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22 August 2018

‘Books+Publishing’ book industry employment survey

Books+Publishing is conducting research on wages in the Australian book industry for a feature article, which will be published in Issue 4 of Books+Publishing magazine. We last conducted this... Read more
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Dennis Jones & Associates enters liquidation x

Melbourne-based book distributor Dennis Jones & Associates has ceased trading and has entered voluntary liquidation. On 17 August, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)... Read more

Industry responds to liquidation of Dennis Jones & Associates x

Industry groups including the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), the Small Press Network (SPN) and the Australian Publishers Association (APA) have expressed views on how... Read more
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CBCA Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each of... Read more


Morton gives evidence in NSW Supreme Court; legal dispute with former agent continues

Bestselling Australian author Kate Morton has given evidence before the NSW Supreme Court as part of an ongoing legal dispute with former agent Selwa Anthony,... Read more
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ABC to close online store, ABC Centres

The ABC has proposed closing its online store and discontinuing any ABC Centres still hosted by third-party booksellers, reports Mumbrella. The move will see the... Read more

Adelaide to host Jaipur Literature Festival

Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival has announced it has partnered with the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) to host JLF Adelaide, which will run a number of events... Read more


Screen rights to ‘The Nowhere Child’ acquired

Australian production company Carver Films and US-based production company Anonymous Content have acquired screen rights to Christian White’s debut thriller The Nowhere Child (Affirm). Carver... Read more


Readings announces 2018 New Australian Fiction Award shortlist

Readings has announced the shortlist for its 2018 New Australian Fiction Award. The shortlisted titles are: Flames (Robbie Arnott, Text) Pulse Points (Jennifer Down, Text)... Read more


RWA awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Romantic Book of the Year awards, known as the ‘RUBYs’, were announced on 18 August... Read more


Lucas wins 2018 ‘ABR’ Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

US-based Australian author Madelaine Lucas has won the Australian Book Review’s (ABR) 2018 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story ‘Ruins’. Lucas was announced as the... Read more


'The Bible in Australia' wins 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year

The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History by historian Meredith Lake (NewSouth) has been named 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year. Chosen from a shortlist... Read more


‘Overland’ Victoria University Short Story Prize 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Overland Victoria University (VU) Short Story Prize for new writers has been announced. The shortlisted stories are: ‘Mr Bananafish’ (Caoimhe McKeogh) ‘Geraldton... Read more


Vogel winner ‘The Yellow House’ optioned for film

Emily O’Grady’s debut crime novel The Yellow House (Allen & Unwin) has been optioned for film by independent producers Lucy Hayes and John Tummino. Hayes,... Read more


PRH acquires ‘Fixed It’ book by Gilmore

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired rights to a nonfiction book by Melbourne-based writer, commentator and journalist Jane Gilmore. Titled Fixed It: One Woman’s... Read more


Scribe acquires US nonfiction titles by Stack, Villarosa x

Scribe has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to two nonfiction books by American authors Megan Stack and Linda Villarosa, reports BookBrunch. Stack’s book, Women’s Work:... Read more

Harlequin launches website to promote romance titles

Harlequin has launched the website romance.com.au to promote romance titles to readers. The website features 23,000 titles from Harlequin imprints including Avon, Escape, Mira, and Mills &... Read more

Hugo Awards 2018 winners announced

For the third year running, N K Jemisin has won the best novel category at the Hugo Awards for science-fiction and fantasy titles. Jemisin picked... Read more


Brown, Williams win 2018 James Tait Black Prizes

The winners of the James Tait Black Prizes for fiction and biography—the UK’s oldest literary awards—have been announced. Craig Brown’s Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of... Read more

Chronicle launches Chinese-language children’s books imprint

US publisher Chronicle Books has launched an imprint for Chinese-language editions of its children’s titles, reports Publishers Weekly. Chronicle Books is partnering with international investment... Read more


SAGE acquires Talis

In the UK, journal publishing company SAGE Publishing has acquired education-technology company Talis, along with its course list management system Talis Aspire, for an undisclosed... Read more

UK working class writers' festival planned for 2020

In the UK, authors, publishers and trade professionals will launch a working class writers’ festival, reports the Bookseller. Author Natasha Carthew initially tweeted to her followers in July:... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Allen & Unwin has sold German rights to The Yellow House (Emily O’Grady), and the film option to producers Lucy Hayes and John... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

For the fifth week running, the weekly bestsellers chart is topped by The 104-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan) at number one... Read more


Australian bestsellers in July: crime authors top fiction; Stroud number two in nonfiction x

Two crime-thriller novels topped the Australian fiction bestsellers chart in July, with the number one spot going to crime-writing veteran Michael Robotham’s The Other Wife, and second... Read more

Samantha Wheeler's ‘Everything I've Never Said’ x

‘Telling the story through Ava’s experience gives the reader a firsthand account of living with disability, breaking down preconceived ideas to create understanding. The characters... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s only once the book has done well elsewhere that some of the chains will take more copies … It is as though the customer has to prove that there is a demand for a particular book before the retailers commit to supporting it.’Saqi Books publisher Lynn Gaspard on the challenges UK indie publishers face when trying to get their books into larger chain bookshops.


East Arnhem Land community library re-organises according to Yolngu culture

In Galiwin’ku, a remote community in the Northern Territory, the community library has replaced the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system with a system of organisation based... Read more

UK family halts library closures in high court challenge

In the UK, a family has halted plans to close 21 libraries, after winning a high court challenge against Northamptonshire county council, reports the Guardian.... Read more

Louisiana mayor wants library's Drag Queen Story Hour event cancelled

In the US state of Louisiana, mayor-president of Lafayette Joel Robideaux has said he wants a Drag Queen Story Hour event planned at the Lafayette... Read more


The secret diary of Shaun Bythell x

Shaun Bythell owns Scotland’s largest second-hand bookstore The Bookshop, Wigtown and is the author of Diary of a Bookseller (Profile). He will deliver a keynote... Read more


Podcast spotlight: The Fitzroy Diaries

Launched in mid-2018, The Fitzroy Diaries (TFD) is ‘a hybrid between the radio play format, the audiobook format, and the podcast format’ that originally aired as... Read more

Editors NSW: September presentation on Australian Council for the Arts grants

Wenona Byrne, the Director for Literature at the Australia Council for the Arts, will offer her insights into the grants program, as well highlighting areas... Read more

Order ‘Daddy Who?’ for Father’s Day

Daddy Who?: The inside story of the rise and demise of Australia’s greatest rock band, by Craig Horne, Melbourne Books: www.melbournebooks.com.au

This is the brilliant, authorised memoir of Daddy Cool, perfect for Father’s Day! Available Now through orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au


For sale: Boomerang Books online business

Well-known online bookstore with $1m+ revenue for sale. Modern, fully-integrated, automated website platform with over 5 million titles. Established consumer and school clientele. Low risk acquisition for an established book business seeking a ‘turnkey’ online presence.

Read the full media release and request an information memorandum here: www.boomerangbooks.com.au/sale/


Black Inc. to distribute Melbourne Books titles

Black Inc. is delighted to be the new distributor for Melbourne Books following the closure of Dennis Jones & Associates. Melbourne Books new release and key backlist titles are available now for order from United Book Distributors or via Penguin Random House sales representatives. Any orders that are currently active and have not been filled will need to be cancelled and reordered via UBD.

United Books Distributors
1800 338 836


Lonely Planet returns reminder

A reminder for stores holding Lonely Planet returns with a Lonely Planet Return Authorisation to ensure they’re returned to Bentleigh Warehouse by Thursday August 30.

From the September 3, all Return Requests must be forwarded to United Book Distributors for processing.


HarperCollins Publishers to distribute National Geographic Kids in Australia and New Zealand

National Geographic Kids (NGK) and HarperCollins Publishers (HCP) announce that from 3 September 2018, sales and marketing of NGK titles in Australia and New Zealand will be performed by HarperCollins with distribution undertaken by Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS).

HCP will commence by offering a select range of backlist titles from early September and new releases will be sold as part of our usual forward publishing program. Booksellers are encouraged to contact their HCP Local Sales and Marketing Manager for title details. Alternatively, contact HEDS Commercial Services:

  • Call 1300-551-721 (Australian customers) or 0800-766-569 (New Zealand customers)
  • EDI orders or place them by email to orders@harpercollins.com.au

Please note: HEDS will not accept returns which were not invoiced by HEDS. These will be returned to the customer at the customer’s expense.


Simon & Schuster Australia renew sales and distribution partnership with Black Library

Simon & Schuster Australia is pleased to renew its sales and distribution partnership with Black Library.

A leading science fiction and fantasy publisher, Black Library publish books set in the worlds of Warhammer 40,000, Warhammer Age of Sigmar and The Horus Heresy.

The partnership will take effect from 1 October in Australia and New Zealand and will include all front list and backlist print titles only.

Please see your Simon & Schuster rep for more details, email us on cs@simonandschuster.com.au, or place your orders with Harper Entertainment Distribution Services – orders@harpercollins.com.au.


Four Steve Biddulph titles sold to Simon & Schuster (1 September)

Simon & Schuster Australia is proud to announce its acquisition from Finch Publishing of all rights in four of Steve Biddulph’s bestselling, category leading titles including the recently revised and updated Raising Boys in the 21st Century; Raising Girls; The New Manhood and Ten Things Girls Need Most. Ownership of the four titles will transfer from Monday, 1 September 2018.

S&S have also acquired the existing ISBNs so booksellers can easily continue to reorder the titles from HEDS where the stock is currently and will continue to be housed. All four titles will be available via S&S’ existing terms of trade, regardless of whether the stock was ordered via Finch Publishing/Harper Collins or from S&S.


Exisle/EK Books to distribute Little Pink Dog Books globally

Exisle Publishing, who have a well-established global presence in the children’s publishing market, with their award-winning picture book imprint, EK Books, will distribute Little Pink Dog Books effective 1 September. The arrangement will give Little Pink Dog Books access to markets across the English speaking world including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

EK Books Publisher, Anouska Jones, said EK Books was delighted to welcome Little Pink Dog Books to the Exisle/EK Books family, assisting them to bring their Australian-produced picture books to the world.

Little Pink Dog Books were previously distributed by Dennis Jones and Associates.

For more information contact sales@exislepubishing.com




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