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18 October 2017

ABC to end ‘The Book Club’ after 11 years

The last episode of The Book Club will air on the ABC on 19 December, with Jennifer Byrne announcing she’s leaving the broadcaster after 11... Read more
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RB Media launches Audiobooks.com in Australia

Audiobook publisher and digital media distributor RB Media, which owns Australian audiobook provider Wavesound, has launched its streaming and downloading service Audiobooks.com in Australia today.... Read more


Brow Books sells world rights to Prescott’s ‘The Town’

Brow Books has sold world rights to Shaun Prescott’s debut novel The Town to Faber. Faber will publish The Town in the UK in August... Read more
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FNAWN condemns HSC students’ abuse of van Neerven

The First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN) has condemned the online abuse of writer Ellen van Neerven after a poem from her 2016 collection, Comfort... Read more


‘The Shortest History of Europe’ sells over 300,000 copies in China

Sales for the Chinese edition of Australian historian John Hirst’s The Shortest History of Europe (Black Inc.) have hit over 300,000 units in China. While... Read more
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HGE sells UK rights to ‘Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds’

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Australia and Canada) to Jeremy Lachlan’s middle-grade adventure novel Jane Doe and the Cradle... Read more

Australians nominated for 2018 Astrid Lindgren Award

Nine Australian authors and illustrators and one Australian organisation have been nominated for the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The Australian nominees are: Randa Abdel-Fattah... Read more


Scribe pre-empts UK and Commonwealth rights for ‘major book about honesty’ from US podcaster

Scribe publisher Henry Rosenbloom has pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights to a nonfiction book by US podcaster Anna Sale, creator and presenter of the podcast... Read more

Australian bestsellers in September: Harper straight to the top of fiction, Pape holds on as bestselling nonfiction x

Jane Harper’s second novel Force of Nature has debuted at the top of the Australian fiction bestsellers chart in September, despite being released in the final week... Read more

ABA to hold 2018 conference in Canberra

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) will hold its 2018 conference in Canberra on 17-18 June. The conference and trade exhibition will be held at the... Read more

Copyright Council publishes new report on economic contribution of copyright industries

The Australian Copyright Council (ACC) has published a report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers on the economic contribution of Australian copyright industries from 2002-2016, the fifth report... Read more

MidnightSun acquires debut novel ‘Beneath the Mother Tree’

MidnightSun has acquired world rights to playwright and radio dramatist D M Cameron’s debut novel Beneath the Mother Tree for publication in 2018. Beneath the... Read more


Hardie Grant to distribute new cookbook series by Noma chef René Redzepi

Hardie Grant has signed a deal with US publisher Artisan for Australian distribution of a new three-book series by the founder and head chef of... Read more


Burch wins inaugural Victorian Premier’s History Award for ‘Returning the Kulkyne’

John Burch has won the inaugural Victorian Premier’s History Award, worth $5000, for his book Returning the Kulkyne, announced as part of the Victorian Community... Read more


Feminist Writers Festival receives state government funding for 2018 event

The Feminist Writers Festival (FWF) has received $45,000 in funding from the Victorian Government to stage its second festival in 2018. The four-day festival will... Read more


Herrmann shortlisted for FutureBook Awards

Bolinda founder and co-CEO Rebecca Herrmann has been shortlisted for the 2017 FutureBook Awards, run by the Bookseller in the UK. Herrmann is shortlisted for... Read more


A&U acquires feminist ‘little inventor’ picture book

Allen & Unwin has acquired world rights to Melbourne-based illustrator and designer Sher Rill Ng’s debut picture book, Our Little Inventor via Danielle Binks at... Read more


Oz, NZ authors and illustrators on 2017 White Ravens list

Several books by Australian and New Zealand authors and illustrators have been included in the 2017 White Ravens list for international children’s and youth literature.... Read more


Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

US short-story writer George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for his debut novel Lincoln in the Bardo (Bloomsbury). Chair of judges Baroness... Read more

Print-digital ratio stable at 80-20, says PRH CEO

Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle has highlighted the stability of the global publishing market at the opening press conference for the Frankfurt Book Fair,... Read more

Hachette closes Weinstein Books imprint

In the US, the Hachette Book Group (HBG) announced it will terminate its Weinstein Books imprint, effective immediately, reports Publishers Weekly. The decision follows reports... Read more

US self-publisher ISBNs up 8% in 2016

In the US, ISBNs for self-published books have grown eight percent from 2015-2016, according to a new report from ProQuest affiliate Bowker. In total, 786,935... Read more


‘Dark Chapter’ wins 2017 Not the Booker Prize

Dark Chapter (Legend Press), the debut novel from UK-based Taiwanese-American writer Winnie M Li, has won the Guardian’s 2017 Not the Booker Prize. Li’s novel,... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Black Inc. has sold world audio rights to The Unexpected Education of Emily Dean (Mira Robertson) to Wavesound. Brow Books has sold world rights to The Town... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Dan Brown’s new novel Origin (Bantam) has unseated The 91-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) to take top spot in the overall bestsellers chart... Read more

A S Patric’s ‘Atlantic Black’ x

‘Set across a single night—New Year’s Eve 1938, and the increasingly hallucinatory early morning hours that follow—the novel’s pervasive air of menace is propelled not... Read more

Quote of the week

‘We got books on television and we made it work. It lasted as long as we wanted it to. That’s a great triumph because there were many that said it couldn’t be done.’ABC’s The Book Club host Jennifer Byrne farewells the program in an interview with Fairfax media.


ALIA trend report: more jobs for librarians by 2022

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has published its fourth annual Education, Skills and Employment Trend Report, which forecasts a modest increase in the... Read more

Active library memberships down, attendance up at Victorian libraries x

The Public Libraries Victoria Network has released its Annual Survey of Victorian Public Libraries for 2016-17, which shows that active library memberships are down but attendance... Read more


British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition sells most advance tickets ever

In the UK, a Harry Potter exhibition at the British Library set to open on 20 October has sold more than 30,000 tickets, the highest... Read more


Teen power inc.: Launching teen advisory boards in bookstores x

Jackie Tang asks booksellers how bookshops can meaningfully engage with teen readers. When Readings launched its inaugural Teen Advisory Board (TAB) in June this year,... Read more

Entries open for IBBY Australia Encouragement Award for Literature for Young People x

Entries for the Australian IBBY Encouragement Award for Children’s Literature, the Ena Noël Award, are now open. Books by Australian creators published in the two... Read more

Editors NSW workshop—Improve your quoting practices: from inquiry to quote to client x

Editors NSW presents a workshop focused on quoting practices for freelance editors. Sessions will cover key processes, including responding to initial inquiries, preparing quotes that... Read more

Children’s Publishing Committee 2017 Christmas drinks x

The CPC is delighted to invite industry staff, booksellers and agents working with kids’ books to its annual Christmas drinks! Event details Date: Tuesday 21... Read more

Jeff ‘The Hornet’ Horn awarded The Don

ABC Books congratulates Jeff Horn, Australia’s newly-crowned world welterweight boxing champion, on being awarded one of the highest honours in Australian sport: The Don award. Jeff Horn’s memoir The Hornet: From Bullied Schoolboy To World Champion (9780733339349) will release October 30.

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New memoir scholarship and St Albans Writers’ Festival residency

The 2018 Faber Writing Academy scholarships competition is now open. Our scholarships enable the winning students to enrol in our flagship courses for free. There’s two important additions this year:

Faber Writing Academy now offers three (instead of two) scholarships: two for Writing a Novel—Stage 1 (one for our Sydney course and one for our Melbourne course starting 6 March 2018) and a NEW scholarship for our True Stories (memoir/narrative nonfiction) Sydney course (starting 2 February 2018).

The 2018 Sydney Writing a Novel scholarship winner will, in addition, receive a free writing residency (3-8 June 2018) as well as having their course fees waived. This is due to the generosity of St Alban Writers’ Festival who, like the Academy, are keen to nurture emerging writers. The residency will take place at one of the historic dwellings in the picturesque village of St Albans.

The deadline for all scholarship applications is midnight on Friday 15 December 2017. The three scholarship winners will be announced on Tuesday 16 January 2018. For more information, click here.



Simon & Schuster Australia is pleased to announce a new sales and distribution partnership with Elliott & Thompson in Australia and New Zealand.

Elliott & Thompson is a London-based independent publisher of high-quality, popular and engaging fiction and non-fiction titles including the worldwide bestselling title, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall.

Simon & Schuster Australia will commence supply of new titles from November 2017 with backlist coming on board at the start of 2018. All orders to Harper Entertainment Distribution Services at orders@harpercollins.com.au. Backorders held by the previous distributor, Woodslane, will not be transferred to S&S/HEDS. Please reorder any stock still required. Customers should contact Woodslane with queries regarding returns, as Simon & Schuster/HEDS will not accept return of books invoiced by Woodslane.


RBmedia announces launch of Audiobooks.com in Australia

  • Audiobooks.com, the second largest provider of audiobooks in North America, launched in Australia today
  • Audiobooks.com owner, RBmedia, builds on 5 years of Australian success with leading audiobook publisher Wavesound
  • The service launches with a market-leading offer: two free audiobooks to new users who sign up to a new trial

Sydney, 18 October 2017: Audiobooks.com, the second largest provider of audiobooks in North America, has today launched in the Australian market. Owner RBmedia announced the launch of the service after years of success in Australia with sister company, and leading audiobook publisher, Wavesound.

The service launches with a market-leading introductory offer, with which new customers can claim two free books when they sign up to a free trial. After the free trial period, Audiobooks.com’s $14.95 per month subscription will entitle members to one premium audiobook per month, on top of which extra titles can be purchased. Users can redeem credits for new titles within the mobile app rather than needing to visit the desktop site (as with other similar services). Audiobooks.com is also available on a variety of platforms including smartphones, desktops, smartwatches, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and with the infotainment systems in select Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles.

Audiobooks.com’s expansion into Australia follows another impressive year for the audiobook industry, which saw explosive growth around the globe: the North American Audio Publishers Association reported an increase of 33.9% in audiobook units sold in 2016. Audiobooks continue to outpace print and e-book sales as the fastest growing format in publishing.

During a soft launch of Audiobooks.com in Australia, Australian users have already listened to almost 2.2 million hours of content, which is equal to 250 years’ worth of listening. By the end of 2017, Audiobooks.com expects to have over 70,000 titles available for Australian members.

Audiobooks.com is owned by RBmedia, a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology. RBmedia also owns Sydney-based audiobook publisher Wavesound—a leading provider of apps, audiobooks and related content to consumers via Australian retailers and libraries. Audiobooks.com promises to offer an unparalleled service to consumers in Australia.

Ian Small, CEO, Audiobooks.com, commented: ‘We know what consumers and publishers want from our library platform experience and are leveraging this knowledge to bring Audiobooks.com to the Australian market. Our Australian customers have already downloaded 80,000 audiobooks from our platform during a soft launch, and with thousands more titles to be added this year, we expect the Australian market to go from strength to strength.’

About Audiobooks.com

Audiobooks.com, an RBmedia company, is a market-leading streaming and download service for audiobooks, delivering fast and easy access to over 100,000 titles globally to booklovers around the world via the free Audiobooks.com app for Apple and Android. The service can be used at home on Sonos or tvOS, and in-car on CarPlay, Android Auto and with the infotainment systems in select Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles. The company’s proprietary technology synchronizes users’ last listened-to position across all devices, creating a seamless user experience.

About RBmedia

RBmedia is a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology that reaches millions of consumers—at home, in the car, and wherever their mobile devices take them. RBmedia produces exclusive titles and delivers the finest digital content—including audiobooks, educational courses, entertainment titles, and much more. RBmedia comprises an ever-expanding group of the best brands in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology. Find out more at www.rbmediaglobal.com.

About Wavesound

Wavesound Pty Ltd, an RBmedia company, is Australia’s leading publisher of audiobooks, large print books and digital products. The company, founded in 2009 and based in Sydney, publishes specific Australian titles as well as an extensive range of International best sellers.




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