Weekly Book Newsletter
16 May 2007

New Tim Winton novel to be published by Penguin x

As announced in this classified in today’s WBN, Penguin will be the Australian publisher of Tim Winton’s new novel Breath, due for release in 2008. There had been speculation that... Read more

Thomson sold to private equity x

The Thomson Corporation has announced the sale of its higher education, careers and library reference assets, which include Thomson Learning Australia, in a US$7.75 billion... Read more

Will Reed Publishing NZ go to Pearson? x

Following the sale of Harcourt Education to Pearson, reported in last week’s WBN, the ownership of New Zealand-based Reed Publishing may also be set to change. Booksellers... Read more

ACCC investigates Griffin/McPherson's joint venture x

Further to the announcement in last week’s WBN that Australia’s two largest book printers, PMP-owned Griffin Press and McPherson’s Printing are planning to merge, subject to... Read more

'Glass ceiling' in publishing is real: report x

The perceived ‘glass ceiling’ that prevents women from reaching the highest-paid jobs in Australian publishing is quantifiably real, according to a report released this week. According... Read more

Kibble Award for Robertson; Dobbie to Winch x

The winners of the 2007 Kibble and Dobbie Awards have been announced by prize administrator Perpetual. Deborah Robertson (pictured) is the winner of the $20,000... Read more

Fraser leaves CAL x

Michael Fraser, chief executive of the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has retired from the position after 21 years to establish his own consultancy on copyright... Read more

Melb Uni prize monies 'almost triple' x

The University of Melbourne has announced the prize money for its Kate Challis RAKA Award and the Peter Blazey Fellowship has ‘almost tripled’ in value.... Read more

Hyland shortlisted again x

M J Hyland’s Carry me down (Text) is among the six novels shortlisted for the biennial £10,000 (A$23,000) Encore Award for a second novel. The... Read more

'First Tuesday Book Club' advance title notification x

In the forthcoming episode of ABC TV’s ‘First Tuesday Book Club’, to be screened on 5 June, the following book club titles will be announced: The... Read more

Dymocks Literacy Foundation to hold radio-thon x

The Dymocks Literacy Foundation is calling for submissions from charities that wish to benefit from its radio-thon with Radio 2UE, designed to raise money for... Read more

Emerging Writers Festival branches out x

The fourth Emerging Writers’ Festival will take place in Melbourne from Friday 25 May to Sunday 27 May, offering ‘panels, performances, readings and workshops featuring... Read more

In brief x

Masters v Akerman over ‘Jonestown’ Jonestown author Chris Masters has accused Piers Akerman, columnist for the Daily Telegraph newspaper, of attempting to ‘nobble’ his chances of wining... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Sharemarket pundit recommends Borders/B&N merger US bookstore sales fall again Amazon... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: APA Introduction to Book Publishing seminar, in Sydney on 18... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The Fastest Movers chart looks at the books that have enjoyed the biggest bump in sales over the past week. It’s not hard to see... Read more

Quotation of the Week x

I feel bad for people getting their books at Amazon or at Target … They’re getting it alone because they want a bargain. How sad.... Read more

RiP Dennis Wren x

Michael Wilding writes: ‘Dennis Wren, who died in Gosford NSW on 5 April, aged 80, was one of the great characters of Australian publishing in... Read more



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