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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


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

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
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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
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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

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... 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


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

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

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

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

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... Read more

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... Read more

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