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6 June 2018

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week

Please note that, due to the Queen’s Birthday holiday on Monday in all states except Queensland and Western Australia, the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published... Read more
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Amazon to block Oz shoppers from Amazon US

Australian consumers will be unable to purchase items from Amazon’s international websites as the multinational moves to comply with new GST laws affecting online retailers,... Read more


NT Writers’ Festival Wordstorm 2018 wraps up x

The 2018 Northern Territory Writers’ Festival was held over four days from 24-27 May in Darwin. With the theme ‘exploring outside the margins’, this year’s... Read more
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Nunn and Gleitzman named ambassadors for Australian Reading Hour 2018

Australian Reading Hour has announced authors Judy Nunn and Morris Gleitzman as the national ambassadors for the initiative in 2018, which will be held this... Read more


‘Warm and respectful’ response to FWF 2018 Victorian program x

The Feminist Writers Festival’s (FWF) 2018 Victorian Program, which was held in Melbourne and Geelong from 25-27 May, received ‘really positive’ feedback and a ‘strong... Read more
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Traill wins Ashurst Business Literature Prize 2017

Michael Traill has won the 2017 Ashurst Business Literature Prize for his book Jumping Ship: From the World of Corporate Australia to the Heart of Social... Read more

Covers of Kibble Literary Awards 2018 shortlisted titles


Kibble and Dobbie Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2018 Kibble and Dobbie Awards have been announced. The four shortlisted titles for the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award for an established... Read more


NZ Book Awards for Children and YA 2018 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced. The awards aim to celebreate the contribution New... Read more

Grills, Wright and Rawson win 2018 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards

Eloise Grills, Stephen Wright and Jane Rawson have won the 2018 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards for writing that was first published online or electronically. Grills... Read more

Davitt Awards 2018 longlists announced

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the longlists for the 2018 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. A total of 101... Read more


Tuffield departs Black Inc. x

Aviva Tuffield has departed from her position as publisher at Black Inc. According to reports made to Book+Publishing, Tuffield’s position of publisher was made redundant earlier... Read more

Minimum wage to rise 3.5% following Fair Work review

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 3.5% increase to minimum wages effective from 1 July 2018, increasing the minimum rate from $18.29 per hour... Read more

First authors announced for 2018 Byron Writers Festival

The first authors have been announced for the 2018 Byron Writers Festival, which runs from 3-5 August. International guests include British author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay,... Read more


PRH acquires Warne memoir

Penguin Random House will publish Australian cricketer Shane Warne’s memoir, No Spin (with Mark Nicholas), in Australia and the UK in October 2018. In a... Read more


Scribe acquires new books by Elson, Carroll

Scribe has acquired rights to a number of new titles, including a biography of post-punk musician Rowland S Howard by Melbourne-based bookseller and writer Gerard... Read more


HGE, ASRC to release three bilingual editions of ‘My Two Blankets’

Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) have partnered to publish three bilingual editions of the picture book My Two... Read more

‘IndigenousX’ and the ‘Monthly’ launch Indigenous arts critic mentorship

The Monthly and IndigenousX have launched a new mentorship for an emerging Indigenous arts critic. The joint initiative will offer the successful candidate a six-month... Read more


Thunig wins 2018 Margaret Dooley Emerging Indigenous Writers Fellowship x

Kamilaroi woman and University of Newcastle researcher Amy Thunig is the recipient of the 2018 Margaret Dooley Emerging Indigenous Writers Fellowship, presented by Eureka Street and... Read more


The Little Bookroom opens ‘big sister’ bookshop in Northcote

Melbourne children’s bookstore The Little Bookroom is opening a new independent ‘big sister’ bookshop, called Neighbourhood Books, in the inner northern suburb of Northcote. Located... Read more


Collins Ballarat relocates to ‘destination store’ in heritage building

The Ballarat branch of Collins Booksellers has relocated to a heritage-listed building on Lydiard Street in the Ballarat city centre. Formerly located about a block... Read more


Viggers novel sold to France, following ‘remarkable’ sales

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has sold world French rights to Karen Viggers’ forthcoming novel, The World Beneath the Trees, to publisher Les Escales, following the... Read more


Spinifex title honoured for Italian literary award

Palestinian feminist writer Khulud Khamis’ Australian-published novel, Haifa Fragments (Spinifex) has placed second in the Premio Letterario Citta di Siena Italian literary award. Khamis’ novel,... Read more


WestWords director named on CreateNSW roundtable

WestWords executive director Michael Campbell has been named among a group of 10 arts practitioners to lead a new roundtable created to ensure that Western... Read more


Writers Bloc launches ongoing online short courses x

Online writing community Writers Bloc has launched its first ongoing series of online short courses. Throughout 2018, Writers Bloc will run one short course per... Read more


NSW Writers' Centre rebrands as Writing NSW

The NSW Writers’ Centre has rebranded as Writing NSW, and launched a new website. Writing NSW CEO Jane McCredie  said the new name, which came... Read more

NT Writers’ Centre elects new board

The Northern Territory Writers’ Centre has elected a new board, consisting of 10 members. Previous vice president Adelle Sefton-Rowston has been elected as president, while... Read more


Lambda Literary Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Lambda Literary Awards, known as the ‘Lammys’, have been announced. The awards celebrate excellence in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender... Read more


Audie Awards 2018 winners announced

In the US, the winners of the 2018 Audie Awards, presented by the Audio Publishers Association, have been announced. The Audiobook of the Year award... Read more


‘The Muslims’ wins 2018 Little Rebels Children’s Book Award

The Muslims by Zanib Mian (Sweet Apple Books) has won the 2018 Little Rebels Children’s Book Award in the UK for radical children’s fiction, reports... Read more


‘After the Fire’ wins 2018 ‘Bookseller’ YA Book Prize

In the UK, Will Hill’s After the Fire (Usborne) has won the Bookseller’s 2018 YA Book Prize, worth £2000 (A$3510), reports the Bookseller. Loosely based... Read more


Forward Prizes for Poetry shortlists announced

In the UK, the shortlists for the Forward Prizes for Poetry have been announced. The shortlist for the £10,000 (A$17,570) Forward Prize for Best Collection... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Allen & Unwin (A&U) has sold world French rights to The World Beneath the Trees (Karen Viggers) to Les Escales. (See news.) Text... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Stephen King’s new mystery-horror hybrid The Outsider (Hachette) has shot up the charts, debuting in second spot in this week’s top 10 in its first... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The economics from just last year until today have shifted so dramatically it makes your head spin. I had seven-figure offers for books that haven’t been read yet. That’s how nuts it is.’—Literary manager Jerry Kalajian, speaking at the inaugural New York Rights Fair, describes how the rise of TV and episodic streaming adaptations has supercharged the rights marketplace.



Noosa Heritage Library wins Heritage Award

Noosa Shire Council’s Heritage Library has won a Silver Award at the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Heritage Awards for publishing local history book Noosa... Read more


UK librarians condemn deal between SCL and Home Office

In the UK, 80 library professionals have signed an open letter to condemn a contract deal between the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and Home... Read more


Acquiring new languages: Exploring the world of bilingual children's books x

Jackie Tang asks publishers, booksellers and librarians if there is an increased demand in foreign-language children’s books. When Allen & Unwin published Joanne O’Callaghan and... Read more


Podcast spotlight: Pratchat

Pratchat is a monthly ‘book club’ podcast hosted by Elizabeth Flux and Ben McKenzie that aims to discuss every Terry Pratchett novel ever written. Each episode,... Read more

Sisonke Msimang’s ‘Always Another Country’ x

‘Starting afresh is a constant theme throughout the book—Msimang’s account of her movement and migration frequently explores the question of whether home is a concept... Read more

CBCA NSW: Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program entries open

Entries for the CBCA NSW Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program are currently open. Launched in 1996, the program aims to foster the talent of aspiring writers... Read more


Lonely Planet to close warehouse; distribution moving to UBD

Lonely Planet has announced it will close its Melbourne warehouse, based in Bentleigh, at the end of August this year, making seven permanent employees redundant. The publisher will outsource all distribution to United Book Distributors (UBD) from 3 September.

Lonely Planet says the decision to outsource distribution was brought about by the news that the company’s current cloud-based warehouse management system would no longer be supported from May 2019. ‘Options for a replacement system were limited and outsourcing distribution became the best solution to support the Australian arm of the business moving forward,’ said the publisher in a statement. Lonely Planet said it felt UBD would ‘best serve not only our current but also our future business requirements’.

Six permanent warehouse positions as well as one finance role (based in the Carlton head office) will be made redundant, and the closure will also affect casuals who were employed at the warehouse. Lonely Planet’s key account managers and agents will remain unchanged. The change in distribution will affect all of the publisher’s imprints: Lonely Planet, Lonely Planet Kids and Lonely Planet Food.

Chris Zeiher, the publisher’s Asia Pacific director of sales and marketing, said that the move to UBD ‘creates flexibility’ for the business as it plans for future growth, adding that the move ‘mirrors the same successful third-party distribution approach we have in the UK’.

‘Lonely Planet’s performance in the travel guidebook category on A C Nielsen Bookscan has experienced six consecutive periods of year-on-year growth across 2017/2018,’ said Zeiher. ‘Excitingly, the entire guidebook category is in MAT [moving annual total] growth and in searching for the most suitable distribution partner we wanted an organisation which could perform a seamless transition and not disrupt supply to the marketplace.’

In July 2016, Lonely Planet moved its warehouse to the current Bentleigh facility from a smaller facility in Footscray, at the same time as it moved its headquarters to the current Carlton-based office.

The cut-off date for returns to the Bentleigh warehouse will be 30 August.


ABA conference registrations must close Thursday 7 June

Reasons why you should attend the ABA conference:

  1. You may meet with people with similar experiences
  2. You mind may be open to new opportunities
  3. Your mind may be challenged to consider new ideas and theories
  4. Your heart may be inspired and encouraged
  5. You may receive answers to difficult or challenging questions that you have been considering.

And then of course there’s having fun with your peers. If you haven’t already booked then you have until the close of business on Thursday, 7 June complete your registration on the ABA website here.

We’d love to see you there!


BookNet at the 2018 ABA conference

Come and visit our stand at the Trade Show of the 2018 ABA Conference at the QT Hotel Canberra on Sunday, 17 June 2018.

We will be attending the ABA Conference this year and look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible. We hope you can make some time to stop by and discuss your BookNet needs.  If you would like to pre-book some time for our team to go through any questions or training issues you may have, please email support@unilink.com.au.




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