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21 February 2018


New Macquarie study explores Oz publishing innovation x

Macquarie University has released a new report on how Australian publishers are implementing innovative measures in response to competition from offshore retailers, entertainment entities such... Read more
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Tuffield to step down as Stella executive director

The Stella Prize has announced that its executive director, Aviva Tuffield, will resign from the role, and will step down in May this year following... Read more


Scott appointed chair of SWF

Mark Scott AO has been appointed chair of the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) board, beginning on 15 February. Scott, who joined the SWF board in... Read more
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New ‘Treehouse’ collaboration to raise funds for children’s literacy

Pan Macmillan Australia has announced it will publish a new ‘Treehouse’ short story by creators Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, called Terry’s Dumb Dot Story.... Read more


APA to license IPG Skills Hub

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the UK Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) have agreed on a deal to give APA members access to content from... Read more
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Debut ‘The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart’ sells in 19 territories

Australian author Holly Ringland’s forthcoming debut novel, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (HarperCollins), has sold into 19 territories. Ringland’s debut is a coming-of-age story... Read more


Mills & Boon launches new romance range x

Australian romance publisher Mills & Boon has launched a new range of novels, DARE, which the publisher describes as its ‘most explicit series yet’. The... Read more


Twelfth Planet Press launches novella series

Australian science-fiction and fantasy publisher Twelfth Planet Press is launching a novella series. The series will launch with Stephanie Gunn’s novella Icefall, a ‘gripping story... Read more


Aurealis Awards 2017 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2017 Aurealis Awards, presented for science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing in Australia, have been announced. Judging coordinator Tehani Croft said she... Read more


Australian illustrator Tanner longlisted for 2018 Kate Greenaway Medal

Australian illustrator Jane Tanner has been longlisted for the 2018 Kate Greenaway Medal for her work on the picture book Storm Whale (written by Sarah... Read more


Scribble to publish new Bell and Colpoys picture book

Scribble has acquired world rights to a new picture book collaboration by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys, the creators of The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella. Bell... Read more

Edinburgh and Melbourne Cities of Literature to launch exchange program

Five Melbourne literary programmers will have the opportunity to visit Edinburgh in August this year, as part of a new exchange program between the Melbourne... Read more


New storytelling festival to launch at multilingual kids’ bookshop in Sydney

Lost in Books, a specialist multilingual children’s bookshop in Sydney’s western suburbs, is launching a new annual festival to highlight music, storytelling and ideas in... Read more


Creative Victoria announces new Diversity and Inclusion Program funding

Creative Victoria has announced new funding opportunities under its Diversity and Inclusion Program to ‘address barriers to participation by underrepresented groups in Victoria’s creative industries’.... Read more


‘ABR’ Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Australian Book Review (ABR) Peter Porter Poetry Prize has been announced. The shortlisted poets are: Eileen Chong (Sydney) Katherine Healy... Read more


‘Overland’ poetry prize 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets has been announced. The shortlisted poems are: ‘Guarded by Birds’... Read more


Golden Man Booker launched to mark award’s 50th year

The Booker Prize Foundation has announced the launch of a special one-off award to mark the 50th anniversary of the prize. The Golden Man Booker... Read more

Yiannopoulos drops lawsuit against S&S

In the US, far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos has withdrawn his lawsuit against Simon & Schuster (S&S), reports the Guardian. In documents filed in New York... Read more

S&S sees 12% revenue increase in fourth quarter

Simon & Schuster has recorded global sales of US$830 million (A$1.05 billion) in 2017, up eight percent from the previous year, report Publishers Weekly. Parent... Read more

US bookstore sales down in 2017

Preliminary estimates from the US Census Bureau indicate bookstore sales in the US dropped 3.6% in 2017 compared to 2016, reports Publishers Weekly. Sales in... Read more

Amazon to axe hundreds of jobs

In the US, Amazon is cutting several hundred jobs at its Seattle headquarters, focused mainly on its established consumer retail business, reports the Seattle Times.... Read more

Connect Books sold for just £6 million

UK book wholesaler and distributor Connect Books has been sold to private equity firm Aurelius for £6 million ($A10.6 million), which is nearly half of... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction: Allen & Unwin has sold film rights to The Twentieth Man (Tony Jones). Fremantle Press has sold Italian rights to The Hope Fault... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, Wiley) remains on top of a familiar overall top 10 this week, with nine of last week’s top 10 bestsellers... Read more

Dervla McTiernan’s ‘The Ruin’ x

‘The Ruin is as much a morality tale as it is an incendiary page-turner. This superior, haunting novel of murder, deception and ethical dilemma is... Read more

Quote of the week

‘We, as publishers, have not done a great job going digital. We’ve tried. We’ve tried enhanced or enriched ebooks—didn’t work. We’ve tried apps, websites with our content—we have one or two successes among a hundred failures. I’m talking about the entire industry.’Hachette Livre chief executive Arnaud Nourry reflects on the past and future of digital publishing in an interview with Indian media outlet Scroll.in.



RiP Muriel Rose Craddock x

Muriel Rose Craddock has died, aged 105. Craddock was a well-respected antiquarian bookseller who established Kay Craddock – Antiquarian Bookseller in the Melbourne CBD, and... Read more

RiP Ernest Hecht x

Founder and publisher of British publisher Souvenir Press Ernest Hecht has died, aged 88. As a child, Hecht arrived in England on the Kindertransport before... Read more

Concept plans released for ‘long-awaited’ Gosford library

Concept plans for the ‘long-awaited’ Gosford Regional Library have been released, reports the Daily Telegraph. Community residents are being asked to consider the two concept... Read more

Taylor & Francis scraps licensing change after opposition from libraries

In the UK, Taylor & Francis has reversed its decision to charge extra for older journal material after more than 110 libraries in the UK... Read more


The state of bookselling in America: Tom Hoskins on attending the American Booksellers Association Winter Institute

This year’s American Booksellers Association Winter Institute conference in Memphis was the largest gathering to date: 680 booksellers from around the world were joined by... Read more

Staff changes at Nielsen Book x

Nielsen Book has announced the retirement of Reno Galea, who has been the company’s account manager for retailers since 2010. Galea has worked with large... Read more

Editors NSW workshop: Preparing for the accreditation exam x

Editors NSW is hosting a workshop designed to help editors practise for and navigate the logistics of the national accreditation exam, created by Institute of... Read more

Editors NSW workshop: Copyediting: the basics and beyond x

Editors NSW is hosting a workshop designed for those with a basic understanding of copyediting conventions, some editing experience or basic training in editorial skills.... Read more

CBCA’s Night of the Notables launch event x

The NSW branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) will host a launch event to celebrate the announcement of the CBCA Notable books.... Read more

CBCA Vic: Registrations open for state conference x

Registrations are open for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Victorian state conference. ‘New Ways with Literature’ is the theme of this year’s conference,... Read more

CBCA NSW: Registrations open for professional development conference x

Registration are open for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) New South Wales Branch’s professional development conference, called ‘Anticipate! Appreciate! Applaud!’ The conference will... Read more

Shop fitout for sale

Collins Booksellers Bacchus Marsh has a full shop fitout available for $20,000. High quality, and still in very good condition. Please contact via email for photos and further details. Available now! You won’t believe the value.



Lonely Planet annual stocktake

Lonely Planet will be conducting its annual stocktake on Friday 23 February.

Orders placed by 12 noon on Thursday 22nd will be dispatched prior to the warehouse closing. Regular warehouse operations will resume on Monday 26 February.


Rough Guides moves to Woodslane

From 5 March 2018, sales and distribution of Rough Guides will move from from DK and UBD to Woodsland ANZ.

Authorised returns relating to orders placed with UBD should be sent to UBD prior to 31 March, following that date UBD will be unable to accept returned books.

For order enquires following 5 March, please contact Woodslane Customer Service on +612 8445 2300.


Bonnier Publishing Australia reprinting 'The Tattooist of Auschwitz' by Heather Morris

The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the women he loved, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, has sold over 10,000 copies since publication, achieving #4 overall and #2 adult fiction positions in its second week of publication. The first reprint is fully subscribed with another reprint arriving on 2 March for immediate dispatch to retailers. To secure your stock, contact TL Distribution on orders@tldistribution.com.au or 02 8778 9999. The Bonnier Publishing Australia team, together with author Heather Morris, thank our bookselling partners for all their enthusiasm and support for this important Australian story.


Pan to publish 'Terry’s Dumb Dot Story'

On 27 February, Pan Macmillan Australia will publish Terry’s Dumb Dot Story, a new ‘Treehouse’ short story by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.

It will retail for $2.00 (inc GST) in Australia and New Zealand, and the full RRP amount for every copy invoiced (ex GST) will be donated to the following Australian children’s charities: the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (of which Andy is a Lifetime Ambassador), Dymocks Children’s Charities, Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation, Save the Children, as well as Oxfam and the KidsCan Charitable Trust in New Zealand.

We are delighted to acknowledge that this has been made possible by the donation of content, time and services from Andy and Terry, ADS and McPherson’s Printing Group.

We would also like to thank the retailers who have joined all of us to support children’s charities with a focus on literacy. We are expecting the total amount raised to exceed $120,000.

Terry’s Dumb Dot Story is a 64-page mini-Treehouse adventure in which illustrator Terry takes over the storytelling duties with (predictably!) disastrous results until Andy steps in to save the day … and only makes things worse,’ says Griffiths. ‘Priced at only $2 it not only represents unbeatable value for fans of the Treehouse series but, as a bonus, all proceeds will go to children’s charities (so maybe letting Terry tell the story won’t turn out to have been such a bad idea after all!).’




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