Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
26 November 2014

Nick Dyrenfurth’s ‘Mateship: A Very Australian History’ x

Surveys of Australians continue to show that ‘mateship’ is one of our country’s defining qualities. But what does it actually mean? In this provocative history,... 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

Farr wins ‘Sunday Star-Times’ short story award x

Australia-born, Wellington-based author Tracy Farr has won the open division of the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards for her story ‘Once Had Me’, reports Stuff.co. The... Read more

Hathorn receives ‘Alice’ award

The Society of Women Writers Victoria has announced Libby Hathorn is the recipient of its ‘Alice’ award. The society presents the trophy biennially ‘for a... 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

Yarra Plenty Library launches YRead summer reading program

Yarra Plenty Regional Library in Melbourne has launched a youth summer reading program. The YRead program, which runs from 1 December to 1 February, encourages... Read more

International library news

Simon & Schuster drops ‘Buy It Now’ elending requirement In the US, Simon & Schuster is expanding its ebook lending program to all public libraries... Read more

Victorian Labor unveils $50m SLV plan

The Victorian Labor Party will contribute $50 million to upgrade the State Library of Victoria (SLV) as part of its state election campaign, reports the... 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

Behind closed doors: Rose Michael on the acquisitions process x

Ten years ago, as a lecturer in the publishing and communications program at the University of Melbourne, Rose Michael hosted a debate on the then-contentious... 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

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

Children’s Literature returns to Dromkeen Homestead! x

Dromkeen Homestead’s new owners and Books Illustrated Gallery are celebrating the history of Dromkeen and Australia children’s literature with the opening of an exhibition of The John Barrow Collection of Australian Children’s Book Illustration on Sunday December 7.

This will be the first showing of the John Barrow collection which includes original artworks by some of Australia’s well-known illustrators including Graeme Base, Ann James, Alison Lester, Bob Graham, Terry Denton, Jane Tanner, Julie Vivas and many more. The collection features work from the modern classic era of Australian Children’s Literature, 1980-2004.
This is an opportunity for creators, publishers, booksellers, teachers, librarians and other children’s literature enthusiasts to revisit Dromkeen, reminisce with some vintage books and illustration and gain insight into the future vision for the homestead.

The John Barrow Collection Australian Children’s Book Illustration collected between 1988 and 2004
To be opened at 2 pm
Followed by refreshments and a tour of Dromkeen Homestead with Bernadette Joiner

Dromkeen Homestead
1012 Gisborne-Kilmore Rd
Riddells Creek VIC 3431

RSVP by December 1 to Ann Haddon
(03) 9534 7751


Hachette Australia Congratulates Shaun Tan x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Shaun Tan on being shortlisted in the children’s book award category of the Queensland Literary Awards, for the wonderful Rules of Summer.

To order copies of Rules of Summer (ISBN:  9780734410672) please contact Alliance Distribution Services customer service on toll-free fax 1800-664-477 or tel (02) 4390 1300.


Lonely Planet Offer Same Day Dispatch x

Lonely Planet will be offering same day dispatch on orders submitted before 12pm AEDT from, 1st – 23rd Dec

Last orders dates for pre-Christmas delivery: WA regional – 16th Dec, Tasmania, Queensland and Perth– 18th Dec, Regional NSW, Vic, SA and Brisbane – 19th Dec, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne – 22nd Dec.


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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