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20 January 2021

Please complete our Christmas survey—deadline extended

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. We are now... Read more
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Next ‘WBN’ to be published on Thursday

Please note that, due to the public holiday on Tuesday, 26 January, the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday, 28 January. The... Read more


Indie Book Awards 2021 shortlists announced

Leading Edge Books has announced the shortlists for the 2021 Indie Book Awards. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction All Our Shimmering Skies (Trent... Read more
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Givney’s ‘Jane in Love’ optioned by ‘Little Women’ producer x

Rachel Givney’s debut novel Jane in Love (Michael Joseph) has been optioned for film by DiNovi Pictures for Amazon Studios, in a deal brokered by... Read more

Chinese book market down 5% in 2020: Beijing OpenBook

Beijing OpenBook has reported a 5% downturn on book sales in the Chinese market in 2020—the first drop in value since OpenBook began its tracking... Read more
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Oz book sales up 7.8%, royalties down for a third of authors

Australian book sales were up nearly 8% in 2020, led by strong growth in adult fiction and children’s titles, according to Nielsen. Meanwhile, the ASA has reported that royalties declined for more than a third of authors last year.

In other news, there’s a new writers festival being planned for the Central Coast, online retailer The Kids’ Bookshop has a new owner, and Andrew Pippos’s debut novel Lucky’s has been chosen for the inaugural NSW Reads program.

Writers Victoria announced the shortlist for this year’s Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship and Kill Your Darlings has partnered with the Madrid-based Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize. Meanwhile, literary journals Griffith Review and Overland both launched new writing prizes.

Overseas, in the US Amazon and the major publishers are facing a class action suit over ebook pricing, while the UK supply chain has been hit by border delays and Brexit-related issues.

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Meet Pantera Press rights manager Katy McEwen x

As the pandemic keeps rights sellers from meeting face-to-face, Books+Publishing is shining a regular spotlight on the work of Australian rights agents. Today, we hear from Pantera Press... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Hachette Australia has sold Turkish rights to Night Lessons in Little Jerusalem (Rick Held) to Nemesis Kitap. Children’s Affirm Press has sold South... Read more


‘The Dictionary of Lost Words’ cracks 100k x

In a bestsellers milestone this week, Affirm Press reports Pip Williams’s novel The Dictionary of Lost Words has reached sales of over 100,000 copies across... Read more


The Breaking (Irma Gold, MidnightSun) x

When Hannah meets fellow Australian traveller Deven in the lobby of a hostel in Thailand, her trip quickly gains a sense of purpose. Hannah’s drawn... Read more


Dropbear (Evelyn Araluen, UQP) x

When I was in primary school, on the occasion that foreign travellers or tourists would come to visit, our conversation would inevitably turn to Australia’s... Read more


My Year of Living Vulnerably (Rick Morton, Fourth Estate) x

Anyone who enjoyed Rick Morton’s memoir One Hundred Years of Dirt will want to read My Year of Living Vulnerably. Under a disparate set of... Read more


Rajah Street (Myo Yim, Walker Books) x

In this sunny picture book, three-year-old Junya watches the world outside his window as he waits hopefully for the arrival of one of his most... Read more


Waking Romeo (Kathryn Barker, A&U) x

Waking Romeo is a stunning reimagining of the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet—meets Wuthering Heights, meets epic time-travelling extravaganza. The main story revolves around... Read more


Hold Your Fire (Chloe Wilson, Scribner)

Hold Your Fire is the incisive and darkly funny fiction debut by Melbourne poet Chloe Wilson, author of Not Fox Nor Axe and The Mermaid... Read more

Vale Brian Yates

Logistics manager Brian Yates passed away on the weekend. Yates’s career in book publishing spanned three decades. He managed the Universal Publishers (UBD Gregory’s) warehouse... Read more


Read the latest Publishers Weekly x

Books+Publishing is partnering with US trade news magazine Publishers Weekly to provide our subscribers with exclusive access to the weekly digital edition of PW magazine.... Read more

HarperCollins Publishers and Egmont Books (UK)

Further to previous announcements relating to the acquisition of Egmont Books (UK), HarperCollins Publishers is pleased to confirm the list’s transfer from Hardie Grant. Effective 28 December 2020, Egmont Books (UK) joined the rest of our children’s portfolio in Australia and New Zealand.

Please note that authorised returns of Egmont Books (UK) sold by Hardie Grant must be receipted by HEDS on or before 19 February 2021. Beyond this date, HEDS will only accept returns for titles sold and invoiced by HarperCollins Publishers.

All orders will now be invoiced under HarperCollins’ discounts and payment terms.

Customers requiring further information are advised to contact HEDS Commercial Services on 1300 551 721.




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