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Today is Indigenous Literacy Day and as a supporter of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, we encourage you to take the opportunity to help us raise urgently needed funds for books to be delivered into remote indigenous communities.
You can help put a book into the hands of an indigenous child by donating $5 or more online at www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au and by sharing this page you will further the opportunity to raise awareness and funds.
Congratulations to Robin De Crespigny and George Megalogenis inaugural Queensland Literary Awards Winners.
The People Smuggler by Robin De Crespigny, Non-Fiction Book Award Winner
The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times by George Megalogenis, Literary or Media Work Advancing Public Debate - Harry Williams Award Winner
View the full list of winners here.
Fiction Book Award
Non-Fiction Book Award
The Harry Williams Award for a literature or media work advancing public debate
Young Adult Book Award
Winners will be announced on September 4. Visit www.queenslandliteraryawards.com for further details.
Prize for Fiction
Prize for Writing for Young Adults
Penguin Australia is thrilled to announce the launch of Destiny Romance, the first Australian direct-to-digital romance imprint.
This new and exciting publishing endeavour will have a strong emphasis on discovering new Australian voices across the romance genres of contemporary, historical, suspense, paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and erotica.
Destiny Romance will be publishing romance eBooks of all kinds, from novellas to full-length stories. Now readers will be able to enjoy their romance eBooks anywhere - at the coffee shop, on the train ride home from work, during the lunch hour or at home.
Destiny Romance will launch with four great titles and readers will then be delighted with two new eBook romances released every month.
The launch will coincide with the Romance Writers Association Conference, held this year on the Gold Coast from August 16-19, and will be celebrated with a party attended by romance authors and convention guests from Australia and overseas.
The Penguin team behind Destiny Romance, Sarah Fairhall and Carol George, said they were proud to be delivering stories in a genre they both love, in a format that reflects changing tastes and times.
“The appetite for romance has never been stronger,” they said in a jointly worded statement. “And women have never been busier. In a whirlwind life juggling work and family demands, an entertaining, well-written romance available at the press of a button, is the perfect treat.”
The new and innovative Destiny Romance website (destinyromance.com) will be dedicated to sales of exciting romance titles, romance gossip, author chats, writing tips - and fun.
Penguin Group is delighted to announce the release of The Best of Gary and George App for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® touch, available now on the App Store®. The new cooking app features Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris, two of Australia’s favourite chefs and restaurateurs, and guides users through a feast of classic recipes. With step-by-step instructions, gorgeous colour photography and exclusive videos, The Best of Gary and George will be great to help with planning your next dinner party.
Key features include:
• Easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions for over 50 classic dishes
• Fully illustrated with beautiful photography
• Gary and George's expert tips in seven exclusive videos
• Fantastic new kitchen skills: how to French-trim lamb shanks, prepare fresh mussels, blind-bake pastry, make perfect caramel and much more
• One-touch function to create instant shopping lists
• All recipes searchable by ingredients
• Extensive photographic glossary of ingredients and kitchen tools
The Best of Gary and George App is available for AU$5.49 from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
Penguin takes leading position in fast-growing self-publishing market
Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, is today announcing the acquisition of Author Solutions, Inc (ASI) from Bertram Capital for $116 million in cash.
Formed in 2007, ASI is now the world’s leading provider of professional self-publishing services. It has enabled 150,000 authors to publish, market and distribute more than 190,000 books in print and electronic formats and benefits from several powerful growth trends including user-generated content, eBooks and digital publishing and marketing technologies.
Self-publishing is a rapidly growing segment of the consumer books market. According to Bowker, 211,000 titles were self-published in 2011 in either print or digital form, an increase of almost 60% on 2010. The self-publishing sector has also become an important source of talent and content for the publishing industry, producing several bestselling authors including Lisa Genova, John Locke, Darcie Chan, Amanda Hocking, Bronnie Ware and E.L. James.
The acquisition gives Penguin a leading position in this fast-growing segment of the publishing industry and brings significant opportunity for the two companies to collaborate. Penguin will gain access to ASI’s expertise in online marketing, consumer analytics, professional services and user-generated content. ASI will benefit from Penguin’s design, editorial and sales skills, and its strong international presence as it looks to expand outside the US.
Penguin’s chief executive John Makinson said: “Self-publishing has moved into the mainstream of our industry over the past three years. It has provided new outlets for professional writers, a huge increase in the range of books available to readers and an exciting source of content for publishers such as Penguin. No-one has captured this opportunity as successfully as Author Solutions, which has rapidly built a position of world leadership on a platform of outstanding customer support and tailor-made publishing services. This acquisition will allow Penguin to participate fully in perhaps the fastest-growing area of the publishing economy and gain skills in customer acquisition and data analytics that will be vital to our future.”
In 2011 Author Solutions generated revenues of approximately $100m, growing at an average annual rate of 12% over the past three years. Its business is split broadly evenly across three key areas: publishing, marketing and distribution services, with revenues generated primarily from services to authors.
The company has approximately 1,600 employees, located primarily in Bloomington, Indiana and Cebu City, the Philippines. Pearson will be expensing integration costs relating to Author Solutions in 2012 and expects the acquisition to enhance adjusted earnings per share and to generate a return on invested capital above Pearson’s weighted average cost of capital from 2013, its first full year. Author Solutions will be integrated into Penguin’s back office and technology infrastructure but will continue to be run as a separate business.
Kevin Weiss, Chief Executive of ASI, said: “Over the past 75 years, Penguin has demonstrated a commitment to bold and fresh thinking in the publishing industry. We are thrilled to be a part of its vibrant culture, and look forward to accelerating the pace of change the industry is experiencing. As part of Penguin, we will be on the front-end of that change and have the broadest set of offerings of any publisher today. That means more opportunity for authors and more choice for readers.”
Penguin Books Australia presents Anna Funder, winner of the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award
in conversation on her internationally acclaimed debut novel All That I Am
2:30pm SUNDAY 22 JULY, 2012 in CANBERRA - SOLD OUT
Venue: Theatre, National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra
Bookings essential on 02 6262 1271 or http://www.nla.gov.au/events/
6:30pm MONDAY 23 JULY, 2012 in BRISBANE
Venue: Bulimba State School, Oxford Street, Bulimba
Bookings essential via Riverbend Books on 07 3899 8555
6:30pm TUESDAY 24 JULY, 2012 in MELBOURNE
Tickets: $20 or $17 concession
Venue: Collins Street Baptist Church, 174 Collins Street, Melbourne
Bookings essential via Reader's Feast on 03 9662 4699 or firstname.lastname@example.org
6:30pm WEDNESDAY 25 JULY 2012 in HOBART - SOLD OUT
Venue: State Cinema, 375 Elizabeth St, North Hobart
Bookings essential via State Cinema Box Office on 03 6234 6318
6:00pm THURSDAY 26 JULY, 2012 in BALLARAT - SOLD OUT
Tickets: Free Event
Venue: Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street, Ballarat
Bookings essential on 03 5320 5858 or www.artgalleryofballarat.com.au
6:30pm FRIDAY 27 JULY, 2012 in SYDNEY - ADDITIONAL TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
Tickets: $15 / $10 concession
Venue: York Theatre, Seymour Centre, Cnr Cleveland St & City Rd, Chippendale
Bookings essential via www.swf.org.au
Winners will be announced on September 20.