Weekly Book Newsletter
6 June 2007

Henderson joins HarperCollins x

HarperCollins has announced that Fiona Henderson, currently publisher at Hachette Livre Australia and formerly publishing director at Random House, will take up the newly created... Read more
 

A&R announces Potter plans; Potter theme park to open in US x

The Angus & Robertson (A&R) bookselling chain is encouraging Harry Potter fans to place pre-orders for the seventh Harry Potter title with A&R stores or... Read more
 

SWF wraps up x

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has wrapped up for another year, with new festival director Wendy Were concluding that her first program had ‘been successful... Read more
 

BEA 'one of the best ever' x

Brendan Gullifer reports:Organisers of Book Expo America (BEA) 2007 are hailing it as one of their best events ever. Despite New York sweltering in 30-plus... Read more
 

Clive James, Dave Eggers to open MWF x

The Melbourne Writers Festival has announced authors Clive James and Dave Eggers will launch this year’s festival on Friday 24 August. James will discuss his... Read more
 

979-prefix ISBNs on the way in 2008 x

The International ISBN Agency has announced that it expects that ISBNs with a 979 prefix will begin to be issued in the second quarter of... Read more
 

Serdiuk new director of Aurealis Awards x

Ron Serdiuk, owner and manager of Brisbane’s Pulp Fiction bookshop, has been appointed awards director for the Aurealis Awards–Australia’s leading speculative fiction awards. Serduik, who... Read more
 

Montana NZ Book Awards shortlist announced x

The shortlist of finalist titles in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: FictionThe Cowboy Dog (Nigel Cox, Victoria... Read more
 

Microsoft adds copyright titles to book search function; Google expands search offering x

Microsoft has announced that it has added copyrighted material to its Live Search Books function, which had previously included only public domain and out-of-copyright material.... Read more
 

Copyright Council responds to digital copyright concerns x

The Australian Copyright Council has released a new book Technology, Contracts and Paracopyright, in response to the concerns of those using copyright material that usage... Read more
 

New name for DA Trade x

DA Information Services has announced that its trade distribution arm will be renamed Central Book Services. Central Book Services will ‘focus on effective trade marketing... Read more
 

In brief x

LP author missingAustralian travel writer Clem Lindenmeyer, who has written a number of books for Lonely Planet, has gone missing in Tibet. He is now... Read more
 

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog this week: US book sales ‘struggling’, says ‘NY Times’ BookSurge steps up PoD efforts IPA... Read more
 

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: State Library of Victoria’s ‘All about Books’ Week, which runs... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

The battle of the non-believers heats up this week with chart newcomer Christopher Hitchens muscling in on Richard Dawkins’ territory.  Hitchens’ case against organised religion God Is Not Great is one of... Read more
 

Quotation of the week x

‘There’s always certain politics among writers.’ Wendy Were, SWF artistic director, on the reported tension between some of this year’s Festival guests. 
 

RiP Max Ell x

Ernie Mason, former managing director of Random House, writes: ‘Max Ell passed away on Thursday 24 May after a short battle with cancer. Max was... Read more
 

RiP Lynne Wilding x

Linda Funnell writes: ‘Much-loved author Lynne Wilding passed away on Saturday after a long battle with cancer. In characteristic style she dealt with her illness... Read more
 

RiP Trevor Craker x

Former Thames & Hudson sales manager Trevor Craker, an ‘Australophile’ who was instrumental in establishing the Australian branch of the business, has died at the... Read more
 

 

 

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