Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
4 May 2016

Productivity Commission draft report calls for immediate PIR repeal x

The Productivity Commission has recommended the government repeal parallel import restrictions (PIRs) no later than the end of 2017 in its draft report on Australia’s... Read more

Industry responds to PC draft report on PIRs, fair use reforms x

Industry groups including the Australian Publishers Association (APA), Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and the Copyright Agency have condemned the Productivity Commission’s draft report on... Read more

Budget: slightly less money to OzCo, NLA to lose staff x

Previously announced efficiency dividends and funding cuts have left the Australia Council with a $1.5m reduction in grant and project funding next year, the 2016-17... Read more

ABIA 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. They are: General fiction book of the year The Lake House (Kate Morton,... Read more

Literary organisations receive $140k in Catalyst funding

Five literary sector organisations have received a total of $140,200 from the Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund as part of its first annual $12m funding... Read more

18,000 attend Clunes Booktown Festival; Bligh, Grant among the bestsellers x

Around 18,000 visitors attended the 10th annual Clunes Booktown Festival in Victoria, which ran 30 April to 1 May. The number of visitors was approximately... Read more

Text Prize 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2016 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing has been announced. The shortlisted authors and their manuscripts are: Sarah Bainbridge... Read more


Macintyre wins 2016 Ernest Scott Prize

Stuart Macintyre has won the 2016 Ernest Scott Prize for history for his book Australia’s Boldest Experiment: War and Reconstruction in the 1940s (NewSouth). The... Read more

New Melbourne City of Literature website, bookshop fund

The Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature has launched a new website and a grant program for bookstores. The website includes an events calendar, which organisations... Read more

Affirm acquires Dennis Lillee autobiography

Affirm Press will publish an illustrated autobiography by former Test cricketer Dennis Lillee in November as part of its ‘Icon’ series of sports autobiographies. The... Read more

Kalin shortlisted for Shirley Jackson Award

Australian spec-fiction author Deborah Kalin has been shortlisted in the Shirley Jackson Awards for ‘outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the... Read more

‘Overland’ launches new residency for marginalised writers

Overland has announced a new residency program ‘aimed at addressing a lack of opportunities for marginalised writers’, with the inaugural program to focus on women... Read more

Van Neerven wins ‘Overland’/Melbourne Uni Indigenous writers’ prize

Ellen van Neerven has won this year’s Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, administered by Overland and Trinity College at the University of Melbourne. Van Neerven... Read more

Amazon posts most-profitable quarter; revenue up 28%

Amazon has posted its most profitable quarter ever with first-quarter results of of US$513m (A$669m) on revenue of US$29.1b (A$38b), up from US$57m (A$74m) on... Read more

Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2016 winners announced

In the US, the Mystery Writers of America has announced the winners of the 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, which honour ‘the best in mystery... Read more

Arthur C Clarke Award 2016 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the 2016 Arthur C Clarke Award for science-fiction has been announced. The six shortlisted titles are: Arcadia (Iain Pears,... Read more

Canadian ebook bundling service Shelfie enters US market

Canadian ebook bundling service Shelfie has partnered with Harvard Book Store in the US to offer digital editions of four print books, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

Wattpad launches Wattpad Studios

In the US, online writing platform and community Wattpad is launching a new division called Wattpad Studios to partner with entertainment companies to develop film... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Sandy Wagner at Sandy Wagner Creative Agents has sold world rights to Billy Sing (Ouyang Yu) to Transit Lounge. Text has sold rights to... Read more

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Bestsellers this week

Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train (Doubleday) has jumped back up to sixth spot on the top 10 bestsellers chart following the release of... Read more

Jane Harper’s ‘The Dry’ x

‘It is with this grim setting that we are drawn into Jane Harper’s world, which, though thoroughly steeped in the lore of crime fiction, does... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘PIR represents the little ledge of copyright security, the small acre, on which we have created a respected publishing industry, one of the largest in the world, and a treasure house of writing of all kinds’author Tom Keneally responds to the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to repeal parallel importation restrictions in an opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review


National Archives announces 2016 Digital Excellence Awards

The National Archives of Australia (NAA) has announced the winners of the 2016 Digital Excellence Awards. The awards were presented to Australian National University (ANU)... Read more

KL airport launches ebook library

In Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur International Airport has launched a new ebook library using ‘world first’ technology, reports the Star. The library—a partnership between the airport,... Read more

A novella approach: Nick Earls on the ‘Wisdom Tree’ series x

Nick Earls’ Gotham (Inkerman & Blunt) is the first of five interlinked novellas that will be released each month from May to September. ‘The typical... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Monash University Publishing x

Melbourne-based Monash University Publishing released its first titles in 2010. It ‘combines a traditional concern for rigorous, open-minded scholarship and editorial precision and quality, with... Read more

Australian Book Industry Awards: tickets on sale x

Tickets are available for the 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards, to be held at the Art Gallery of NSW on Thursday, 19 May 2015. Hosted... Read more

Lonely Planet Has Moved x

160504 LP classLonely Planet is excited to announce that its Asia-Pacific Head Office has now moved to dynamic new premises in Carlton.

As of Monday May 2, 2016 Lonely Planet’s Melbourne operation is:

Lonely Planet
The Malt Store
Level 3, 551 Swanston St
Victoria, 3053

Phone, fax and email contacts will remain the same.

Please continue to send all damaged, overstock and old edition returns to:

Lonely Planet Warehouse

90 Maribyrnong St
Victoria, 3011


Stuart Macintyre Wins the 2016 Ernest Scott Prize x

Our warmest congratulations to Stuart Macintyre for winning the 2016 Ernest Scott Prize for his book Australia’s Boldest Experiment: War and Reconstruction in the 1940s. The Prize is awarded annually to a work of Australian or New Zealand history based on original research. Australia’s Boldest Experiment details Australia’s development from the midst of the Depression and WWI & II, into a prosperous, growing society by the 1950s. The judges described it as ‘masterful in coverage and assured in narrative’. NewSouth congratulates all the shortlisted authors. Order from TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au)


Bonnier Publishing Australia to Represent IglooBooks in ANZ x

Bonnier Publishing Australia is delighted to announce the marketing, sales and distribution of IglooBooks in ANZ.

IglooBooks specialise in creating great quality, value adult and children’s books. With a dedication to quality, value and service at its core, IglooBooks publish a leading range of cookery, hobby and interest and reference titles for adult readers, and board books, colouring, sticker & activity, encyclopaedia & atlas, novelty and story books for children.

‘I am thrilled that the team at Bonnier Publishing Australia get the opportunity to deliver the multi-award winning IglooBooks list to the ANZ market. IglooBooks is the fastest-growing publisher in the UK and it is little wonder why—their books are the perfect combination of excellent quality and incredible value for money. ANZ consumers are in for a treat!’ says Natasha Besliev, CEO Bonnier Publishing Australia.

‘This is a very exciting new partnership for IglooBooks. We have built a very strong reputation in the UK as a reliable and consistent deliverer of quality, value books with unparalleled service and know that with the team at Bonnier Publishing Australia the same values will be upheld.’ says co-founder and IglooBooks CEO, John Styring.

Bonnier Publishing Australia publishes locally under Five Mile and Echo Publishing imprints.

New release IglooBooks titles will be available from August 2016 and will be sold in line with the monthly new release sales cycle. For all orders contact your Five Mile sales representative.


Walker Books Australia Congratulates Gillian Mears and Dinalie Dabarera x

Walker Books Australia congratulates Gillian Mears and Dinalie Dabarera on The Cat with the Coloured Tail’s shortlisting in the 2016 ABIA Awards for Book of the Year—Older Children.

The Cat with the Coloured Tail has already been longlisted for the 2016 Indie Book Awards and shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Books Prize 2016.

To order copies (ISBN 9781922077400) call Harper Entertainment Distribution Services on 1300 551 721.


Pantera Press Receives Outstanding Achievement Award for Contribution to Arts and Culture x

Last night at a stunning event at UNSW Alumni Park, author and publisher John M Green and sculptor and publisher Jenny Green from Pantera Press were awarded the 2016 UNSW Alumni Award for outstanding achievement in recognition for their contribution to arts and culture.

This award reflects the work of the Pantera Press Foundation and the underpinning good books doing good things™ Pantera Press philosophy. Pantera Press supports projects and programs to encourage the joy of reading, develop the building blocks for literacy, and help close the literacy gap.

John and Jenny were recognised for their support of a UNSW scholarship program that helps socio-economically-disadvantaged students to study. The award also acknowledges Jenny’s work as an award-winning sculptor and John’s work as a writer promoting Australian fiction, through his thrillers that feature strong female leads.

Previous award recipients include: David Gonski AC, Tim Flannery, Bob Carr, and Kathryn Greiner.

The Greens were in outstanding company on the night alongside the other eight award winners: Shaun Gladwell (Arts and Culture), Bob Cameron (Business and Innovation), Betty Kitchener (Medicine and Health, for her contribution to mental heath), Margaret Sheil (Science and Technology), Usman Khawaja (Sports), the entrepreneurs behind community marketplace app Airtasker, Timothy Fung and Jonathan Lui (Young Alumni), and George Passas (Student Volunteer).




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