Weekly Book Newsletter
1 November 2006

Thomson Learning for sale x

The Thomson Corporation, the US-based parent company of Thomson Learning, which has operations in 39 countries, including Australia, has announced it will sell the Thomson... Read more

Minimum wage increase could hit booksellers x

The Australian Fair Pay Commission (AFPC) has announced an increase of $27.36 per week for minimum wage rates up to $700 and $22.04 per week... Read more

Around the World: round-up x

In news from our Around the World blog this week, Adobe unveils a new ebook Internet application; Penguin enters the virtual reality world market; Amazon... Read more

TitlePage set to launch in NZ x

The board of the Australian Publishers Association (APA) has given the go-ahead for the development of a price and availability service for New Zealand booksellers. The... Read more

Informit adds 100th journal x

RMIT Publishing’s Informit E-library has annouced that it has added its 100th journal. Eureka Street joins 99 other Australian journals on the online service, including BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER. ‘The... Read more

Copyright Amendment Bill will 'seriously curtail growth', says APA x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, which is currently reviewing the Government’s proposed changes to... Read more

Readings wins 'Age'/D&B business award x

The Readings book chain has won this year’s Age/D&B Victorian Business Award in the retail category, and is eligible for the overall award to be... Read more

Applications open for Unwin Trust Fellowship x

Applications are now open for the 2007 Unwin Trust Fellowship, the program that allows a member of the Australian book trade to visit the UK... Read more

Jose to judge new Man Asian prize x

Australian author Nicholas Jose has been chosen as a judge of the new Man Asian Literary Prize, along with US-based writer Andre Aciman and former... Read more

Scott to take on 'caretaker role' at Funtastic x

Following the departure of Ian Ashmore from his position as general manager of the publishing and entertainment arm of Funtastic, the company has announced that... Read more

CBCA national executive on the move x

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) national executive, which is currently based in New South Wales, is coming to the end of its two-year... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Springcleaning is in the air … and it seems the nation’s readers are inspired to pull out the dusters and the squeegee mops with Shannon Lush and Jennifer... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: the APA Basic Editing and Proofreading Workshop in Sydney on... Read more

RiP Wendy Lowenstein x

Wendy Lowenstein, oral historian, author and passionate defender of workers’ rights, has died in Melbourne from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, aged 79. Lowenstein’s books include... Read more

Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge wraps up x

Another successful Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge has come to an end. The 2006 challenge, which ran from February until the end of August, recorded almost... Read more



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