Weekly Book Newsletter
3 September 2014

Quote of the week

‘If we in the print business want to survive, we have to make print an entirely different experience from reading digitally’—Melbourne Writers Festival guest Dave... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold Korean rights to The Naming of Tishkin Silk (Glenda Millard & Caroline Magerl). Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold Polish rights to My... Read more

Book sales up, ‘Treehouse’ number one at Melbourne Writers Festival x

Book sales at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) were ‘well up on last year’, according to festival bookseller Dymocks Melbourne.  Co-owner Dino Traverso told Books+Publishing that the festival... Read more

Brisbane Writers Festival kicks off

The 2014 Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) kicks off today and runs until 7 September. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, more than 200 writers and illustrators will... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day today

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is staging its eighth Indigenous Literacy Day today (Wednesday 3 September) to raise money for Indigenous literacy. A number of booksellers... Read more

Wilderness Society children’s book award winners announced

The winners of the Wilderness Society’s 2014 Environment Award for Children’s Literature were announced at the Little Bookroom in Melbourne on 2 September.  Bush Baby... Read more

Co-op to launch ebook site with Copia x

Campus bookselling chain the Co-op has confirmed it plans to launch a full ebook site with Copia. ‘The arrangement will involve using [Copia’s] technology to... Read more

‘Island’ launches mentoring program

Literary journal Island has announced the launch of the WD Booth Charitable Trust/Island Emerging Writer Mentoring Program to ‘build the resilience and capacity of the... Read more

Manuscript Assessor Conference kicks off

The inaugural two-day Writers Victoria Manuscript Assessor Conference kicks off today in Melbourne. The conference, which is open to emerging and established assessors, will host... Read more

Davitt Awards 2014 winners announced x

Sisters in Crime has announced the winners of the 2014 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The winning titles in each... Read more

Educational Publishing Awards 2014 shortlist announced

The titles shortlisted for the Australian Publishers Association Educational Publishing Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Primary Education Primary Student... Read more

Stella Prize to launch secondary schools program

The Stella Prize Schools Program will launch in Melbourne on 10 September with a free event for teachers, librarians, educators and students.  The event will feature... Read more

Notions Unlimited bookstore closes x

Science-fiction, fantasy and horror bookstore Notions Unlimited in Melbourne closed on 20 August and won’t reopen elsewhere, said owner Chuck McKenzie in a statement. McKenzie... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Four books in the ‘Minecraft’ series (Egmont Books) have re-entered the bestsellers chart this week, taking out the top four spots. The four titles are... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Foundation launches ‘get caught reading’ campaign x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation has launched a ‘get caught reading’ campaign to raise money, as part of 2014 Indigenous Literacy Day on Wednesday 3 September. ... Read more

McIlvanney wins 2014 Ngaio Marsh Award

Liam McIlvanney has won the 2014 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel for Where the Dead Men Go (Faber). McIlvanney won the NZ$1000 (A$895)... Read more

Aldi removes Roald Dahl book over language concerns x

Supermarket chain Aldi has removed Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes from its Australian stores following a customer complaint about its ‘unacceptable’ language for kids, reports the... Read more

Seaton and Herft join ABA management committee

Jane Seaton from Beaufort Street Books in Perth and Laura Herft from Dillons Norwood Bookshop in Adelaide have joined the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) management... Read more

New website, membership program for Text

Text Publishing has launched a new ‘responsive design’ website and membership program. Digital manager Michelle Calligaro told Books+Publishing that the website has been designed to... Read more

National Young Writers’ Festival 2014 program announced

The National Young Writers Festival (NYWF) in Newcastle, NSW, has announced its 2014 program. The festival, which runs from 2 to 5 October, will feature... Read more

Catton to set up reading grant for NZ writers

Eleanor Catton will use her prize money from this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards to set up a new reading grant for New Zealand... Read more

NZ Post Book Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: Book of the Year Peter McLeavey:... Read more

‘Sunday Chutney’ selected for Read for Australia event

Thousands of school children will read Aaron Blabey’s picture book Sunday Chutney (Puffin) during Read for Australia, a nationwide reading event to be held at... Read more

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

Recipients of CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants announced

Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) and the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) have announced the four recipients of the 2014 CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants, each... Read more

Down wins 2014 Elizabeth Jolley Prize

Jennifer Down has won the Australian Book Review (ABR) 2014 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. Down, who won the $8000 prize for her story ‘Aokigahara’, was selected from... 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

B&N testing Espresso Book Machines to ‘gauge consumer interest’

US bookselling chain Barnes & Noble (B&N) is testing the Espresso Book Machine in three of its stores to ‘gauge consumer interest’, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

Samsung ‘Innovation Partner’ at Frankfurt Book Fair

Technology company Samsung is the Innovation Partner at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF), which runs from 8-12 October. The collaboration will ‘highlight the convergence... Read more

Fans queue for 18 hours to meet Murakami

In London, readers queued for up to 18 hours for a book signing with author Haruki Murakami, reports the Bookseller. Fans began queuing outside Waterstones... Read more

Samuel Johnson Prize 2014 longlist announced

The longlist for this year’s Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction has been announced in the UK. The longlisted titles are: Roy Jenkins (John Campbell, Jonathan... Read more

Germaine Greer says ebooks should ‘cost pennies’ on Amazon

In the UK, author Germaine Greer said that ebooks should ‘cost pennies’ in a discussion on the dispute between Amazon and Hachette on BBC Radio... Read more

German and French publishers reject Martin Amis book

Martin Amis’ usual publishers in Germany and France have refused to publish his most recent novel The Zone of Interest (Jonathan Cape), a ‘brutish comedy’... Read more

Spain’s domestic publishing down 12% in 2013 x

Spain’s domestic publishing market saw a drop of almost 12% in turnover from 2012 to 2013, according to an annual survey by the Spanish publishers... Read more

Kobo to sell waterproof ereader

Kobo has unveiled the ‘world’s first premium waterproof e-ink ereader’, reports Digital Book World. The Waterproof Aura H2O Reader can be submerged in one metre... 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

Registrations open for ALIA Information Online Conference

Early bird registrations are now open for the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Information Online Conference, which will be held in Sydney from 2-5 February... Read more

International library news

Comic creator promotes National Library Card Sign-up Month In the US, legendary comic creator Stan Lee has been appointed honorary chair of Library Card Sign-up Month... Read more

SLQ wins Premier’s Cultural Diversity Award

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has been named winner of the Premier’s Cultural Diversity Award in the Public Sector category. Presented at a gala... 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

Bray says: Philip Bray from Brays Books on 45 years of bookselling, and the future

‘You might expect an old bloke, fast approaching retirement, to reflect on “the good old days” and bemoan the “newfangled days”. No way!’ Find out what Philip... 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

Steve Kilbey’s ‘Something Quite Peculiar’ x

This memoir from one of Australia’s most gifted songwriters is a lively, anecdotal account of 40-plus years of musicianship. As the frontman of The Church—one... 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

PANZ announces international rights and contracts workshops

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) is running two workshops on contracts and rights at Westpac Takutai Square in Auckland on 16 September. Leading the workshops will be... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Ebooks 201 for Editors—Intermediate x

Society of Editors (NSW) is running the training course Ebooks 201 presented by Sarah J H Fletcher. The course is for editors who have completed basic... 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

Pascal Press Congratulates Rebecca Johnson x

Pascal Press would like to congratulate author Rebecca Johnson for being shortlisted in the Primary Science Resources category of the APA Educational Publishing Awards, for... Read more

Penguin Random House/Toll Ipec x

Following a recent review of our core parcel transport services, from Monday 1 September 2014, Toll Ipec will take responsibility for Penguin Random House deliveries from United Book Distributors... Read more

BBC Audio x

Please be advised that RA’s for returns of BBC Audio product will no longer be issued by Harper Entertainment Distribution Services [HEDS] after Friday 26th... Read more

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