Weekly Book Newsletter
10 December 2014

Apple reveals 2014 top-selling iBook titles for Australia x

The Apple iBooks store has released lists of its most downloaded fiction and nonfiction titles in Australia in 2014. The four highest selling fiction books... Read more

Kobo reveals reading habits of Australian readers x

Kobo has released an overview of its statistics on the reading habits of Australian ebook readers. Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (Orion) is listed as the... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The Book Council declares to the nation that Australian writing matters and that building future generations of writers and readers is vital to a civilised... Read more

Christmas closing list 2014 (updated) x

  Last day of business in 2014 First day of business in 2015 Allen & Unwin Wednesday 24 December (Closing 12pm) Monday 5 January Alliance... Read more

RiP Maurice Saxby x

Author, scholar and former national president of the CBCA Maurice Saxby has died, aged 89. Margaret Hamilton from the Children’s Book Council of Australia writes:... Read more

Final ‘Weekly Book Newsletter’ for 2014 x

This issue of the Weekly Book Newsletter will be the last for 2014. The first Weekly Book Newsletter for 2015 will be published on 7... Read more

Social Club Books to close

Social Club Books has announced it will close at the end of January 2015. Established in 1983, the business runs a mail-order catalogue and a... Read more

HarperCollins acquires memoir by Rosie Batty

HarperCollins has announced it has acquired world rights to a memoir by Rosie Batty. Rosie’s Story, written with Bryce Corbett, will be published in late... Read more

Arts Tasmania 2015 individual artists grants announced

The successful applicants for Arts Tasmania’s 2015 Individual Artists Program have been announced. Several writers were among the successful applicants to share in $445,083 worth... Read more

Dyer to replace Strout as SWF executive director x

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has announced the appointment of Jo Dyer as its new executive director. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, current executive director... Read more

Shortlists for 2014 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards announced

The shortlists for the 2014 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards have been announced. The awards aim to ‘recognise, reward and promote writing by ACT region... Read more

Avoca Hill Bookstore opens in Melbourne x

Avoca Hill Bookstore opened in the Melbourne suburb of South Yarra on 5 December. Book buyer Jewelene Barrile told Books+Publishing that ‘“the bookstore” has returned... Read more

Government to establish new Book Council of Australia, industry campaigns and data collection among its tasks

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced during the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards on 8 December that the government will establish a new Book Council of Australia.... Read more

PM’s Literary Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced on 8 December at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. The winners in each... Read more

Queensland Literary Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of the Queensland Literary Awards were announced on 8 December at the State Library of Queensland. The winning titles in each category are:... Read more

Inaugural Erica Bell Foundation Awards winners announced x

The winners of the inaugural Erica Bell Foundation Awards for excellence in Tasmanian literature and medical research have been announced. Academic and Fullers Bookshop bookseller Adam Ouston... Read more

‘The Lifted Brow’ launches experimental nonfiction prize

Melbourne-based publisher and literary magazine The Lifted Brow (TLB) has announced a new nonfiction prize to coincide with its print magazine relaunch in March 2015. The... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

What a Croc! (Hachette), a collection of the ‘funniest, craziest, wittiest, most memorable’ front pages from the NT News newspaper, is the highest new entry... Read more

Cooke resigns from New Holland

New Zealand publisher New Holland has announced that Belinda Cooke has resigned from the company after 16 years as managing director. The publisher said in... Read more

Brooks awarded Australia Council literature fellowship

Poet, novelist and essayist David Brooks has been awarded an Australia Council Fellowship for literature. Brooks will use to the fellowship, worth $100,000 over two... Read more

‘Triumph and Demise’ wins 2014 Walkley Book Award

Paul Kelly has won this year’s Walkley Book Award for Triumph and Demise: The Broken Promise of a Labor Generation (MUP). Kelly received the award... Read more

Arnott wins 2014 Scribe Nonfiction Prize

Tasmanian writer Robbie Arnott has won the 2014 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. Arnott, who was shortlisted for the prize in 2013, was announced... Read more

Hachette signs multi-book deal with FitzSimons

Hachette Australia has announced it has signed a ‘multi-book publishing deal’ with bestselling nonfiction author Peter FitzSimons. ‘This signing reunites Peter with one of his... Read more

‘Capital’ magazine and ACT Writers Centre launch short fiction series x

Canberra-based lifestyle magazine Capital has announced a new publishing project with the ACT Writers Centre called ‘Capital Stories’. The project will ‘regularly publish’ short stories... Read more

Australia Post to offer permanent Saturday delivery for Express Post parcels

Australia Post will offer permanent Saturday delivery for Express Post parcels to ‘specific delivery areas’ from 9 January 2015, the organisation announced in a statement.... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The month-on-month double-digit growth in children’s books has been absolutely wonderful! A joy to think that children and their parents still value books and reading,... Read more

Christmas closing list: Final chance to submit dates x

Publishers and distributors have one more chance to advise the Weekly Book Newsletter of their Christmas closing dates by 5pm this Friday 5 December. If your business doesn’t... Read more

Smiddy joins Australian Book Designers Association

Claire Smiddy has been appointed manager of the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA). Smiddy previously held positions at the Wheeler Centre, the Victorian Premier’s Literary... Read more

Christmas closing list 2014 x

Last day of business in 2014 First day of business in 2015 Alliance Distribution Services Closed public holidays only Andrew McMeel Publishing Friday 19 December... Read more

Final ‘Weekly Book Newsletter’ for 2014 next week

Next week’s Weekly Book Newsletter on 10 December will be the last for 2014. The first Weekly Book Newsletter for 2015 will be published on... Read more

Please complete our pre-Christmas survey

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual pre-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. BooksellersIf you are... Read more

Meyer joins Five Mile Press

Author, editor and Literary Minded blogger Angela Meyer has been appointed commissioning editor at the Five Mile Press. Meyer will be working on the publisher’s... Read more

Wevers wins Royal Society of New Zealand Pou Aronui Award x

Lydia Wevers has been awarded the 2014 Pou Aronui Award by the Royal Society of New Zealand for being ‘a tireless and effective champion of... Read more

Ruffino appointed MD of S&S

Dan Ruffino has been appointed managing director of Simon & Schuster Australia, replacing Lou Johnson, who announced her resignation in September. Ruffino has worked in... Read more

ABC’s ‘The Book Club’ announces Classic Beach Books list

The ABC’s The Book Club announced the results of its Classic Beach Books poll on 2 December. The top 10 book are: The Thorn Birds... Read more

Melbourne extends Christmas trading hours

Melbourne retailers are allowed to trade for extended hours in the lead-up to Christmas, reports Inside Retail. The Strand Melbourne, Melbourne Central, Emporium Melbourne, QV Melbourne,... Read more

Joint winners announced for 2014 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize for poetry

Tracy Ryan and Jill Jones are the joint winners of the 2014 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize for poetry. Ryan and Jones were chosen from a... Read more

ABIAs 2015 date and location announced

The 2015 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) will be held on 21 May 2015. The awards will be held at Doltone House in Pyrmont during the... Read more

Marshall and Ihimaera to share NZ writers’ residency x

New Zealand authors Owen Marshall and Witi Ihimaera have been chosen as the 2015 Randell Cottage Writers in Residence. The selection panel chair Vincent O’Sullivan... Read more

‘Inside Retail’ launches New Zealand newsletter x

Retail industry news source Inside Retail has launched a sister site Inside Retail New Zealand. In a statement, Inside Retail said the site is ‘a... Read more

Apple reveals 2014 top iBooks downloads for UK, US

The Apple iBooks store has released lists of the most downloaded books of 2014 in the UK and the US. Reflecting the popularity of film... Read more

Hachette to trial book sales via Twitter

In the US, Hachette will sell a limited number of its titles directly through Twitter in partnership with ecommerce venture Gumroad, reports Publishers Weekly. From 11... Read more

Barnes & Noble buys back Microsoft’s share of Nook Media

Barnes & Noble (B&N) has bought back Microsoft’s share of Nook Media for US$125 million (A$150 million) with a combination of cash and stock, reports Publishers... Read more

Costello debut novel voted ‘book of the year’ in Irish awards

Academy Street, a debut novel by Mary Costello (Text), has been voted the Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year for 2014, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Wattpad to add paid content

Online writing platform Wattpad has announced it is adding paid content to its website to make it ‘simpler for readers to financially support the writers... Read more

Inaugural ‘Bookseller’ YA Book Prize shortlist announced

Ten books are in the running for UK book publication the Bookseller’s inaugural YA Book Prize. They are: Goose (Dawn O’Porter, Hot Key Books), Say... Read more

Bezos on book pricing, failed business ventures and Hachette

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has spoken about book pricing, the company’s failed business ventures and its dispute with Hachette in an widely publicised ‘in conversation’ at Business Insider’s Ignition... Read more

Okri wins 2014 Bad S-x in Fiction Award for ‘The Age of Magic’

Booker Prize winner Ben Okri has won this year’s UK Literary Review Bad S-x in Fiction Award for his 10th novel The Age of Magic (Head... Read more

Penguin Hotline to offer gift book recommendations

In the UK, Penguin has created a Penguin Hotline to offer gift book recommendations, reports Shelf Awareness. The hotline, staffed by more than 300 Penguin employees, was... Read more

World Book Night 2015 UK and Ireland titles announced

The titles selected for next year’s World Book Night in the UK and Ireland have been announced. Special editions of 20 books will be handed... Read more

Goodreads Choice Awards 2014 winners announced

The winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Books of 2014 have been announced. The winners include Landline by Rainbow Rowell (Orion) in the Best... Read more

International library news

NY Court hears dispute over Google Digital Library Project A lawyer for the Authors Guild has urged a federal appeals court in New York to... Read more

SLNSW launches ‘Rediscovering Indigenous Languages’ website

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has launched a new website offering access to the records of 100 Indigenous Australian languages, many of... Read more

In brief

NLA exhibition wins Canberra and Capital Region Tourism Award The National Library of Australia (NLA) has won an award for its Mapping our World: Terra... Read more

Fox and Lester top PLR, ELR lists x

Books by Alison Lester and Mem Fox have topped the lists of the highest scoring titles in the Public Lending Rights (PLR) and Educational Lending... Read more

International library news

Arizona State Library launches ‘Reading Arizona’ ebook platform The Arizona State Library has launched an ebook platform featuring over 500 books about the state of... Read more

NSW Public Libraries Association proposes Day of Action to protest lack of funding

The NSW Public Libraries Association (NSWPLA) is planning a Day of Action for Friday 5 December to draw attention to the need for increased library... Read more

Grafton’s new library doubles visitor numbers in six months

Visitor numbers have doubled in six months following the opening of the new $8 million library in Grafton in NSW, reports Government News. According to... Read more

Sydney’s first beach library launches in Coogee

More than 1000 books and magazines are available to beachgoers in Coogee through Sydney’s first free beach library, reports the Daily Telegraph. The Coogee Beach... Read more

What’s publishing in 2015? x

In the final issue of Books+Publishing for 2014 we asked publishers to share their top titles for the new year. Among the highlights are new... Read more

A splendid assortment: Denise Tilley on the history of Birchalls in Launceston x

In 1844 Birchalls opened in Launceston, Tasmania, with an advertisement in the local paper promising a ‘splendid assortment of books, stationery, fancy goods, etc’. The... Read more

Dianne Touchell’s ‘A Small Madness’ x

Rose is in Year 12, happy spending time with her best friend Liv and being madly in love with her perfect boyfriend Michael. Then suddenly,... Read more

Rebecca Starford’s ‘Bad Behaviour’ x

Being a 14-year-old girl can be brutal, and Bad Behaviour is Melbourne-based editor Rebecca Starford’s memoir of a harrowing year spent at a posh boarding school’s bush... Read more

Footprint to distribute Haus Publishing x

Agency: Haus PublishingISBN prefix: 978190Old distributor: Peribo Pty LtdNew Distributor: Footprint BooksChangeover date: Effective Immediately

Footprint to distribute Broadview Press x

Agency: Broadview PressISBN prefix: 97815511; 97815548Old distributor: NewSouthNew distributor: Footprint BooksChangeover date: Effective immediately

Harvey joins Dymocks Children’s Charities

Australian author Jacqueline Harvey has been appointed an ambassador for Dymocks Children’s Charities.

Dyer replaces Strout as SWF executive director x

Jo Dyer has been appointed executive director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, replacing Ben Strout, who will leave the role at the end of 2014.... Read more

Cooke resigns from New Holland x

Belinda Cooke has resigned as managing director of New Zealand publisher New Holland. (See news.)

Smiddy joins Australian Book Designers Association x

Claire Smiddy has been appointed manager of the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA). (See news.)

Meyer joins the Five Mile Press x

Author, editor and Literary Minded blogger Angela Meyer has been appointed commissioning editor at the Five Mile Press. (See news.)

Ruffino appointed MD of S&S x

Dan Ruffino has been appointed managing director of Simon & Schuster Australia, replacing Lou Johnson, who announced her resignation in September. (See news.)

Book Publicist for hire x

Publishers, distributors and authors, let me help your 2015 work-load and budget with outstanding publicity at an economical, negotiable rate. You get experience after 25... Read more

NewSouth Books Congratulates Felicity Castagna and Kellee Slater x

NewSouth Books would like to congratulate Felicity Castagna author of The Incredible Here and Now (Giramondo Publishing Company) – Winner of the PMs Literary Award... Read more

HarperCollins to Publish Memoir by Rosie Batty x

HarperCollins is proud to announce that it has acquired world rights to Rosie’s Story, a memoir by Rosie Batty, with Bryce Corbett, to be published... Read more

Steve Carroll wins PM’s Literary Award x

HarperCollins is thrilled to congratulate Steven Carroll on winning the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction for The World of Other People, the second novel... Read more

HarperCollins Congratulates Jackie French x

HarperCollinsPublishers is thrilled to congratulate children’s author and Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French, whose extraordinary book Refuge has won the Children’s Book Award in the... Read more

Hachette Australia Congratulates Shaun Tan x

Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Shaun Tan on being the joint winner in the Griffith University Children’s Book Award category of the Queensland Literary... Read more

Walker Books Congratulates Bob Graham x

Walker Books would like to congratulate Bob Graham for winning the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Award in the Children’s Fiction category for Silver Buttons.

Register Your Interest Now x

Please visit www.melbourneprize.org to register your interest to receive information on the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015 and Awards. With a prize pool over $100,000,... Read more

Footprint Books to Distribute Broadview Press x

Footprint wish to advise that effective immediately, Footprint now exclusively represent Broadview Press  (ISBN prefix 97815511, 97815548). Please contact their previous distributor, NewSouth Books for returns... Read more

Social Club Books to Close x

After almost 32 years, Social Club Books is closing their business at the end of January 2015. A unique business in its time, we believe... Read more

Freelance Agent Maurice Peters x

Publishers and distributors looking to reduce fixed costs and increase Victorian sales in 2015. Contact freelance agent Maurice Peters, M: 0417 725 533, E: mauricepeters@bookknight.com.au

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