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29 August 2018

Last chance: ‘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. This is... Read more
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De Kretser wins 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award for ‘The Life to Come’

Michelle de Kretser has won the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel The Life to Come (A&U). The Life to Come is de Kretser’s first novel... Read more


Gentill, Bailey win 2018 Ned Kelly Awards

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the winners for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime writing. The Best Crime Novel was... Read more
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NZ Book Trade Industry Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 New Zealand Book Trade Industry Awards were announced in Auckland on 25 August. The winners in each category are: Bookshop... Read more


Staff changes at Hardie Grant Egmont, Lewis appointed MD

Hardie Grant Egmont has announced several staff changes to its management team. Troy Lewis will move from his current role as director at Hardie Grant... Read more
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A&U acquires UK rights to ‘Ten Steps to Nanette’

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired UK rights to comedian Hannah Gadsby’s memoir Ten Steps to Nanette. A&U initially acquired ANZ rights to the book... Read more


UQP acquires Mundell’s second novel

The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired world rights to The Trespassers, the second novel by Melbourne-based author Meg Mundell. Martin Shaw from Alex... Read more

Jacobson wins 2018 Thomas Shapcott Prize

Poet Anna Jacobson has won the 2018 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for her manuscript ‘I know I may not escape unscathed’. Jacobson receives $2000 and... Read more

Jameyson wins 2018 Lady Cutler Award

The School Magazine editor Karen Jameyson has won this year’s Lady Cutler Award, presented by the New South Wales branch of the Children’s Book Council of... Read more


Rae wins 2018 Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Award

Murray Rae has won the NZ$10,000 (AU$9120) Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Award for his book Architecture and Theology: The Art of Place (Baylor University... Read more


Booktopia named Business of the Year at Telstra Business Awards

Online bookseller Booktopia has been named New South Wales Business of the Year at the Telstra Business Awards. The judges said they were impressed by... Read more


Australian Reading Hour announces author events

The Australian Reading Hour (ARH), which will take place on Thursday, 20 September, has announced a number of events for the day. The annual campaign encourages... Read more

Writers Victoria launches Publishability program

Writers Victoria has launched Publishability, a two-year initiative to support emerging writers living with disability. Publishability will provide two authors with mentorship, editing, professional development... Read more

Harlequin announces commercial fiction fellowship for First Nations writers

Harlequin Australia has partnered with Flinders University and Writers SA to launch a new commercial fiction fellowship for First Nations writers. The fellowship is open... Read more


Dymocks returns to Midland Gate in Perth

Dymocks has opened a new store in outer Perth shopping centre Midland Gate. Officially opened on 23 August, the store marks Dymocks’ return to Midland... Read more


Robinsons launches ‘Colour your world’ campaign with TV advertising x

Independent bookselling chain Robinsons Bookshop has this week launched a new campaign called ‘Colour your world’, led by a television commercial airing on Channel 10... Read more


Former CEO sues B&N for defamation

Former Barnes & Noble (B&N) CEO Demos Parneros has sued the retailer, charging it with breach of contract and defamation, reports Publishers Weekly. A lawsuit... Read more

Amazon to merge CreateSpace and KDP

Amazon has announced that its print-on-demand platforms CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) will merge, reports the Digital Reader. Authors are being asked to move... Read more

US study finds digital media has displaced reading for teens

In the US, the American Psychological Association (APA) has released a report showing that for teens, the time spent online has displaced the time spent... Read more

Oceanofpdf piracy website returns

US-hosted ebook piracy website Oceanofpdf, which was recently shut down, has returned under a .net domain, reports the Bookseller. The Bookseller reported on 22 August... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Text has sold Italian rights to The Helpline (Katherine Collette) to Garzanti. Acquisitions Fiction UQP has acquired world rights to The Trespassers (Meg... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The top three bestsellers in this week’s charts remain the same as last week, with The 104-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan), The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape,... Read more

Fiona Wright’s ‘The World Was Whole’ x

‘In this exquisite follow-on from her award-winning memoir-in-essays Small Acts of Disappearance, Fiona Wright continues to set the standard for the essay form in Australia.’... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Our jacket art often has social media in mind, as we often create animated gifs, profile icons, and moving images that expand on the book jacket art and are designed to spread across the internet.’—Designer Rodrigo Corral, responsible for the cover designs of Rachel Cusk’s ‘Faye’ trilogy, tells the Guardian how social media directly affects his designs



RiP Mirka Mora

Melbourne-based, French-born artist Mirka Mora has died, aged 90. Mora and her husband, Georges, arrived in Melbourne in 1951 after surviving the Holocaust, and became... Read more

$60m invested into NSW public libraries

The NSW government has announced a $60 million boost to NSW public libraries, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The announcement, made on Friday, 24 August... Read more


Librarians offered incentives to move to NT as part of $50m government strategy

The Northern Territory government has announced a new initiative to increase the population of the NT, seeking to create 21,000 jobs and add $10 billion... Read more

UK government says CIPFA library statistics ‘flawed’

The UK government’s Libraries Taskforce has raised concerns about library statistics published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), reports the Bookseller.... Read more

New York Public Library initiates ‘Insta Novels’ on Instagram

The New York Public Library (NYPL) has established a program of public-domain literary classics produced as Instagram stories in order to test Instagram users’ interest... Read more

Getting the picture: Elizabeth Flux on the local comics industry x

As librarians and booksellers report greater interest in graphic novels for children and teenagers, Elizabeth Flux explores the state of the local comics industry. When comics... Read more

ABA announces Kids' Reading Guide

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced that this year’s Kids’ Reading Guide will use All the Ways to Be Smart (Davina Bell & Allison... Read more

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/


Important date reminder: Lonely Planet Warehouse transition to UBD

As you’re aware Lonely Planet will be closing its Victorian distribution warehouse and moving supply for all our product to United Book Distributors (UBD) from next Monday, 3 September.

If you transmit your orders using the PacStream ordering system you will be required to update the SAN for all Lonely Planet product to UBD’s SAN on Friday, 31 August 2018.

The UBD SAN is: 9000011.

The last day of order fulfilment at Lonely Planet’s warehouse will be on Thursday, 30 August 2018.  After this date no more orders will be accepted by Lonely Planet (via EDI or manually).


S&S Australia in new arrangement with Printer’s Row, Hazelden, Weldon Owen and more

Simon & Schuster Australia are pleased to announce an exciting new distribution arrangement with our sister company Simon & Schuster US.

S&S Australia will be taking on Australian and New Zealand sales and distribution for selected titles from several of S&S US’s client publishers. The first of these include Printer’s Row Publishing Group, with imprints such as Canterbury Classics and Thunder Bay Press, Weldon Owen, Hazelden Publishing, and Little Bee Books.

This new arrangement is effective immediately. Please see your Simon & Schuster sales 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.


Sulari Gentill wins the 2018 Ned Kelly Awards with ‘Crossing the Lines’

Sulari Gentill’s novel Crossing the Lines ISBN 9781921997860 has won Best Crime Novel at the 2018 Ned Kelly Awards. Stock has been stickered to announce the win and is available now through orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au




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