Weekly Book Newsletter
29 July 2015

RiP Hugh Stretton x

Australian author and social theorist Hugh Stretton has died, aged 91. Stretton was the author of several works on social theory and economics, including Australia... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Spinifex Press has sold Brazilian-Portuguese rights to Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing (Susan Hawthorne) to Libre Book Publisher and online magazines Opera Mundi... Read more

ABC Shops to close; bookstores, ABC in discussion over ABC Centres x

The ABC has announced it will close its ABC Shops to focus on its online store and ABC branded outlets in other retailers. The ABC has... Read more

Industry responds to Lantern cuts x

The Australian book industry has rejected reports that the Australian cookbook market is in decline following Penguin Random House’s announcement last week that its Lantern... Read more

Wilderness Society announces 2015 children’s book award winners

The winners of the 2015 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature have been announced. The winning books in each category are: Fiction Rescue on... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It seems strange that, given our geographical nearness and many cultural similarities, there aren’t stronger links between Australian and New Zealand writers and readers’—New Zealand... Read more

SPN appoints new conference manager, announces 2015 conference dates x

The Small Press Network (SPN) has appointed Lefa Singleton Norton as its conference manager for the 2015 Independent Publishing Conference, to be held at the Wheeler Centre... Read more

James Patterson Oz bookshop grants announced

The Australian recipients of James Patterson’s Australian and New Zealand bookshop grants have been announced. In total, 70 bookstores received grants of up to $5000... Read more

Debut novel ‘The Lost Swimmer’ optioned for film

Film rights to Australian author Ann Turner’s debut thriller The Lost Swimmer (S&S) have been optioned by producer Sue Maslin from the production company Film... Read more

PRH to publish new Tim Winton book in September

Penguin Random House imprint Hamish Hamilton will publish Island Home: A Landscape Memoir by Tim Winton on 23 September. The collection of nonfiction writing explores Winton’s... Read more

Government considering zero GST threshold for overseas purchases

Federal treasurer Joe Hockey says the government is considering removing the GST threshold entirely on overseas purchases. After previously signalling his intention to lower the... Read more

NZ company Booktrack raises US$5m in funding

New Zealand company Booktrack, which adds soundtracks and ‘ambient audio’ to ebooks and sells them from its website, has received US$5m (A$6.87m) in funding from investors... Read more

Writers Victoria launches prize for migrant writers

Writers Victoria has launched a new prize for emerging writers from migrant backgrounds. The Deborah Cass Prize will be awarded to an early-career Victorian author... Read more

Brisbane Writers Festival 2015 program launched

UK author and journalist Jon Ronson will deliver the opening address at the Brisbane Writers Festival on 2 September, joining international guests Sarah Waters, Cassandra... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (William Heinemann) was the top-selling book in Australia in the week ending 17 July, landing in the number one spot... Read more

UWA Publishing launches unpublished manuscript prize

UWA Publishing, in partnership with Copyright Agency and 720 ABC Perth, has launched a new award for an unpublished manuscript. The Dorothy Hewett Award, named... Read more

Scribe announces new children’s book imprint x

Melbourne-based publisher Scribe has announced the launch of its new children’s book imprint, Scribble. The imprint, which will be led by Scribe art director Miriam Rosenbloom... Read more

Film adaptation planned for Abdel-Fattah’s ‘Does My Head Look Big in This?’ x

Randa Abdel-Fattah’s 2005 young-adult novel Does My Head Look Big in This? (Pan) is being adapted into a film, and has received funding in the... Read more

The Wheeler Centre launches children’s illustration prize

The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne has launched the inaugural Ullin Prize for children’s illustration. The prize, named after the founder of The Little Bookroom Albert Ullin, will be... Read more

Melbourne Writers Festival 2015 program launched

British author Will Self will deliver the closing address at the 2015 Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), which launched its full program on 24 July. As... Read more

December grants round cancelled under new Australia Council program

The Australia Council has cancelled its December 2015 grants round and replaced its six-year funding programs with a four-year model, under its new grant program... Read more

PRH imprint Lantern to cut titles, Gibbs to leave the company

Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has announced its Lantern imprint will reduce the number of books it publishes in 2016 and 2017, and that Lantern... Read more

Randolph Stow’s ‘Tourmaline’ to be adapted for film

A film adaptation of Randolph Stow’s 1963 novel Tourmaline has received funding in the latest round of Screen Australia grants. Stow’s post-apocalyptic novel, which will... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Sandy Wagner Creative Agents has sold ANZ and foreign and translation rights to The Ties That Bind (Lexi Landsman) to Penguin Random House Australia. S&S... Read more

Quote of the week

‘The draft [National Program for Excellence in the Arts] guidelines—released earlier this month—do not seem to have been created with literature and publishing in mind. In... Read more

Maramenides leaves The Five Mile Press x

The Five Mile Press managing director Alexandra Maramenides has left the company, effective from 14 July. Maramenides was in the position since January 2010, having... Read more

More authors announced for Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival

The Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival has released a second line-up of authors to appear at its 2015 festival, which runs from 11-13 September in... Read more

RiP Hugh Stretton x

Australian author and social theorist Hugh Stretton has died, aged 91. Stretton was the author of several works on social theory and economics, including Australia... Read more

Co-op wins online retail award

The Co-op has won an award for Best Site Optimisation and Design at the 2015 Online Retail Industry Awards (ORIAS). The Co-op CEO Peter Knock said... Read more

UK survey finds only 1% illegally download ebooks

A survey by the UK government has found only 1% of internet users aged 12 and over illegally downloaded at least one ebook between March and... Read more

Curtis Brown twitter pitch day attracts more than 2000 pitches

In the UK, more than 2000 book projects were pitched online to literary agents Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh as part of the first... Read more

US audiobook sales up 13.5% in 2014

In the US, audiobook sales have increased by 13.5% from 2013 to 2014 according to the Audio Publishers Association’s (APA) annual sales survey, reports Library... Read more

RITA Awards 2015 winners announced

In the US, the winners have been announced for the 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) RITA Awards, which recognise excellence in romance novels and... Read more

Amazon announces surprise second quarter profit

Amazon has reported a US$92m (A$126m) profit and US$23.19bn (A$31.89bn) revenue in its second quarter ending on 30 June, surprising Wall Street analysts who were... Read more

Pearson sells ‘Financial Times’, focusing on education business

Pearson has sold the FT Group, which includes the Financial Times (FT), to Japanese newspaper and magazine publisher Nikkei Inc for £844m (A$1780m), reports the... Read more

Free children’s book vending machines placed in US ‘book deserts’

Airline JetBlue, Random House and author Mary Pope Osborne have placed vending machines stocked with free children’s books in Washington DC communities it calls ‘book... Read more

HarperCollins launches agent portal in US

In the US, HarperCollins has launched an agent portal that will provide access to sales data, royalty statements and anti-piracy measures to agents representing HarperCollins... Read more

NZ’s tiny libraries captured in BBC documentary x

A new BBC radio documentary tells the stories of New Zealand’s tiniest libraries, reports the New Zealand Herald. The Search for Tiny Libraries in New... Read more

International library news x

Google partnership to increase Birmingham Library’s opening hours In the UK, Google is moving its ‘Digital Garage’ training program into the Library of Birmingham, resulting... Read more

NZ library installs self-service facilities with Maori language option x

Palmerston North City Library in New Zealand has installed ‘smart serve desks’ that can operate in a variety of languages, including te reo Maori, reports... Read more

Mackay City Library to move to new premises x

Mackay City Library in North Queensland will be relocated to the top floor of the iconic ‘Dome’ building in the CBD after building owner David... Read more

ABC news director appointed SLV CEO x

The State Library of Victoria has appointed ABC news director Kate Torney as its new CEO. Torney replaces Sue Roberts, who announced her retirement from... 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

Publishing job ads in decline x

The publishing industry has seen a steady drop in job ads advertising in the Weekly Book Newsletter over the past few years, with publishers attributing... 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

Charlotte Wood’s ‘The Natural Way of Things’ x

The latest novel from the author of Animal People and Love and Hunger is a powerful story of misogyny and corporate control taken to disturbing... 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

Footprint no longer distributing Monash University Publishing x

Publisher: Monash University Publishing ISBN prefixes: 978-1-922235, 978-1-921867Old Distributor: Footprint BooksNew Distributor: NewSouth Books (TL Distribution) Changeover date: 31/08/2015Returns cut-off: 30/11/2015

Peribo to distribute The History Press x

Publisher: The History PressISBN Prefix: 97807509, 978184165, 978184588Old Distributor: WoodslaneNew Distributor: PeriboChangeover Date:  22/07/2015

Torney appointed SLV CEO x

The State Library of Victoria has appointed ABC news director Kate Torney as its new CEO. (See news.)

SPN appoints new staff x

The Small Press Network has appointed  Lefa Singleton Norton as its conference manager for the 2015 Independent Publishing Conference, and Hannah Cartmel as its membership manager. (See news.)

Crawford joins UQP x

Rachel Crawford has been appointed marketing coordinator at UQP, beginning on 28 July. (See classified.)

Rosenberg joins Black Inc. x

Jo Rosenberg has been appointed senior editor at Black Inc., beginning on 24 August. Rosenberg was previously senior editor at Penguin Random House.

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

All Your Adult Colouring Needs at Hardie Grant Publishing x

Hardie Grant Publishing is Australia’s largest publisher of adult colouring books with the best-selling Decorative Designs (9781782433439) and Fabulous Flowers (9781782433422) overall numbers 4 and... Read more

Product Recall: Lonely Planet Israel & Palestinian Territories 8 (9781742208046) x

Due to printing issues Lonely Planet’s Israel & Palestinian Territories 8th edition (9781742208046), released for sale in July 2015, is recalled from sale effective immediately.... Read more

‘Good Muslim Boy’ to Be Made Into Film x

Hardie Grant Publishing is pleased to announce that Osamah Sami’s book Good Muslim Boy is to be turned into a major motion picture Ali’s Wedding,... Read more

Marketing Changes at UQP x

Rachel Crawford has been appointed Marketing Coordinator at UQP, and commenced the role on July 28. Rachel has recently returned to Brisbane from New York,... Read more

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