Weekly Book Newsletter
22 November 2006

Christmas closing list x

Publishers/distributors are asked to advise WBN of their Christmas closing dates by 4 December. A full list will appear once only in WBN on 6... Read more

John Wiley & Sons acquires Blackwell Publishing x

As reported in a WBN Special Bulletin on Monday, John Wiley & Sons has entered into a ‘definitive agreement’ to buy Blackwell Publishing, at a... Read more

Sampler promotes summer reading x

Your Summer Holiday – Booked!, a summer fiction promotional sampler, will be distributed to participating booksellers next week. Produced by BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER magazine and designed by award-winning... Read more

Ozco Literature Board grants: who got what x

As reported in last week’s WBN, the Australia Council’s literature board has announced a total of $2.1 million worth of grants to writers around Australia... Read more

Garner wins Melbourne Prize x

The inaugural $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature, the most valuable literary award in Australia, was awarded to Helen Garner at a well-attended ceremony at Melbourne’s Federation... Read more

A new poetry press x

Anthologist John Leonard (who edited Seven Centuries of Poetry in English; Australian Verse, an Oxford Anthology; New Music; and Contemporary Australian Poetry) has announced the... Read more

Coles Myer to re-brand, 2500 jobs to go x

Coles Myer shareholders have agreed to a proposal to re-brand the retailer as Coles Group Limited. While the new name will take effect immediately, stores... Read more

Online copyright forum x

Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has announced the launch of digical, a forum for online discussion about key issues on copyright issues for writers, publishers and... Read more

Award for Dymocks Booklover program x

Dymocks’ Booklover customer loyalty program has won a bronze award in the annual Australian Direct Marketing Awards. ‘Booklover has received recognition from ADMA before,’ Dymocks... Read more

New-look website for Dymocks x

Dymocks has re-launched its website at www.dymocks.com.au, incorporating many new features based around the world-class Endeca search technology. The Dymocks site is the first Australian-based... Read more

Footprint buys Astam x

Footprint Books has acquired fellow distributor Astam Books. From 7 December 2006, most publishers’ lists that were available from Astam Books will be distributed by... Read more

RiP Milton Friedman x

American economist and Nobel Prize-winner Milton Friedman has died of heart failure at the age of 94. The best known of Friedman’s many published works... Read more

Beijing to host Gourmand awards in 2007 x

The 2007 Gourmand world cookbook awards will be held next year in Beijing from 4 April to 8 April. The five-day event includes cookbook exhibitions,... Read more

Reader's Digest to be sold x

A group of investors led by Ripplewood Holdings has agreed to acquire Reader’s Digest (RDA), subject to shareholder approval, in a sale expected to close... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

It’s a case of too many memoirs, too few titles. This week there are two books in the top 10 bestsellers that share the same... Read more

Around the World: Round-up x

In news from our Around the World blog this week: a new audiobook device with built in player due in the UK in April; Howard... Read more

New report on industry innovation x

BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER magazine has commenced work on a special report into technology and innovation in the book industry, to be published in March 2007. The report... Read more

Forthcoming events x

As the festive season approaches, the Events Calendar is rapidly filling up with book festivals, book launches and, of course, Christmas parties. Events coming up... Read more

O J 'confession' book cancelled x

As widely reported in the mainstream media, Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp media company owns HarperCollins, has announced the cancellation of plans to publish If... Read more

Marland wins Qantas Spirit of Youth 'words' award x

Nicholas Marland has been named the winner in the ‘words’ category of this year’s Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYAs). Marland, whose ‘darkly humorous’ writing... Read more

RiP Ursula Moray Williams x

Children’s book author and illustrator Ursula Moray Williams has died at the age of 95. Williams was best known for her classic children’s book Adventures... Read more

 

 

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