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21 June 2017


Over 300 attend 2017 ABA Conference; Mutter, Daunt offer advice on combatting Amazon x

Over 300 booksellers, exhibitors and guest speakers attended this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) conference, which was held in Melbourne from 18-19 June. ABA chief... Read more


Miles Franklin Literary Award 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award was announced at the Australian Booksellers Association’s gala dinner in Melbourne on 18 June. The shortlisted... Read more


‘The Birdman's Wife’ wins ABA Booksellers Choice Award; booksellers of the year announced

Melissa Ashley’s The Birdman’s Wife (Affirm) has won the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Booksellers Choice Award at the 2017 ABA conference awards night, held in... Read more
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National Bookshop Day rebranded

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has rebranded its annual National Bookshop Day as Love Your Bookshop Day (LYBD). This year, on 12 August, Australian booksellers... Read more

Bill to simplify copyright materials for libraries, education and people with disabilities passes Parliament

A Bill amending the Copyright Act 1968 to simplify the use of copyright materials for libraries, educational institutions, archives and people with disabilities passed Federal... Read more

Government delays plan to introduce GST on all online purchases

The federal government has delayed its plan to repeal the $1000 GST-free threshold for online purchases from overseas retailers from 1 July this year to... Read more
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Magabala celebrates 30th anniversary

Broome-based publisher Magabala Books is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. Magabala CEO Anna Moulton told Books+Publishing the anniversary is an opportunity to ‘celebrate the... Read more


Wheeler Centre podcast ‘The Messenger’ wins international radio program award

The Wheeler Centre and Behind the Wire’s co-produced podcast The Messenger won a Grand Award at the New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards on... Read more

Mudgee Readers’ Festival 2017 program out now

The Mudgee Readers’ Festival has released its 2017 program. The event, which runs from 10-13 August in regional NSW, will feature Melanie Joosten, Holly Throsby,... Read more
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Full program for IPEd National Editors Conference announced

The full program has been announced for the Institute of Professional Editors’ (IPEd) National Editors Conference, which runs from 13-15 September at the Brisbane Convention... Read more


A&U to distribute eight new Wilbur Smith titles, 34 backlist titles

Allen & Unwin will distribute eight new books and 34 backlist books by Wilbur Smith in the ANZ market, after UK agency partner Bonnier Zaffre... Read more

Philp wins 2017 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction

Lip magazine’s 2017 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction has been presented to Alexandra Philp for her story ‘Pools 2007’. The award is open to all... Read more

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2017 winners announced

The 2017 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards have been announced. A number of Australian titles were among the winners and runners-up. Special Awards Prestige Awards Joint... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold world Spanish rights to Kingpin (Lili St German) to Ediciones B Mexico SA de CV. Hachette has sold rights to Stars... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

After creeping up the ranks in previous weeks, Michael Mosley’s healthy eating guide The Clever Guts Diet (S&S) has taken the top spot in this... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘If we keep doing what we do well, always looking for ways to do it better, we provide an experience that cannot be replicated by... Read more

Sepetys, Smith win 2017 Carnegie, Greenaway medals; Fraillon wins Amnesty CILIP Honour

Two US children’s book creators have won the 2017 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals, presented by the UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals... Read more


Barry wins second Walter Scott Prize

Sebastian Barry has won the 2017 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his novel Days Without End (Faber). This is the second time Barry... Read more


Bew’s ‘Citizen Clem’ wins Orwell Prize for Books 2017

In the UK, John Bew has won the the £3000 (A$5547) Orwell Prize for Books for Citizen Clem (Quercus), a biography of former UK Prime... Read more

Tracey K Smith named new US poet laureate

Tracey K Smith has been named the 22nd poet laureate of the United States, reports Publishers Weekly. Smith is the author of three books of... Read more

European booksellers launch geoblocking petition

The European International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) has launched a petition asking the European Council (EC) not to force booksellers to sell ebooks in different countries,... Read more

Inaugural winners of ALIA Library Design Awards announced x

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) announced the winners of its inaugural Library Design Awards, which aim to showcase the best in contemporary library... Read more

ALIA celebrates copyright amendment Bill

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has celebrated a Bill amending the Copyright Act 1968 to simplify the use of copyright materials for libraries,... Read more

International perspectives: John Mutter and James Daunt on the book industry in the US and UK x

John Mutter, editor-in-chief of US bookselling publication Shelf Awareness, and James Daunt, MD of UK bookstore chain Waterstones and founder of Daunt Books, delivered the... Read more

Judith Brett’s ‘The Enigmatic Mr Deakin’ x

‘This excellent biography will appeal to general readers, students and anyone interested in historical biography’ … read Chris Harrington’s full review here.

Working Title Press distribution changes

Working Title Press (WTP) and HarperCollins Publishers Australia (HCP) announce that from 1st July 2017, distribution of WTP titles in Australia and New Zealand will... Read more

Title showcase: ‘Once Upon A Hume’ by Stephen Gard

Title: Once Upon A Hume Author: Stephen Gard Publisher: BlueDawe Books Price: 25 ISBN: 9780992475116 Distributor: www.stephengard.com.au Once Upon A Hume takes the reader on... Read more

'Clever Guts'—the number 1 bestselling title—reprint now available

Following a hugely successful tour by author Dr Michael Mosely, The Clever Guts Diet is the number one bestselling title in Australia! A rush reprint... Read more

Black Inc. congratulates Ryan O’Neill on the shortlisting of 'Their Brilliant Careers' for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Black Inc. congratulates Ryan O’Neill on the shortlisting of Their Brilliant Careers for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award. A reprint of Their Brilliant Careers... Read more

UWA Publishing shortlisted for Miles Franklin award for ‘Extinctions’

NewSouth Books would like to congratulate UWA Publishing and Josephine Wilson on the shortlisting of Extinctions for this year’s Miles Franklin award. To order copies... Read more

Congratulations from Dennis Jones & Associates

Dennis Jones & Associates would like to congratulate Philip Salmon on his short listing for the 2017 Miles Franklin Award for Waiting, ISBN 9781922186836, $29.95... Read more

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