Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
28 January 2016

Publishers, industry groups outline objections to PIR repeal x

Publishers and other book industry groups have detailed their objections to a proposed repeal of parallel importation restrictions (PIRs) in their submissions to the Productivity... Read more

APA, ASA continue fight against PIRs repeal x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) is seeking to change the minds of those in government and opposition about the ‘value of existing conditions’ for the... Read more

Adelaide Writers’ Week 2016 program launched

The 2016 Adelaide Writers’ Week program has been launched. The event will run from Saturday 27 February to Thursday 3 March at the Pioneer Women’s... Read more


Book industry figures among 2016 Australia Day honours recipients x

A number of book industry figures have been recognised in the annual Australia Day honours. Australian-American author Geraldine Brooks has been made an Officer in... Read more


Sydney Story Factory co-founder Catherine Keenan named Australia’s Local Hero

Sydney Story Factory co-founder Catherine Keenan has been named Australia’s Local Hero as part of the 2016 Australia Day Honours for her work as a... Read more

Griffiths, Denton sell more than 700,000 ‘Treehouse’ books to top 2015 local bestsellers list

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s ‘Treehouse’ books took the top five spots in the 2015 Australian bestsellers chart, selling a total of 714,000 copies, according... Read more

Barker appointed Hardie Grant Egmont MD x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) has appointed Annabel Barker as its MD from 1 February. Barker is currently HGE’s rights manager, and has previously worked at... Read more

Bray joins S&S

Simon & Schuster Australia has appointed Liz Bray as its new deputy sales director, beginning on 4 February. Bray, a former children’s book director at... Read more

Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2016 finalists announced

Writers Victoria has announced the finalists for the 2016 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, awarded annually to an Australian writer for a proposed biographical work. The... Read more

Robotham, McKinty shortlisted for Edgar Awards

Michael Robotham’s Life or Death (Sphere) has been shortlisted for best novel in the Edgar Allan Poe Awards, which honour ‘the best in mystery fiction... Read more

The Little Bookroom closes CBD store x

The Little Bookroom’s second store on Degraves St in Melbourne’s CBD closed on 24 January. The store had been running for the past five years.... Read more

SWF to run ‘mini March festival’

The Sydney Writers Festival (SWF) is running events with four international authors in March. From 3-4 March the festival will host events with British novelist... Read more

US survey finds publishing industry workforce 79% white, 78% female

In the US, the results from publisher Lee & Low’s ‘Diversity Baseline’ survey of the workforce at 34 book publishers and eight review journals have... Read more

Report finds Amazon responsible for $1.43bn in lost revenue

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) and retail research organisation Civic Economics have released a report blaming Amazon for US$1bn (A$1.43bn) in lost revenue to state... Read more


Children’s book ‘The Lie Tree’ wins Costa Book of the Year

In the UK, Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree (Macmillan Children’s Books) has won the 2015 Costa Book of the Year award. It was previously the... Read more

Print sales up slightly in Canada in 2015

Print book sales rose 1% in volume and 3% in value in Canada in 2015, reports Publishers Weekly. The increase follows several years of declining... Read more

Pearson to cut 4000 jobs

Pearson will cut 4000 jobs—around 10% of its global workforce—by the middle of 2016, reports the Bookseller. The publisher announced the news in a trading... Read more

Hans Christian Andersen Awards 2016 finalists announced

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has announced the shortlist for the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Awards. The finalists for the 2016... Read more

Welsh Books Council funding reinstated following industry protests

Plans to cut £374,000 (A$768,000) from the Welsh Books Council’s budget have been cancelled following protests from writers and publishers, reports the Bookseller. Wales deputy... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Text has sold Greek rights to In Certain Circles (Elizabeth Harrower) to Dardanos; Vietnamese rights to Skin (Ilka Tampke) to Women’s Publishing House; Japanese... Read more

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Bestsellers this week

Film tie-ins are making an impact on this week’s bestseller charts, taking up four out of five spots on the fastest movers chart. Star Wars... Read more

Fiona McFarlane’s ‘The High Places’ x

‘After receiving international accolades for her Miles Franklin-shortlisted debut novel The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane follows up with a short-story collection laden with wry wit... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s one thing for a producer or manufacturer to compete with a cheaper competitor. It’s another to compete with your own work being sold back cheaply in to your own market’Working Title Press director Jane Covernton warns against the proposed repeal of PIRs in her submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property arrangements


RiP David Conners x

Brolga Books publisher and former managing director of Angus and Roberston Bookworld David Conners has died, aged 68. Sandy Grant, chief executive at Hardie Grant... Read more

Booktopia counting down ‘Australia’s Favourite Author’

Booktopia is counting down the top 50 finalists in its annual ‘Australia’s Favourite Author’ promotion. On 25 January, Booktopia began announcing the finalists, with 10 finalists... Read more

Keynote speakers announced for 2016 ALIA National Conference x

The Australian Library and Information Association has announced the keynote speakers for its 2016 National Conference. Keynotes will be delivered by Kate Torney, the new... Read more

WA librarian on 2016 Australia Day honours list x

Retired Curtin University lecturer and librarian Kerry Smith has been made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for ‘significant service... Read more

New book scanner on display at SLQ x

The State Library of Queensland’s (SLQ) newly acquired digital book scanner has been put on display. The Kirtas APT Bookscan 2400 RA machine, which scans... Read more

New YA festival to fund author visits to schools, libraries x

UK author Alexia Casale has established a YA festival and author touring program that aims to connect libraries and schools, reports the Guardian. The first... Read more

Surreal deal: Leanne Hall on ‘Iris and the Tiger’ x

Leanne Hall’s new novel for younger readers Iris and the Tiger is infused with ‘a kind of magical realism that is unusual in children’s and YA... Read more

Bray joins S&S x

Simon & Schuster Australia has appointed Liz Bray as its new deputy sales director, beginning on 4 February. Bray replaces Grainne Reidy, who has left... Read more

Barker appointed Hardie Grant Egmont MD x

Hardie Grant Egmont has appointed Annabel Barker as its MD. (See news.)

Society of Editors (NSW): Editing Young Adult fiction x

The Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. will hold a one-day workshop on editing fiction for a young adult audience, presented by publisher and editor Zoe... Read more

Andrews McMeel Publishing Local Office Closure x

US Book and Calendar Publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing, is closing their Australian office.

Local Managing Director, Deborah McQuoid, will manage the transition of the business until the end of March, 2016. All AMP staff positions have been made redundant.

‘Andrews McMeel Publishing will maintain an ongoing direct book distribution arrangement with Hardie Grant Books and they are currently looking at potential ways to support AMP calendar customers in Australia and New Zealand,’ stated Deborah McQuoid. ‘The business however will no longer be served by a local office’.

Paperblanks, which has been managed through the AMP office, will continue independently with no changes to sales or distribution. All contact details remain the same. Tel 02 9904 5200.


Seeking Copy of Out-of-Print ‘Grammar as Style’ x

Anyone with a copy of the 70s classic Grammar as Style by Virginia Tufte (any edition, reprints fine) to sell, please contact rose.michael@rmit.edu.au.


Hardie Grant to Release Three New Harry Potter Colouring Books in Early 2016 x

Hardie Grant Books will be releasing three new titles in the Harry Potter colouring series – Harry Potter Magical Creatures Colouring Book (9781743792025 released mid-February); Harry Potter Colouring Postcards (9781743792186 released April) and the Harry Potter Colouring Poster Book (9781743792179 released April). Make sure to order these soon-to-be best-sellers with your Hardie Grant sales rep. Or contact PRH customer service on 1800 338 836 or orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au.




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