Weekly Book Newsletter
13 December 2006

Funtastic restructure: jobs to go' x

Funtastic has announced that it has gone through a restructure that has ‘incorporated a major re-investment into the publishing business unit.’ Belinda Payne, Funtastic’s GM... Read more

IPA wins 'Liberty' prize x

The International Publishers Association (IPA) was awarded the Sloboda (Liberty) Prize for its ‘contribution to human rights and freedom in the world’ by Ibrahim Spahic,... Read more

Technical Bookshop to close before Christmas x

Melbourne’s Technical Bookshop, which went into voluntary administration in August owing more than $1 million, has failed to find an investor or purchaser and the... Read more

Booksellers cautiously positive leading into Christmas x

The overall mood of the book trade leading into Christmas is positive, but cautiously so: compared to recent years far fewer booksellers are reporting ‘excellent’... Read more

IPA, PEN criticise Iranian censorship x

The International Publishers Association (IPA), International PEN and human rights organisation ARTICLE 19 have written to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, urging him to lift the... Read more

ABA works to resolve wages worries x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has overcome a hurdle in its quest to provide booksellers with advice on new pay rates and conditions under the... Read more

2007 NZ Publishing Intern Programme interns announced x

The successful graduates selected to receive six months’ paid work in the New Zealand book industry as part of the industry’s Publishing Intern Programme, are... Read more

Australian Book Centre creditors' report: employee entitlements paid x

The administrators of remainder wholesaler Australian Book Centre (ABC*), which went into administration in April this year, have released a follow-up report, showing that all... Read more

No dividend for unsecured creditors of Identic Books x

The liquidators of library supplier Identic Books (which went into liquidation in November 2005) have released a report, showing that an outstanding ‘priority claim’ made... Read more

Malouf launches new centre for anthology of Australian literature x

Author David Malouf launched the Centre for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature at Macquarie University on Monday night. The centre has been established to... Read more

Winners of the John Marsden Prize announced x

The winners of the second annual John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers were announced by Marsden on 7 December at the Melbourne launch of... Read more

Thorpe-Bowker to acquire 'Australian Library News' x

WBN‘s publisher Thorpe-Bowker has agreed to purchase Australian Library News (ALN), the popular weekly e-newsletter for Australian and New Zealand library professionals, from its current... Read more

Amended Copyright Bill passes both houses x

The amendments made by the Senate to the Copyright Amendment Bill 2006 were agreed to by the House of Representatives on 5 December. ‘The provisions... Read more

Publishers, CAL create online supply channel x

Several Australian educational publishers have joined together to provide an ‘online content aggregator service’ aimed initially at the university MBA market. Ross McCaul, manager digital... Read more

Book lovers embrace literary speed dating x

The first literary speed dating event hosted by the State Library of Victoria (SLV) on 6 December–entitled Text Appeal–was ‘an outrageous success’ according to the... Read more

SLV launches Victorian 'Book Idol' x

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) launched its Reading Victoria summer reading program on 7 December, with the announcement of the recommended reading list. The... Read more

Around the World: Round-up x

In the news from our Around the World blog this week: Lawrence Ferlinghetti receives top French honour; Bloomsbury shares drop following a profit warning; Random... Read more

Final WBN for 2006 x

This bumper edition of WBN, incorporating our annual pre-Christmas survey, is the final WBN for 2006. The WBN team wish all of our readers a... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The booksellers who responded to our annual pre-Christmas survey certainly know their stuff. Seven of this week’s top 10 bestsellers also appear in our survey’s... Read more

RiP Neil Curtis x

Allen & Unwin writes: ‘Neil Curtis died on Monday 11 December after a typically defiant battle with cancer. He was 56 years old. An exhibition... Read more

RiP Allen Carr x

Anti-smoking guru Allen Carr, author of the bestselling Easy Way to Stop Smoking, Easyweigh to Lose Weight (both Penguin), among other self-help titles, has died... Read more

RiP Vernon Turner x

Pat Woolley, director of Wild & Woolley and Fast Books, writes: ‘Reverend Vernon Turner, OAM, the director of Sydney’s Christian radio station FM103.2, died recently... Read more

RiP Jack Williamson x

American academic and author Jack Williamson, whose career as a pulp SF novelist spanned more than 75 years, has died at the age of 98.... Read more

RiP Curtis Cate x

American expat writer Curtis Cate, who lived in France for much of his life, has died at the age of 82. Cate was the author... Read more



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