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30 August 2017

Government declines support for fair use in Productivity Commission response; industry groups respond

The federal government has declined to support the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to introduce a fair use exception to copyright law, and will instead consult on developing more... Read more
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‘The Dry’ wins best novel at 2017 Davitt Awards

Jane Harper’s debut novel The Dry has won best adult novel at the 2017 Davitt Awards for crime books by Australian women, presented by Sisters... Read more

Australian Centre Literary Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners of the University of Melbourne’s Australian Centre Literary Awards were announced at the Melbourne Writers Festival on 26 August. Wesley Michel Wright Prize... Read more
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Shortlists for 2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards announced

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has announced the shortlists for the 2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards. The shortlisted works in each category are: Australian... Read more


People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year shortlist announced

The shortlist for the $10,000 Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year, as part of the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards, has been announced. The... Read more
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Smith Street Books recalls ‘Which Cult Should I Join?’ due to ‘threat of legal action’

Smith Street Books is recalling copies of the book Which Cult Should I Join? by Australian author Jo Stewart ‘due to the threat of legal... Read more


More than 330 libraries, bookshops register for Australian Reading Hour

More than 330 libraries and bookshops have registered to participate in Australian Reading Hour on 14 September 2017, with over 100 Australian authors to take... Read more


YA authors to run book club on a train

Contributors to the #LoveOzYA anthology Begin, End, Begin (HarperCollins) will be running a book club discussion on a Melbourne train on 14 September as part... Read more

Crawford named University of Technology Sydney’s New Writer in Residence for 2017-18

Writer and artist Anwen Crawford has been selected as the University of Technology Sydney’s New Writer in Residence for 2017-18. Crawford will use the residency... Read more

Richell Prize 2017 longlist announced

Hachette Australia and the Emerging Writers’ Festival have announced the longlist for the 2017 Richell Prize for emerging writers. The  longlisted writers and their works... Read more


MidnightSun sells Swedish rights for ‘A Cardboard Palace’

MidnightSun Publishing has sold Swedish rights for Allayne L Webster’s middle-grade novel A Cardboard Palace to B. Wahlströms Bokförlag. This is the publisher’s first middle-grade... Read more


Hachette acquires Inga Simpson picture book ‘The Peach King’

Hachette has acquired world rights to Inga Simpson’s first picture book, The Peach King. The book, which was acquired by commissioning editor Robert Watkins, is... Read more


Black Inc. acquires Kate Holden true-crime book x

Black Inc. has acquired world rights to a true-crime book by Kate Holden on the murder of New South Wales state environment officer Glen Turner... Read more


Black Inc. acquires Dovey book on Coetzee

Black Inc. has signed Ceridwen Dovey to contribute to its ‘Writers on Writers’ series with a book on Nobel Prize-winning South African and Australian author... Read more


‘Overland’ Victoria University Short Story Prize 2017 winners announced

Amanda Niehaus has won the 2017 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for new and emerging writers for her story ‘Breeding Season’. Chosen from a... Read more

Second ‘Overland’ residency program open to Indigenous writers

Literary journal Overland’s second residency program, which is ‘aimed at addressing a lack of opportunities for marginalised writers’, has opened for entries from Indigenous writers... Read more

Hamilton appointed CEO of Express Media

Lucy Hamilton has been appointed general manager/CEO of Express Media, replacing Pippa Bainbridge in the position. Hamilton was previously partnerships coordinator for Regional Arts Victoria.... Read more


‘Our Mob, God’s Story’ wins 2017 Australian Christian Book of the Year

Our Mob, God’s Story: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists Share Their Faith (Louise Sherman & Christobel Mattingley, Bible Society) has been named the Australian... Read more

Pearson remains world’s biggest publisher in 2016

Pearson has retained the top spot in the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry for the ninth year in a row, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more


‘Where’s Mr Lion’ named Sainsbury’s children’s book of the year

The baby and toddler book Where’s Mr Lion by Ingela Arrhenius (Nosy Crow) has been named book of the year at the 2017 Sainsbury’s Children’s... Read more


‘New York Times’ pulls YA book from its bestsellers chart after ‘inconsistencies’ in sales reports

In the US, the New York Times has pulled a novel from the top of its young adult hardcover bestsellers list after discovering ‘inconsistencies’ in... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold Czech rights to the ‘Phryne Fisher’ books Cocaine Blues and Flying Too High (Kerry Greenwood) to Charleston Media. Text... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The 91-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) remains in the top spot in the bestseller charts in its second week of release, with three... Read more

Georgia Blain’s ‘The Museum of Words’ x

‘Blain notes that, with this book, she joins Cory Taylor (Dying: A Memoir) and Jenny Diski (In Gratitude) in an emerging subgenre of the illness... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘With Amazon on the ground to handle distribution alongside its international reach, there will be a stronger incentive for Australian authors to turn to Amazon and self-publish. This may lead to a fragmentation of the expertise currently concentrated in publishing houses’publishing and communications lecturer and researcher Beth Driscoll on the arrival of Amazon in Australian and its implications for local publishing


Readings donation funds new library at Ballarat school

A donation from independent bookselling chain Readings has contributed to a new library at Berry Street School in Ballarat, Victoria, reports the Courier. The Readings Foundation... Read more

US educational provider Follett partners with advocacy group to save school libraries

In the US, educational provider Follett has teamed up with Chicago-based political action group EveryLibrary to assist advocacy efforts for school libraries, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

Rippin’ good yarns: Sally Rippin on her new imprint at Bonnier x

Jackie Tang talks to Sally Rippin about setting up the new ‘Sally Rippin Presents’ junior fiction list at Bonnier Publishing Australia and what direction she... Read more


Book blogger spotlight: Romancing the Social Sciences

Dani St Clair brings her unique perspective as a social and political scientist to her blog, Romancing the Social Sciences. ‘I was inadvertently analysing everything... Read more

Watson joins Wavesound

Alison Watson joins Wavesound, an RBmedia Company, from 1 September as Operations Manager. Alison, formerly at Zenith, will streamline operations workflows, implement new cataloguing services for libraries to enhance patron discoverability, and improve shelf-ready service offerings for Wavesound’s growing list of International and Australian Audiobooks, Magazines, eBooks and Large Print in digital and physical formats. You can contact Alison on alison.watson@wavesound.com.au.


Robyn Harding’s hit novel ‘The Party’ to be made into a film

Simon & Schuster Australia is thrilled to announce that film rights for The Party by Robyn Harding have been snapped up by The Gotham Group.

The Gotham Group have produced such book-to-film adaptions as ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ and the ‘Maze Runner’ franchise.

Robyn Harding’s domestic drama is now in its third printing in Australia and has sold almost 10,000 copies through Bookscan since its release in July.


CBCA Crichton Award—new illustrators

This award recognises and encourages new talent in the field of Australian children’s book illustration. This national award is administered by the Victorian Branch of the CBCA.

Entries are now open for The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2018 Crichton Award, closing date 30 November 2017.

For guidelines and entry forms visit the Awards page on the CBCA Vic website: vic.cbca.org.au


'Tom Ford' rights return to Hardie Grant

Hardie Grant is now the distributor for the bestselling volume Tom Ford (9780847826698) from Rizzoli. Stock is available from September, contact your sales representative for more information and to order.


Recall: ‘Which Cult Should I Join’

Smith Street Books has announced that it is recalling all copies of the book Which Cult Should I Join ISBN 9781925418354 due to the threat of legal action. The book is distributed by Simon & Schuster Australia. Booksellers are advised to stop selling the book immediately and to return all existing stock to UBD for a full credit aftersales@unitedbookdistributors.com.au. For further information contact your Simon & Schuster account manager.




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