Weekly Book Newsletter
4 February 2015

ABA delegation heads to American Booksellers Association conference x

An Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) delegation will attend a conference by its US industry counterparts in Asheville, North Carolina. The delegation attending the 10th American... Read more

Digital Writers’ Festival launches 2015 program x

The second annual Digital Writers’ Festival (DWF) has launched its 2015 program. The online-only festival, which is hosted by the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF), will run from... Read more

Tuffield nominated for ‘Women’s Agenda’ Leadership Awards x

Affirm Press publisher and Stella Prize co-founder and executive director Aviva Tuffield is a finalist in the 2015 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards. Tuffield is one of... Read more

Roy Morgan study finds more Australians buying ebooks

More Australians are buying ebooks according to a study from Roy Morgan Research.  The study found that over the past two years, online sales of... Read more

‘Bitter Greens’ featured on American Library Association Reading List x

Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens (Vintage) has been announced as the winner of the Historical Fiction category on the American Library Association (ALA) 2015 Reading List.... Read more

A&U acquires rights to ‘Zeroes’ trilogy x

Allen & Unwin has acquired the Australian and New Zealand rights to the ‘Zeroes’ YA trilogy by Sydney-based authors Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti.... Read more

NZ booksellers awarded US conference scholarship

Booksellers NZ is sending two booksellers to the US for the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute conference (Wi10). Unity Books Wellington bookseller Matt Bialostocki and... Read more

Penguin to publish Little Black Classics range x

Penguin will publish a series of 80 short classics to celebrate the publisher’s 80th birthday. The Little Black Classics range, published by Penguin UK, aims to showcase... Read more

New book to advise authors on publicity campaigns

A ‘world-first’ guide for authors running their own publicity campaigns in Australia will be published next month. The DIY Book PR Guide: The HAPPIER Guide to Do-it-yourself Book Publicity... Read more

Inaugural Photobook Melbourne festival to run in February x

The inaugural Photobook Melbourne festival and Australian Photo Book of the Year Awards will be held on 12-22 February. In a statement, festival organisers said... Read more

University publishing symposium to be held in Canberra in March

A one-off symposium on university publishing will be held at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra in March. The ‘Reinventing university publishing’ symposium, to be held from 17-19 March,... Read more

Pickering appointed digital affairs manager at Exisle x

Exisle Publishing has appointed Matthew Pickering to the newly created role of digital affairs manager. Pickering, who will be based in Exisle’s Auckland office, will manage the publisher’s... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Black Inc. has sold German rights to She’s Having Her Baby (Lauren Sams) to Egmont Ink. Nonfiction—Exisle Publishing has sold Polish rights to Change... Read more

Quote of the week

‘We can sell up to 50% of total sales in e-book edition in the first couple of weeks of a book’s life’—Allen & Unwin digital... Read more

Bestsellers this week

The film tie-in edition of American Sniper (Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice, HarperCollins) has jumped from fourth to first spot in this week’s top... Read more

RiP Colleen McCullough x

Australian author Colleen McCullough has died aged 77. The author passed away on 29 January in hospital on Norfolk Island. McCullough’s publisher HarperCollins has released a statement... Read more

Newcastle Writers Festival launches 2015 Kids Program x

Newcastle Writers Festival has launched its 2015 Kids Program, running from 16-21 March 2015. Guest speakers include Melina Marchetta, Garth Nix, Susaire Dunn and Kaz... Read more

Book Industry Study Group and American Library Association announce library survey x

A major survey of public library patrons’ use of digital content will be produced as a result of a new partnership between the Book Industry... Read more

More than one million historic documents damaged in Moscow university library fire x

A fire at the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences, one of Moscow’s largest university libraries, is being described as a ‘cultural Chernobyl’, reports... Read more

Thousands of early English books released online by Bodleian Libraries and partners x

The full text of more than 25,000 titles from the ProQuest resource Early English Books Online are now openly available to members of the public,... Read more

Book Industry Study Group and American Library Association announce library survey x

A major survey of public library patrons’ use of digital content will be produced as a result of a new partnership between the Book Industry... Read more

More than one million historic documents damaged in Moscow university library fire x

A fire at the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences, one of Moscow’s largest university libraries, is being described as a ‘cultural Chernobyl’, reports... Read more

Thousands of early English books released online by Bodleian Libraries and partners x

The full text of more than 25,000 titles from the ProQuest resource Early English Books Online are now openly available to members of the public,... Read more

Harper Lee to publish second book

Harper Lee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird (various imprints), will publish her second book in July, reports Publishers Weekly. Go Set a Watchman,... Read more

Controversy over Canadian YA award-winner

When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid, a YA book about a transgender teen that won Canada’s 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award, is... Read more

ALA Awards 2015: Printz, Newbery, Caldecott, Stonewall

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced its awards for children’s and young adult literature, including the Printz, Newbery, Caldecott and Stonewall. The Michael L... Read more

S&S launches North Star Way

Simon & Schuster US has launched North Star Way, an imprint and service to help authors to build their public profile, said the company in... Read more

Amazon reports net loss of US$241 million in 2014

Amazon has released fourth-quarter and full-year figures, reports Publishers Weekly. For the full year, the online retailer’s sales increased 20% to US$88.99 billion (A$1.14 billion), but... Read more

Enright appointed inaugural Irish fiction laureate

Anne Enright has been appointed the inaugural laureate of Irish fiction, reports the Bookseller. As part of the role, which is worth €150,000 (A$218,630) over... Read more

James Herbert Award for Horror Writing shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the inaugural James Herbert Award for Horror Writing has been announced, reports the Bookseller. The shortlisted titles are: The... Read more

ALIA launches FAIR: Freedom of Access to Information and Resources x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) launched the FAIR campaign at the Information Online 2015 conference in Sydney on Tuesday. Created by ALIA to... Read more

Cuts to physical books hit New Zealand schools x

Teachers in New Zealand schools will not be able to request specialist National Library nonfiction books from July, reports stuff.co.nz.   In 2014, 16,000 teachers made... Read more

International in brief x

Book Industry Study Group and American Library Association announce library survey A major survey of public library patrons’ use of digital content will be produced... Read more

Hardie Grant’s Roxy Ryan reports from Digital Book World x

‘The ability for booksellers and publishers to articulate, reach and engage readers in their products is something that they can do better than anyone else,’... Read more

Jen Craig’s ‘Panthers and the Museum of Fire’ x

The year 2015 is only in its early days, but already I know that Sydney writer Jen Craig’s novella, Panthers and the Museum of Fire,... Read more

Human Kinetics Australia to distribute Thieme Publishers x

Agency: Thieme PublishersISBN Prefixes: 978158890, 97813131, 978160406Old Distributor: WoodslaneNew distributor: Human Kinetics AustraliaChangeover date: 01/02/2015

OUP Acquires CCH Australia Titles x

Oxford University Press Australia (Oxford) has acquired twenty-one law and business titles from CCH Australia (CCH). The acquisition is effective immediately. Arrangements for first semester... Read more

ABC Books Congratulates Indie Shortlistees x

ABC Books and HarperCollins Publishers are delighted to congratulate Emma Ayres and Judith Rossell, whose wonderful books have been shortlisted for the 2015 Indie Book... Read more

Human Kinetics Australia to Distribute Thieme Publishers x

We are pleased to announce that from 1 February 2015 Human Kinetics Australia will be distributing in this region for Thieme Publishers from our warehouse... Read more

NewSouth Books Congratulates Alan Atkinson x

Congratulations to Alan Atkinson, who has won the eminent Victorian Prize for Literature for the third volume of The Europeans in Australia. Alan was also... Read more

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