Weekly Book Newsletter
23 August 2006

NLA shifts 40km of books x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has recently begun the process of moving 40 kilometres of its collection material into a new offsite storage facility.... Read more

Victorian libraries link up x

The Victorian public library system has announced a new, state-wide internet catalogue and interlibrary loan system called LibraryLink. Launched last week, LibraryLink makes the catalogues... Read more

Booksellers and publishers come to grips with ISBN-13 x

As the trade counts down to the changeover to 13-digit ISBNs on 1 January 2007, booksellers, publishers, distributors and software vendors have all been meeting... Read more

Coles Myer in takeover talks x

Coles Myer, Australia’s second-largest retailer, has been in the news in the past week with confirmation that it has been approached by a possible buyer,... Read more

ABA 2007 conference dates announced x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced that its 2007 conference will be held in Melbourne from Sunday 17 to Tuesday 19 June at the... Read more

CBCA winners announced x

As reported in a WBN special bulletin last Friday, the winners and honour books in this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of... Read more

Useful tips for subscribers #6: Events Calendar x

Imagine how useful it would be if the whole book trade had access to the same calendar. Now it does! Our new online events calendar provides the... Read more

New Asia imprint at Macmillan x

Pan Macmillan has announced a new trade publishing division, Picador Asia. The imprint will aim to secure world rights to Asian titles to publish simultaneously in... Read more

Rockpool Publishing commences trading x

Rockpool Publishing, a new Australian publishing house owned by former Random House production manager Lisa Hanrahan and Gary Allen of book distributor Gary Allen Pty... Read more

Prime Minister announces new history prize x

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has announced the creation of a new annual prize for Australian history. The prize, which the Prime Minister said could... Read more

Deadline for CAL Professional Development Fund x

The deadline for applications for grants from the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) Professional Development Fund is this Friday, 25 August. In 2005-06 $150,000 was allocated... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

It looks like Australian readers like a little murder and mystery in their reading diet at the moment. The Husband, Dean Koontz’s nail-biter about a... Read more

RiP Jim Hall x

Jim Hall, former editor and literary editor of the Australian newspaper and editor of the Bulletin magazine, died last week, aged 71. Although he spent... Read more

RiP Alex Buzo x

Popular and prolific Australian playwright and author Alex Buzo has died at the age of 62, after a long battle with cancer. Buzo was best... Read more

Australia to have its say at Frankfurt meeting x

The importance of Australia as a rights market will be discussed at the 20th International Rights Directors Meeting, to be held the day before this year’s Frankfurt... Read more

Around the World: round-up x

In news from our Around the World blog, arts and development funding body New Zealand Creative gets a new chief executive; Time Out booksellers launch... Read more

COOL Awards shortlist announced x

The shortlist of books for this year’s Canberra’s Own Outstanding List (COOL) awards–the ACT’s children’s choice book awards–has been announced. Voting begins on 1 September and finishes on... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our Events Calendar, include: Children’s Book Week, which wraps up on 25 August; the University of... Read more



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