Weekly Book Newsletter
9 December 2015

Please complete our pre-Christmas survey: Last chance

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual pre-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. Booksellers If you... Read more

Final ‘Weekly Book Newsletter’ for 2015

Today’s Weekly Book Newsletter will be the last for 2015. The first Weekly Book Newsletter for 2016 will be published on Wednesday 13 January. The last Daily Newsletter... Read more

Book Depository begins dispatching from Australia x

Amazon-owned online retailer the Book Depository has begun dispatching books from Australia, with delivery to metropolitan Victoria estimated at one-to-two business days and metropolitan NSW... Read more

Penguin Random House ebooks available for loan at libraries x

Penguin Random House (PRH) ANZ’s catalogue of more than 4000 local ebooks have been made available for loan at Australian public libraries. The decision comes... Read more

Senate committee recommends government restore full funding to Australia Council x

A senate committee has recommended the federal government restore the full amount of funding stripped from the Australia Council in the 2015-16 budget in its... Read more

New CFO, internal promotions at PRH ANZ x

Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia and New Zealand has announced a number of internal promotions and the appointment of a new chief financial officer. Incoming... Read more

PwC report advises against changes to copyright law; inquiry submissions published

A PwC report, commissioned for the Productivity Commission’s intellectual property review, has advised against changing Australian copyright law to the US-style ‘fair use’ approach, reports... Read more

Beaumont wins Asher Literary Award 2015

Joan Beaumont has won this year’s Asher Literary Award for her book Broken Nation (A&U). Beaumont was announced as the winner of the $12,000 award... Read more

Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes 2015 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes were announced at a ceremony at Government House in Hobart on 2 December. The winning titles... Read more

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Fiction Fever of Animals (Miles Allinson, Scribe) The Other Side of... Read more


‘The Straight Dope’, ‘Quarterly Essay: Blood Year’ win Walkley Awards

Chip Le Grand’s The Straight Dope (MUP) has won the 2015 Walkley Book Award and David Kilcullen’s ‘Quarterly Essay 58: Blood Year: Terror and the... Read more

‘The Lifted Brow’ expands to book publishing, aquires debut novel x

Literary magazine The Lifted Brow (TLB) will publish Melbourne-based writer and TLB contributor Briohny Doyle’s debut novel in August 2016 as the magazine expands its scope to include... Read more

Pantera Press signs first international rights deal

Pantera Press has signed its first international rights deal with the sale of North American rights to the first seven books in Sulari Gentill’s ‘Rowland Sinclair... Read more

Redgum Book Club launches children’s imprint

Redgum Book Club has announced it will launch a children’s book imprint in 2016. The imprint, Redgum, is set to release its first title in the... Read more

Inaugural NZ LGBTIQ literary festival to be held in February

New Zealand author and Auckland Writers Festival co-founder Peter Wells has announced the inaugural LGBTIQ writers festival samesame but different will run from 12-14 February... Read more

Express Media Awards 2015 winners announced, Kat Muscat fellowship launched

The winners of the 2015 Express Media Awards have been announced. Ellen van Neerven and Chloe Higgins jointly won the inaugural Outstanding Achievement by a... Read more


Mullins wins 2015 Scribe Nonfiction Prize

Canberra-based writer Patrick Mullins has won the 2015 Scribe Nonfiction Prize. Mullins was selected from a shortlist of six for his entry ‘A Liberal View’, a... Read more


Australian, NZ art books awarded

The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ)—the professional body for Australian and New Zealand art historians—has announced the winners of its annual prizes.... Read more

255 jobs at risk as PRH UK proposes closure of warehouse

In the UK, Penguin Random House (PRH) is proposing to close its distribution centre in Rugby, potentially resulting in 255 job losses, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

UK Society of Authors calls for higher festival fees

In the UK, the Society of Authors (SoA) has called on literary festivals to reconsider what they pay authors after survey results found most authors... Read more


Picture book wins Waterstones Book of the Year

Children’s picture book The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith (Particular Books) has won the Waterstones Book of the Year for 2015, reports the... Read more

UK creative industries launch campaign to tackle copyright infringement

In the UK, content creators from books, film, TV, music and games have launched a ‘government-backed, multi-million pound education and TV advertising campaign’ to tackle... Read more

Pan Mac to launch Oprah Winfrey imprint, publish memoir

Pan Macmillan’s Flatiron Books will launch a nonfiction imprint in 2017 with books chosen by Oprah Winfrey, beginning with Winfrey’s memoir The Life You Want,... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Pantera Press has sold North American rights to Killing Adonis (J M Donellan) and the first seven books in the ‘Rowland Sinclair Mysteries’ (Sulari... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Clive Cussler and Graham Brown’s latest thriller in the ‘Numa Files’ series, The Pharaoh’s Secret (Michael Joseph), is the fastest mover in this week’s bestsellers... Read more

Sally Hepworth’s ‘The Things We Keep’ x

‘Imagine the trauma of being diagnosed with dementia in your 30s and placed into aged care. Sally Hepworth explores this tragic premise in her third... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Colouring books have performed well across the whole market for much of the year and I think that has encouraged more people into shops who’ve clearly been buying other things while they were there’Murdoch Books sales and marketing director Matt Hoy responds to our annual pre-Christmas survey. Publishers can fill out the survey here and booksellers here.


‘The Girl on the Train’ tops ABC’s ‘The Book Club’ poll

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Doubleday) has topped a reader poll by ABC’s The Book Club to select the five best books... Read more

Book vending machine launched at Rockhampton airport x

Rockhampton Regional library have introduced a mobile library unit at Rockhampton airport, reports the Morning Bulletin. The Anytime Library unit is the first to be... Read more

Bendigo secondary college library decentralised x

In Victoria, Bendigo South East College will make books available across its school campus rather than have them centrally housed in a library reports ABC... Read more

Adelaide libraries offer free music streaming x

City of Adelaide libraries have partnered with streaming provider Freegal to offer library users up to three hours of remote-access free music streaming, reports ABC... Read more

International library news

PRH consolidates library ebook terms Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced that all ebooks sold to libraries in the US and Canada from 2016 will... Read more

Future reading: 2016 publishers’ preview x

As the year draws to a close, Books+Publishing asks publishers to look ahead to the new year and nominate their top 2016 fiction, nonfiction and... Read more

New appointments at PRH ANZ x

Richard Alweyn, who was previously vice-president of finance at CEVA Logistics, has been appointed CFO at Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia and New Zealand, beginning... Read more

Murdoch leaves Te Papa Press x

Te Papa Press publisher Claire Murdoch has left the company, effective from 4 December. (See classified.)

Black Inc. relocates office x

Black Inc. is relocating its offices on 14 December 2015. The new contact details are: Level 1, 221 Drummond St. Carlton VIC 3053 Phone: 03... Read more

Australian Book Design Awards: End of year drinks x

The Australian Book Design Awards’ (ABDA) end of year drinks will be held simultaneously in Sydney and Melbourne this Thursday evening. Sydney venue: Goros, 84-86... Read more

Claire Murdoch leaves Te Papa Press x

New Zealand’s national museum Te Papa has farewelled Claire Murdoch, formerly of Allen & Unwin, who headed the museum’s multi-award-winning Te Papa Press since 2003.

Te Papa Chief Executive Rick Ellis said, ‘Claire leaves a legacy of successful publishing which has contributed enormously to the cultural life of New Zealand.’

Under Murdoch’s leadership, Te Papa Press produced numerous high-quality non-fiction titles across a wide range of categories and subject areas, including literary non-fiction, art and photography books, stationery, children’s books, academic and reference titles. Murdoch also established and led the museum’s digital content production team, producing digital products, media and experiences for exhibitions and online.

Claire Murdoch thanked her colleagues, collaborators and authors, saying: ‘This is an exciting time for Te Papa and Te Papa Press, and for me as I look to new horizons.’

Te Papa is advertising for a Managing Editor to lead Te Papa Press, with applications closing in the New Year.


MUP congratulates Chip Le Grand: winner of the 2015 Walkley Book Award and the 2015 William Hill Australian Sports Book of the Year x

MUP is delighted to congratulate Chip Le Grand, whose book The Straight Dope has won both the 2015 Walkley Book Award and the 2015 William Hill Australian Sports Book of the Year. The Straight Dope is an inside account of the politics, greed and personal feuds which fuelled the extraordinary drug scandal that rocked the Essendon Football Club and Australian sport at large.

The Straight Dope by Chip Le Grand
ISBN: 978-0-522-86850-0
RRP: $29.99

Orders can be placed with United Book Distributors on 1800 222 444 or orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au.


Hachette Australia congratulates Stephanie Bishop x

Everyone at Hachette Australia is thrilled to congratulate Stephanie Bishop on The Other Side of the World being shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Congratulations Stephanie!

To order copies of The Other Side of the World (ISBN: 9780733633782) please contact Alliance Distribution Services customer service on toll-free fax 1800-664-477 or tel (02) 4390 1300.


NewSouth congratulates Quentin Beresford, winner of the 2015 Tasmania Book Prize x

Congratulations to Quentin Beresford who was awarded the Tasmania Book Prize at the 2015 Premier’s Literary Prizes announcement on Wednesday 2 December. The award, supported by the Tasmanian Government, is for the best book with Tasmanian content in any genre. Quentin’s book The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd tells the story of Australia’s most controversial forestry giant, Gunns Ltd. The judges said: ‘The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd tells a difficult and painful story that has had an impact on all aspects of Tasmanian politics and society. But good literature should raise uncomfortable questions.’ To order The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd (ISBN 9781742234199) contact TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).


NewSouth congratulates Anne Henderson and Alan Atkinson on making 2015 PM Literary Awards Australian History Prize shortlist x

NewSouth congratulates Alan Atkinson and Anne Henderson, who have been shortlisted for the Australian History Prize in the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Anne Henderson’s Menzies at War tells the fascinating story of Robert Menzies between 1941, when he lost the prime-ministership, and 1949, when he regained it, unaware he would go on to be Australia’s longest serving prime minister. Alan Atkinson’s The Europeans in Australia: Volume Three: Nation offers a unique historical account of Australian Federation and World War I. Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors. To order Menzies at War (ISBN 9781742233796) or The Europeans in Australia: Volume Three: Nation (ISBN: 9780868409979) contact TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).


Osprey Publishing distribution change x

As of 1 January 2016 Osprey Publishing will move to Bloomsbury Australia Pty Ltd.

Previous Distributor: Capricorn Link

ISBN Prefixes:

New Distribution Start Date: 1 January 2016

Returns: Bloomsbury will accept returns of Osprey titles purchased from Capricorn Link for up to 12 months after start of distribution


Shire Publications distribution change x

As of 1 January 2016 Shire Publications will move to Bloomsbury Australia Pty Ltd.

Previous Distributor: Woodslane

ISBN Prefixes:
978 1 78442

New Distribution Start Date: 1 January 2016

Returns: Bloomsbury will accept returns of Shire Publications titles purchased from Woodslane for up to 12 months after start of distribution


Old House distribution change x

As of 1 January 2016 Old House Publications will move to Bloomsbury Australia Pty Ltd.

Previous Distributor: Woodslane

ISBN Prefixes:
Old House
978 1 87359
978 1 90840
978 1 78366

New Distribution Start Date: 1 January 2016

Returns: Bloomsbury will accept returns of Old House Publications titles purchased from Woodslane for up to 12 months after start of distribution




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