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25 July 2018

Kibble and Dobbie Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards were announced at a ceremony at the State Library of New South Wales on 25... Read more
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Tuffield joins UQP x

UQP has announced the appointment of Aviva Tuffield to the publishing team. Tuffield joins UQP this week but will remain based in Melbourne. She will acquire fiction and nonfiction for... Read more


A&U to publish Thai cave rescue book in October

Allen & Unwin has acquired world rights to The Great Cave Rescue: The Extraordinary Story of the Thai Boy Soccer Team Trapped in a Cave... Read more
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'Scrublands' optioned for TV

Chris Hammer’s crime-fiction debut Scrublands (Allen & Unwin) has been optioned for television by producers Ian Collie of Easy Tiger and Martha Coleman of RevLover,... Read more


‘Amelia Westlake’ wins 2018 Readings YA book prize

Erin Gough has won the 2018 Readings Young Adult Book Prize for her novel Amelia Westlake (Hardie Grant Egmont). Gough’s novel was chosen from a... Read more
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Isaac, Kelly win 2018 RITA Awards

The Romance Writers of America (RWA) has announced the winners of the 2018 RITA Awards, which recognise excellence in romance novels and novellas. Among the... Read more


Colin Roderick Award 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Colin Roderick Award, administered by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies at James Cook University, has been announced. The shortlisted... Read more


Dymocks Subiaco wins top award at Dymocks conference

Dymocks Subiaco in Perth has won the Chairman’s Award for Retail Excellence at the 2018 Dymocks national conference, which was held on the Gold Coast... Read more


Caro, Coslovich, Falconer win in Walkley Mid-Year Awards

The winners of the Walkley Mid-Year Awards have been announced. Jane Caro won the Walkley Foundation’s Women’s Leadership in Media Award for the nonfiction book... Read more


Harbour partners with University of the Sunshine Coast to publish students’ work x

Small publisher Harbour Publishing House has announced a partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) to publish one book each year from students... Read more


NYWF announces artists for 2018 festival

The National Young Writers Festival (NYWF) has announced the artists appearing on its 2018 program, which runs from 27-30 September in Newcastle. Guests announced on... Read more


‘Terry’s Dumb Dot Story’ raises over $140k for charity

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, in partnership with Pan Macmillan Australia, have donated $141,613 to charity from the sale of their short story Terry’s Dumb Dot... Read more


Book-industry figures sign open letter in support of ABC

Australian Book Review (ABR) has published an open letter against privatisation, political interference and funding cuts to the ABC, which has been signed by 100... Read more


NLA Publishing acquires ‘shadow play’ picture book

NLA Publishing has acquired world rights to picture book Hiding Moon, written by Emma Allen and illustrated by Sher Rill Ng. Publisher Susan Hall acquired... Read more


Fantasy imprint Talem Press seeks submissions

Online writers’ platform and small publisher Writer’s Edit is seeking manuscript submissions for fantasy fiction imprint Talem Press. The imprint focuses on fantasy fiction, featuring... Read more


Man Booker Prize 2018 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize has been announced. The 13 books longlisted for the £50,000 (A$88,800) prize are: Snap (Belinda Bauer, Bantam)... Read more


Charnock wins 2018 Arthur C Clarke Award

Anne Charnock’s Dreams Before the Start of Time (Amazon Publishing) has won the 2018 Arthur C Clarke Award for science-fiction, reports the Guardian. Set in... Read more


‘The Intrusions’ wins 2018 Theakston Crime Novel of the Year

Stav Sherez’s The Intrusions (Faber) has won the 2018 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, reports the Guardian. The winning novel follows... Read more

Beijing government to invest millions to increase number of bookstores

In China, the Beijing municipal government announced it will invest RMB 50 million (A$10m) per year to support 150 brick-and-mortar bookstores in the city, reports the... Read more


Kampot Readers & Writers Festival cancelled for 2018

In Cambodia, the 2018 Kampot Readers & Writers Festival (KRWF) has been cancelled, but festival organisers say it will return in 2019 as a biennial... Read more

UK book sales up 5% in 2017

British publishing sales rose 5% to £5.7 billion (A$10bn) in 2017, according to the Publishers Association’s (PA) annual yearbook, reports the Bookseller. Export sales drove... Read more


US sales declined slightly in 2017; 5.4% rise in adult nonfiction sales

US publishers’ total industry sales fell slightly in 2017 to US$26.23 billion (A$35.5bn), down from US$26.27 billion (A$35.6bn) in 2016, according to results released by... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Allen & Unwin has sold the television option for Scrublands (Chris Hammer) to producers Ian Collie of Easy Tiger and Martha Coleman of... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

For the first time since since January 2018, Scott Pape’s The Barefoot Investor (John Wiley) has dropped to the number two spot in the overall... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Given the changing shape of fiction, it was only a matter of time before a graphic novel was included on the Man Booker longlist.’—The judges for the Man Booker Prize comment on this year’s longlist including, for the first time, a graphic novel.


Tasmania’s LINCs to be called ‘libraries’ again

The Tasmanian government will begin rebranding the state’s 52 Learning and Information Centres (LINCs) starting mid-year, reports the Advocate. Tasmania’s libraries have been called LINCs... Read more

Finch, Loo awarded J S Battye Creative Fellowship

State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) has awarded the James Sykes Battye Creative Fellowship, valued at $10,000, to writer Steven Finch and illustrator Gabby Loo... Read more

‘Forbes’ pulls opinion piece arguing Amazon should replace libraries after public backlash

US business magazine Forbes has removed an opinion piece headlined ‘Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money’ after backlash from American libraries and... Read more


The winning ticket: The literary prize sales effect x

Nielsen Book associate director Julie Winters talks to Jackie Tang about the sales effect of Australia’s biggest literary prizes.  How much does a literary award... Read more


Podcast spotlight: Unladylike

Established in 2016, Unladylike is hosted by the Centre for Youth Literature’s Adele Walsh and author Kelly Gardiner. In each episode they talk with women... Read more

Whelan appointed assistant editor at Affirm

Meg Whelan has been appointed in the newly created role of assistant editor (kids) at Affirm Press. Whelan joined the kids team in a contract... Read more

ASA: Self-publishing workshop

Australian Society of Authors is running a two-day, in-depth workshop that will cast light on the myths and realities of self-publishing in 2018 and increase... Read more

Australian Copyright Council: ‘Understanding Copyright’ seminars

Australian Copyright Council is running the ‘Understanding Copyright’ seminars to educate various industries and sectors on copyright. It aims to cover all the important aspects of copyright and deliver the most... Read more

Key dates for Lonely Planet’s distribution move to United Book Distributors

As previously announced Lonely Planet’s distribution centre, located in Bentleigh, Victoria, will close on Thursday, 30 August 2018 and all supply of Lonely Planet product will move to United Book Distributors (UBD) from Monday, 3 September 2018.

UBD will facilitate an end-to-end process for Lonely Planet including all order fulfillment, return authorisation and processing, debt reconciliation and customer service.

To assist in a smooth transition the tables below indicate the key Bentleigh cut-off and UBD commencement dates for orders and returns.


Last EDI or manual orders to Lonely Planet Receipt by COB EST 29 August 2018 Dispatch on Thursday, 30 August 2018
Final dispatch of all orders from Lonely Planet’s Bentleigh warehouse Thursday, 30 August 2018
First acceptance of manual and EDI orders for Lonely Planet product at UBD Commences Monday, 3 September First dispatch from Monday, 3 September


Customers that operate with PacStream ordering system will need to update their SAN number for all Lonely Planet product to UBD’s SAN on Friday, 31 August 2018.

For PacStream Customers Update Lonely Planet product with UBD SAN to 9000011 Stores to change on Friday, 31 August


Please note – UBD will not be able to accept return authorisations that contain a Lonely Planet authorisation number. By extension UBD cannot accept any stock sent to them containing a Lonely Planet returns authorisation number.

Therefore, to allow stores enough time to request urgent returns and send this stock back to Lonely Planet’s Bentleigh warehouse for processing, the last day for Lonely Planet granting authorisations will be Friday, 10 August 2018.

No need for concern though as UBD will commence authorisation of Lonely Planet returns from Monday, 3 September 2018.

All stock authorised for return by Lonely Planet and containing a Lonely Planet returns authorisation number must be returned to Lonely Planet’s Bentleigh warehouse by COB Thursday, 30 August 2018.

Last day for urgent return authorisations to be granted by Lonely Planet Friday, 10 August 2018
Last day for authorised return stock to be accepted directly by the Lonely Planet Bentleigh warehouse Thursday, 30 August 2018
First day for return authorisations to be granted by UBD for Lonely Planet product Monday, 3 September 2018

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Why is Brays Books for sale? Simple—after 49 years at the helm and at 78 years of age, Philip thinks it is time to hand over to someone younger.

Contact Philip on 04 149 477 05 or email philipobray@gmail.com


Text releases film tie-in edition of ‘Ladies in Black’ early in response to huge interest

Bruce Beresford’s film adaptation of Madeleine St John’s classic novel The Women in Black will hit cinemas on 20 September.

Set in a Sydney department store in 1959, the feel-good film has earned rave reviews at advance screenings and will be accompanied by a major marketing campaign from Sony Pictures.

In response to huge trade and consumer interest, Text will release the tie-in edition of Ladies in Black (9781925603996) early, on 6 August. For a reading copy or marketing collateral, please email sales@textpublishing.com.au.


Hardie Grant distribution now with Harper Entertainment Distribution Services

Distribution services Hardie Grant (incorporating client publishers) have successfully transferred to Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS). Hardie Grant would like to thank both United Book Distributors (UBD) and HEDS in assisting with this smooth transition.

All back orders held by UBD at the end of June have been transferred for supply by HEDS and all customers are reminded that future orders for Hardie Grant and client publisher titles are to be placed via HEDS.

Key contact details for Australian customers

HEDS – email your orders to orders@harpercollins.com.au or call 1300-551-721
Hardie Grant – contact your sales representative or email sales@hardiegrant.com

Returns Authorisations (RA’s) issued by UBD

  • UBD will process returns for all RA’s issued by UBD and issue credit notes to customers until Thursday 27th September but only if the returns are received by UBD no later than Friday 31st August.
  • Books received by UBD after Friday 31st August and/or sent to UBD without a RA will be returned to the customer at the customer’s expense.
  • For titles less than 12 months old customers are reminded they can cancel non-actioned RA’s issued by UBD and request an updated RA via HEDS (see below).

Returns Authorisations (RA’s) HEDS

HEDS will accept requests for RA’s for Hardie Grant as long as they were invoiced by UBD or HEDS less than 12 months from the date when the customer requests the RA.




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