Weekly Book Newsletter
14 January 2015

Dymocks exits Hong Kong x

Dymocks is withdrawing from the Hong Kong market, beginning with the closure of its flagship store and Hong Kong office. A further five independently owned... Read more

Indie bookstore Diabolik opens in Perth x

A new independent bookstore opened in the Perth suburb of Mt Hawthorn in November. Diabolik Books and Records owner Scott Jones told Books+Publishing that books... Read more

Brisbane bookstore Black Cat Books to close x

Brisbane bookstore Black Cat Books has announced that it will close on 30 January. The Paddington store, which specialises in children’s books, has been the site... Read more

Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2015 finalists announced

Writers Victoria has announced the finalists for the 2015 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, awarded annually to an Australian writer for a proposed biographical work. The... Read more

Melbourne teacher launches $5000 grant for online writing x

Melbourne teacher and blogger Philip Thiel has announced the formation of the $5000 Thiel Grant for Online Writing, aimed at supporting inventive online writing. The... Read more

Williams joins Copyright Agency board

Former News Limited CEO Kim Williams has been appointed as a director of the Copyright Agency board, replacing former media executive Brian Johns. Copyright Agency chair... Read more

‘Westerly’ magazine editors step down x

The editors of WA literary magazine Westerly, Delys Bird and Tony Hughes-d’Aeth, have stepped down from their positions. Bird has been editor since 1992, first... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Comments like “isn’t everyone buying ebooks” and “isn’t everyone buying books from the internet” are virtually non-existent’—Collins Booksellers Wagga owner Peter Halicki responds to the Books+Publishing post-Christmas... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Literary agent Alex Adsett has sold world rights to the two-book series ‘Who’s Afraid’ (Maria Lewis) to Piatkus in the UK. Nonfiction—Black Inc. has... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

While The Long Haul (Jeff Kinney, Puffin) is once again at the top of the bestsellers chart this week, healthy-eating cookbooks are also making their moves up the... Read more

Simon & Schuster to offer online author courses x

In the US, Simon & Schuster is offering paid online video courses from some of its popular authors, reports the New York Times. The courses... Read more

UK print book sales fall by more than £150m in five years

In the UK, new Nielsen BookScan figures reveal that sales of print books have fallen by more than £150m (A$278.53m) since 2009, reports the Guardian. An... Read more

The Bookworm launches publishing house and literary award

In China, literary organisation the Bookworm is launching the publishing house China Bookworm Press and the inaugural China Bookworm Literary Award, reports Creative Asia. China... Read more

Patterson donates £50,000 to inaugural World Book Day Award

American author James Patterson is donating £50,000 (A$92,300) to the inaugural World Book Day Award, which gives UK and Ireland school libraries the chance to... Read more

Christmas sales up for UK indie booksellers

The majority of independent booksellers in the UK have reported a boost in Christmas sales this year, according to separate surveys by the Booksellers Association... Read more

Harsent wins 2014 T S Eliot Prize

In the UK, David Harsent has won the 2014 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry for his collection Fire Songs (Faber) after being shortlisted for... Read more

Man Booker Prize eligibility, availability rules changed

The Man Booker Prize has made changes to its rules on the availability of longlisted titles and eligibility of international titles, reports the Bookseller. Following... Read more

Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich’s ‘One Step at a Time’

MidnightSun ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to finance its first picture book. It is an unusual and challenging book to launch its children’s list. It is... Read more

‘Kill Your Darlings’ announces new columnists

Melbourne-based literary journal Kill Your Darlings (KYD) has announced its new columnists for 2015, with James Tierney to write about books and writing. Tierney is... Read more

WA state library gathers Indigenous stories through interactive archive project

The State Library of Western Australia has gathered 1700 stories about the state’s Indigenous people through its Aboriginal heritage online interactive archive project Storylines, reports... Read more

International library news

NYC libraries to offer internet hotspots The New York Public Library is lending out 10,000 free high-speed internet hotspots valued at US$1000 (A$1223) to some... Read more

No more ‘nice’ books: Jackie French’s Colin Simpson Memorial Lecture

‘Each time I visit schools I ask the teachers to please close their eyes while the children raise their hands when asked, “Hands up, who... Read more

‘Westerly’ magazine editors step down x

The editors of WA literary magazine Westerly, Delys Bird and Tony Hughes-d’Aeth, have stepped down from their positions. (See news.)

Williams joins Copyright Agency board x

Former News Limited CEO Kim Williams has been appointed as a director of the Copyright Agency board. (See news.)

Tierney joins ‘Kill Your Darlings’ x

James Tierney has been appointed books and writing columnist for Melbourne-based literary journal Kill Your Darlings. (See news.)

Entries open for $10,000 Text Prize x

Submissions for the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing open on 2 March 2015 and will close on 2 April 2015. The prize is... Read more

Editors Victoria: Grammar training workshop x

Editors Victoria is running three Grammar for Editors courses with Glenys Osborne at the CAE, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Introductory: 31 January (bookings close 18... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): InDesign workshop x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will run a one-day workshop on InDesign, presented by Antony Brown, on Friday 20 February. The new InDesign course... Read more

St Martin’s Press Distribution Change x

Macmillan Science and Education (formerly Palgrave Macmillan) advises that effective 1st January 2015, we will no longer represent St Martin’s Press.  From that date sales and marketing will be handled by Pan Macmillan, with distribution through Alliance Distribution Services.

Credits for authorised returns must be finalised with United Book Distributors by 31st March 2015.

Please submit return requests before 15th March 2015 to United Book Distributors by email at aftersales@unitedbookdistributors.com.au.  Credits for invoices raised by MDS or UBD will only be issued for returns authorised by Palgrave Macmillan.


Footprint Books Distribution Changes x

We are pleased to announce that effective January 1st, 2015 the following publishers are now available through Footprint Books: Getty Publications; Five Continents Editions and Zed Books. Please cancel any outstanding backorders and re-order through Footprint Books.




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