Weekly Book Newsletter
3 February 2016

Book Depository confirms local supply

Amazon-owned online bookseller the Book Depository has confirmed it has set up local supply of Australian titles, with packing and distribution from Melbourne-based logistics company... Read more

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2016 winners announced

Darwin-based playwright Mary Anne Butler has won the Victorian Prize for Literature, worth $100,000, for her play Broken at this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The... Read more

Australian publisher of ‘Fifty Shades’ ordered to pay $18.6m

A Texas judge has ordered Australian Amanda Hayward pay US$11.5m (A$16.2m) in unpaid royalties and US$1.7m (A$2.4m) in attorney’s fees to American Jennifer Lynn Pedroza, her former... Read more

Carmody voted ‘Australia’s Favourite Author’ in Booktopia poll

Fantasy and YA author Isobelle Carmody has been voted ‘Australia’s Favourite Author’ in Booktopia’s annual poll. Booktopia announced the top 10 finalists on its website on 29 January.... Read more

Random House to publish novel by ‘Marching Powder’ author

Random House Australia will publish the first novel by Australian-born Marching Powder-author Rusty Young in October. The Work of Other Men, set in Colombia, is... Read more

NZ Writers Week 2016 program announced

The full program for the 2016 New Zealand Writers Week has been announced. Running from 8 to 13 March in Wellington, the biennial event will... Read more

WAYRBA 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2016 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Picture books Pig... Read more

News Corp launches literacy campaign, Dr Seuss book giveaway

News Corp Australia has launched a children’s literacy campaign that includes a giveaway of Dr Seuss books. The month-long ‘Raise a Reader’ campaign, which begins... Read more

Carnell appointed first small business ombudsman

Former head of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) Kate Carnell has been appointed as the first small businesses and family enterprise ombudsman.... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘An international player can buy directly here whereas Australian retailers can’t source supply from overseas. Either you believe in a free and open market or... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold Dutch rights to Rachel’s Legacy (Julie Thomas) to VBK Media. Nonfiction—Finch has sold simplified and complex Chinese, Czech, Thai, Korean and... Read more

Bestsellers this week

The Dressmaker film tie-in (Rosalie Ham, Duffy & Snellgrove) has climbed to the top of the overall bestsellers chart this week for the first time,... Read more

New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s first Reviews newsletter for 2016 contains 16 reviews of books publishing in February and March 2016. Two books received 4.5 stars from our reviewers:... Read more

Ebook sales down 2.4% for ‘big five’

In the UK, ebook sales for the big five publishers—Penguin Random House (PRH), Hachette, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan and Simon & Schuster—have all declined in the... Read more

HarperCollins UK profits tripled in FY 2014-15

HarperCollins UK’s profits have tripled in the 2014-15 financial year, with revenues up by £6.6m (A$13.4m) to £186m (A$377m) and profit before tax up by... Read more

Amazon revenue up 20% in 2015

Amazon’s fourth-quarter financial results show net sales increased to US$107bn (A$151.3bn) in 2015, a 20% increase on 2014, although net income remained marginal at just... Read more

CWA Diamond Dagger awarded to Peter James

In the UK, the Crime Writer’s Association (CWA) has awarded its Diamond Dagger award to Peter James, best known for his series about the detective... Read more

Canberra libraries to accept food donations in lieu of fines x

Public libraries in Canberra will clear members’ fines in exchange for donations to the food rescue organisation OzHarvest, reports the Canberra Times. ‘During the month... Read more

New Toowoomba library delayed over fire concerns x

The opening of a new library in Toowoomba, Queensland, has been delayed by ‘a couple of weeks’ after an inspection found it was not fire... Read more

Dubai to build biggest library in the Arab world x

The Dubai government has announced plans to build a new library that will hold more than 1.5 million print books, one million audio books and... Read more

Going the distance: Josephine Rowe on ‘A Loving, Faithful Animal’ x

‘I think structurally, tonally, Australian literature does allow for a certain amount of capaciousness and narrative drift. A more open idea of what shape a... Read more

Aoife Clifford’s ‘All These Perfect Strangers’ x

‘Debut author Aoife Clifford transports readers back to the late-eighties and early-nineties with her skilful use of dialogue and prose, never resorting to Bon Jovi... Read more

Staff changes at ‘Griffith Review’ x

Associate publisher Susan Hornbeck is leaving the Griffith Review and will be replaced by Luke Stegemann, formerly general manager and editor-in-chief of Global Intertrade Publishing... Read more

Bloomsbury congratulates Mireille Juchau on winning Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for fiction x

Bloomsbury Publishing are thrilled to congratulate Mireille Juchau on winning the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2016 for her stunning Australian novel The World Without Us... Read more

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