Weekly Book Newsletter
19 November 2014

Quote of the week

‘Bundling has been talked about for some time, so we’re delighted to be in a position to test the theory, and see how results measure... Read more
 

Queensland Literary Awards 2014 shortlists announced

The shortlisted titles for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) have been announced by the State Library of Queensland (SLQ). The shortlisted titles are: Fiction... Read more
 

Gentill tops bestsellers at seventh annual Crime & Justice Festival

Sulari Gentill’s A Murder Unmentioned (Pantera Press) and Michael Mori’s In the Company of Cowards (Viking) were the bestselling fiction and nonfiction titles at the seventh annual Crime &... Read more
 

A&U acquires novel on F Scott Fitzgerald

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has signed a novel following the final years of The Great Gatsby author F Scott Fitzgerald, reports the Bookseller. A&U acquired... Read more
 

SPN conference travels to Sydney; Australian book sales up 2.4% reports BookScan x

The Small Press Network (SPN) delivered its third Independent Publishing Conference—and its first outside of Melbourne—at the Federation Conference Centre in Sydney on 13 and... Read more
 

HarperCollins and Pages & Pages partner to run print and ebook bundling trial x

HarperCollins and Pages & Pages have announced they will run a print and ebook bundling pilot program until the end of January 2015. Pages &... Read more
 

Booksellers express ‘great concerns’ over the Book Depository’s plans for Australian market

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has expressed ‘great concerns’ over the prospect of the Book Depository supplying Australian consumers directly from Australian publishers and distributors... Read more
 

Hardie Grant wins best consumer site for Cooked

Hardie Grant has won the award for best consumer-facing website at the Bookseller’s Futurebook Innovation Awards. The best publisher website in the awards was divided... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week

The Long Haul, the ninth book in Jeff Kinney’s ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series (Puffin) is at the top of bestsellers chart and highest... Read more
 

RiP Treesje McKeown x

Long-time Sydney bookseller Treesje McKeown has died, aged 72. McKeown was a bookseller at Lesley McKay’s Bookshop in Double Bay and Woollahra for more than... Read more
 

SA Government expands Christmas trading hours x

The South Australian Government has announced they will allow retailers to trade for extended hours during the Christmas period. Retailers will be able to open... Read more
 

Dystopian novel wins 2014 Most Underrated Book Award x

Jane Rawson’s dystopian novel A Wrong Turn at The Office of Unmade Lists (Transit Lounge) has won this year’s Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA). Rawson... Read more
 

ABC Retail launches website for smartphones

ABC Retail has launched a new website that is optimised for smartphones. ‘Having a mobile retail experience for ABC Shop was a critical element in ABC Retail’s... Read more
 

QBD invites customers to design a bookmark x

QBD has launched a competition to design a bookmark that will be sold in the book chain’s stores.   Customers can enter the Make Your Bookmark competition... Read more
 

Brisbane Airport offers Brisbane-related books to G20 delegates

Brisbane Airport Corporation has selected 20 books about Brisbane and by Brisbane authors that will be displayed in the departure lounge for G20 delegates and... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘I would warmly welcome Amazon or The Book Depository setting up a warehouse in Australia because it would be a fair fight’—Pages & Pages co-owner Jon... Read more
 

Butler joins the Cameron Creswell Agency, Cameron’s Management x

Freelance editor and publishing consultant Jo Butler has joined the Cameron Creswell Agency and Cameron’s Management as a literary agent. Butler joins the company on... Read more
 

Phillips resigns as Macmillan director to launch consulting business x

After 42 years with Pan Macmillan, Macmillan director Peter Phillips has resigned from the publisher to run his own book industry consulting company. Phillips told... Read more
 

‘Fish-Hair Woman’ wins Philippine National Book Award

Merlinda Bobis’ Fish-Hair Woman (Spinifex Press) has won a Philippine National Book Award in the category of Best Novel in a Foreign Language (English). Bobis... Read more
 

Reading Matters 2015 authors announced

US authors Laurie Halse Anderson and Sara Farizan and UK author Sally Gardner are among the guests attending next year’s Reading Matters conference. The 2015... Read more
 

KOALAs 2014 winners announced

The winners of the 2014 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs) have been announced. The winning titles and honour books in each category are: Picture... Read more
 

Down wins inaugural Henry Handel Richardson Writing Competition

Melbourne writer Jennifer Down has won the inaugural Henry Handel Richardson Writing Competition for her short story ‘Pressure Okay’.  The competition, judged by Helen Garner... Read more
 

CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Educational Publishing Awards have been announced. Best Resource in Primary Education went to Connected 2013... Read more
 

‘The Lifted Brow’ appoints new print editors

Melbourne-based publisher and literary magazine The Lifted Brow (TLB) has appointed three new editors for its flagship print magazine. Jointly editing TLB in 2015 will be founding editor of... Read more
 

Audible launches free audiobook promotion on its Australian store

Amazon-owned audiobook retailer Audible has launched a promotion on its Australian website offering a free audiobook collection. The audible.com.au site, which went live on 15 January, is... Read more
 

The Book Depository in talks to establish local supply x

Amazon-owned, UK-based online retailer the Book Depository is working to establish a direct supply with publishers in Australia. Books+Publishing understands that the retailer has been... Read more
 

Scarlet Stiletto Awards 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2014 Scarlet Stiletto Awards has been announced. Twenty-seven short stories by 23 women have been nominated for the awards, which recognise short crime... Read more
 

Human Rights Nonfiction Literature Award 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Human Rights Nonfiction Literature Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Black War: Fear, Sex and Resistance in... Read more
 

Flanagan shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year

Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage) has been shortlisted for the 2014 Waterstones Book of the Year in the UK. Flanagan’s... Read more
 

ABC Retail launches website for smartphones x

ABC Retail has launched a new website that is optimised for smartphones. ‘Having a mobile retail experience for ABC Shop was a critical element in ABC Retail’s... Read more
 

Xoum memoir optioned for film x

The film rights for Lenuta Hellen Nadolu’s memoir Give Me Courage (Xoum) have been optioned for film by producer Stuart Quin in association with production... Read more
 

Costa Book Awards 2014 shortlists announced

In the UK, the shortlists for the 2014 Costa Book Awards have been announced. The books shortlisted in the novel category are: The Lives of... Read more
 

UK protest group launches Amazon boycott

In the UK, protest group Amazon Anonymous has launched a campaign urging consumers not to shop at Amazon this Christmas, reports the Bookseller. The group... Read more
 

Penguin Random House launches audio app

Penguin Random House has launched a new audio app called ‘Volumes’, reports Galleycat. The free app allows readers to listen to audio clips from authors... Read more
 

Over one million visitors attend Sharjah International Book Fair

In the United Arab Emirates, the 33rd annual Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) received a record of 1.4 million visitors to the fair, which ran... Read more
 

Mystery awards announced at Bouchercon

Three prizes for mystery books—the Barry Awards, Anthony Awards and Macavity Awards—were presented at the Bouchercon 2014 World Mystery Convention: Murder at the Beach, held... Read more
 

Torday wins ‘Guardian’ children’s fiction prize x

Piers Torday has won this year’s Guardian children’s fiction prize for his book The Dark Wild (Quercus). Torday’s novel, which is the sequel to his... Read more
 

'How to be Both' wins Goldsmiths prize

How to be Both (Ali Smith, Hamish Hamilton) has won the £10,000 (A$17,890) Goldsmiths prize, a literary award established to ‘reward fiction that breaks the... Read more
 

Bad S-x in Fiction Award 2014 shortlist announced x

In the UK, the shortlist for the Literary Review’s Bad S-x in Fiction Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Snow Queen (Michael Cunningham,... Read more
 

Hachette US and Amazon sign trading deal x

Hachette US and Amazon have ended their long-running dispute over trading terms and signed a new multi-year deal for print and ebook sales in the... Read more
 

BookNet Canada reviews impact of literary awards

BookNet Canada has released the results of a survey on the relationship between literary awards and book-buying behaviour. The survey asked Canadian book-buyers how significant award wins or nominations were to... Read more
 

Amazon wins right to administer .book domain

Amazon has won the right to administer the .book domain name after eight contesting companies withdrew applications from the private auction run by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and... Read more
 

Debut novel wins 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize

In Canada, Sean Michaels’ debut novel Us Conductors (Random House Canada) has won the C$100,000 (A$101,400) 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize, reports Publishers Weekly. The judges... Read more
 

FT Business Book of the Year Award winner announced

In the UK, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Belknap Press) has won the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.  Piketty’s book, a ‘nearly 700-page... Read more
 

NSW public libraries recognised in marketing awards x

The winners of this year’s NSW Public Library Marketing Awards have been announced. Dubbo’s Macquarie Regional Library has won an award for its Guinness World... Read more
 

International library news

US library develops ereader app In the US, the Queens Library in New York has developed its own ereader app for Android and iOS, reports... Read more
 

UNSW uses piracy-fine proceeds for student amenities x

The University of NSW is fining students for piracy and using the money raised to improve student amenities rather than giving it to the copyright owners, reports the Sydney... Read more
 

Australian Red Cross donates archives to Melbourne Uni

Photographs, records and other objects from the Australian Red Cross national and Victorian archives and heritage collection have been donated to the University of Melbourne... Read more
 

ARC grant awarded for expansion of Australasian Legal History Libraries x

The Australasian Legal Information Institute’s (AustLII) proposed expansion of the Australasian Legal History Libraries has received matched funding in the latest round of grants announced... Read more
 

International library news x

Petition underway to save London’s Imperial War Museum Library In the UK, over 4300 people have signed a petition to stop the closure of the... Read more
 

Cooking the books: behind the scenes with Hardie Grant Publishing online content editor Hannah Koelmeyer x

Hannah Koelmeyer is the online content editor for Hardie Grant Publishing’s Cooked website, which recently won an award for best consumer-facing website at the Bookseller’s Futurebook Innovation Awards. Koelmeyer... Read more
 

Doing the deed: Sex in YA literature x

‘For those of us who were teenagers before the early 2000s, the pickings were slim when it came to books that showed characters talking about... Read more
 

Leisa Rayven’s ‘Bad Romeo’ x

Bad Romeo doesn’t quite shake off its Twilight fan-fiction origins, but author Leisa Rayven manages a funny, sexy narrative voice that lifts this book above its peers. Cassie... Read more
 

Jackie French’s ‘Birrung: The Secret Friend’ x

The setting is Sydney Cove, 1790. When Barney Bean catches the eye of the ‘Indian’ girl adopted by the colony’s chaplain, he has no idea... Read more
 

The Quarto Group distribution change x

Agency: The Quarto GroupISBN prefix: VariousOld distributor: UBDNew distributor: Murdoch BooksChangeover date: 01/03/2015
 

Starfish Bay Publishing distribution change x

Agency: Starfish Bay PublishingISBN prefix: 978-0-994100 Old distributor: N/ANew distributor: NewSouthChangeover date: Effective immediately
 

Focus Publishing distribution change x

Agency: Focus Publishing ISBN prefix: 978158510; 9780941051 Old distributor: CoinfoNew distributor: NewSouthChangeover date: Effective immediately
 

Visible Ink Press distribution change x

Agency: Visible Ink Press ISBN prefix: 97807808; 978 1-57859Old distributor: WoodslaneNew distributor: NewSouthChangeover date: Effective immediately
 

Thunder Bay Press distribution change x

Agency: Thunder Bay Press ISBN prefix: 97807924; 978157145; 978159223; 978160710; 978162686; 978 968-5308 Old distributor: PenguinNew distributor: NewSouthChangeover date: Effective immediately
 

Waterford Press distribution change x

Agency: Waterford Press ISBN prefix: 9781588355; 978162005 Old distributor: PenguinNew distributor: NewSouthChangeover date: Effective immediately
 

Blue Apple Books distribution change x

Agency: Blue Apple Books ISBN prefix: 978160905; 978 1-934706  Old distributor: Random HouseNew distributor: NewSouthChangeover date: Effective Immediately
 

Parkstone distribution change x

Agency: Parkstone International ISBN prefix: 978185995Old distributor: FuseNew distributor: NewSouthChangeover date: Effective immediately
 

Butler joins the Cameron Creswell Agency, Cameron’s Management

Freelance editor and publishing consultant Jo Butler has joined the Cameron Creswell Agency and Cameron’s Management as a literary agent. (See news.)
 

Phillip resigns as Macmillan director to launch consulting business x

After 42 years with Pan Macmillan, Macmillan director Peter Phillips has resigned from the publisher to run his own book industry consulting company. (See news.)
 

‘The Lifted Brow’ appoints new print editors x

The Lifted Brow (TLB) has appointed three new editors to replace Sam Cooney. (See news.)
 

Australia-China Publishing Forum: Deadline is 28 November 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

The Quarto Group to be distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Murdoch Books x

Murdoch Book are delighted to announce that they will commence representation of The Quarto Group from March 1st 2015.  Both Quarto Publishing Group USA and Quarto Group UK... Read more

NewSouth Books Distribution Changes x

NewSouth Books is delighted to announce it is now distributing the following publishers, effective immediately:  Parkstone International – specialising in fine art books and offering a broad range... Read more

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