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3 February 2021


Thames & Hudson Australia revenue up 47% in 2020 x

Thames & Hudson Australia (THA) has reported a 47% increase in revenue in 2020, with overall sales of $17.6 million, as ‘consumer price barriers appeared... Read more
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Nat’s What I Reckon wins 2020 Booktopia FAB Award

Un-cook Yourself: A ratbag’s rules for life by YouTube cooking star Nat’s What I Reckon (Ebury) has won the $5000 Booktopia Favourite Australian Book (FAB)... Read more


Inaugural Little Hare Prize for Illustration shortlist announced

The shortlist for Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing’s (HGCP) inaugural Little Hare Prize for Illustration has been announced. The shortlisted artists are: Jennifer Goldsmith Jake Minton... Read more
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Bezos to step down as Amazon CEO

In the US, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced he will step down from the role and become executive chairman, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.... Read more

VPLAs winners, Booktopia EBITDA up 506%

Laura Jean McKay has won Australia’s richest literary prize, the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature, for The Animals in That Country (Scribe), at this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. In other awards news, Sara M Saleh was named winner of the Australian Book Review‘s 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize, and the longlists for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2021 were announced.

Also making news in the past weeks, online retailer Booktopia reported its EBITDA was up 506% for the six months to 31 December, Australia Reads is becoming an ‘always on’ campaign as it puts the call out for 2021 ambassadors, Ultimo Press released details on its first book for publication, and Portia Lindsay opened a new independent bookshop, The Book Nest, in Mudgee, NSW.

In overseas news, US author groups have asked the Department of Justice to halt PRH’s proposed acquisition of Simon & Schuster, while a number of UK publishers and agencies (as well as Hachette Australia) are planning their own digital rights fairs in lieu of the postponed Bologna and London book fairs. Also in the US, the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott awards were announced.

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A year of transformation: The industry reflects on 2020 x

The challenges of 2020 affected the Australian publishing in myriad ways, from accelerating digital transformation to disrupting the book supply chain. Here, five industry figures... Read more


March reviews round-up x

March looks to be a strong month for nonfiction, with a couple of big-name releases receiving glowing write-ups from Books+Publishing‘s (B+P) reviewers. Sarah Krasnostein’s follow-up... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Black Inc. has sold Greek translation rights to The Shortest History of China (Linda Jaivin), to Metaichmio Publications. Children’s Hardie Grant has sold... Read more


‘Penguin Bloom’ tops fastest movers, cinema box office x

The Dry is back at number one after conceding the top spot last week to The Fast 800 Easy, which has now dropped down to number three. Bluey:... Read more


Car Crash: A Memoir (Lech Blaine, Black Inc.) x

In 2009, 17-year-old Lech Blaine and six of his friends were driving home together in Toowoomba. The driver swerved and was hit by an oncoming... Read more


Smokehouse (Melissa Manning, UQP) x

Melissa Manning’s debut short story collection is an evocative and sometimes heartbreaking exploration of family, home and what it takes to build a fulfilling life.... Read more


Paws (Kate Foster, Walker Books) x

Kate Foster is a literary agent and now, with her middle-grade novel Paws, a published children’s author. Eleven-year-old Alex loves dogs, sketching and computer games.... Read more


Wonder Earth (Zanni Louise & Tiff Bollhorn, illus by Sophy Louise Smith, Five Mile) x

Wonder Earth is a slightly strange hybrid of science reference and imaginative meditation. The authors set out to help children connect with the Earth at... 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

Lindop joins Australia Reads x

Anyez Lindop, formerly of Penguin, Penguin Random House Australia and Hachette, has been appointed to the newly created position of brand, marketing & partnerships manager... Read more

Closing down sale: Australian Bookmarks and Bookplates

Australian Bookmarks and Bookplates will be closing on 30 June, 2021 or when stocks run out.

• Bookmarks: 50% discount

Over 90 bookmark designs: unicorns, angels, fairies, animals, humorous, inspirational, zodiacs and more.

Bookplates: 40% discount

Eight designs, including the popular Wise Owl on Books.

• Display stands: less than cost

Floor and counter models, sturdy steel construction.

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