Weekly Book Newsletter
8 June 2016

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the Queen’s Birthday holiday on Monday (in all states except Queensland and Western Australia), the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on... Read more

ABA backs APA’s Books Create campaign to retain PIRs

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced it will join the Australian Publishers Association (APA) and other organisations to support the Books Create Australia campaign,... Read more

Labor pledges ‘careful consultation’ on copyright, return of OzCo money

The Australian Labor Party (ALP) has pledged to ‘carefully consult on copyright’, close the Catalyst —Australian Arts and Culture Fund and return funding to the... Read more

Kibble and Dobbie Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The 2016 Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards shortlists have been announced. The three shortlisted titles for the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award for an established Australian... Read more

Xoum appoints Grundy as associate publisher, announces new literary imprint

Sydney-based independent publisher Xoum Publishing has appointed Alice Grundy in the newly created role of associate publisher, where she will head its new literary imprint... Read more

Sleepers Publishing announces it’s not taking on new books

Independent small press Sleepers Publishing has announced it will not take on new books after 13 years of operation. In a newsletter, Sleepers co-founders Zoe... Read more

‘Chasing Shadows’ wins UK Sports Book Award

Australian authors Tim Lane and Elliot Cartledge have won the Cricket Book of the Year award at the UK Cross Sports Book Awards, for Chasing... Read more

NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 finalists announced

The finalists for this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced. The finalists in each category are: Young adult... Read more

Australian publisher named finalist at British Fantasy Awards

An anthology by Australian speculative-fiction publisher Twelfth Planet Press has been named a finalist in the British Fantasy Awards. Letters to Tiptree, which is edited... Read more

Mudgee Readers’ Festival 2016 program announced

The Mudgee Readers’ Festival in regional NSW has announced the program for its 2016 festival, to be held from 13-14 August. Festival guests include Jane... Read more

OUP to recruit NZ booksellers to act as distributors x

Oxford University Press (OUP) will recruit a number of booksellers to act as distributors to other customers in a bid to increase the reach of... Read more

King to leave MUP to form PR agency x

Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) marketing and publicity manager Terri King is leaving the company after 10 years. King told Books+Publishing she will be joining forces with former... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s a dire time for the arts in Australia. It’s not just the cuts in funding, it’s the way that artists are made, in an... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold world audio rights to True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia (David Hunt) to Audible. Children—Hardie Grant Egmont has sold... Read more

Bestsellers this week

Four new releases have entered the top 10 bestsellers, with this week’s highest new entry Slow Cooker Central 2 (Pauline Christie, ABC Books) debuting in... Read more

New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains 10 reviews of books publishing in July and August 2016. Author Chris Owen and illustrator Chris Nixon’s picture book Pandamonia... Read more

Author Earnings’ Amazon sales report expands scope to cover more than 1m titles

Independent website Author Earnings has expanded the scope of its latest quarterly report on Amazon print, audio and ebook sales to take into account titles... Read more

Literary Hub launches review aggregation site Book Marks

US website Literary Hub has launched a new section of its site that aggregates book reviews from over 70 sources, called Book Marks. Pitched by... Read more

HarperCollins US launches daily Facebook Live program

In the US, HarperCollins has announced the launch of its daily Facebook Live program, which will see authors broadcast live videos to readers and take... Read more

Israeli government repeals fixed price book law

The Israeli government has repealed legislation in force since 2014 that prohibits discounts on new books in the first 18 months of publication, reports Israel... Read more

Kulkarni wins 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Parashar Kulkarni has become the first Indian writer to win the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for his story ‘Cow and Company’. The £5000 (A$9586) prize... Read more

YA Book Prize 2016 winner annouced

The Bookseller’s 2016 YA Book Prize has been awarded to free-verse novel One by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury). Crossnan’s winning novel is about ‘conjoined twins Grace and... Read more

Access to Australian Standards removed from libraries after negotiation breakdown x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) and all Australian state libraries will no longer have online access to Australian Standards publications after unsuccessful negotiations between... Read more

Renewed push for $11m Armidale war memorial library x

The administrator for Armidale Regional Council in rural NSW has put plans for a $11m war memorial library first floated in 2012 ‘back on the... Read more

Singapore research agency develops autonomous shelf-scanning robot x

An autonomous shelf-scanning robot is being developed by the Institute for Infocomm Research at Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research, reports Cnet. Using laser-mapping... Read more

Rethinking business: The market for business books x

Books on leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation are attracting new readers to the business books category, while a strong backlist remains essential to sales, writes Andrea... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Inkerman & Blunt x

Established in 2013, Melbourne-based Inkerman & Blunt publishes poetry, prose and nonfiction of ‘originality, intelligence and beauty’. According to founder Donna Ward, ‘high-quality production values,... Read more

Ashleigh Wilson’s ‘Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing’ x

‘A good subject is important, and Brett Whiteley was a genius who occupied a unique place in Australian culture. He was creative, selfish and, in... Read more

Change for Ford Street Publishing x

Publisher: Ford Street Publishing ISBN prefix: 978-1-925000 Old distributor: Alliance Distribution Services New distributor: TL Distribution Changeover date: 1 September 2016 Returns cut-off: 31 October... Read more

Change for Rockpool Publishing x

Publisher: Rockpool Publishing ISBN prefix: 978-1-921-295, 978-1-921-878, 978-1-925-017 Old distributor: The Five Mile Press New distributor: Herron Book Distributors Changeover date: 1 June 2016 Contact... Read more

Grundy joins Xoum x

Former Giramondo managing editor Alice Grundy has joined Xoum in the newly created role of associate publisher. (See news.)

King leaves MUP x

Melbourne University Publishing marketing and publicity manager Terri King has left the publisher to form a PR agency. (See news.)

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

Ford Street Publishing Agency Change x

Ford Street is moving its sales and distribution for Australia and New Zealand from Pan Macmillan Australia to NewSouth Books from September 1st 2016. Alliance... Read more

Rockpool Publishing Celebrates 10 Years’ Publishing x

Rockpool Publishing celebrates 10 years’ publishing on 1 July 2016.Thank you to all booksellers and distributors for your support. The anniversary coincides with the release... Read more

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