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28 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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Full Adelaide Writers’ Week program announced

The full program has been announced for Adelaide Writers’ Week (AWW), which features a total of 147 guests and runs from Saturday, 27 February to... Read more


New Zealand market down 0.3% in 2020 x

New Zealand’s book sales fell by less than 1% in 2020, despite a sustained hard lockdown for almost five weeks from late March, in which... Read more
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Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2021 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards have been announced. The longlisted titles in each category are: Fiction Nothing to See (Pip... Read more


Saleh wins 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced Sara M Saleh as the winner of the 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize, for her poem ‘A Poetics of... Read more
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S&S acquires Allira Potter nonfiction title x

Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired world rights to a book by psychic Allira Potter. Potter, a Yorta Yorta woman, incorporates Indigenous practices and... Read more

Oz Day honours, Perth Festival program and more

A handful of book industry figures have been recognised in the annual Australia Day honours.

The full line-up for the 2021 Perth Festival Literature & Ideas program—which runs from 8–28 February—has been announced. A new independent bookstore, The Book Dispensary, has opened in Forbes, NSW, while The Book Cow has opened in Canberra, as Dymocks Tuggeranong announces its closure.

Create NSW has announced a new $30,000 SLNSW Aboriginal Creative Fellowship, while in New Zealand awards news, the recipients of the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowships and the NZ Sunday Star-Times short story prize were announced.

Overseas, the UK print market was up 5% in 2020, as UK indies struggle with added costs and delays associated with Brexit. Meanwhile, South Korean internet platform Naver has acquired Wattpad for more than $775 million, and the winners of the T S Eliot and Costa Book of the Year awards were announced.

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Starting small: Emily Riches on Aniko Press x

Sydney-based writer and editor Emily Riches started Aniko Press—a new literary small press that includes a biannual print magazine and online book reviews—in early 2020,... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction HarperCollins has sold the following rights to Sorrow and Bliss (Meg Mason, Fourth Estate): UK English-language rights to Weidenfeld & Nicolson; Czech translation... Read more


‘The Barefoot Investor’ the all-time bestselling print title in Australia x

In a bestsellers milestone, Wiley reports that The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, Wiley) has become the all-time bestselling print title in Australia, according to Nielsen... Read more


Like Mother (Cassandra Austin, Hamish Hamilton) x

It’s 1969 in small-town Australia and new mother Louise can barely leave her own house or step beyond the shadow of her controlling mother, Gladys.... Read more


Return to Uluru (Mark McKenna, Black Inc.) x

‘Perspective is everything,’ writes historian Mark McKenna in Return to Uluru, his mesmeric history–true crime hybrid. When starting the book, McKenna expected to tell an... Read more


The Believer (Sarah Krasnostein, Text) x

The people who populate The Believer are remarkably different from one another. There are, among others, a convicted murderer, a ‘death doula’, paranormal investigators, and... Read more


9 things to remember (and one to forget) (Alison Binks, Berbay) x

This picture book opens with a girl relaxing on a hammock somewhere in the forest, along with the words, ‘If you sleep outside remember that... Read more


The Edge of Thirteen (Nova Weetman, UQP) x

The Edge of Thirteen is the latest offering by acclaimed middle-grade author Nova Weetman. Following the characters from Weetman’s ‘The Secrets We Keep’ series, yet... 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

Thank you for supporting The Barefoot Investor

Wiley would like to congratulate author Scott Pape on his book, The Barefoot Investor, becoming the #1 all-time bestselling book in Australia. Scott has empowered millions of people around the world to get out of bad debt and back in control of their finances.

Discussing finance at the dinner table has become common place, with words and phrases such as Smile, Splurge, Mojo, and Barefoot Date Night, becoming part of the lingo for countless Aussie ‘barefooters’.

Importantly, Scott’s advocacy for widespread access to sound financial advice has provided a path for many to develop a more positive relationship with money. It has been a pleasure to work with Scott and to support his mission.

We’d like to extend a big thank you to all Australian booksellers who have supported The Barefoot Investor. This milestone cannot be achieved in isolation. Working with each of you to make this book a success has been a privilege, and it’s all the sweeter for an Australian title to hold the coveted top spot. We really appreciate your enduring support for The Barefoot Investor and we look forward to sharing in this success with you.


Voss Literary Prize 2021

The Australian University Heads of English and the estate of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss are pleased to call for nominations to the eighth annual Voss Literary Prize. The prize, for the best novel published in Australia in 2020, carries a cash prize and will be presented at the AUHE AGM in November 2021. A nomination form and details of entry can be found at vossliteraryprize.com. Entries must be received by COB, 19 March 2021.


Bookstore for sale

An opportunity to own an iconic bookstore in a beautiful part of Australia.

Rosetta Books in Maleny is a popular well-established independent bookstore in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Rosetta’s stocks a diverse range of carefully curated titles and has always been supported by booklovers, locally and from around SE Queensland. As well as books, Rosetta’s has a lovely range of gifts, cards and stationery, with an extensive Children’s section. Until the start of COVID, we also had a popular café, and the basics are still there for some time in the future. Rosetta Books presents regular author events and sell the authors’ books at Outspoken Maleny events. The bookstore is in a prime position in the main street. The new owner could transition easily without interruption as computers, printers, POS software and furniture are included in the price, plus inventory at cost. Training could also be provided.

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