Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
7 March 2007

Christer leaves Picador x

According to a report in the Age, Nikki Christer, Picador publishing director at Pan Macmillan, has announced her resignation from the company. Christer denied that... Read more

Book 'classification': draft legislation obtained x

The online newsletter Crikey yesterday published a copy of a draft version of the government’s proposed legislation aimed at making classification of content ‘technology neutral’.... Read more

Canberra bookshops under the weather x

Following the severe storm that lashed Canberra with golf-ball sized hailstones and 50km/h winds last Tuesday evening (27 February), several Canberra bookshops have spent the past... Read more

Peter Fitzsimons named as Books Alive ambassador x

Books Alive has announced that Peter FitzSimons will be the ambassador for its fifth national campaign, running from Wednesday 25 July to Friday 31 August.... Read more

ABA announces conference rates x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the early-bird rates for this year’s ABA Conference to be held in Melbourne, calling them ‘the best conference... Read more

B&T's AMS purchase excludes Bookwise x

Advanced Marketing Services (AMS), US-based parent company of the Australian distributor Bookwise, has reached an agreement with US wholesaler Baker & Taylor (B&T) on the sale... Read more

McDonald wins ABC Fiction Prize x

Luck in the Greater West, by 37-year-old Damian McDonald, was announced as the winner of this year’s ABC Fiction Award at an award ceremony in... Read more

MUP faces lawsuit over 'Young Liberal' x

Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) is facing a defamation suit from Kyle Kutasi, who objects to a number of passages referring to him in John Hyde Page’s... Read more

Labor joins call for national curriculum x

The federal opposition has joined the government in pushing for a national curriculum for Australian schools. The Labor leader Kevin Rudd announced the opposition’s plan... Read more

Random acquires Virgin Books x

Random House has struck a deal with Sir Richard Branson to acquire 90% of his publishing imprint Virgin Books. The agreement includes a five-book deal... Read more

A big year for S&S x

Total international revenue for Simon & Schuster rose six percent in 2006, to US$807 million (A$1 billion), and operating profit increased four percent, to US$68.5... Read more

A 'challenging year' for Harlequin parent Torstar x

Canada-based media group Torstar, owner of romance publisher Harlequin/Mills & Boon, has described 2006 as a ‘challenging’ year in announcing its annual results. Net income for the year... Read more

Kiriyama Prize Finalists announced x

The 10 finalists in this year’s Kiriyama Prize have been announced. The Inheritance of Loss (Kiran Desai, Hamish Hamilton); Stick out Your Tongue (Ma Jian,... Read more

Random joins the widget wars x

Following last week’s announcement by HarperCollins of a ‘widget’ to enhance its Browse Inside digitisation program, Random House has launched its own ‘widget’, called Insight.... Read more

Winners of Hutch Crossword Book Awards announced x

The winners of India’s Hutch Crossword Book Awards were announced on 21 February in Mumbai. Sacred Games (Vikram Chandra, Faber) won the English fiction award,... Read more

Around the World this week x

Among the stories recently added to our ‘Around the World’ blog: new CEO for Reader’s Digest B&N forecasts a flat year Sharemarket pundits say ‘sell... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

With summer officially over it’s time for booksellers to start preparing for the next big sales event: Mother’s Day. The bestseller charts are brimming with... Read more

RiP David Myers x

Professor David Myers, publisher of Central Queensland University Press imprint Outback Books, has died from complications related to his battle with a brain tumour. CQU... Read more

RiP Billy Thorpe x

Pan Macmillan writes: ‘Billy was not just one of the country’s rock ‘n’ roll legends, he was also a very successful author. His two books... Read more

RiP Arthur Schlesinger x

American historian and author Arthur Schlesinger has died from a heart attack, aged 89. An influential liberal voice in US politics, Schlesinger once served as... Read more



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