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

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

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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