Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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11 January 2017

Please complete our post-Christmas survey

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual post-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. Booksellers If you... Read more
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Rowling tops 2016 bestsellers chart, volume down and value up x

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the playscript by J K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (Hachette), was the highest selling book in Australia... Read more

Productivity Commission releases final report; reiterates call for PIR repeal, adoption of ‘fair use’

The Productivity Commission released its final report into Intellectual Property Arrangements on 20 December, reiterating the previous recommendations from its draft report to repeal parallel... Read more
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Donovan appointed literary scout for Hollywood producer

Los Angeles-based Australian Philippa Donovan has been appointed literary scout for Mad Rabbit, a production company for high-end drama. Donovan, who will cover World English... Read more


Wyndham to leave ‘SMH’ x

Sydney Morning Herald literary editor Susan Wyndham is leaving the publication at the end of January. Wyndham told the publishing industry that she was ‘ready... Read more
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New award to recognise editorial excellence

A new award for editorial excellence has been launched by Editors Queensland, a branch of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd). The Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial... Read more


Scribe acquires book on Belle Gibson cancer hoax

Scribe has acquired world rights to The Woman Who Fooled the World, a book on the Belle Gibson cancer hoax by Beau Donelly and Nick... Read more


‘Dropping In’ makes 2017 IBBY disability books selection

Geoff Havel’s Dropping In (Fremantle Press) has been included in the 2017 IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Selection of Outstanding Books for... Read more


Writers, literary orgs among OzCo October grant round recipients

A number of writers and literary organisations have received funding in the Australia Council’s October 2016 grant round. Sixteen writers received arts projects grants of... Read more

2017 Stella Sparks campaign to celebrate nonfiction

The Stella Prize’s 2017 fundraising and awareness campaign Stella Sparks will focus on women’s nonfiction writing. Readers will be encouraged to share their ‘nonfiction Stella... Read more


MWF and Jaipur Literature Festival launch program for JLF Melbourne

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has announced it will partner with Jaipur Literature Festival to present JLF Melbourne, a two-day ‘pop-up’ festival running from 11-12 February... Read more

Rowling, Wicks lead UK book sales ‘surge’ in 2016

In the UK, book sales in 2016 rose five percent to £1.6bn (A$2.64bn) in year-on-year figures to December according to Nielsen BookScan data, reports the... Read more

US print book sales record third year of growth in 2016

In the US, sales of print books were up 3.3% in 2016, marking a third straight year of growth, reports Publishers Weekly. According to Nielsen... Read more

S&S US book deal with right-wing journalist ignites debate

Simon & Schuster US’s decision to publish an autobiographical book by Milo Yiannopoulos, a British journalist and tech editor for the far-right website Breitbart, has... Read more

Costa Book Awards 2016 category winners announced

In the UK, the five category winners for the 2016 Costa Book Awards have been announced. The winners are Days Without End (Sebastian Barry, Faber)... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction—Zeitgeist Media Group has sold Turkish and simplified Chinese character rights to The Art of Reading (Damon Young) to Maya and Gingko Books, respectively.... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Fiction and children’s fiction series are performing strongly on this week’s charts, with the latest ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ title, Double Down (Jeff Kinney,... Read more

Alison Evans’ ‘Ida’ x

‘Written by a genderqueer author, and with a rare wealth of gender diverse characters, Ida is a landmark book in Australian YA. It is about... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Australian fiction and nonfiction greatly appeals to Hollywood … our language is the same, but our landscape very different so there is a real sense of graduated adaptation’newly appointed LA-based literary scout Philippa Donovan on the international screen rights market.



RiP Simon Milne

Simon Milne, who worked in the Australian book industry for many years as a marketing communications director at HarperCollins ANZ, marketing and communications manager at... Read more

SLV receives $8m donation for new gallery

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has received a donation of eight million dollars to fund a new exhibition space, reports the Age. The donation... Read more

Government announces $16.4m funding for Trove in MYEFO

The National Library of Australia (NLA)’s digital archive Trove will receive $16.4m over four years from 2016-17 in the federal government’s Mid Year Economic and... Read more

ALIA, ALCC welcome Productivity Commission’s fair use recommendations

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) have welcomed the Productivity Commission’s recommendation Australia adopts a fair use exception... Read more

Dead ringer: Q&A with Allison Rushby, author of ‘The Turnkey’ x

Allison Rushby’s forthcoming middle-grade novel The Turnkey (Walker Books, March) is a ‘page-turning mystery’ set in London’s Highgate Cemetery during the Blitz. Read reviewer Maria H... Read more

Simon Milne memorial service x

Former HarperCollins ANZ and Leading Edge Books communications specialist Simon Milne died last week. A memorial service will be held on Friday 13 January at 10.30am... Read more

Editors NSW: A guide to the ‘Australian manual of scientific style’ x

Editors NSW will host a presentation of the Australian manual of scientific style on Tuesday 7 February from 6.30pm. The Australian manual of scientific style was... Read more

NewSouth Congratulates Jackie French and Peter Bray for the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards x

NewSouth sends a big congratulations to Jackie French and Peter Bray for their win at the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards. Their book Horace the Baker’s Horse, published by National Museum of Australia, won in the Children’s book category. For orders please contact TL Distribution, P: 02 8778 9999 or E: orders@tldistribution.com.au.


Pantera Press donates 11,000 books to Australians in need x

For Christmas, Pantera Press partnered with Mission Australia, The Footpath Library, Arterie – Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, and a number of local youth and community centres to bring 11,000 books ($280,000) to those in need. https://www.panterapress.com.au/news-and-events/6831/


Newton wins national 2017 Best Culinary History Book in the Gourmand Awards x

Award-winning author and food journalist John Newton is the national winner of the Gourmand Awards in the Best Culinary History Book category for his book The Oldest Foods on Earth: A history of Australian native foods (NewSouth).

In this book, Newton points out that we celebrate cultural and culinary diversity, yet shun foods that grew here before white settlers arrived. Newton argues that embracing native foods will help to reconcile us with the land and its first inhabitants.

The Gourmand Awards are awarded each year for the best food and wine books. The overall winner will be announced at a ceremony in Yantai, China on 27-28 May 2017.

To order please contact TL Distribution. P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au.


Distribution Change for Wilkinson Publishing x

From 1 February 2017, Wilkinson Publishing Pty Ltd will be distributed by AFN Fishing and Outdoors.

NewSouth Books will accept authorised returns until 1 May 2017.

Wilkinson Publishing wishes to thank NewSouth Books for their efforts over the past three years.

Two new rush releases, Alan Kohler’s The Constant Investor Quarterly and Bill Leak’s Trigger Warning will be published by Wilkinson Publishing and available from AFN from February 1, 2017.

AFN Fishing and Outdoors: www.afn.com.au, (03) 9729 8788.

Wilkinson Publishing: www.wilkinsonpublishing.com.au, (03) 9654 5446.


Regency Media to distribute New Holland Publishers x

New Holland are pleased to announce that Regency Media, who are also based in Sydney, will take control of our book warehousing and distribution from 1 February 2017.

Their address is: 6 Goulburn St, Kings Park, NSW, 2148.
Orders to be placed via email at: NHPorders@regencymedia.com.au.
For customer service enquiries: NHPcustomerservice@regencymedia.com.au or 02 8884 4073.

All existing New Holland customers will need to set up a direct account with New Holland. Please contact your representative to secure an Account Application Form, or feel free to contact Coral Kuhn on 02 8986 4700.

Note our ‘Trading Terms’ will remain unchanged from what currently exists with UBD and it is business as usual. All returns will be honoured at UBD up until 31 March 2017, after which time this will transfer to Regency Media: NHPreturns@regencymedia.com.au.

UBD will be still supplying all backlist and January titles until 31 January 2017.

All February new releases will be supplied from Regency Media.

Please note that the minimum order value at Regency Media will be $150.00; orders below this amount will incur an $11.00 surcharge.

Should you have any queries whatsoever, please email lesley@newholland.com.au.




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