Weekly Book Newsletter
25 February 2015

Attendance up at Perth Writers Festival; ‘Just Mercy’ tops bestseller list x

Around 44,000 people attended this year’s four-day Perth Writers Festival (PWF), up from 38,500 last year. PWF program manager Katherine Dorrington told Books+Publishing that the festival’s... Read more
 

New award categories for 2015 ABIAs

Three new awards will be presented for the first time at this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). Two of the new awards, the Small Publisher... Read more
 

Random House publishes retraction for Gillard autobiography

Random House has published a retraction and apology over an allegation against senator Nick Xenophon in Julia Gillard’s autobiography. In a statement the publisher said that... Read more
 

New Indigenous literature officer role announced, Indigenous Literary Festival to be held in Nov/Dec x

The Wheeler Centre’s resident organisations and the First Nations Australia Writers’ Network (FNAWN) have created a new part-time position of Victorian Indigenous literature officer. One... Read more
 

Wild Dog partners with PNG charity to create children’s books

Children’s publisher Wild Dog Books has partnered with not-for-profit organisation Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP) in Papua New Guinea to publish a series of books produced... Read more
 

US jury finds Australian publisher of ‘Fifty Shades’ defrauded partner out of royalties

A Texas jury has ruled that American Jennifer Lynn Pedroza was defrauded by Australian Amanda Hayward over royalty rights to the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’... Read more
 

NGV to host inaugural Melbourne Art Book Fair in May

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will host the inaugural Melbourne Art Book Fair on 1-3 May. Local and international book designers and publishers will... Read more
 

Oz, NZ festival of literature and arts line-up announced

The first line-up for the Australian and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts in London has been announced. Kate Grenville, Steve Toltz, Alan Duff,... Read more
 

Newcastle Writers Festival program announced

The program for the 2015 Newcastle Writers Festival, to be held on 20-22 March, is now available online. The opening night of the festival will... Read more
 

Australia Post increases prepaid parcel prices

Australia Post will increase the price for some parcel deliveries and prepaid parcels from 2 March, among wider changes to pricing for its services. Parcels... Read more
 

Hachette launches audiobook list x

Hachette Australia has launched its own audiobook list under the Hachette Audio imprint.   Hachette joint managing director Justin Ractliffe told Books+Publishing that the publisher will produce a selection of audiobooks... Read more
 

Booktopia opens new headquarters and distribution centre

Booktopia officially opened its 10,000 square metre headquarters and distribution centre in Homebush, Sydney, this week, to coincide with the company’s 11th birthday. The headquarters... Read more
 

Australian Crime Writers Association marks 20-year anniversary, partners with ‘KYD’

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) is celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2015. To mark the anniversary, ACWA has partnered with Kill Your Darlings (KYD)... Read more
 

Scribe signs second nonfiction prize winner

Scribe has announced that it has signed another winner of its Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. Briohny Doyle was the co-winner of the inaugural... Read more
 

Ngaio Marsh Award 2015 longlist announced

The longlist for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for New Zealand crime fiction has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Drowning City (Ben Atkins, Random... Read more
 

Quote of the week

‘This is the first truly collaborative initiative that we’ve undertaken together’—Small Press Network general manager Mary Masters on the new Victorian Indigenous literature officer role,... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Fremantle Press has sold Spanish rights to Prime Cut (Alan Carter) to Editorial Yulca. Text has sold Portuguese and Simplified Chinese rights to The... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week

This week’s bestsellers chart has a new number one, with Richelle Mead’s The Ruby Circle (Viking) placed first in both the top 10 bestsellers and the... Read more
 

Bologna children’s book catalogue released

Books Illustrated and the Australian Publishers Association (APA) have released the catalogue to accompany the ‘Hello! from Australia’ children’s book exhibition at the 2015 Bologna... Read more
 

Readerlink acquires Baker & Taylor publishing, warehouse units

US book distributor Readerlink Distribution Services has acquired Baker & Taylor Publishing Group (BTPG) and Baker & Taylor Marketing Services US (BTMS), reports Publishers Weekly. Under... Read more
 

Bookish films honoured at Academy Awards

A number of winners at this year’s Academy Awards on 22 February were based on or related to books, reports Shelf Awareness. Birdman or (the... Read more
 

LBF to hold social media conference

The London Book Fair (LBF) will stage its first social media conference on trends in global publishing, reports the Bookseller. The online conference, called ‘Around... Read more
 

Nebula award nominees announced

In the US, the nominees for the 2014 Nebula Awards have been announced. Titles nominated in the Fiction category of the Nebula Awards are: The... Read more
 

Kindle Unlimited illegal in France

Kindle Unlimited and similar ebook subscription services contravene French fixed price law and will be required to alter their practices within months, French culture minister... Read more
 

Report finds greater diversity in US children’s books

In the US, the Cooperative Children’s Books Centre (CCBC) has released figures indicating US children’s books embraced greater diversity in 2014, reports Publishers Weekly. The... Read more
 

Random House US to publish ‘discovered’ Dr Seuss book

Random House US has announced it will publish a recently ‘discovered’ picture book by Ted Geisel aka Dr Seuss on 28 July, reports Publishers Weekly. The book, entitled... Read more
 

Amazon expands one-hour delivery across Manhattan

In the US, Amazon has expanded its one-hour delivery service Amazon Prime Now across most of Manhattan, reports Mashable. Two-hour delivery is also available in... Read more
 

NLA digitises early Chinese newspapers to mark Lunar New Year

Three of the earliest known Chinese-Australian newspapers have been digitised by the National Library of Australia (NLA) and made available via Trove to mark the... Read more
 

Inaugural Friends of the NLA Creative Arts Fellow announced

Composer Chris Williams has been named the Friends of the NLA inaugural Creative Arts Fellow. Williams will receive $10,000 and undertake a four-week residency at... Read more
 

International library news

EBSCO buys YBP Library Services from Baker & Taylor Library service provider EBSCO has acquired YBP Library Services from Baker & Taylor, which has owned... Read more
 

Do publishers save too many high-profile titles for Christmas? x

‘The first six months of the year can seem rather empty. Mother’s Day cookbooks. A few light fiction releases. A host of debut releases. A... Read more
 

Patti Miller’s ‘Ransacking Paris’

This delightful recollection of the rewarding year that writer Patti Miller spent in Paris completing a challenging manuscript is that rare object—a book for anyone... Read more
 

APA: Finding international buyers for children’s books and rights webinar x

The Australian Publishers Association will hold a webinar on finding international buyers for children’s books and rights from 9-10am on Friday, 6 March. The session... Read more

ACT Writers Centre: Hardcopy program applications open x

Applications for the 2015 Hardcopy program are now open. Hardcopy is a professional development program for emerging Australian writers and the focus for 2015 will... Read more

Buk bilong Pikinini book launch and celebration x

PNG literacy advocacy charity Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP) will be holding an event in celebration of their new patron, children’s author Alison Lester. The event... Read more

Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015: Register Your Interest Now x

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

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