Weekly Book Newsletter
6 November 2014

Lynette Noni’s ‘Akarnae: The Medoran Chronicles Book One’ x

This is another book about ‘young people at magic school’, which we’ve seen a lot of in the post-Harry Potter market. To be fair, the... Read more

Australian Writers Week authors announced

The Australian Embassy Beijing has announced that A J Betts, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Tim Cope, Brooke Davis and Damon Young will be the guest authors at Australian... Read more

Croome named Tasmania’s Australian of the Year

Rodney Croome, gay rights activist and former editor of literary journal Island, is Tasmania’s Australian of the Year. Croome was commended as ‘a champion of lesbian,... Read more

International library news x

Tablets overtake ereaders among US public library readers, report finds The Library Journal’s fifth annual Ebook Usage in U.S. Public Libraries report has found that... Read more

SLNSW to run pilot program to deliver local digital content x

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) is launching a pilot program to investigate how libraries can best deliver local digital content to communities. SLNSW communications... Read more

NLA welcomes bill to extend legal deposit to digital publications

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has welcomed the introduction of a Bill that will extend legal deposit to include digital publications. The Civil Law... Read more

Fit, fed & informed: Tim White on the trend for healthy lifestyle titles x

‘The boundaries of what is a diet and what is a lifestyle are ever-changing because of trends in cuisine, ingredients, ideas about physical (and mental)... Read more

Staff changes at Hachette x

Hachette Australia has promoted a number of staff, including: Daniel Pilkington, Elise Winton, Penny Evershed and Naomi Gaskell in the sales department; Christine Fairbrother, Anna Egelstaff, Kelly Morton... Read more

Dunne joins Express Media x

Fiona Dunne has been appointed creative producer at Express Media. (See news.)

Australia-China Publishing Forum: Call for expressions of interest x

The Australian Embassy Beijing is calling for expressions of interest from publishing professionals from all business areas to attend the Australia-China Publishing Forum in Beijing... Read more

Major New Acquisition for Allen & Unwin in ANZ and UK x

Allen & Unwin are thrilled to announce that they have acquired UK/Commonwealth and ANZ rights to Australian author Dominic Smith’s novel At the Edge of a Wood, described by bestselling author of Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk, Ben Fountain, as ‘quite simply, one of the best novels I have ever read, and as close to perfect as any book I’m likely to encounter in my reading life.’ UK/Commonwealth rights were bought from Devon Mazzone at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, while ANZ rights were obtained from Gaby Naher at the Naher Agency. ‘Set in 17th century Holland, 1950s Manhattan and Sydney in 2000, At the Edge of a Wood is a breathtakingly accomplished story of art, forgery and deception which is both intelligent and utterly compelling,’ says Allen & Unwin’s trade publishing director Tom Gilliatt. Rights have also sold to Q Publishers in the Netherlands and Ullstein in Germany, with other deals imminent. Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Allen & Unwin will publish in 2016.


Business for sale: Book Group Australia x

This is a great opportunity to purchase a well established family-owned business specialising in wholesaling, remainders, direct marketing and publishing.  We also have a well established non-book business with major retailers. The business is well known in the industry, with an established customer and supplier base, and stock.  The current owners are very happy to assist with the transition to the new owners.

Please direct all enquiries to Paul on 0412 238 401


Editia Reprinting ‘Kevern write a book’ x

Due to the overwhelming media buzz around Kevern write a book: The best of @Rudd2000 by Scott Bridges and Stephen Owen (ISBN 978-0-9924825-8-9; RRP $24.99), publisher Editia is reprinting immediately. The title will be available for order through NewSouth Books from next week.

To order please contact TL Distribution. 

Ph: (02) 8778 9999 Email: orders@tldistribution.com.au


Book Submissions for ILF x

It’s that time of year again when our Foundation is calling for submissions for our relevant programs, Book Buzz and Book Supply. We were blown away by the choice of materials that were submitted last year. To find out how to submit your books and for a selection criteria, please contact Tina Raye, ILF Program Manager, on 02 9280 0644 or tina@ilf.org.au.


‘Hello! From Australia’ exhibition Bologna 2015 x

Oz children’s books selections revealed for the Hello! from Australia exhibition at Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2015.

Illustrations from 32 books have been selected out of 109 submissions from 24 Australian publishers for 2015 Hello! from Australia exhibition. 

The works, which celebrate and promote the vibrancy and variety of Australia’s children’s book illustrators and publishing, will be showcased at the 2015 Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

The exhibition is the seventh annual display of Australian children books to be displayed at the fair, and is an initiative of the Australian Publishers Association created in partnership with Books Illustrated, funded by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Details in the media release.


Set the Number of Results Shown on Titlepage x

In response to requests from users, TitlePage now has the ability to set the default number of search results displayed. This can be set in using the ‘Default display matches’ field in the ‘Search Preferences’ section of the ‘My Details’ tab. 




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