Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
29 July 2015

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

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

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 5 in Bookscan charts;  over 70 titles with 38 titles available now; several international best-sellers; 41% market share and lots of available stock. Contact your Hardie Grant sales rep for a full colour brochure and more details.

To order contact UBD Customer Service on 1800 338 836 or orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au


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.

Stock should be returned to Lonely Planet for credit.  

We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause. A new edition of this title will now be available in October 2015 (new ISBN 9781760342760).   The new edition details will appear in Lonely Planet’s December 2015 frontlist order form.

For further information regarding the credit process please contact Lonely Planet Customer Service on 1300 133 083 or at sales@lonelyplanet.com.au or consult with your Lonely Planet account manager.


‘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, directed by Tony Ayres, to be released in 2016. Author Osamah joins producer Andrew Knight at the Wheeler Centre on the 7 October to talk about the journey from page to screen, and also appears at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival this year.

To order contact UBD Customer Service on 1800 338 836 or orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au


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, where she gained a broad experience in the publishing industry. Her email is rachelc@uqp.uq.edu.au


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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