Weekly Book Newsletter
21 January 2015

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the Australia Day public holiday on Monday, the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday 29 January. The deadline for classifieds and... Read more

Last chance: Please complete our post-Christmas survey x

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

Local book sales up over Christmas x

Local booksellers have recorded a boost in sales over the Christmas period compared to the previous year. According to Nielsen BookScan, sales were up 1.5% in volume and... Read more

Perth Writers Festival 2015 program launched

The 2015 Perth Writers Festival program has been launched and tickets are now on sale. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the line-up of international guests... Read more

Adelaide Writers’ Week 2015 program launched

The 2015 Adelaide Writers’ Week program has been launched. The event will run from Saturday 28 February to Thursday 5 March at the Pioneer Women’s... Read more

Australian crowdfunded publishing projects raise $1.2m in 2014 x

Crowdfunding websites raised more than $1.2m for successful publishing and writing projects in Australia in 2014. At Kickstarter, $609,182 was pledged to 56 successful Australian publishing... Read more

New report argues GST exemption should stay x

Extending the GST to internationally purchased online goods worth less than $1000 is unlikely to improve Australian retailing, according to a report by free-market think-tank the Institute... Read more

New writers’ festival planned for Canberra x

A new writers’ festival will be held in Canberra in 2015. Noted, an offshoot of Canberra’s experimental arts festival You Are Here, is being pitched... Read more

Case appointed program manager at MWF

Writer, editor and bookseller Jo Case has joined the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) as its new program manager. Case, who joins the team in February,... Read more

New app lets travelling parents share picture books with kids

A new Australian-made app that lets parents read books with their children when they’re away from home launched on the Apple iTunes store in late December. The Quality... Read more

NZ booksellers up 10.5% over Christmas

New Zealand booksellers have increased their Christmas sales by 10.5% in value and 8.6% in volume in 2014, reports Booksellers NZ. Booksellers NZ CEO Lincoln Gould... Read more

The Wheeler Centre celebrates fifth birthday

The Wheeler Centre is turning five in February. Melbourne’s centre for books, writing and ideas will mark its five-year anniversary with a series of gala events... Read more

Digital Writers’ Festival announces events

The Digital Writers’ Festival has announced a number of events in the 2015 program ahead of the full launch on 4 February. The online-only festival, which... Read more

Australian self-published author heads ‘Women Writing Women’ project x

Australian self-published author Jessica Bell is organising an international publishing project called ‘Outside the Box: Women Writing Women’, which showcases women writers who are ‘self-publishing as a... Read more

Arthur launches arts agency JAM PR

Former Hachette campaign manager Jaki Arthur is launching a new Sydney-based arts agency. Arthur told Books+Publishing that Jaki Arthur Management + PR (JAM PR) will offer services... Read more

Quote of the week

‘With e-books and e-readers, there was a crazy, massive spike in the past few years and it was scaring retailers. Now the e-book has 20... Read more

Rights round-up x

Fiction—Giramondo has sold Indian rights to Carpentaria (Alexis Wright) to Navayana. Fremantle Press has sold US audio rights to Whisky Charlie Foxtrot (Annabel Smith). HarperCollins has... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Fiction titles are dominating this week’s bestsellers chart. The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan, Vintage) reclaimed the overall top spot from Jeff... Read more

RiP Jim Thorburn

James Alexander (Jim) Thorburn, former bookseller at Pocket Bookshops in Sydney, has died, aged 90. His daughter, Rosemary Thorburn, writes: ‘Jim ran the Pocket Bookshops from 1959... Read more

National Readathon Day to debut in the US

In the US, the first National Readathon Day will take place on Saturday 24 January. The event, which is sponsored by the National Book Foundation,... Read more

Pearson adds $50m to Affordable Learning Fund x

In the US, Pearson will expand the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund by investing an additional US$50m (A$61m) to provide education to low-income learners in emerging... Read more

Amazon Studios announces screening for Michael Connelly adaptation x

In the US, Amazon Studios has announced it will screen drama series ‘Bosch’, the adaption of Michael Connelly’s ‘Harry Bosch’ book series, reports Deadline. The 10-episode... Read more

S&S, HarperCollins launch direct-to-consumer programs

In the US, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins have announced new channels for direct-to-consumer sales, reports Publishers Weekly. HarperCollins has launched a pilot program with... Read more

Digital Book Awards 2015 winners announced

The Digital Book Awards were announced in New York on 14 January as part of the Digital Book World (DBW) conference. Among the winners in... Read more

Ubud announces 2015 dates

The 2015 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) will be held from 28 October to 1 November in Bali, Indonesia, and will explore the theme... Read more

New ebook tracking and analytics platform demonstrated at DBW x

UK ebook discovery company Jellybooks has demonstrated its ebook tracking and analytics platform at the Digital Book World (DBW) conference in New York, reports the... Read more

Charles Hall’s ‘Summer’s Gone’ x

Summer’s Gone, a debut novel by Melbourne writer Charles Hall, is a coming-of-age story set in the 1960s that mingles nostalgia with tragedy; Beatles-mania with... Read more

Booktopia counting down ‘Australia’s favourite author’

Booktopia is counting down the top 50 finalists in its annual ‘Australia’s Favourite Author’ promotion. On 19 January, Booktopia began announcing the top 50 finalists,... Read more

NSW state library seeks digital expert

The State Library of NSW is looking to hire a ‘director of digital experience and chief information officer’ who can transform the organisation into a... Read more

ALIA announces new VP and board candidates

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced that Patricia Genat has been elected unopposed as its new vice-president. Genat, who is director of ALS Library Services and... Read more

Library Lovers’ Day celebrations planned

Libraries around Australia will be participating in Library Lovers’ Day celebrations on Saturday 14 February. The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), which runs the... Read more

International library news

Czech library network densest in EU The Czech library network is the densest in the EU, according to a report in the Prague Post. Of... Read more

‘Visually sophisticated, quirky, funny and daring’: Mike Shuttleworth reports from the Paris children’s book festival

‘While it’s true that the French embrace topics and styles that more timid Anglophone picture book publishers would reject, right now, France is producing some... Read more

Case appointed program manager at MWF

The Melbourne Writers Festival has appointed writer, editor and bookseller Jo Case as its new program manager. Case will replace program manager and schools’ program... Read more

Random House Australia to Distribute Kensington Books x

As a result of Kensington Books moving its Sales and Distribution to Random House in the US, Random House Australia will take over distribution in Australia from 1 February 2015.  The current distributor, Penguin Australia, will accept authorised returns in accordance with their policy provided goods are returned before 30 April 2015.  Please contact United Book Distributors on 1800 331 015 or aftersales@unitedbookdistributors.com.au for any queries on such returns.

Please contact Random House customer service on 1800 222 444 for any other queries on the Kensington Books list.


Vote 4 Failure – Timmy Failure Book 4 Cover and Title Vote Live x

Walker Books’ bestselling children’s author Stephan Pastis is inviting kids to choose the cover and title of the fourth book in his Timmy Failure series, published in October 2015. Vote 4 Failure is now live and open for kids to vote from two covers at timmyfailure.com. Have your say!




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