Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
28 February 2007

Books to receive classification ratings? x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has raised concerns over aspects of proposed Government legislation that could mean that all books will have to be classified.... Read more

New indigenous literacy project x

The Indigenous Literacy Project (ILP), a new initiative to build on the success of the 2006 Australian Readers Challenge (ARC), has been launched. ILP is... Read more

Euthanasia book banned x

The Classification Review Board (CRB) has banned The Peaceful Pill Handbook–a book on euthanasia co-written by euthanasia advocate Phillip Nitschke. The ban follows complaints from... Read more

'Another great year' for Funtastic's publishing division, but figures show slump overall x

Despite full-year results showing ‘a fairly tough year’ for the company as a whole, culminating in a drop in net profit of 44% on 2005,... Read more

Pearson: overall profits down, Penguin up x

Pearson Group, parent company of Penguin and Pearson Education in Australia, has reported its 2006 preliminary results, which indicate that while overall profits for the... Read more

Coles for sale--again x

Australia’s second-largest retailer, the Coles Group, is again up for sale. After turning down an $18 billion takeover bid by private equity group KKR last... Read more

Princess Masako book cancelled in Japan x

The Japanese edition of Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne, by Australian author Ben Hills (Random), has been cancelled by publisher Kodansha after much... Read more

Second Saltram award for Mattinson x

Campbell Mattinson has been announced as the winner of the The Saltram Wine Communicator 2006 Award, Australia’s top wine-writing award.  Mattinson’s Wine Hunter (Hodder), a... Read more

Record profit for Westfield x

Westfield, the world’s largest shopping centre operator, has reported a record annual net profit $5.5 billion, an increase of more than 30% on 2005. The... Read more

Up, up and away at Dromkeen dinner x

The elegant ballroom of Melbourne’s Windsor Hotel was the setting for this year’s Dromkeen Medal presentation and dinner, held on 23 February and hosting some... Read more

Victoria votes for 'Three Dollars' x

Elliot Perlman’s Three Dollars (Picador) was voted Victoria’s favourite story set in Victoria in the inaugural Reading Victoria program at the State Library of Victoria.... Read more

Brumby merges with New World Music x

Mind-body-spirit (MBS) book distributor Brumby Books has merged with New World Music Australia. The new company is known as Brumby Books & Music. ‘Brumby Books... Read more

DK close but LP still no. 1 x

Lonely Planet has been named Top Guidebook Series for the fourth time in UK travel magazine Wanderlust‘s annual awards-voted on by almost 3000 consumers. However,... Read more

Spain the focus at LBF x

Spanish-language titles and authors will again be a hot topic at the London Book Fair, to be held from 16 to 18 April at Earls... Read more

HC launches Browse Inside 'widget' x

HarperCollins (HC) has announced an addition to its ‘Browse Inside’ digitisation program with the release of a free ‘widget’ that can be used to add... Read more

Around the World: Round-up x

In news from our Around the World blog this week: Philip Roth has won the PEN/Falkner award for the third time; Lord George Weidenfeld, co-founder... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Hardie Grant Egmont is targeting young girls with big dreams in some of its latest releases. And it seems to be working. Total Girl Star... Read more

RiP Joseph Low x

Joseph Low, an American children’s book illustrator best known for his 1981 Caldecott honor book Mice Twice (S&S), has died at the age of 95.... Read more



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