Weekly Book Newsletter
8 November 2006

Campion Ed buys Spectrum Bookshop x

Warren Stokes, owner of Spectrum Bookshop, said he was ‘very, very happy’ with the deal that would see his business acquired by Campion Education. ‘I’ve... Read more
 

Caffin new director at Byron Bay Writers' Festival x

Jeni Caffin has been appointed as the new director of the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Caffin, who has been publicist for the festvial for the... Read more
 

Around the World: Round-up x

In news from our Around the World blog this week Martina Cole helps the UK market to its biggest week this year; reports O J... Read more
 

RiP William Styron x

American author William Styron has died at the age of 81. Styron was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1968 for The Confessions of Nat Turner... Read more
 

Books Alive 2006 a success x

The 2006 Books Alive campaign has been hailed a success by its organisers, with the 50 featured books selling over 15% more copies than the... Read more
 

Web stats show Amazon's dominance x

Statistics provided to WBN by internet ranking company Hitwise have demonstrated the absolute dominance of Amazon as the Australian public’s preferred source of book information... Read more
 

Palfreyman to leave Random x

Jane Palfreyman has resigned from her position of executive publisher at Random House, effective 17 November. Palfreyman, who has held various senior publishing roles at... Read more
 

Removal of five-cent piece affects NZ booksellers x

Following the recent removal of the five-cent piece from New Zealand currency, Booksellers New Zealand has raised the concern of its members regarding five-cent price-points with... Read more
 

New digital book standard x

The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the standards and trade organisation for digital publishing formerly known as Open eBook Forum, has announced the release of... Read more
 

National Library unveils White papers x

A selection of Patrick White’s personal papers was put on display by the National Library of Australia on Saturday, following the library’s acquisition of 33... Read more
 

$40,000 funding for regional writing projects x

Several writing workshops and festivals are among the 92 projects to have been granted funding approval by the federal government program Regional Arts Australia in... Read more
 

Rachel Trezise wins Dylan Thomas Prize x

The inaugural EDS Dylan Thomas Prize has been awarded to Welsh author Rachel Trezise for her collection of short stories Fresh Apples (Parthian Books). The... Read more
 

'Cat' chosen for Book to Performance project x

Cat, an unpublished manuscript written by Mike Dumbleton and illustrated by Craig Smith, has been selected from over 60 entries to be developed as a... Read more
 

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include a Jeffrey Archer author signing at the Angus & Robertson bookstore... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

Not since The Latham Diaries has one book attracted so much attention among the nation’s political commentators. Now the sales figures are in and it... Read more
 

Thomson Learning Australia unaffected by sale x

Following last week’s report that the Thomson Corporation, US-based parent company of Thomson Learning, had arranged to sell NETg, the corporate education and training arm... Read more
 

Booksellers expect strong Christmas despite rate rise x

Derek Dryden, president of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), is expecting a ‘fantastic Christmas’ for booksellers, despite today’s decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia... Read more
 

Industry bodies, Google, concerned about copyright amendments x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), Australian Publishers Association (APA) and Australian Society of Authors (ASA) have issued a joint statement expressing concern at the ‘peremptory... Read more
 

 

 

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