Weekly Book Newsletter
23 May 2007

ABC Audio to close x

ABC Enterprises has announced it will close its audio book production department, citing a review that ‘clearly showed the business has not been profitable in... Read more

Authors' concern about S&S contract change opens debate on digital rights x

The issue of how authors, agents and publishers negotiate contracts for digital rights is coming to the fore. In the most recent example, author and... Read more

Accreditation of editors to begin in 2008? x

Editors will likely be able to sit an exam to receive accreditation by the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) in the first quarter of 2008,... Read more

Lette moves to Random x

Random House Australia has announced it will publish the next two books by Kathy Lette, whose most recent novel How to Kill Your Husband (And... Read more

Reader's Feast publishes PoD student novel x

Reader’s Feast Bookstore has partnered with on-demand publisher BookPOD to publish Emantiel’s Eye–a fantasy novel by Melbourne Year 11 student Aviva Kidd which won the... Read more

ASA rejects A-G's latest classification guidelines x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has rejected the recent proposal by the Federal Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, to change classification guidelines to include ‘works that... Read more

New name for @Source x

@Source has announced that it will change its name to Ice Water Press, effective from 1 July. The move is designed ‘to reflect the focus... Read more

MUP to take over 'Meanjin'? x

The board of 67-year-old independent literary magazine Meanjin has recommended that Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) take over its administration and distribution. Meanjin was founded in... Read more

New Zealand Post Book Award-winners announced x

Marcia Stenson’s Illustrated History of the South Pacific has been named Book of the Year in the 2007 New Zealand Post Book Awards. New Zealand’s... Read more

Google revamp adds more book data x

A major revamp of the Google search engine unveiled last week will increase the likelihood of book information collected by Google Book Search being returned... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog this week: Pearson to acquire eCollege Women’s publishing prize to Macmillan director ‘Stumbling on Happiness’... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Queensland Premier’s Book Awards application closing date on 25 May... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The Secret continues to dominate the bestsellers charts despite a rash of negative publicity. The p-word has reared its ugly head with reports that Aussie... Read more

Quotation of the week x

‘The book conveys an insidious hopelessness even in the midst of remarkable natural beauty […] People with nicknames like Fox and Bird and Darkie drink... Read more

RIP Hans Mincham AM x

Rodney Martin from Era Publications writes: ‘On 10 May 2007, Hans Mincham, teacher, scientist, musician, conservationist and author, passed away peacefully, aged 95, in the... Read more



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