Weekly Book Newsletter
9 May 2007

Griffin Press and McPherson's to merge x

Griffin Press and McPherson’s Printing–the two main book printers in Australia–have announced a merger plan. Griffin Press’ owner PMP and McPherson’s will each own 50%... Read more

Pearson buys Harcourt x

As reported in a WBN special bulletin on Monday, Pearson has acquired Harcourt Education International and Harcourt Assessment from parent company Reed Elsevier for a... Read more

$9 million for Centre for Books and Ideas at SLV x

The Victorian Government made good on its pre-election promise for a new literature centre in Melbourne when it allocated $9 million to the State Library... Read more

Lonely Planet not for sale, says Wheeler x

Maureen Wheeler, co-founder of Lonely Planet Publications, has described an article by Mark Hawthorne in the Age last Thursday, which speculated  that the company could... Read more

Book Choice: 'Brand Power' for books? x

The first 30-second television commercial in a new book advertising initiative, ‘Book Choice’, will air on 10 June. Following the ‘advertorial’ format of the ‘Brand... Read more

Brumby completes Bookwise acquisition x

The sale of Bookwise to Brumby Holdings was completed on 1 May. ‘We are pleased that Bookwise is now back in Australian ownership,’ said Gary... Read more

CAL update x

Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has announced a major new agreement with its US counterpart Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), which will allow access and payment for... Read more

WA Premier's Book Awards shortlists announced x

The 2006 WA Premier’s Book Awards shortlists have been announced, with local publisher Fremantle Arts Centre Press out in front with seven nominations. The awards... Read more

Five Aussies and a Kiwi on O'Connor Award longlist x

Five Australians and one New Zealander are among the 34 writers on the longlist for this year’s Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, the world’s richest... Read more

ASA mentorships x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the twenty successful applicants for its mentorship program in 2007-08. The program’s judges–Georgia Blain, Tohby Riddle, Brooke... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: IPED National Conference, in Hobart on 9 to 12 May... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog this week: Cashier-free bookshops? RFID hits Holland Book clubs explode in ex-Soviet bloc Waterstone’s admits... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

It’s no secret that Rhonda Byrne’s bestselling guide to health, wealth and happiness has won plenty of admirers. But there’s another guide to healthy life,... Read more

RiP John Power x

John Power, author of the groundbreaking Australian Rules book The Coach (Geoff Slattery Publishing), has died in London at the age of 72. The fly-on-the-wall... Read more

RiP Joyce Isabel Lee x

Australian poet Joyce Isabel Lee, author of five poetry collections and winner of the Grenfell Henry Lawson Prize, has died in Melbourne at the age... Read more

 

 

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