Weekly Book Newsletter
26 September 2007

Hachette confirms amicable ADS buy-out x

Further to last week’s announcement that Allen & Unwin will move its distribution from Alliance Distribution Services (ADS) to the Pearson-owned United Book Distributors (UBD),... Read more

PEP launches bid for Borders x

Pacific Equity Partners, the private equity owners of Angus & Robertson in Australia and Whitcoull’s in New Zealand, has lodged an ‘indicative bid’ for the 24... Read more

Cengage creates new Asia-Pacific Group, appoints Chu president x

Cengage Learning (formerly Thomson Learning) has announced the appointment of Tan Tat Chu to the role of president of ‘a newly formed Asia-Pacific Group that... Read more

Ligare, Southwood to merge x

Australia’s third-largest book printer Ligare has announced it will merge with Southwood Press Book Printers. The merger, which will officially take place on Monday 8... Read more

HarperCollins 'behind the scenes' celebrity title withdrawn x

A ‘behind the scenes’ title on celebrity culture by former New Zealand Woman’s Day editor Wendyl Nissen that was due to be published by HarperCollins... Read more

Workers strike at PMP's Brisbane plant x

Workers at the Brisbane plant of printer PMP held a two-day strike last week, over what Australian Manufacturing Workers Union spokesperson Danny Dougherty told ABC... Read more

Harry's printer reports strong year x

PMP, the parent company of book publisher Griffin Press, is ‘in a much stronger position that it was three years ago, and better equipped to... Read more

Fifth Canberra Readers and Writers Festival wraps up x

The fifth Canberra Readers and Writers Festival was held in Canberra at Exhibition park alongside the Lifeline Bookfair from 21 to 23 September. According to... Read more

Inaugural Manly writers' festival a success x

The inaugural Manly ‘Writers on the Rooftop’ festival, held as part of the Manly Arts Festival ‘went really well’, attracting around 500 people, according to... Read more

WA library literacy program wins top business arts award x

The State Library of Western Australia’s family literacy program this week won a top award for its role in fostering literacy in the community. The... Read more

July wins Frank O'Connor award x

No One Belongs Here More Than You (Text) by US writer and filmmaker Miranda July has won the 2007 Frank O’Connor award–the world’s richest short... Read more

In brief x

Clarification: Hachette NZ  Further to the ‘in brief’ story in last week’s WBN, WBN wishes to clarify that Hodder Moa Beckett’s name change to Hachette Livre... Read more

Around the World x

In news from our Around the World blog this week:  New Borders UK owner outlines his plans Oprah and the ‘If I Did It’ saga... Read more

Forthcoming Events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali 25 – 30 September... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The fact is only about 30 or 40 per cent of people ever buy a book, so there is potential for a greater proportion of... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Ian Rankin’s latest offering Exit Music takes the prize this week shunting Kathy Reich’s Bones to Ashes to second place. Rankin would hope it stays... Read more

RiP Wendy Moore x

Sally Bird from Calidris Literary Agency writes: ‘It is with the deepest sadness that I advise of the death of travel writer Wendy Khadijah Moore.... Read more



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