Weekly Book Newsletter
8 October 2014

Quote of the week

‘The general mood was extremely positive with everyone excited about the past year’s results and the upcoming Christmas trading period’—Collins Booksellers financial controller Will Smith... Read more

Collins Armidale and Tamworth joint franchisee winners at national conference x

The Collins Booksellers franchisee awards were announced at the bookseller’s national conference in Melbourne on 6 October. The National Franchisee of the Year Award was... Read more

RiP Alex MacLeod x

Alex MacLeod, long-time academic sales representative for Cassell, Book & Film Services and Harper Educational, has died Victorian bookseller Michael Shaw writes: ‘Although Alex chose... Read more

RiP Morris Lurie x

Australian author Morris Lurie has died, aged 75. Lurie was the author of numerous books, short stories, essays and plays. He was well known for his comic novels,... Read more

Tangled Garden Bookshop reopens as Murray River Books x

Tangled Garden Bookshop in Echuca, Victoria, has closed its bricks-and-mortar store and reopened as the online store Murray River Books. Co-owner Peter Williams told Books+Publishing that he... Read more

TITLE closes Melbourne CBD store x

Australian independent music, books and film retailer TITLE Store closed its Melbourne CBD store on 4 October. TITLE’s marketing and communications manager David Boyce told... Read more

Robinsons to open Highpoint store in November x

Independent bookselling chain Robinsons Bookshop will open a new store at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne in early November. Co-owner Susanne Horman told Books+Publishing that the store will have... Read more

Over 28,000 new titles published in Australia in 2013 x

In 2013, 28,234 new titles were produced in Australia, according to ISBN records added to Bowker’s Books in Print database. This is a significant increase on 2012, when... Read more

Bestsellers this week

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s memoir My Story (Knopf) is this week’s highest new entry, debuting in second place on the bestsellers chart. It’s behind The... Read more

New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains 11 reviews of children’s and YA books publishing in January to March. Included is a five-star review of A Small... Read more

HarperCollins to offer authors additional royalty through new website x

HarperCollins Australia will launch a new website in December that offers authors the option to earn an additional royalty when their titles are sold through the website. The Australian website will follow... Read more

NZ-Taiwan graphic novel exchange and collaboration

Six graphic novelists and comic artists will participate in a residential exchange between Taiwan and New Zealand as part of a program developed between the... Read more

Kenneally receives Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award

Irish-Australian author Thomas Keneally has been presented with one of Ireland’s 2014 Presidential Distinguished Service Awards. The awards, which span numerous categories, including the arts, recognise... Read more

MUP memoir subject of legal action

A forthcoming memoir from the former executive producer of TV breakfast show ‘Sunrise’ is the subject of legal action. Publisher MUP said in a statement... Read more

NSW Prem’s adds award in 2015

The New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards will include an additional award in 2015. ‘For the first time, The Premier’s Translation Prize includes the Multicultural... Read more

Picador acquires debut by award-winning screenwriter

Pan Macmillan imprint Picador has announced it has acquired local rights to a debut novel by award-winning Australian screenwriter Shirley Barrett. Barrett’s scripts include Love... Read more

Shortlist for inaugural Five Mile Press Illustrator Prize announced x

The Five Mile Press has announced the illustrators shortlisted for its inaugural Illustrator Prize. The shortlisted entrants are: Paul Heppell (New South Wales) Lucinda Gifford... Read more

Quote of the week

‘It will help reach younger audiences with an expanded children’s and young adult program, live stream technology connecting the event to regional locations, and a... Read more

QWC, Hachette announce writers for 2014 Manuscript Development Program x

The Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) and Hachette Australia have announced the writers selected for their 2014 Manuscript Development Program. The program, now in its seventh year,... Read more

Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop in Auckland up for sale

The Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop in the Auckland suburb of Ponsonby is up for sale, reports Booksellers NZ. Sheila Sinclair, owner of both the Children’s... Read more

Tranter launches poetry research journal

Poet John Tranter has launched an online poetry research journal. The Journal of Poetics Research (JPR) will publish research articles, book reviews, interviews and some creative writing, and will be ‘generally... Read more

‘WRIT Poetry Review’ launches first issue

A new online West Australian poetry journal has been launched. The WRIT Poetry Review seeks ‘first and foremost to connect the poetry community in the West’. Editors Alexis... Read more

New website for PANZ

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has launched a new website. The website was developed by Alistair Cook from New Zealand design company Book... Read more

NZ book wins international design award

Flatmate’s Handbook by New Zealand graphic design student Lauren Earl has won the Red Dot Design Concept Award, announced in Singapore on 27 September. Published... Read more

HarperCollins creates HarperCollins Germany

HarperCollins has announced the creation of HarperCollins Germany by expanding the Harlequin Hamburg office to form the new division, reports Publishers Weekly. The publisher said it... Read more

Survey into mobile ereading shows even split between Apple and Amazon apps among young people x

A new survey into mobile phone reading has found that young people are evenly split in their use of Apple or Amazon apps, reports Publishers Weekly. The Publishing Technology... Read more

‘Guardian’ children’s fiction prize shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the Guardian children’s fiction prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Flora & Ulysses (Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick Press);... Read more

Faber launches London pop-up shop

In the UK, Faber will host a pop-up shop in London in the lead-up to Christmas, reports the Bookseller. The shop, run by Faber’s publishing... Read more

Poll names Harry Potter as best book-to-film adaptation

The films based on J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series have topped a Samsung Electronics poll of the best book-to-film adaptations, reports the Evening Standard. The Shawshank Redemption, based on... Read more

Egmont Publishing to sell US business

Egmont Publishing, a division of Denmark-based Egmont Group that includes Egmont UK and Egmont USA, has announced it is selling its US business. The publisher... Read more

Harlequin signs exclusive subscription deal with Scribd

Harlequin has signed a one-year agreement to make Scribd the ‘exclusive subscription partner’ for 15,000 of its backlist titles, reports Digital Book World. The publisher’s full... Read more

Forward Prize for Poetry winners announced

In the UK, the winners of the 2014 Forward Prize for Poetry have been announced. The Forward Prize for Best Collection was awarded to The... Read more

Goldsmiths Prize 2014 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are J (Howard Jacobson, Jonathan Cape), How to be... Read more

Readfy launches advertisement-supported ebook service

In Germany, Readfy has launched its advertisement-supported ebook service with a catalogue of 25,000 titles that can be read within smartphone apps for free, reports... Read more

Myers made Europe head of Amazon Publishing

Former Waterstones managing director Dominic Myers has become the head of Amazon Publishing in Europe, reports the Bookseller. Myers has a brief to launch new... Read more

Finalists selected for Frankfurt digital publishing contest

Five finalists have been selected for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s Digital Publishing Creative Ideas Contest and will present their projects at the content and technology... Read more

Shriver wins 2014 BBC National Short Story Award

British novelist Lionel Shriver has won this year’s BBC National Short Story Award for her story ‘Kilifi Creek’. Shriver, whose short stories have previously been... Read more

Osprey sells Watkins, Angry Robot and Nourish imprints

UK military history publisher Osprey Publishing has sold three of its imprints—Watkins (MBS), Angry Robot (sci-fi) and Nourish (wellbeing cookbooks)—to US entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld for... Read more

International library news

White Paper offers recommendations for improved library e-content An international E-Data Quality Working Group consisting of library professionals, content providers and OCLC has published a... Read more

National Film and Sound Archive celebrates 30 years

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is celebrating its 30th birthday and has published a timeline of highlights from the past 30... Read more

NLA launches new creative arts fellowship

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has launched a new fellowship for ‘professional practicing artists’. The Friends of the NLA Creative Arts Fellowship is open... Read more

International library news

Connecticut library acquires walking, talking, dancing robots Connecticut’s Westport Library recently acquired two robots, Vincent and Nancy, which will be used to help teach coding... Read more

Malaysia Airlines victims honoured in condolence books at SLV

Around 1200 pages of condolence messages have been bound into three books and handed to the State Library of Victoria (SLV) during a national memorial... Read more

NLA to expand online and mobile services

The National Library of Australia (NLA) is redeveloping infrastructure to manage its digital collections and expanding its online and mobile services for library users, reports... Read more

‘Books+Publishing’ 2014 rights survey results x

For the 12th year in a row, Books+Publishing has surveyed Australian rights managers and literary agents to gauge the health of Australian rights trading. The... Read more

Top 10 political bios of the past decade

How will Julia Gillard’s memoir measure up against her predecessors’? Nielsen BookScan has put together a list of the bestselling political biographies and memoirs of... Read more

Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe & Mervyn Street’s ‘The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert’ x

This chapter book is a charming collection of stories by Jukuna Mona Chuguna, a storyteller from the great Sandy Desert. They have been interpreted and... Read more

Featherstone to leave ‘Verity La’

Nigel Featherstone, managing editor of online creative arts journal Verity La, has resigned. Michele Seminara, current editor and co-reader of poetry, will take over the... Read more

Sparrow to leave ‘Overland’

Overland editor Jeff Sparrow will leave the role at the end of 2014 to ‘concentrate on his own writing’. Current deputy editor Jacinda Woodhead will... Read more

New chair for Auckland Writers’ Festival board

Sarah Sandley has resigned as chair of the Auckland Writers’ Festival board and will be replaced by deputy chair Phillipa Muir. Nicola Legat has been appointed deputy chair and Josephine Green has... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): The Business of Editing x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. presents The Business of Editing, a one day seminar Saturday 15 November, 9.30am to 5.30pm. Cost: $350. The Business... Read more

ILF trivia night: Wednesday 5 November

It’s on again—the annual Indigenous Literacy Foundation trivia night at Paddo RSL on Wednesday 5 November. Quizmaster Richard Glover will host the evening and there will... Read more

ALIA conference iPad competition winner announced x

Thorpe-Bowker congratulates RMIT librarian Julia Leong, winner of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Conference iPad competition. Along with an iPad, Leong will receive a... Read more

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