Weekly Book Newsletter
1 July 2015

NZ book sales up in 2015

New Zealand’s book sales are up in volume and value in the first half of 2015, according to new figures released by Nielsen Book. New... Read more

‘Overland’ Fair Australia Prize shortlist announced

Literary journal Overland and the National Union of Workers (NUW) have announced the shortlists for the inaugural Fair Australia Prize.  Shortlists have been released for... Read more

PRH launches first local digital serial x

Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia will launch its first local digital serial in July. Lethal in Love, a six-part serialised suspense romance by Australian author... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Following reports of its record-breaking sales overseas, E L James’ Grey (Arrow), a retelling of Fifty Shades of Grey (Arrow) from the character Christian Grey’s... Read more

Fremantle Press sells film option to ‘Riddle Gully’ series x

Film and TV rights to Jen Banyard’s children’s books Riddle Gully Runaway and Mystery at Riddle Gully (Fremantle Press) have been optioned by Australia-based production company... Read more

Cohen wins inaugural Russell Prize for Humour Writing

Bernard Cohen’s The Antibiography of Robert F Menzies (HarperCollins) has won the inaugural Russell Prize for Humour Writing. The book was chosen for the $10,000... Read more

Tuffield joins Black Inc. x

Aviva Tuffield has been appointed publisher at Black Inc. Tuffield will specialise in fiction but will also acquire nonfiction titles. She will work part-time, continuing... Read more

Laville-Moore elected PANZ president

Allen & Unwin NZ director Melanie Laville-Moore has been elected president of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) at the organisation’s recent AGM. Laville-Moore,... Read more

S&S UK signs debut Australian author

Simon & Schuster UK has purchased UK, Commonwealth and ANZ rights for a novel by Australian author Aoife Clifford. All These Perfect Strangers is the... Read more

CSIRO launches children’s publishing program x

CSIRO Publishing has launched a children’s book publishing program and will release its first title in September. The press, which has been publishing science and technology books... Read more

New websites for A&U, Murdoch Books x

Allen & Unwin (A&U) and Murdoch Books have recently launched new websites. A&U’s website has been redeveloped with a responsive design, and similar websites have... Read more

Lonely Planet launches cookbook series

Lonely Planet has launched a series of ‘destination’ cookbooks called ‘From the Source’. The publisher will release the first two cookbooks in August—From the Source:... Read more

Williams appointed chair of the Copyright Agency

Former News Corp CEO Kim Williams has been appointed chair of the Copyright Agency. Williams replaces Hardie Grant Publishing chief executive Sandy Grant, who has... Read more

Black to leave Aboriginal Studies Press

Rhonda Black has retired as publisher at Aboriginal Studies Press (ASP) after 12 years in the role. Black was instrumental in developing many resources at... Read more

Editia wins Walkley Grant for Innovation in Journalism x

Digital-first publisher Editia has won a $5000 Walkley Grant for Innovation in Journalism.  The grants offer seed funding for innovative projects that will benefit Australian journalism,... Read more

Transportation Press announces literary collaboration with UK, Iran

Tasmanian publisher Transportation Press has announced plans to publish a second collection of short stories from Tasmania and abroad. ‘The Third Script will include stories... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘While total NZ-published sales increased, NZ Fiction decreased by just over 50% in both volume and value—no titles have replaced the impact that The Luminaries... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—A&U has sold US and UK & Commonwealth (ex ANZ) rights to To Name Those Lost (Rohan Wilson) to Europa Editions US and UK,... Read more

Pearson tops global publishing ranking, China enters top 10

Pearson has topped the ‘Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry’, an annual survey of publisher revenues, compiled on behalf of Livres Hebdo, Buchreport, the Bookseller... Read more

Locus Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of the 2015 Locus Awards for science-fiction and fantasy writing have been announced. Winners include: Ancillary Sword (Ann Leckie, Orbit) in the Science-fiction... Read more

ALA Andrew Carnegie Medals 2015 winners announced

In the US, the American Library Association (ALA) has announced the winners of the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals. Anthony Doerr won the Andrew Carnegie Medal... Read more

French publishers’ income down 1.3% in 2014

French publishers’ net income fell by 1.3% to €2652m ($A3842m) in 2014—the fourth year running that French publishers have recorded a decline, reports the Bookseller. Book... Read more

Amazon UK website records £5.3bn sales in 2014

Amazon’s UK website has recorded sales of £5.3bn (A$10.8bn) for the year ending December 2014, up 14% from £4.49bn (A$9.1bn) the previous year, reports the... Read more

Neurosurgery memoir wins PEN/Ackerley Prize

The £3000 (A$6115) PEN/Ackerley Prize for a work of memoir or autobiography has been awarded to neurosurgeon Henry Marsh for his memoir Do No Harm:... Read more

Apple loses US court appeal on ebook price-fixing decision

In the US, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Judge Denise Cote’s 2013 finding that Apple conspired to fix ebook prices with publishers, reports... Read more

Disney combines publishing and interactive media divisions

In the US, the Walt Disney Company will combine the division that includes its publishing arm with its interactive media division, reports Digital Book World.... Read more

SLNSW collection valued at $3.5bn x

The State Library of NSW’s collection has recently been valued at $3.15 billion, an increase of nearly $1 billion since 2010. The collection is the... Read more

NZ national library proposes centralised service x

The National Library of New Zealand may close its Palmerston North branch at the end of the year in favour of a centralised service, reports... Read more

International library news x

Ebook pricing discussed at American library conference Ebook pricing was a key issue discussed at the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference, which ran from... Read more

Budding romance: Lili Wilkinson on ‘Green Valentine’

Lili Wilkinson’s latest YA novel Green Valentine (A&U) is a romantic comedy with an environmental twist, that explores ‘the cliché that popular girls are always mean girls’. Read... Read more

Emma Viskic’s Resurrection Bay

Caleb Zelic’s deafness has made him an astute observer of the minute details of world around him, and of people in particular, a skill he... Read more

Tuffield joins Black Inc. x

Aviva Tuffield has been appointed publisher at Black Inc. after recently finishing up Affirm Press. (See news.)

Black to leave Aboriginal Studies Press x

Rhonda Black has retired as publisher at Aboriginal Studies Press. (See news.) 

Williams appointed chair of the Copyright Agency x

Former News Corp CEO Kim Williams has been appointed chair of the Copyright Agency. Williams replaces Hardie Grant Publishing chief executive Sandy Grant, who will... Read more

Laville-Moore elected PANZ president x

Allen & Unwin NZ director Melanie Laville-Moore has been elected president of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ), replacing Auckland University Press director Sam... Read more

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