Weekly Book Newsletter
13 May 2015

Queensland government to support state literary awards

Queensland premier and arts minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the state government will contribute up to $175,000 annually to the Queensland Literary Awards (QLA), matching... Read more

Hockey confirms GST will be imposed on ebooks from mid-2017

Federal treasurer Joe Hockey has announced the government will extend the 10% GST to digital downloads, including ebooks, from overseas from 1 July 2017, under... Read more

Booksellers to benefit from small business tax breaks

Booksellers are among the beneficiaries of a new tax breaks for small businesses introduced in the 2015-16 federal budget on 12 May. From budget night... Read more

Changes to Australia Council announced in budget

The government will cut $110m from the Australia Council over the next four years as part of changes announced in the 2015-16 federal budget on 12... Read more

Leading Edge restructured; books manager Papadopoulos to leave the group x

Leading Edge Group has announced a restructure of its business, which will see marketing and operations teams centralised and the general manager for books, video... Read more

Shortlist announced for inaugural Russell Prize for Humour Writing x

The State Library of NSW has announced the shortlist for the inaugural Russell Prize for Humour Writing. The shortlisted titles are: A Short History of... Read more

HarperCollins to reprint ‘Paul Keating: The Biography’ with amendments

HarperCollins Australia will reprint David Day’s Paul Keating: The Biography with amendments, after the former Prime Minister disputed the book’s claim he suffers from dyslexia... Read more

‘The Strays’ sold to North America following Stella win x

US and Canadian rights to Emily Bitto’s Stella Prize-winning novel The Strays (Affirm Press) have been sold to Hachette US imprint TWELVE and Penguin Canada respectively,... Read more

Little Gnome bookshop to open in Brisbane

A new bookstore, Little Gnome, will open in the Brisbane suburb of Wynnum on 30 May. Belinda Ellis, who will run the store with her... Read more

New online bookshop for self-published authors launched

A new online bookshop that allows self-published authors to sell print copies of their books direct to consumers has launched this week. Bocabel, which is... Read more

Affirm Press, Varuna launch new mentorship award

Affirm Press and Varuna, the Writers’ House, have announced a new publisher partnership. The Affirm Press Mentorship Award offers up to four local writers at any... Read more

School bullying memoir ‘Bad Behaviour’ optioned for TV

TV rights to Rebecca Starford’s debut memoir Bad Behaviour: A Memoir of Bullying and Boarding School (A&U) have been optioned by director Pip Karmel and... Read more

Krien shortlisted for British Sports Book Awards

Night Games: Sex, Power and a Journey into the Dark Heart of Sport (Black Inc.) has been shortlisted for the British Sports Book Awards. The... Read more

Quote of the week

‘It drives home the point that the technology is there to charge GST to all goods and services coming from offshore’—ABA CEO Joel Becker on... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Alex Adsett Publishing Services has sold North American rights to the ‘Alex Caine Trilogy’, books 1-3 (Alex Baxter) to Ragnarok Press. Black Inc. has... Read more

Bestsellers this week

Nora Roberts’ The Liar (Hachette) continues its run as Australia’s number one bestseller for the third consecutive week, followed by Truth or Die (James Patterson,... Read more

Local author launches readathon for ILF

Australian author Jane Rawson has launched a readathon for June and July to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF). Rawson has set up... Read more

Crowdfunded book wins inaugural Book of the Year at UK Bookseller Industry Awards

In the UK, Paul Kingsnorth’s The Wake, published by crowdfunding platform Unbound, has been awarded the inaugural Book of the Year at the 2015 Bookseller... Read more

Neel Mukherjee’s ‘The Lives of Others’ wins Encore Award

In the UK, British-Indian writer Neel Mukherjee has won the 2014 Encore Award for his novel The Lives of Others (Vintage). Mukherjee’s novel, which was... Read more

Little Rebels Children’s Book Award winner announced

Gill Lewis has won the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction for her book Scarlet Ibis (OUP), reports the Guardian. Lewis’ book... Read more

UK Bookseller Industry Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of the UK’s Bookseller Industry Awards have been announced, reports the Bookseller. Bookselling chain Waterstones won the Book Retailer of the Year Award for its ‘watershed’ year,... Read more

UK publishers’ revenues flat in 2014

In the UK, the Publisher’s Association (PA) Statistics Yearbook has found publishers’ annual sales totalled £4.3bn (A$8.4bn) in 2014, the same as in 2013, reports... Read more

Report shows ebooks have greater share in English-language markets

An international ebook report has found significant disparity in growth rates between English-speaking and non-English-speaking markets, reports the Bookseller. The 2015 Global E-book Report, compiled... Read more

European Commission to hold ecommerce competition inquiry

The European Commission will hold a competition inquiry into the ecommerce sector in the European Union as part of a broader push towards a digital... Read more

St John Mandel wins 2015 Arthur C Clarke Award

Canadian author Emily St John Mandel has won the 2015 Arthur C Clarke Award for science-fiction writing for her novel Station Eleven (Picador). St John Mandel’s book was... Read more

PRH UK Children’s division creates one editorial team

In the UK, Penguin Random House (PRH) has restructured its children’s division to create one editorial team, reports the Bookseller. Editors at Random House Children’s... Read more

NSW Public Library Association collects 70,000 signatures for funding petition x

The NSW Public Libraries Association (NSWPLA) has collected more than 70,000 signatures for its petition for a new public library funding model, saying the current system... Read more

National Archives Digital Excellent Awards announced x

The National Archives of Australia (NAA) has announced the winners of its inaugural Digital Excellence Awards, reports PSnewsonline. The awards, which were presented to Australian... Read more

International library news x

Obama Presidential Library coming to ChicagoThe Obama Foundation has announced that the Barack Obama Presidential Centre, including the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum, will be... Read more

Alex Ross on book design and the ABDA shortlist x

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) will announce the winners of the 2015 Book Design Awards at a ceremony in Sydney on 22 May. Books+Publishing... Read more

Antonia Hayes’ ‘Relativity’

Antonia Hayes’ debut novel Relativity is magnetising. Its highly original plot artfully reveals the mysteries behind a family rupture, at the heart of which is... Read more

TitlePage ‘Select All’ Option x

If you are a TitlePage user and you select and download TitlePage search results you can now select all results on a page by clicking on the... Read more

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