Weekly Book Newsletter
7 February 2007

Final Harry Potter out on 21 July x

As first reported in a WBN Special Bulletin last week, the seventh and final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will have a... Read more

Eichhorn retires as A&U director x

Peter Eichhorn, one of the founding directors of Allen & Unwin (A&U), has resigned his position as finance and distribution director. ‘At a farewell function... Read more

McVitty wins Dromkeen Medal x

Publisher, lecturer and reviewer Walter McVitty is the winner of the 2006 Dromkeen Medal. The medal is awarded annually for ‘work that makes a significant... Read more

Global Books in Print named as database for Microsoft book search project x

Bowker’s Global Books in Print (GBiP) bibliographic database has been selected by Microsoft as the preferred data source for the software giant’s Live Search Books... Read more

Kolkata Book Fair in chaos, but Aussie guests still feature x

The Kolkata (Calcutta) Book Fair–India’s largest international booktrade event–is in chaos after organisers were forced to reorganise this year’s fair at the last moment when... Read more

Nix happy to ride Harry's coattails x

Australian fantasy author Garth Nix is gaining wide exposure in the United Kingdom as the bookselling chain W H Smith gives away a free copy his... Read more

CAL calls for feedback x

Following the passing of the Copyright Amendment Bill 2006 by the House of Representatives on 4 December last year, the Copyright Agency Limited is calling... Read more

Somerset Celebration of Literature x

The 2007 Somerset Celebration of Literature will be held from 13 March to 17 March this year in the grounds of Somerset College at Mudgeeraba... Read more

Wannabee becomes Vignette Press x

Independent Melbourne publisher Wannabee Publishing has changed its name to Vignette Press, in a relaunch announced last Friday 2 February. Publisher Lisa Dempster, who took... Read more

Ozco funding renewed--early x

The federal government has announced the renewal of the Australia Council’s base funding agreement, worth $418 million over three years. The announcement by Arts and... Read more

Commonwealth Writers Prize to be announced in Jamaica x

The announcement of the winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize will take place on 27 May in Jamaica as part of the Calabash International... Read more

Register now for LBF x

Those attending The London Book Fair, which will run from 16 April to 18 April 2007 in Earls Court, London, are being encouraged to pre-register... Read more

Vista/Ingenta merger x

Vista International and Ingenta, two of the largest international publishing software companies, have announced that they will merge to create Publishing Technologies PLC. The new... Read more

Around the World x

Among the global booktrade stories in our Around the World blog this week: Is private equity firm KKR about to launch a takeover for Pearson/Penguin?  Wiley... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

It’s a tale of two Pattersons in this week’s highest new entries chart. James debuts at number 13 with Step on a Crack (with a... Read more

RiP Sidney Sheldon x

Bestselling author Sidney Sheldon has died from complications arising from pneumonia, aged 89. Sheldon first achieved success as a Broadway playwright and Hollywood scriptwriter before... Read more

RiP Molly Ivins x

American newspaper columnist, political commentator and author Molly Ivins has died of breast cancer, aged 62. Ivins turned ‘Bush-bashing’ into an artform with books such... Read more

 

 

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