Weekly Book Newsletter
21 February 2007

Jane Palfreyman joins Allen & Unwin x

Allen & Unwin has announced the appointment of former Random House executive publisher Jane Palfreyman as publisher. ‘I have always been a huge admirer of... Read more

Private equity bid for Funtastic? x

Funtastic has been approached by a potential takeover bidder, believed to be a private equity group. Funtastic ‘has only just commenced considering the proposal’ from... Read more

APA Book Design Awards shortlist x

The finalists in the 55th Australian Book Design Awards have been announced.  See below for a full list of nominated titles (cover/internal designer and publisher listed in brackets). The winners... Read more

Writers at Como takes the heat x

Scorching temperatures in Melbourne did not keep the city’s booklovers away from this year’s Writers at Como festival, held from 16 to 18 February at... Read more

Regional CWP shortlist announced x

The 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize best book and best first book awards regional shortlists have been announced. The following books have been shortlisted for the... Read more

Perth Writers' Week preview x

The 2007 Perth Writers’ Week, part of the Perth International Arts Festival, begins on Thursday 22 February. Offering ‘a full week of insightful conversation and... Read more

ABA launches Certificate II & III bookseller training x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the launch of a specially tailored Certificate in Retail Operations for booksellers. The certificates (II and III) have been... Read more

Reed to sell Harcourt Ed x

Reed Elsevier has announced it is looking for a buyer for Harcourt Education, which has operations in Australia and New Zealand as well as in... Read more

The Nile offers a different online bookselling model x

Australia and New Zealand both have new, dedicated online bookselling sites with the launch of TheNile.com.au and TheNile.co.nz. ‘The Nile aims to provide Australian and... Read more

Wiltshire and Herron merge x

Publisher and distributor Herron Books and remainder wholesaler Wiltshire Books are set to merge on 1 March. ‘Both businesses have a strong background in value... Read more

Collins launches Ford Street Publishing x

The independent press Hybrid Publishers, established in 1998, is to launch a new imprint, Ford Street Publishing, with the release in June of Before the... Read more

Berkelouw expands to QLD and Vic x

The Berkelouw family, which operates three Berkelouw Booksellers stores in New South Wales, will open a fourth store in the Melbourne suburb of Armadale in... Read more

Mixed signals in consumer and business confidence stats x

A number of recent surveys into the retail sector and consumer trends have produced conflicting results. The Australian Bureau of Statistics retail trade figures for... Read more

Aussies nominated for horrific prize x

Two Australian writers have been nominated for the Bram Stoker Awards, a key international prize for horror authors presented by the US-based Horror Writers’ Association.... Read more

McGraw-Hill profits down x

McGraw-Hill Education (MHE), which has operations through Asia, Europe the US and South America, as well as in Australia and New Zealand, reported a drop... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: IPA, PEN and AAP condemn Turkish penal code Disney loses Winnie... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Penguin brings a little romance to the charts this week with two new titles in the top 10 bestsellers. Plum Lovin’ is a between-the-numbers novel in... Read more

RiP Elizabeth Jolley x

Literary agent Jenny Darling writes: ‘It is with much sadness I am writing to let you know that Elizabeth Jolley passed away last week. ‘I... Read more



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