Weekly Book Newsletter
14 June 2006


Welcome to the first online version of Media Extra (MX) and our sincere apologies for its delay in reaching you. When we launched MX in 2004,... Read more

ABA conference looks to the future x

The 2006 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) conference–the 82nd annual event–was held from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 June at the Peppers Resort at Kingscliff in... Read more

Grenville is Booksellers Choice x

At the ABA conference dinner, held on the Saturday night, Kate Grenville’s The Secret River (Text) was announced as the winner of the Nielsen BookData... Read more

ABA rejoins international federation x

The ABA has rejoined the International Booksellers Federation (IBF) after a number of years. ‘We are pleased to rejoin the IBF,’ ABA CEO Barbara Cullen... Read more

Nielsen figures show indies strong; 69% of online buying local x

Shaun Symonds of Nielsen BookScan presented a report to the ABA conference, concentrating on the figures for the 19 weeks ending on Mother’s Day. BookScan’s... Read more

Books Alive 2006 raring to go x

Books Alive project director Brett Osmond addressed the ABA conference on Sunday, outlining the details of this year’s campaign. The campaign is set to begin... Read more

Lothian farewell a 'celebration' x

A select gathering of publishers, authors and booksellers farewelled departing Lothian Books owner and managing director Peter Lothian at O’Connell’s Hotel in Melbourne last night,... Read more

Harry, Dan, Bryce and CSIRO Diet top APA bestsellers x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has released its 2005 bestsellers list. The list is compiled from a survey of APA member publishers and only counts... Read more

Book trade recognised in Queen's Birthday honours x

A number of people associated with the book industry have been recognised in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday honours list. Mark Rubbo, co-owner of Mebourne’s Readings... Read more

IPEd assessors appointed x

The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), the national group being developed by the state Societies of Editors to create recognised professional accreditation for editors, has... Read more

CUP acquires Indian distribution arm x

Cambridge University Press (CUP) has agreed to acquire a 51% stake in the Delhi-based distributor and publisher Foundation Books, which will be renamed CUP India,... Read more

Western Australian Premier's Book Awards announced x

The winners of the 2005 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards were announced last Friday night. Cleared Out: First Contact in the Western Desert by Sue... Read more

Alderman wins Orange Award for New Writers x

Further to last week’s announcement of the Orange Prize (won by Zadie Smith), the £10,000 (A$23,600) Orange Award for New Writers has been presented to... Read more

Steinbeck family wins back rights x

A son and a granddaughter of American author John Steinbeck have won back all publishing rights to 10 of his early works, including Of Mice... Read more



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