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Shortlist for 2016 Vic Prem’s unpublished manuscript award announced

The shortlist for this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript has been announced.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

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

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

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 conference


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

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

Lonely Planet’s Melbourne Distribution Centre is Moving x

160601 Lonely PlanetWe’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 over the coming June long weekend.

All returns will need to be sent to our new Bentleigh DC from Thursday June 9, 2016.

Lonely Planet Distribution Centre
16-20 Clairmont Ave
Victoria, 3204

Please note that returns can only be sent to the Lonely Planet DC in Bentleigh. Returns cannot be received at our Carlton location.

Happy Travels.


Seaside Bookshop for Sale Victoria x

160601 QueenscliffEst. 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 has a history, ongoing, of highly successful author events that are both financially and intellectually rewarding. Further room for growth is possible with school library subscriptions, author events and being the dedicated bookseller for the annual Queenscliffe Literary Festival, and input of new owner. A one-person business, other than at Christmas and Easter, with excellent casual staff. Ideal for one person or couple in ‘semi-retirement’. Wonderful lifestyle. Flexible hours. Terms negotiable.

Reason for sale: ‘more time to read, and enjoy the environment!’


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 50 years of distinguished publishing in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Ashgate complements Routledge’s commitment to support academic research and scholarly publishing.

Ashgate is a leading research publisher in Art History, Music, History, Social Work, Politics, Literary Studies and many other disciplines. Routledge is now also home to Ashgate’s imprint Gower Publishing—one of the world’s leading publishers of specialist business and management books and resources. All backlist and front list titles are now available through TL Distribution.

In addition, we are pleased that Left Coast Press, a publisher of pioneering research in Anthropology, Archaeology, Museum Studies, and Research Methods, is now a part of Routledge. Formerly available through Footprint, Left Coast Press titles will be available through TL Distribution from 1 June 2016.

Please note returns from previous suppliers will not be accepted by TL Distribution.

For sales enquiries please contact our Trade Sales Manager, Harry Johnston: Harry.Johnston@tandf.com.au.

For all other enquiries please contact the Taylor and Francis Books office in Melbourne: books@tandf.com.au.


CSIRO Publishing Congratulates Rohan Cleave and Coral Tulloch x

CSIRO Publishing congratulates author Rohan Cleave and illustrator Coral Tulloch for the success of their book Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect, which has been shortlisted for both the CBCA’s Eve Pownall Award for Information Books 2016 and the Wilderness Society’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2016.

9781486301126, HB, $24.95. Trade orders should be sent to TL Distribution: orders@tldistribution.com.au.


Peribo Ceases Distribution of Stackpole Books x

Peribo’s distribution of Stackpole Books will cease on 31 July 2016.  Returns requests must be received by Peribo no later than 30 June 2016 and all authorised returns received in our warehouse by 17 June 2016.  New distributor TBA.




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