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20 June 2018


Miles Franklin Literary Award 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: No More Boats (Felicity Castagna, Giramondo) The Life to Come (Michelle... Read more
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A&U to distribute Echo; Meyer promoted to publisher

Allen & Unwin (A&U) and UK publisher Bonnier Zaffre have announced a new sales and distribution arrangement for former Bonnier Publishing Australia imprint Echo Publishing... Read more

Amazon launches Prime in Australia

Amazon has launched its subscription service Prime on the company’s Australian website, offering users free delivery and subscription access to ebooks, videos and games. The... Read more
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Book Depository to remit GST from July

Amazon-owned online retailer Book Depository has confirmed it will collect and remit GST on overseas purchases from July, when the new tax laws come into... Read more


‘Nevermoor’ wins ABA Booksellers Choice Award; booksellers of the year announced

Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor (Lothian) has won the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Booksellers Choice Award at the 2018 ABA conference awards night, held in Canberra on... Read more
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Becker to leave ABA

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced that CEO Joel Becker will step down from the position at the end of 2018. Becker has served... Read more


UQP sells ‘Call of the Reed Warbler’ in UK, US; Lukins debut to Italy

University of Queensland Press (UQP) has sold UK and US rights for Charles Massy’s Call of the Reed Warbler to Chelsea Green, and Italian-language rights... Read more


Clifford thriller sells to US x

Melbourne author and bookseller Aoife Clifford’s forthcoming thriller, Second Sight (S&S, July), has sold to US publisher Pegasus Books for publication in the US Summer... Read more

Dorothy Hewett award to retain name

University of Western Australia (UWA) Publishing has announced it will continue the Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript under its current name, following allegations... Read more


Inaugural storytelling festival StoryFest to launch in regional NSW x

A new festival celebrating storytelling will be held in the Milton, Mollymook and Ulladulla area of New South Wales south coast from 21-22 June in... Read more


Writers Vic announces winners of Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition

Writers Victoria has announced the 2018 winners of the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. The winner in the fiction category was Amanda Hildebrandt for her... Read more


Australian podcast network Broadwave launched

Melbourne-based radio producers Izzy Roberts-Orr, Areej Nur and Bethany Atkinson-Quinton have launched Broadwave, a curated network of Australian podcasts focused on telling ‘community-driven stories’. The network aims to... Read more


Connaughton announced as editor of ‘Saturday Paper’

Writer and broadcaster Maddison Connaughton has been appointed editor of the Saturday Paper. Connaughton has worked most recently as features editor at Vice, and is... Read more


Hansell receives Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency

New Zealand musician, writer and artist Jessica Hansell, also known as Coco Solid, has received the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency, which will see... Read more


USyd library establishes $5000 printer in residence program

The University of Sydney’s Fisher Library has established a printer in residence program, offering a $5000 grant and residency within the library’s printing workshop. The... Read more


McCaughrean, Smith win 2018 Carnegie, Greenaway medals

The UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has announced the winners of the 2018 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals. British writer Geraldine... Read more


Myers wins 2018 Walter Scott Prize

In the UK, Benjamin Myers has won the 2018 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for The Gallows Pole (Bluemoose Books), a novelisation of the true story... Read more


Vida count 2017: male writers still dominate

In the US, Vida, the non-profit organisation for women in literary arts, has found that female writers accounted for less than 40% of articles and... Read more


Amazon criticised for removing online book reviews from website

Amazon has drawn criticism from authors, bloggers and publishers for removing reviews from its online book listings, reports the Bookseller. According to reports, some Amazon customers... Read more


Shriver sacked as prize judge

Author Lionel Shriver has been removed as a prize judge by UK-based women’s writing magazine Mslexia, after the author attacked Penguin Random House UK’s inclusion... Read more


UK Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize for the best science books for children has been announced, reports the... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Clare Forster at Curtis Brown Australia has sold North America rights to Second Sight (Aoife Clifford) to Pegasus Books, via Catherine Drayton at... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Political thriller The President is Missing (Century), coauthored by former US president Bill Clinton and James Patterson, sits at the number two spot in this week’s overall... Read more

Sam Twyford-Moore’s ‘The Rapids’ x

‘Sam Twyford-Moore’s The Rapids is a fascinating exploration of the fragility of the mind, states of mania and how mental ill-health is treated in art... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘My chief concern about any proposed morality clause would be “in whose opinion”. Certainly, it should not be solely up to the publisher to decide.’—Literary agent Clare Alexander of Alexander Aitken Associates is one of several UK agents voicing their concerns over the increasing use of morality clauses in author contracts.


New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s most recent Junior newsletter contains 13 reviews of books publishing in July and August 2018. Barry Jonsberg’s middle-grade novel A Song Only I Can Hear... Read more


Melbourne libraries sign up for Libraries After Dark campaign

In Melbourne, four public libraries have signed up for the Libraries After Dark program, staying open until 10pm to host late-night activities and events, reports... Read more

Tauranga council to build NZ$35 million library

New Zealand’s Tauranga City Council (TCC) will invest NZ$35 million (A$33m) in development to replace its central library, reports Sun Live. Tauranga Libraries manager Joanna... Read more

Bristol council backtracks on decision to close 17 libraries

In the UK, Bristol City Council has backtracked on a decision to close 17 of its 27 libraries, reports the BBC. Despite the council’s proposal... Read more

UK copyright specialists create copyright board game

In the UK, two copyright specialists have created a board game to help research students and early-career researchers understand copying and licensing choices, reports the... Read more


The ‘B+P’ guide to the Miles Franklin 2018 shortlist

Six titles are vying for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award. Two of these are from multinational publishers (one each from HarperCollins and Pan Macmillan),... Read more


Podcast spotlight: Dymocks Podcast

Established in 2012, the Dymocks Podcast includes author interviews and conversations about the world of books and publishing. Released on a weekly basis, and with... Read more

Publishing Industry Internship Program 2018

With the support of the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, the Australian Publishers Association (APA) will once again offer six internships through our Publishing Industry Internship... Read more

Editors NSW workshop: setting up a simple website

This workshop, presented by Rhonda Daniels, will teach you how to set up a simple and low-cost website in WordPress. It covers planning and research... Read more

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NewSouth Books congratulates publishers on the Miles Franklin shortlist

Congratulations from NewSouth Books to Giramondo authors, Gerald Murnane for Border Districts and Felicity Castagna for No More Boats, on their inclusion in the 2018 Miles Franklin shortlist. To order: TL Distribution (P: 02 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).


Sales & distribution of Echo Publishing list moves to Allen & Unwin

Following the recent announcement from Bonnier Zaffre regarding Echo Publishing (currently distributed by TL Distribution), Allen & Unwin and UBD will be taking over the sales and distribution of Echo titles including The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Life Force from 1 July 2018. The details of the transfer are as follows:

Outstanding back orders placed with TL Distribution, will be transferred to Allen & Unwin and supplied at Allen & Unwin terms.

TL Distribution will authorise and accept returns which were sold by Bonnier Australia up to COB 31 July 2018. Authorisation requests should be sent to: orders@tldistribution.com.au. A&U/UBD will only accept returns for titles which are invoiced by A&U/UBD.

From 1 July 2018 please contact UBD Customer Service (orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au or 1800 33 88 36) or your A&U Account Manager for enquiries and stock ordering.




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