Weekly Book Newsletter
4 October 2006

Ruddock refuses to budge on sedition, but may allow researchers access to banned books x

Federal Attorney-general Philip Ruddock has rejected the key recommendation of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report into the Government’s 2005 Anti-terrorism Act–that the term ‘sedition’... Read more

Retail figures healthy, but business confidence shaky x

While retail figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show slight growth has continued from July into August, the result of a National... Read more

ABA secures fee-free debit card deal x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced that it has secured a deal with the Commonwealth Bank for ABA members to continue paying zero fees... Read more

Australian Book Centre update to creditors x

Administrator Worrells Insolvency has issued an update to the creditors of remainder wholesaler Australian Book Centre, which went into liquidation earlier this year. The update... Read more

Sony Reader launched: but not in Australia x

Sony has finally released its much-delayed Sony Reader in the US–but so far the global electronics giant has no plans to release the device in... Read more

Frankfurt underway x

The 2006 Frankfurt Book Fair starts today. More than 280,000 people are expected to attend this year’s fair. All 13 exhibition halls at the fair... Read more

Van Noorden appointed MD of OUP x

Oxford University Press has appointed Peter van Noorden as managing director of its Australia and New Zealand operation (OUPANZ). Van Noorden, formerly general manager of... Read more

Llewellyn takes up NYC appointment x

Caro Llewellyn, former director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, has been appointed the director of the PEN World Voices–The New York Festival of International Literature.... Read more

'Good Reading' to cease bookselling x

Good Reading magazine has announced that as of 31 December this year it will no offer book sales through its Good Reading Direct service (operated... Read more

Australian Food Media Club awards x

The Australian Food Media Club presented its annual awards on Wednesday 27 September. Winning titles were as follows: Simon Johnson award for excellence in a... Read more

Gallagher addresses Frankfurt rights meeting x

Allen & Unwin’s Patrick Gallagher was among the speakers at the 20th Rights Directors Meeting, a traditional precursor of the Frankfurt Book Fair.  With a... Read more

Figures show Frankfurt still growing x

A 4% increase in exhibitors from Germany has more than compensated for a small drop in overseas exhibitors this year, allowing the Frankfurt Book Fair... Read more

IPA president outlines challenges for industry x

With a turnover of about US$88 billion (A$115 billion), the global publishing industry is the world’s largest creative industry, International Publishers Association (IPA) president and... Read more

WAYBRA award winners announced x

The winning titles in the 2006 WAYRBAs (Western Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards) were announced on 22 September. The winners were as follows: Younger readers’... Read more

Frankfurt expands focus on education x

This year, the Frankfurt Book Fair is focusing strongly on education and literacy, with a theme of ‘Education for the Future.’ Speaking at the opening... Read more

India shows its potential at Frankfurt x

This year’s Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair is India, which today unveiled a major exhibition focused on its literature and cultural history.... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: the Frankfurt Book Fair, which kicks off on 4 October;... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

This week the new Guinness World Records notches up a rather impressive record of its own; the 2007 edition has gone straight to number one... Read more

Around the World: Round-up x

In news from our Around the World blog this week: Borders launches a US online book club; Waterstone’s reports another sales decline; Amazon.co.uk takes out... Read more

 

 

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