Weekly Book Newsletter
28 March 2007

Suitors look at Borders as all ANZ stores put up for sale x

Following last week’s shock announcement by Borders that its Australian and New Zealand stores were up for sale, speculation on likely suitors has begun. Don Grover,... Read more

Visiting International Publishers program line-up announced x

The line-up for this year’s Visiting International Publishers (VIP) Program has been announced. Senior publishers, editors and agents visiting Australia and the Sydney Writers’ Festvial as part... Read more

Re-accreditation of RMIT publishing course sparks debate x

RMIT University’s Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing, the first tertiary publishing course accredited by the Australian Publishers Association (APA) in 2005, has been re-accredited... Read more

Leading Edge to launch in UK x

The ninth annual Leading Edge Books conference took place from 16 to 19 March at the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour. ‘The conference has... Read more

ABA conference: act now to book your place! x

Registrations for the 2007 ABA conference are now open. The ABA reports that support for this year’s conference has been overwhelming and places are filling... Read more

Court freezes money from Corby book x

Earnings paid to the family of convicted drug courier Schapelle Corby from the sale of her autobiography My Story (Pan Macmillan) have been frozen by... Read more

MUP recalls 'Young Liberal' x

MUP has announced a recall of The Education of a Young Liberal by John Hyde Page. The recall follows the recent ruling by a judge in... Read more

'East of Time' wins National Biography Award x

Jacob Rosenberg has been awarded the National Biography Award for his memoir East of Time (Brandl & Schlesinger). ‘This beautifully crafted book holds extraordinary humanity,’... Read more

'Excellent year' for Random House x

Random House has reported a 6.5% increase in revenue to €1.9 billion (A$2.95 billion) for 2006. In what CEO Peter Olson described as ‘a sluggish... Read more

Coles: pre-sale break-up imminent? x

Coles has confirmed that it is considering breaking up the retail chain and selling Target and Officeworks separately to its supermarket and Kmart division. The... Read more

Moorhouse wins 2007 PEN Keneally award x

Frank Moorhouse has been named as the recipient of the biennial PEN Keneally Award. The award, named in honour of author Tom Keneally, recognises ‘an... Read more

Special mention for 'The Arrival' in Bologna Ragazzi awards x

The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Lothian) has received a special mention in this year’s Bologna Ragazzi Awards, announced by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. ‘The... Read more

Keneally wins Peggy V Helmerich award x

Australian author Tom Keneally has been named as the recipient of the 2007 Peggy V Helmerich Distinguished Author Award. The US prize, worth US$40,000 (A$48,000)... Read more

NSW to propose privacy law x

Proposals for a new privacy law by the NSW Law Reform Commission could disrupt Australia’s now uniform defamation laws. The proposals, due to be made... Read more

Perth Writers' Week 2007 x

This year’s Perth Writers’ Week, part of the Perth International Arts Festival, offered ‘a full week of insightful conversation and the opportunity to connect with... Read more

Wolters Kluwer sells education arm for a billion x

Dutch-based international professional publisher Wolters Kluwer, the parent company of CCH Australia, has announced the sale of its European educational division to UK investment fund... Read more

Record bookings for Abu Dhabi Book Fair x

The 16th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair will be held from 31 March-7 April. This year will mark the beginning of a collaboration with the... Read more

DOI news x

The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) system has been established as a standard for ‘interoperably identifying and exchanging intellectual property in the digital environment.’ (Think of... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Pearson shares rise again on renewed takeover speculation Name-change for Warner... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

On TV, the popular reality show ‘The Biggest Loser’ has become one of Channel 10’s biggest winners. In bookstores, it’s a similar story for Hardie... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: the Bangkok International Book Fair, which runs from 28 March... Read more

 

 

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