Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
19 November 2014

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

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

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

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 will be represented together in both Australia and New Zealand.  This move incorporates all of the adult trade imprints within The Quarto Group including children’s imprints, Wide-Eyed Editions, QED, words & pictures and Walter Foster Jr. 

Please contact your Murdoch Books/Allen & Unwin Account Manager or UBD customer service for further details.


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 of lavishly-illustrated publications on painting, photography, architecture, fashion, and religious art (previous distributor Fuse); 
  • Blue Apple Books – founded in 2003, an independent publisher dedicated to producing high quality, age-appropriate books for children (previous distributor Random House); 
  • Waterford Press – producing simplified reference guides that introduce novices to nature, science, travel and languages (rights previously held by Penguin);  
  • Thunder Bay  Press – publishing large coffee table reference books on a range of topics for more than 20 years and Canterbury Classics, a sub-imprint, publishing classic works of literature in fresh, modern formats; 
  • Visible Ink Press – publishing popular reference mega-works that inform and entertain in the areas of science, history, minority studies, and the paranormal (previous distributor Woodslane); 
  • Focus Publishing – acquired in November 2014 by Hackett Publishing Company, it has a strong commitment to independent publishing across the arts and humanities (previous distributor CoInfo); 
  • Starfish Bay Publishing – a new Australian publisher, which aims to capture children’s imagination through a range of beautiful, entertaining and thoughtful picture books.


NewSouth will only accept returns for books invoiced by us. For returns policies on all other titles, please contact the previous distributor.




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