Weekly Book Newsletter
1 June 2016

ABA conference attracts 300 attendees; ‘Funder, Deng and Barnesy’ among the highlights x

Approximately 300 booksellers, exhibitors and guest speakers attended this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) conference, which was held in Canberra from 29-30 May. ABA chief... Read more

All the Light We Cannot see


Nielsen BookScan: Value up, volume flat in 2016 YTD; ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ the bestseller x

Nielsen Book general manager Shaun Symonds presented an overview of the market in 2016 at the Leading Edge Books and Australian Booksellers Association conferences. Symonds... Read more

Close to 200 booksellers, publishers and authors attend 2016 Leading Edge conference x

Ninety booksellers, 75 publishing representatives and 22 authors attended this year’s Leading Edge Books conference, which was held in Canberra from 27-28 May. Leading Edge... Read more

Miles Franklin Literary Award 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Hope Farm (Peggy Frew, Scribe) Leap (Myfanwy Jones, A&U) Black... Read more

Shortlist for 2016 Vic Prem’s unpublished manuscript award announced

The shortlist for this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: ‘Ironbark’ by Jay Carmichael: ‘an exquisitely... Read more

‘Reckoning’ wins ABA Booksellers Choice Award; booksellers of the year announced

Magda Szubanski’s Reckoning (Text) has won the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Booksellers Choice Award at the 2016 ABA conference awards night, held at the National... Read more

HarperCollins, Avenue Bookstore and BooksPlus awarded at Leading Edge Books Conference

A number of awards were presented at this year’s Leading Edge Books Conference in Canberra on 28 May. HarperCollins was named Publisher of the Year... Read more

Collins to open first company-owned store in Launceston, exploring other sites x

Collins Booksellers has opened its first company-owned store at the site of the former Fullers Bookshop in Launceston. Fullers Launceston owner Clive Tilsley and his... Read more

Affirm Press signs exclusive international agency deal with Kaplan/DeFiore

Affirm Press has announced a deal with Linda Kaplan of New York-based translation licensing agency Kaplan/DeFiore Rights to exclusively sell rights to Affirm Press titles... Read more

Minimum wage to rise 2.4% following Fair Work Commission’s annual wage review

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 2.4% increase to minimum wages effective from 1 July 2016, bringing the minimum rate from $17.29 per hour... Read more

White elected president of ABA management committee x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) announced a number of changes to its management committee following its annual general meeting in Canberra on 29 May. Books... Read more

black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship 2016 winners announced

The 2016 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship has been awarded to WA writer Claire Coleman and SA writer Dylan Coleman. Each fellowship is worth $10,000 and... Read more


A&U acquires debut novel from musician Holly Throsby x

Allen & Unwin has acquired the debut novel from Sydney songwriter and musician Holly Throsby. Goodwood, which will be published on 28 September, is pitched... Read more

Wilderness Society announces 2016 children’s book award shortlists

The shortlists for the 2016 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature have been announced. The shortlisted books in each category are: Fiction Thirst (Lizzie... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Somehow we have to try to find a solution to put this issue to bed’—Readings MD Mark Rubbo discusses parallel importation restrictions at the ABA... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Text has sold Italian rights to Our Tiny, Useless Hearts (Toni Jordan) to Marsilio; and world audio rights to A Few Days in the... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Sydney Writers’ Festival guest and US author and feminist Gloria Steinem has shot up the bestseller chart this week. Her memoir My Life on the... Read more

New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains 16 reviews of books publishing in June, July and August 2016. The highest scoring fiction title was Liam Pieper’s The... Read more

Mitchell second author chosen to bury manuscript until 2114 for Future Library project

David Mitchell has been chosen as the second contributor to Scottish artist Katie Paterson’s Future Library project, in which authors submit manuscripts to be buried... Read more

Ostrovsky’s ‘Invention of Russia’ wins Orwell Prize

Russian-born British journalist Arkady Ostrovsky has won the 2016 Orwell Prize for his book The Invention of Russia (Atlantic Books), an account of Russia’s post-Soviet... Read more

New study finds self-published titles a ‘fairly large presence’ in ebook market

A new Enders Analysis report has found self-published titles have become ‘a fairly large presence in the ebook sector’ but its market share is mostly... Read more

Macmillan acquires self-publishing platform Pronoun

Macmillan has acquired NYC-based self-publishing platform Pronoun, which provides digital books publishing tools and facilitates distribution through Amazon, Apple and other ebook retailers, reports the... Read more

Audio sales up 20% in the US

In the US, audiobook sales increased 20% in 2015 to reach an estimated US$1.78bn (A$2.48bn), boosted by a 34% growth in digital audio, reports Publishers... Read more

Byrne to retire as NSW State Librarian, CEO x

Alex Byrne will retire as NSW State Library CEO and state librarian in September after five years in the position, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.... Read more

Perth library wins silver at Green Library awards x

Success Public Library in the City of Cockburn in Perth’s southern suburbs will be presented with a silver medal at the International Federation of Library... Read more

Czerwiec awarded F A Sharr prize x

University of Western Australia (UWA) librarian Chloe Czerwiec is the recipient of this year’s F A Sharr Award, presented to a WA librarian or library... Read more

Global institutional library spending forecast to rise x

The Publishers Communication Group’s (PCG) annual survey of institutional library materials spending has found spending in North America is expected to rise 1% in 2016... Read more

Bangkok to open 24-hour library

A 24-hour library will open in Bangkok, Thailand by the end of the year, reports the Thai government’s Happy Reading website. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration had last... Read more

Unstuck in the middle: Middle-grade fiction in Australia x

‘What happens when there aren’t enough middle-grade books to challenge children to move out of early readers? What if they’re never compelled to read YA... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Aulexic

WA-based publisher Aulexic specialises in books for children with language and literacy difficulties, launching its first titles in 2015. ‘Originally, we started as a simple... Read more

Tom Griffiths’ ‘The Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft’ x

‘Griffiths sheds light on Australia’s historical tradition—the shifts of orthodoxy and vantage point, the upheavals of technology and societal change, the relevance and scope of... Read more

Peribo to distribute Grub Street Publishing x

Publisher: Grub Street Publishing ISBN Prefix: various Old Distributor: Capricorn Link New Distributor: Peribo Changeover Date: 25/05/2016

Peribo ceases distribution of Stackpole Books x

Publisher: Stackpole Books ISBN Prefix: 978-0-8117, 978-1-881982 Old Distributor: Peribo New Distributor: TBA Changeover Date: 31/07/2016 Returns cut-off: 30/06/2016 (See classified.)

Lonely Planet’s Melbourne Distribution Centre is Moving x

We’re excited to inform you that Lonely Planet’s Melbourne Distribution Centre will be relocating into a much larger new custom fit facility in Bentleigh, Victoria... Read more

Seaside Bookshop for Sale Victoria x

Est. Oct.2009, the Bookshop at Queenscliff is a small boutique iconic bookshop with large customer database and a loyal following, locally and far afield. It... Read more

Ashgate Gower and Left Coast Press Join Routledge x

Taylor and Francis Books Australia is delighted to welcome Ashgate Publishing and Gower into the Taylor and Francis Group under the Routledge imprint. With nearly... Read more

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