Weekly Book Newsletter
25 May 2016

Fifield clarifies govt stance on life of copyright; PIR petition signatories ‘surge’

Communications and Arts Minister Mitch Fifield has released a statement clarifying that the federal government does not intend to reduce the life of copyright to... Read more

A&U, NewSouth win industry awards at 2016 ABIAs; Szubanski’s ‘Reckoning’ named Book of the Year

The winners of the 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced in Sydney on 19 May. Allen & Unwin was awarded Publisher of the... Read more


CBCA Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each of... Read more


‘Myriad possibilities’ explored at 2016 CBCA conference x

The 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) National Conference was held in Sydney from 20-21 May under the theme ‘Myriad possibilities’, with stimulating sessions... Read more


Box office and attendance records ‘smashed’ at SWF; Pichon, Steinem among the bestsellers x

The Sydney Writers’ Festival has ‘smashed box office and attendance records’, attracting close to 110,000 attendees, including 64,944 ticketed sales. This compares to 96,000 attendees... Read more

Asian, European markets discussed at VIP industry forum x

This year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival included the annual Visiting International Publishers (VIP) program, which offers Australian publishers the opportunity to meet with international publishers and... Read more

Bonnier Australia to close its distribution centre, relocate office

Bonnier Publishing Australia, which includes the Five Mile Press and Echo Publishing imprints, will close its Five Mile Press distribution centre and relocate its Scoresby... Read more

MWF 2016 schools program released

The Melbourne Writers Festival has released its schools program for 2016. This year’s program, which runs from 29 August to 1 September, features Magda Szubanski,... Read more


Tennant wins 2016 Finch Memoir Prize

Mary Tennant has won the 2016 Finch Memoir Prize, worth $10,000, for her manuscript I Knew You’d Have Brown Eyes. The publisher said Tennant’s manuscript... Read more


Lessac, Carnavas win SCBWI Crystal Kite Award

Frané Lessac’s A is for Australia (Walker Books) and Peter Carnavas’ Blue Whale Blues (New Frontier) have jointly-won the Australian and New Zealand division of... Read more

Scholastic opens library at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital

Scholastic Australia has opened a new children’s library at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. This is Scholastic’s third ‘Book Bunker’ library, with two others... Read more

Creative Victoria announces new VicArts recipients

Creative Victoria has announced the latest round of VicArts Grants recipients. The program will provide $1.6m in funding for 96 creative projects by independent artists... Read more

New SPN mentorship program for Victorian members

A new Small Press Network (SPN) program will match six Victoria-based SPN members with established publishing professionals for a year-long mentorship. SPN general manager Matthia... Read more

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Pomerantsev’s ‘anti-travelogue’ of Russia wins 2016 Ondaatje Prize

Peter Pomerantsev’s ‘anti-travelogue’ of Russia, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible (Faber), has won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize in the UK.... Read more

Ebooks increasingly factor into Canadian publishers’ revenue

A BookNet Canada report has found that ebook sales are becoming increasingly important to publishers’ total revenue, but fewer publishers now have dedicated digital staff,... Read more

Waterstones to close ebookstore

UK bookselling chain Waterstones has announced it will stop selling ebooks from its website and will instead send customers to Kobo for digital sales, reports... Read more

UK government to tax adult colouring books

The UK government’s tax department HMRC has sent letters to several publishers requesting the 20% value-added tax (VAT) be paid on adult colouring titles, reports... Read more

Bloomsbury launches B2B-focussed strategy; reports revenue increase for 2015

In the UK, Bloomsbury has unveiled a new strategy that will aim to reposition the publisher from a primarily consumer-driven focussed model to ‘a digital... Read more

BBC education app promotion concerns UK publishers

In the UK, educational publishers have expressed concerns over the BBC’s study revision platform Bitesize, arguing that the reach of the app through promotion on the... Read more

Penguin Random House opens bookstore in Puerto Rico

Penguin Random House (PRH) has opened a bookstore in US territory Puerto Rico, in partnership with local bookseller The Bookmark, reports the Digital Reader. The... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. (Nero) has sold Russian rights to Forever Young: The Story of Troye Sivan (Alana Wulff) to AST Publishing Group. Acquisitions Fiction—Penguin has... Read more


Bestsellers this week

David Baldacci’s The Last Mile (Macmillan) has held on to top spot in the overall bestsellers chart this week, ahead of The Hidden Oracle: The... Read more

Emily Gale’s ‘The Other Side of Summer’ x

‘A beautifully rendered portrayal of grief, family and leaving things behind, The Other Side of Summer is a welcome addition to the shelves of Australian... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It exemplifies how much stronger each year the children’s component of the festival is … the book sales for kids were enormous’—Gleebooks’ David Gaunt reports on the bestsellers at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival


RiP Gillian Mears

Author Gillian Mears has died, aged 51. Mears was the author of several novels and short stories, including her debut The Mint Lawn (A&U), for... Read more

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ALIA reveals Australia’s most borrowed library books

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced Australia’s most borrowed library books for the first quarter of 2016 to mark the start of... Read more

Docklands library honoured with Development of the Year award x

Library at the Dock at the Docklands, Melbourne, has won the Development of the Year award at the Property Council of Australia Victorian awards, reports... Read more

London council saves money closing libraries, spends more securing the empty buildings x

A London council that temporarily closed two libraries as a money-saving measure has spent up to three times the running costs on private guards to... Read more

Retail rewards: An interview with Len Vlahos x

US book-industry insider, bookseller and YA author Len Vlahos will deliver the keynote at the Australian Booksellers Association conference this weekend. He spoke to Andrea... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Spinifex Press x

Melbourne-based feminist publisher Spinifex Press has been publishing since 1991. The biggest challenge, say co-founders Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein, has been ‘resisting being pigeon-holed’.... Read more

PANZ: New Zealand Book Industry Awards entries closing x

Entries for the New Zealand Book Industry Awards for excellence, innovation and dedication in the book trade will close this Friday, 27 May. Submissions can... Read more

SPN Independent Publishing Conference: Call for papers x

The Small Press Network (SPN) is calling for papers to be presented at the 2016 Independent Publishing Conference, to be held in Melbourne on 9-12... Read more

Advertise your key Christmas titles in ‘B+P’ Issue 3 x

booksandpublishing_socialPromote your titles in the Books+Publishing magazine that focusses on the biggest selling period of the year. Books+Publishing’s July issue contains our annual Christmas preview, including key fiction releases, bios and histories, cookbooks, illustrated books and quirky gift books. Make your titles stand out by advertising in this issue. The booking deadline has been extended to Friday 3 June. For more information contact Fi Tunnicliff at advertising@thorpe.com.au.


Macmillan Collector’s Library x

Pan Macmillan Australia is excited to announce that it will commence sales and distribution of the Collector’s Library in June. Existing Collector’s Library titles will be re-issued under the Macmillan Collector’s Library Imprint with updated covers, design and ISBN’s. Please contact the current distributor, NewSouth Books, to authorise returns which will be accepted until August 31. NewSouth Books will cease supplying these titles from May 31. For enquiries regarding the new editions, please either contact your Macmillan rep or visit our website at panmacmillan.com.au.


Change of Distribution, Company Name and Office Location for the Five Mile Press x

Bonnier Publishing has announced the formation of Bonnier Publishing Australia, to include its current publishers based in Australia, The Five Mile Press and Echo Publishing. The official notice of new holding company details will be forwarded to all partners in due course.

As part of the newly formed structure, Bonnier Publishing Australia will relocate to new centrally-located premises and as a result of the relocation The Five Mile Press distribution centre will close. Bonnier Publishing Australia has appointed TL Distribution (TLD) to provide Warehousing, Customer Service and Accounts Receivable services for Australia & New Zealand.

The Five Mile Press distribution centre will accept authorised returns before close of business on 1 July 2016. It will also accept and deliver orders received by email, phone or fax provided they are received by close of business on 13 July 2016. All outstanding Accounts Receivable balances and any recorded backorders held in the system as of this date will be transferred to the new distribution partner.

TL Distribution (TLD) will accept authorised returns for all Bonnier Publishing Australia imprints from 18 July 2016. Returns can be sent to C/- TL Distribution, Building A, 11 Greenhills Avenue, Moorebank, NSW 2170 for processing. All orders from 14 July 2016 are to be directed to TLD via; Email at orders@tldistribution.com.au, Fax: 02 87789944 or Phone: 02 87789999. Five Mile Press will retain its existing SAN for all Pacstream orders. Online ordering, price & availability, returns requests and all Bookseller Account Information can be accessed 24/7 via TLD’s booksellers’portal at www.tldonline.com.au.

Bonnier Publishing Australia can be contacted at the new offices from Monday August 15. New contact details are Level 6, 534 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121. Tel: 03 8756 5500. Email: info@bonnierpublishing.com.au.


Bookshop for Sale x

Iconic Blue Mountains Bookshop for sale. Busy village and tourist location. Proprietors retiring after 30 years. Expressions of interest to: tommywhitton@gmail.com.

URL: www.megalongbooks.com.au.


Availability of Allen & Unwin CBCA Shortlisted Titles x

Allen & Unwin would like to congratulate our Children’s Books Council Australia’s shortlisted authors and illustrators.

Book of the Year: Younger Readers:

  • J C Jones, Run, Pip, Run (9781743319222 $12.99)—Stock is available.
  • Libby Gleeson & Freya Blackwood, The Cleo Stories: A Friend and a Pet (9781743315286 $16.99)reprint due and all orders to be supplied from 24 June.

Picture Book of the Year:

  • Eric Bogle, illus by Bruce Whatley, And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda (9781743317051 $24.99)—reprint due and all orders to be supplied from 1 July.

Orders and enquiries to UBD: tel 1800 33 88 36, fax 03 9811 2403.


HarperCollins Children’s Books Congratulates Fiona Katauskas x

Our congratulations to Fiona Katauskas on her shortlisting in the 2016 CBCA Eve Pownall Information Book Award, for The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made (9780733333880, $19.99, ABC Books). This exciting news comes on the back of Fiona’s shortlisting in last week’s ABIAs.

Stock is currently frozen for stickering, and backorders will be released w/c Monday 30 May.

For orders: 1300-551-721; orders@harpercollins.com.au.


Allen & Unwin Says Thank You x

Allen and Unwin was thrilled to be named 2016 Publisher of the Year at last week’s Australian Book Industry Awards. This accolade not only recognises the creativity and hard work of everyone at Allen & Unwin but also, most importantly, the efforts of all of our authors, their agents and the wonderful support of the bookselling community. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone.


Harlequin Congratulates Rachael Johns on Her ABIA Win x

Harlequin ANZ would like to congratulate Rachael Johns on winning the 2016 ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year for The Patterson Girls.

Published in September 2015, The Patterson Girls is an accomplished foray into a bold new fiction style that Rachael Johns calls ‘contemporary life lit’.

Harlequin Publishing Director Sue Brockhoff says, ‘Rachael is a gifted storyteller and we are delighted that she has been honoured with an ABIA. Her stories reflect contemporary and family issues which resonate with a wide readership.’

Rachael’s success is a testament to her skill as a writer, but also to her ability to really connect with her readers.

Rachael’s next contemporary women’s fiction novel, The Art of Keeping Secrets, will be published in October 2016.

This is the first ABIA for Rachael Johns and Harlequin ANZ.


Harlequin Congratulates Annabel Blay on Being Awarded the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship x

Harlequin ANZ congratulates Annabel Blay, Executive Senior Editor, on being awarded the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship. Annabel will undertake a research project attached to the editorial departments of various US publishing houses for 8 – 10 weeks. This will enable her to garner knowledge and expertise from the largest book publishing market in the English speaking world. Harlequin staff and authors are delighted that Annabel has been awarded this prestigious fellowship.




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