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1 May 2019


The Wooleen Way: Renewing an Australian Resource

A remarkable memoir detailing a heroic and unswerving commitment to renew the severely degraded land on Wooleen, a massive pastoral property in Western Australia’s southern... Read more
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NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2019 winners announced; Griffiths wins book of the year

The winners of the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were presented at a ceremony at the State Library of NSW on 29 April. Deep Time... Read more

IPEd, APA to launch guide to inclusive publishing

The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) and the Australian Publishers Association (APA) will launch a guide to inclusion and accessibility in the publishing process at... Read more
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Program for inaugural Storyfest announced

The program for the inaugural Storyfest, running on the NSW South Coast from 21-23 June, has been announced. The festival’s gala dinner, featuring a conversation... Read more


The Little Bookroom and Lost in Books collaborate on ‘All the Ways to be Smart’ giveaway

Melbourne specialist children’s bookshop The Little Bookroom and Sydney-based multilingual children’s bookshop and social enterprise Lost in Books are collaborating on a picture book giveaway.... Read more
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S&S announces 100,000 in sales of ‘The Fast 800’; brings forward companion recipe book

Simon & Schuster Australia has brought forward the publication date of The Fast 800 Recipe Book (Claire Bailey & Justine Pattison) from September to 20... Read more


Hardie Grant Egmont sells two Sophie Beer titles to the US

Hardie Grant Egmont has sold North American rights to two books by illustrator Sophie Beer to Penguin imprint Dial Books for Young Readers. Beer’s book... Read more


Screen Australia announces funding for ‘Zac Power the Movie’

Screen Australia has announced story development funding for Zac Power the Movie, an animated feature film based on the children’s book series of the same... Read more


St Martin’s Press acquires North American, audio rights to ‘Cilka’s Journey’

St Martin’s Press has acquired North American and audio rights to Cilka’s Journey, the sequel to Heather Morris’ bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Echo). Publishers... Read more


PRH Write It! fellowship 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia’s inaugural Write It! fellowship program has been announced. The shortlisted writers and their manuscripts are: Alyse Lloyd... Read more


Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced. The six shortlisted titles are: The Silence of the Girls (Pat... Read more


‘Call me Zebra’ wins 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

In the US, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi has won the 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her novel Call me Zebra (Alma Books), reports... Read more

Barakat wins US$50,000 International Prize for Arabic Fiction

Lebanese author Hoda Barakat has won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) for her epistolary novel, The Night Mail (Dar al-Adab), reports the Bookseller.... Read more

Stanford University proposes to end funding of university press

In the US, Stanford University is moving to end its annual US$1.7 million (A$2.4m) in financial support to its university press, reports Inside Higher Ed.... Read more


Bestsellers: New E L James novel debuts at number four x

For for the second week running, Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid (Jeff Kinney, Puffin), We’re Going on an Egg Hunt (Martha Mumford & Laura... Read more


March bestsellers: ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ and ‘The Barefoot Investor’ top the charts

New b-format editions have propelled Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers to the top of the Australian fiction bestsellers chart in March and Tim Winton’s The Shepherd’s Hut into... Read more

Morris Gleitzman on school libraries

‘Even if your library has only a limited number of books, most kids will find one that will do it for them. But once that connection is made, their thirst for more magic books will only increase as they explore their school and public libraries.’—Author and Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman on the contributions of school libraries and how parents can work to ensure students have access to strong school library services.



RiP Les Murray

Poet Les Murray has died, aged 80. Murray was the author of nearly 30 volumes of poetry—including The Ilex Tree (with Geoffrey Lehmann, ANU Press),... Read more


Self-service library to open in regional NZ

A new self-service library sharing a space with a hairdressing salon will open in Castlecliff, New Zealand, on 4 May. The library is a partnership... Read more

US orgs partner on ‘library-controlled’ ebook lending platform

In the US, a new collaboration aims to provide all public libraries with a free and open, library-controlled platform to manage ebooks and audiobooks, reports... Read more

National Library of China to archive social media posts

The National Library of China will archive over 200 billion public posts on popular microblogging site Weibo, as part of a project to preserve the... Read more


Jane Curry: What makes a good author? x

In her first opinion column of the year, Ventura Press founder Jane Curry shares her thoughts on the traits that make a  successful author. Writing... Read more


Book buyer spotlight: Big W’s Meredith Drake x

Meredith Drake has been a book buyer at Big W for over 10 years, and was once described by the Australian as ‘the most influential... Read more

Tony Birch’s ‘The White Girl’

‘With a uniquely Australian setting, a compelling narrative, malevolent antagonists and determined female protagonists, The White Girl will appeal to a wide audience. Readers will find... Read more

Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award 2019 entries open

The Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award has opened entries for nine prizes across four categories, presented by the Waverley Council for excellence in... Read more

NewSouth Books moves to ADS for distribution in Australia and New Zealand

NewSouth Books and Alliance Distribution Services (ADS) announce that from 1 August 2019, distribution of NewSouth Books titles in Australia and New Zealand will move to ADS, a division of Hachette Australia.

NewSouth Books would like to thank TL Distribution (TLD) for their excellent service and support over the past nine years. The staff at TLD have worked tirelessly to help us develop our business in Australia and New Zealand.

In advance of 1 August, you should send your NewSouth Books’ August new release orders only to ADS at adscs@alliancedist.com.au. Their first August release will be instore on 23 July. Their second August release will be instore on 8 August.

On 31 July all back-orders will be transferred to ADS by TLD.

From 1 August, all orders for NewSouth Books’ titles should be sent to ADS.


Returns for books invoiced by TLD must be processed by TLD.

We ask booksellers to be aware of the following cut-off dates and plan their returns accordingly, as ADS will not accept returns for books invoiced by TLD.

TLD will cease to issue Return Authorisations on Wednesday, 31 July.

Authorised returns are to arrive at TLD by Monday, 30 September. Books received by TLD too late for processing and/or sent to TLD without an RA will be returned to the customer at the customer’s expense so please don’t delay in sending your returns once authorised.

ADS will not accept returns which were not invoiced by ADS. These will be returned to the customer at the customer’s expense.

Contact details

ADS: email your orders to adscs@alliancedist.com.au

TLD: email your orders to orders@tldistribution.com.au

NewSouth Books: for enquiries email marketing@newsouthbooks.com.au


Melbournestyle to be distributed by Walker Books

Walker Books Australia is delighted to announce that they have taken on the Australian distribution of award-winning Melbourne publishing house, Melbournestyle, beginning April 2019.

For more information visit the website.


‘Supermarket’ by Bobby Hall

Please note there is a new ISBN for Supermarket by Bobby Hall. It is now 9781471186967 ($AU22.99/NZ$26.99) All current backorders will be transferred to the new ISBN. For any customers who do not accept substitutions, backorders will be cancelled and customers will need to reorder at HEDS using the new ISBN. Stock is due at the warehouse in early May.




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