Weekly Book Newsletter
14 February 2007

Dymocks fires first shot in HP price wars x

The first shot has been fired in this year’s Harry Potter price showdown with Dymocks announcing it will sell J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and... Read more

Change of date for ABIAs x

The second annual Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), previously scheduled for 25 July 2007, will now be held the evening before on 24 July. The... Read more

Jolly becomes chairman of Scholastic Oz and NZ x

Scholastic has announced the appointment of Ken Jolly AM, formerly managing director of Scholastic Australia, to the position of chairman, Scholastic Australia and New Zealand.... Read more

Overstock and Remainders Fair comes to Melbourne x

The annual Overstock and Remainders Fair (OARF), facilitated by Bookwise Australia, was this year held in Melbourne at the Rydges Hotel on 11 and 12... Read more

DataPage delay shelves TitlePage NZ launch x

‘Small technical issues’ that have emerged in the final development of DataPage have delayed the service’s launch in Australia and put back the proposed launch... Read more

Microsoft's Live Search Books is coming to the Antipodes--eventually x

Further to last week’s story about the partnership between Global Books in Print (GBiP) and Microsoft’s Live Search Books program, Microsoft has provided more details... Read more

Perth writers' week on the way x

The annual Perth Words & Ideas Festival, part of the Perth International Arts Festival, will be held from 22 February to 28 February. Beginning with... Read more

'Online' conference 'a great success' x

More than 1000 library and information professionals gathered in Sydney from January 30 until 1 February for Online, the biennial conference examining the future of... Read more

Baker & Taylor to buy AMS? x

Advanced Marketing Services (AMS), the US-based parent company of Australian distributor Bookwise, has entered into a letter of agreement with book distributor Baker & Taylor... Read more

Asialink writers' residencies announced x

The Asialink Literature Program has announced the writers who will be awarded grants and residencies as part of Asialink Literature Residency Program, which offers Australian... Read more

NZ Post Book Awards finalists x

The finalists in the annual New Zealand Post Book Awards have been announced. The 2007 finalists are: Picture book: Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! (Kyle Mewburn,... Read more

Libraries get cuddly for Valentine's Day x

Two of Australia’s leading library bodies have combined to launch a special promotion for Valentine’s Day, highlighting Australians’ dedication to libraries. Public Libraries Australia and... Read more

'The Tenderness of Wolves' wins Costa Book of the Year x

The Tenderness of Wolves (Quercus) by first-time writer Stef Penney has won the 2006 Costa Book of the Year in the UK, formerly the Whitbread... Read more

Hardie Grant Egmont in NZ x

Australian publisher Hardie Grant Egmont and its sister company Egmont UK have announced they will be setting up a New Zealand sales and marketing operation.... Read more

Catran wins Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal x

Children’s and young adult writer Ken Catran has been announced as the winner of the 2007 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, New Zealand’s most prestigious award... Read more

George wins Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship x

Novelist and short story writer James George has been announced as the 2007 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow in New Zealand. The fellowship honours New Zealand... Read more

Changes mean ISBNs can never be reused x

The change to 13-digit ISBNs on 1 January 2007 was accompanied by rule changes to the use of ISBNs. Among these, it is now forbidden... Read more

Cambridge Information Group acquires ProQuest x

The Cambridge Information Group (CIG), parent company of library resource provider CSA (and of WBN‘s publisher Thorpe-Bowker), has announced the finalisation of its acquisition of... Read more

Pearson subject of private-equity takeover? x

Speculation has been mounting in recent weeks over a possible takeover bid for Pearson, parent company of Penguin and Pearson Education. A Reuters report on... Read more

Around the world x

Among stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Wal-Mart faces lawsuit from two million women Time Warner adds $530 million... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: the Writers at Como festival, which runs from Friday 16... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

There’s an eclectic mix of new titles in this week’s top 10 bestsellers: some crime fiction, some crime nonfiction and a new diet book (no,... Read more

RiP Sue Williams x

Working Title Press writes: ‘Sue Williams, the co-founder of Omnibus Books and Working Title Press, children’s author, publisher, designer and art director extraordinaire, died peacefully... Read more

RiP Noel David McLachlan x

Australian historian Noel David McLachlan, author of Waiting for the Revolution: A History of Australian Nationalism (Penguin), has died from pneumonia at the age of... Read more



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