Weekly Book Newsletter
22 July 2015

ABA launches upgraded bookshop events page

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has launched an upgraded bookshop events page on its website. ABA members can now add event information direct to the site,... Read more

Stokes re-appointed chair of NLA Council x

Ryan Stokes has been re-appointed chair of the National Library of Australia Council for a second three-year term. Stokes, who was first appointed to the role in... Read more

International library news x

OverDrive expands into Japan OverDrive’s ebook lending service is now available in Japan’s public libraries, reports GoodEReader. Ryugasaki Public Library in Greater Tokyo was the... Read more

Queensland libraries launch ‘My first library card’ x

The Sunshine Coast Council in Queensland has launched a library card program for younger children, reports the Sunshine Coast Daily. ‘My first library card’, which... Read more

CAUL, ASA announce 2015 research fellowships x

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) have announced the recipients of this year’s CAUL-ASA Fellowship, which provides... Read more

David M Henley on the popularity of fantasy vs sci-fi x

Why is fantasy trumping science-fiction on the shelves? Sci-fi author David M Henley believes ‘technobabble, moralising and a high chance of crapness’ may be to... Read more

Gail Jones’ ‘A Guide to Berlin’ x

Gail Jones’ sixth novel, A Guide to Berlin, is named after a short story by Vladimir Nabokov and offers more than a nod to his... Read more

Peter Doherty’s ‘The Knowledge Wars’ x

‘How do we know anything?’ asks Peter Doherty at the start of his lucid and entertaining new book The Knowledge Wars. Doherty guides the reader... Read more

S&S marketing and publicity team changes x

Simon & Schuster key account manager Grainne Reidy has been promoted to deputy sales director, effective from 28 September. Senior marketing and publicity manager Carol Warwick... Read more

Maramenides leaves The Five Mile Press

The Five Mile Press managing director Alexandra Maramenides has left the company, effective from 14 July. Publisher Kay Scarlett has been appointed acting managing director.... Read more

Editors Victoria: Introduction to Structural Editing x

Editors Victoria is running the course ‘Introduction to Structural Editing’ with Susan Keogh on 29 August at CAE, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Structural editing tends to... Read more

Editors Victoria: Introduction to Copyediting x

Editors Victoria is running the course ‘Introduction to Copyediting’ with Susan Keogh on 15 August at CAE, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Finding and correcting spelling and... Read more

Society of Editors (NSW): Australian style: Directions 2015 x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will host an event on Australian style in the 21st century with professor emeritus Pam Peter on 4 August. The... Read more

Changes to Random House Distribution x

Effective Monday 3 August, all product distributed by Random House Distribution will be supplied under the banner of United Book Distributors (UBD).

This means all customers of Random House Distribution and/or UBD will have one customer account with UBD. All purchases will be distributed from the UBD warehouses at Dalmore Drive and Centre Road in Scoresby.

General Inquiries – queries, orders, price and availability inquiries
Tel: 1800 338 836
Fax: +61 3 8537 4497
Email: orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au

After Sales – queries, credits and recharges, delivery and freight inquiries, Returns Authorisations
Tel: 1800 331 015
Fax: +61 3 8537 4498
Email: aftersales@unitedbookdistributors.com.au

If you do not currently have a UBD account, a new trading account will be opened for you at UBD, on a ‘cash sale’ basis, for your use from 3 August. Please contact Accounts for more information on how to apply for credit on your new UBD account: email: accounts@unitedbookdistributors.com.au; phone: 1800 338 836.


Seeking Donations of Children’s Books to Vanuatu School Libraries x

Publishers are invited to donate spare books to Vanuatu’s kindergarten and school libraries in the wake of Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam, which hit Vanuatu earlier this year in what has been described as one of the worst natural disasters in the region in the past century.

Many of the local schools were destroyed and have lost all of the books and materials from their libraries. Former Penguin employee Paula Hurley is helping coordinate donations to Vanuatu’s kindergartens and schools, and is asking for publishers to consider providing some spare books in any genre or format (picture books, chapter books, novels, fiction, nonfiction, reference etc.) to help rebuild the resources in the libraries and classrooms. Any donations received will be sent in a container from Sydney and the organisers will cover all customs and shipping arrangements.

If any publisher can spare a few boxes of children’s books, these will be received with immense gratitude by the lovely people of Vanuatu.

Call Paula on 0419311943 or email paula@bythebook.com.au to make arrangements.




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