Paper Plus in New Zealand. Shosanya has previously worked in the book industry as category director for REDgroup... Read more

New Holland recalls Jill Meagher book

New Holland is recalling copies of Evil in a Blue Hoodie: The Tragic Murder of Jill Meagher by Joe St John due to a court... Read more

SLQ to run Queensland Literary Awards; 2014 awards open for entries

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has announced that it will ‘take leadership’ of the Queensland Literary Awards (QLA), and is calling for entries for... Read more

Madman acquires film rights to ‘Quota’

Film rights to Quota by Jock Serong (Text) have been optioned by Madman. ‘We are delighted that Madman has optioned Jock Serong’s acclaimed debut Quota, and... Read more

EWF launches Adelaide program

The Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) has announced its first Adelaide program, which will run for three days in September and feature discussions, workshops and performances.... Read more

Parragon restructured into ‘traditional’ and ‘non-traditional’ divisions

In the UK, Parragon Publishing has been restructured into two divisions that focus on ‘traditional and non-traditional book markets’, reports the Bookseller. The Parragon Publishing... Read more

‘Asian Review of Books’ moves into print

Hong Kong-based online book review publication the Asian Review of Books has moved into print, reports the South China Morning Post. The first print edition... Read more

Crace, Lee win 2014 James Tait Black Prizes

In the UK, Jim Crace has won this year’s James Tait Black Prize for Fiction for Harvest (Picador) and Hermione Lee has won the James Tait Black... Read more

Amazon starts print book sales in Brazil

Amazon has started selling print books in Brazil two years after the launch of its digital bookselling business in the country. In a statement on... Read more

Hachette UK restructures sales department, appoints Ben Wright x

Hachette UK has restructured its international sales departments into one department and has appointed Ben Wright as group international sales director, reports the Bookseller. Wright will... Read more

WHSmith UK stocks Amazon Publishing titles x

UK book chain WHSmith is stocking paperback books published by Amazon Publishing’s crime fiction imprint Thomas & Mercer, reports the Bookseller. Thomas & Mercer books... Read more

Barnes & Noble unveils co-branded Samsung/Nook tablet x

In the US, Barnes & Noble (B&N) has unveiled its co-branded tablet, the the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, reports the Bookseller. Currently only available in the... Read more

Eckhart Tolle creates own imprint

In the US, Power of Now author Eckhart Tolle has created a new imprint for publisher New World Library, reports Publishers Weekly. Tolle will ‘identify... Read more

Study finds Kindle readers have difficulty remembering plot

A new study has found that Kindle readers have greater difficulty recalling the plot of a story than paperback readers, reports the Guardian. In the study, researchers... Read more

International library news

No print books for Florida Polytechnic University library The newly opened Florida Polytechnic University (FPU) in the US includes a library without print books, reports Library Journal. The... Read more

Craigieburn Library wins international library award

Craigieburn Library in Melbourne has won the inaugural International Public Library of the Year. The library was shortlisted for the award along with the Library... Read more

Brisbane City Council proposes retailer-funded library

Brisbane City Council has announced plans for a new community library to be funded through an agreement with a major retailer occupying the same site.... Read more

Innovation, interrupted: Zoe Dattner on the trouble with digital publishing start-ups x

‘I have always been drawn to the digital publishing start-up, and the endearingly mad people who initiate them,’ writes Zoe Dattner, co-founder of Sleepers Publishing... Read more

At your service: The growth in self-publishing support services x

The boom in self-publishing has led to the establishment of a number of different ‘self-publishing support services’, reports Brad Jefferies. He spoke to several local operators,... Read more

Andrew Rule’s ‘Kerry Stokes’ x

The cards have always been stacked against Kerry Stokes. Born John Patrick Alford, his mother gave him up for adoption. His name was scratched out... Read more

Claire Atkins’ ‘Nona & Me’ x

Nona & Me is one of those wonderful books that takes you deeply into a rarely seen world and brings it vibrantly to life. Set in... Read more

Inbooks to cease distribution for American Library Association (ALA) x

Agency: American Library Association (ALA)ISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: American Library Association (ALA)Changeover date: 1/10/14Returns cut-off: 26/9/14

Inbooks to cease distribution for Hurst and Saqi/Telegram x

Agency: Hurst Publishers; Saqi & TelegramISBN Prefix: VariousOld Distributor: InbooksNew Distributor: N/AChangeover date: 1/10/14Returns cut-off: 26/9/14             

Ryding appointed director of Melbourne City of Literature office

David Ryding has been appointed as the inaugural director of the Melbourne City of Literature office based at the Wheeler Centre. (See news.)

Shosanya appointed CEO of Paper Plus

Sam Shosanya has been appointed CEO of Paper Plus in New Zealand, replacing Rob Smith, who left the company in early August. (See news.)

Staff changes at ‘KYD’

Kill Your Darlings online editor Emily Laidlaw has left the publication and will be replaced by deputy online editor Veronica Sullivan.

APA: Frankfurt Book Fair webinar x

The APA has organised a webinar for Friday 29 August in the lead-up to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October. The webinar will suit those... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW) presentation on magazine editing x

Society of Editors (NSW) will run a presentation on the world of magazine editing and subediting with Sue Ramsey, chief subeditor of Good Health magazine... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day dinner x

Bookings are open for an Indigenous Literacy Day dinner featuring a performance by singer-songwriter Archie Roach. Date: 3 September, 7pm for a 7:30pm start, concluding... Read more

Murdoch congratulates Ben Shewry and Martin Benn x

Murdoch Books celebrates the success of our two authors Ben Shewry and Martin Benn who were the two big winners at last week’s 2015 Australian... Read more

Entries now open for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards x

Ten award categories provide opportunities for both published and emerging writers, as well as four fellowships supporting new works by Queensland writers. Entries close 19... Read more

Inbooks to cease distribution for Hurst and Saqi/Telegram x

Inbooks would like to advise customers that we will cease distribution for Hurst, and Saqi/Telegram at the end of September. Customer returns will be accepted... Read more

Inbooks to cease distribution for American Library Association (ALA) x

Inbooks would like to advise customers that we will cease distribution for American Library Association (ALA) at the end of September. Customer returns will be accepted... Read more

Hinkler Sells Engage Literacy to Capstone x

Hinkler has sold Engage Literacy to Capstone, a US-based publisher who is the exclusive distributor of the Engage Literacy program in North America, the UK... Read more

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