Weekly Book Newsletter
29 August 2007

'Colonial Ambition' wins Age Book of the Year x

Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy, a book about political developments in 1850s NSW by Peter Cochrane (MUP), has won the $20,000 Age Book of... Read more

Amazon rep meets with Australian publishers x

Kurt Beidler, the senior manager of business development for Amazon.com, is in Australia this week for meetings with publishers in Sydney and Melbourne, hosted by... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day events announced x

The inaugural Indigenous Literacy Day will be celebrated with events around Australia next Wednesday 5 September. On the day, booksellers and publishers who have pledged... Read more

'Kids' choice' CBCA winners wrap up Book Week x

The 2007 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Children’s Book Week, which this year ran under the theme ‘READiscover’, wrapped up last Friday, having run... Read more

New CAL licence to streamline business copyright payments x

In response to recent changes to the Copyright Act, Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has introduced a new license to ‘support legal copying by businesses.’ An... Read more

Cormac McCarthy wins UK award x

Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (Pan Macmillan) has been announced as the winner of this year’s James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, Britain’s oldest literary... Read more

In brief x

Author threatenedBen Hills, the Australian author of the controversial book Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne, has received threatening emails just before the Japanese... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Pearson’s Harcourt acquisition cleared in UK UK competition watchdog probes supermarkets... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘For most Amazon customers, a special order is a terrible customer experience’–Amazon exec Kurt Beidler on the ‘need it now’ attitude of his 66 million... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

No real surprises this week, with some familiar books continuing to make their presence known. Harry Potter garners top spot again and creeping up at... Read more

RiP Philippa Gerrard x

Booksellers New Zealand notes the passing of long-time Penguin NZ senior editor Philippa Gerrard, who died in Auckland last week.

RiP Grace Paley x

The Washington Post reports American poet and short story writer Grace Paley died on 23 August. Paley began writing prose in the 1950s and in... Read more



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