‘Net News: 30th January 2012

printz_seal_fin1. Printz Awards

Lest you missed it, our post about all the great Australian YA receiving recognition.

2. Indie Awards.

It’s raining awards here there and everywhere. This time, however, it’s the shortlist for 2012 Australian Independent Bookseller Awards.

The Jewel Fish of Karnak by Graeme Base (Penguin)
The Little Refugee by Anh & Suzanne Do & Illus Bruce Whatley (Allen & Unwin)
The Coming of the Whirlpool: Ship Kings 1 by Andrew McGahan (Allen & Unwin)
The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (Macmillan)

Expect to see a review by Liz for The Coming of the Whirlpool: Ship Kings on Wednesday. She found it a thrilling and delightful read.

And be prepared to hold your breath for the Book of the Year winner announcement on Saturday the 10th of March.

3. Costa Book Award

Just another good ole award. You know how it is. The Costa Book Award celebrates UK and Irish based writers in five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Books

First time Children’s Books novelist Moira Young won for her work Blood Red Road.

4. The Book to Movie Road and their Awards.

We all know that there is a flood of Book-to-Movie trend happening at the moment and the words to film website is a great round-up of it all.

Their recent post is about- you guessed it (more awards!)- the Academy Awards nominations and there’s a rather strong link to book adaptions.

Might be a great way to get some of your more TV mad kids to make the crossover connection with books.

5. Teachers and parents; their role in raising children.

An article outlining expectations in the relationships between teachers, parents and children. I was surprised by the statistic ‘HALF of all teachers surveyed have been verbally abused by a parent’. Alas, not so surprised in the statistic ‘THREE in five teachers say students do not show them enough respect’.

6. Pro-Book.

The tradition of the book has always been printed. Is it any wonder that there’s a little controversy (and uncertainty) with all this new e-technology?

Jonathan Franzen believes ‘that e-books, such as Amazon’s Kindle, can never have the magic of the printed page.’

One of the issues he poses (and we all keep coming back to) is the current fluidity to content in e-technology.

While not necessarily behind Franzen’s e-books are damaging society mantra, the ‘openness’ of e-book technology at that moment, does bear to be questioned. What are the rules? Should there be restrictions? Does the idea of ‘restrictions’ defeat the purpose of e-technology? When is a change an improvement? When does it become an encumbrance?

7. ALA 2012, the drama.

The Midwinter ALA conference wasn’t without… a few hiccups this year.

It appears there is a sad trend occurring.

A blogger posts about ‘mob mentality overtaking politeness in my NEED for that book. (There was two instances where I dived in between people toward the floor to get a last copy of book. I shake my head at myself now.)’

I’ll keep my opinions to myself about pushing people aside in a bid to reach a book. However, I’ll direct you to a post in the comments by a publisher:

We love that you love our books. I can’t stress that enough. But we have people back at Book HQ who cater to your needs. Our online marketing people are so happy to send you things. But imagine we let a whole bunch of librarians into Book HQ and let them raid online’s shelves before they had a chance to mail anything out to you. That’s kind of what happened at ALA.

We appreciate what you do, and we’re so willing to send you books. But when you come into a show for Librarians– librarians who are fighting to keep books on the shelf, who half the time are volunteers, who don’t get any credit for what they do, who don’t get paid anything, who work with no budget whatsoever, who constantly have to battle administrators and video games and the internet and whathaveyou– please don’t get upset if we’re not prepared for you. We weren’t expecting you. And we brought these books for the librarians who need them.

There is also this post from a librarian (who also happens to be a blogger) and this post by a blogger who can’t help but see that the behaviour of the few is colouring the perception of many. 



  1. Ali B. says:

    It seems to me, at a conference for librarians, librarians should get the free books. Maybe I’m naive ( haven’t been to ALA, but my mama used to go every year) but it seems like an easy enough fix for librarians to show their ALA membership card to receive the free book. If writers and bloggers want a copy, perhaps they could sign a list at the publisher’s table to have a copy sent to them. Librarians are trying to get books on their shelves for the masses. ALA is their conference = Librarians get first dibs!

  2. narmstrong says:

    Sounds like a solid sensible plan to me!

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