Weekly Book Newsletter
2 August 2006

Industry awards x

As announced in a WBN special bulletin last Friday, last week saw the presentation of both the inaugural Australian Book Industry Academy (ABIA) awards and... Read more

Books Alive, alive! x

The ABIA awards dinner last week also saw the official launch of the 2006 Books Alive campaign by Senator Rod Kemp, the Minister for Arts... Read more

APA objects to A-G's book censorship plans x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) CEO Maree McCaskill has written to Attorney-general Philip Ruddock and to all state attorneys-general expressing ‘grave concern’ about plans to tighten... Read more

Canadians seek Aussie publisher x

The Canadian Consulate General, in conjunction with the Australia Council (OzCo), is funding the pilot of an Australian/Canadian publisher exchange as an extension of OzCo’s... Read more

Retail Technology Expo to showcase RFID x

The 2006 Retail Technology Expo, to be held in Melbourne in September, will showcase radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. Visitors to the expo will be... Read more

Maguire's 'Beast' on Dylan Thomas Prize longlist x

Emily Maguire’s debut novel Taming the Beast (Brandl & Schlesinger) has been included on the longlist for the inaugural Dylan Thomas Prize. Named in honour... Read more

DOI updates x

The International Digital Object Identifier Foundation, which manages the worldwide Digital Object Identifier (DOI) registry, has announced a number of fresh milestones. A DOI is... Read more

Booksurge Australia closes, but welcome BookPOD x

Print-on-demand (PoD) company BookSurge Australia has now ceased trading, but its former business development manager Michael Blair has established a new business called BookPOD. ‘BookPOD... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

With Father’s Day only a month away, several blokey titles have crept into this week’s bestseller charts. The blokiest of them all is Conn and... Read more

RiP Nigel Cox x

New Zealand writer Nigel Cox died on Friday 28 July. Victoria University Press writes: One of New Zealand’s best writers, Nigel was recognised at the... Read more

RiP David Gemmell x

UK fantasy writer David Gemmell died on Friday 28 July, two weeks after undergoing heart bypass surgery, according to his publisher Random House. Gemmell was... Read more

MWF program released x

The official program of the Age Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has been released, appearing online and as a supplement in the Age newspaper on 29... Read more

BWF program announcements x

In the lead up to the release of the official festival program in the Australian newspaper on 5 August, the Brisbane Writers Festival has released... Read more

Bookwise won't become Bluefin x

Advanced Marketing Services (AMS), parent company of Bookwise International in Australia and New Zealand, has launched a new division, Bluefin Global Logistics, to provide ‘third-party... Read more

Aussie wins second romance award x

Australian romance author Marion Lennox has won her second Rita award, with Romance Writers of America members voting her novel Princess of Convenience (Harlequin Mills... Read more

Random acquisition causes job loss at BBC Worldwide x

Following the announcement from Random House Australia that it will now represent BBC Books in Australia as part of the Random House Group portfolio, BBC... Read more

NZ: New board of Booksellers elected x

The 2006/07 board of Booksellers New Zealand was elected at the board’s annual general meeting, held at the New Zealand Booksellers Conference in Auckland on... Read more

Book Publishers Association of New Zealand: Council changes x

The Book Publishers Association of New Zealand (BPANZ) elected two new members to the council at its annual general meeting in Auckland on 23 July.... Read more

RiP Harold Joseph Davis x

Harold Joseph Davis, co-founder of Trio Bookbinders and the printing firm H&K Davis, has died in Melbourne, aged 77.



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