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14 December 2016

Final ‘Weekly Book Newsletter’ for 2016

Today’s Weekly Book Newsletter will be the last for 2016. The first Weekly Book Newsletter for 2017 will be published on Wednesday 11 January. The last Daily... Read more
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Shorten confirms Labor won’t back PIR repeal x

Federal Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has confirmed the Labor Party will not support the government’s proposal to repeal parallel import restrictions (PIRs), in a... Read more

Indie Book Awards 2017 longlists announced

Leading Edge Books has announced the longlists for the 2017 Indie Book Awards. The longlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The Easy Way Out... Read more
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Australian publications, booksellers recommend their top titles for 2016

A number of Australian publications and booksellers have released their recommended books for 2016. The Fairfax’s Sydney Morning Herald and Age publications have compiled their... Read more


Martyn leaves HarperCollins

HarperCollins Australia publishing director Shona Martyn has left the publisher to pursue ‘new challenges’ after 17 years with the company. Martyn joined HarperCollins in 1999 as... Read more
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UQP acquires Lucashenko novel ‘Too Much Lip’

UQP acting-CEO and publisher Madonna Duffy has acquired world rights to Melissa Lucashenko’s new novel Too Much Lip. Partly inspired by Ned Kelly and the... Read more

OzCo announces leadership program participants

A number of literary arts workers have been selected for the 2017 Australia Council Leadership Programs. Participants in the 2017 Future Leaders Program include Right... Read more

HarperCollins acquires McTiernan, Ringland debuts

HarperCollins has acquired the rights to two novels by first-time Australian authors. Perth-based writer Dervla McTiernan’s crime novel The Rúin was acquired by publisher Anna... Read more


Black Inc. acquires memoir from Scribe Nonfiction Prize shortlistee x

Black Inc. publisher Aviva Tuffield has acquired a memoir from 24-year-old Queensland writer Lech Blaine, who was shortlisted for this year’s Scribe Nonfiction Prize for... Read more

A&U acquires Lambie memoir

Allen & Unwin will publish a memoir by independent Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie in mid-2017, reports the Australian. The publisher said Lambie’s story is of... Read more


Diversity initiative ‘Voices from the Intersection’ to hold publisher speed pitching day

Authors Rebecca Lim and Ambelin Kwaymullina have launched a volunteer initiative Voices from the Intersection (VFTI), with the aim of providing publication and mentorship opportunities... Read more


Watts, Witherspoon to adapt ‘Penguin Bloom’ for film

Australian actress Naomi Watts has partnered with US actress and film producer Reese Witherspoon and US film producer Bruna Papandrea to option the rights to... Read more

‘KYD’ announces new staff, appoints Elson as book critic

Literary magazine Kill Your Darlings (KYD) has announced a number of staff changes for 2017, including the appointment of Gerard Elson to the role of... Read more

New Zealand publishing recovers after weak 2013-14

A new PricewaterhouseCoopers report shows a recovery in the New Zealand book publishing industry in 2015 after weak years in 2013 and 2014. The report... Read more

ABA appoints conference coordinator, announces new staff roles

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has appointed Helen Papadimitriou as its 2017 conference and trade exhibition coordinator following the departure of marketing and conference manager... Read more

New TitlePage service to cater to self-publishers and micro-publishers

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has launched a new service that offers self-publishers and micro-publishers the opportunity to list their books on TitlePage without becoming... Read more

European book sales up slightly in 2015

The Federation of European Publishers (FEP) has released a survey showing a ‘small increase’ in total sales revenue in 2015 for publishers in the European... Read more

US writers’ groups Authors United and the Author Guild merge

In the US, campaign group Authors United has merged with the country’s largest writers’ organisation, the Authors Guild, reports the Bookseller. Originally set up to... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—A&U has sold UK audio rights to Goodwood (Holly Throsby); Dutch and UK audio rights to Fearless (Fiona Higgins); UK rights to three books... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (J K Rowling, Hachette) continues its run as the top-selling title in Australia for a third consecutive week,... Read more

Candice Fox’s ‘Crimson Lake’ x

‘Candice Fox, winner of two Ned Kelly Awards and co-author with the bestselling James Patterson, has unleashed another taut, gripping crime thriller that is as... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘There’s not as many standout titles from big Australian names as there were last year. People seem to be responding more to independent literary fiction and trying new authors, which is great’—Kara Smith from Imprints Booksellers in Adelaide responds to Books+Publishing’s annual pre-Christmas survey.


RiP Georgia Blain

Author Georgia Blain has died, aged 51. Blain was the author of several adult and YA novels, the short story collection The Secret Lives of... Read more

RiP Anne Deveson

Journalist, author and social commentator Anne Deveson has died, aged 86. Deveson was the author of the memoirs Resilience (A&U) and Waging Peace: Reflections on... Read more

Contributor funds help Trove upload new documents after NLA budget cuts

The Department of Communications and the Arts has told a senate estimates committee that groups have been funding the National Library of Australia’s digital archive... Read more

Qld introduces coding and robotics grants program for Indigenous students

The Queensland State Government has introduced a new series of grants for public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres to provide coding and robotics programs to... Read more

Child, Hawkins top UK libraries’ most loaned; titles borrowed drops 14.6%

In the UK, Lee Child’s Make Me (Bantam) has topped the list of the most borrowed library book this year-to-date according to Nielsen LibScan statistics,... Read more

The smaller picture: Challenges and opportunities for small presses x

Small presses have been lauded for their investment in literature and new Australian authors, yet they continue to face challenges around funding, distribution and their... Read more

Small publisher spotlight: Melbournestyle Books x

Run by author, illustrator and publisher Maree Coote, Melbournestyle Books is a publisher and design studio that specialises in illustrated works for adults and children,... Read more

Entries Closing: APA Residential Editorial Program 2017 x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) will hold its 2017 Residential Editorial Program (REP) at the Melbourne Business School Conference Centre, Mt Eliza from Monday 1... Read more

APA Indies Forum Melbourne x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) will hold its Indies Forum on Monday, 20 February 2017 at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre in Melbourne. The forum... Read more

ABC Books Congratulates Penguin Bloom x

161214-abc-books-logoOur congratulations to Cameron and Sam Bloom, and Bradley Trevor Greive on the exciting announcement that Academy Award® nominated actress Naomi Watts has teamed with Reese Witherspoon and producer Bruna Papandrea to option the film rights to Australia’s #1 bestselling book Penguin Bloom. A reprint of the book (Penguin Bloom 9780733334948 – $27.99) has just arrived into our warehouse and can be ordered through Harper Entertainment Distribution Service by calling 1300 551 721 or emailing orders@harpercollins.com.au.


Roger Moloney leaves Thames & Hudson x

Roger Moloney, Academic Sales and Account Manager for Victoria and Tasmania, has left Thames & Hudson after 25 years. Roger’s passion for art and art publishing is unparalleled in the industry and his knowledge of our lists, flair and colourful sense of humour will be missed by everybody who had the pleasure of working with him. We thank him for 25 years of dedicated and diligent service and wish him all the best for the future.




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