Weekly Book Newsletter
3 October 2007

BBC Worldwide to take Lonely Planet guides online x

Following its acquisition of 75% of Melbourne-based travel publisher Lonely Planet (reported in a WBN special bulletin on Monday), BBC Worldwide has announced its intention to... Read more

Inaugural Indigenous Literacy Day exceeds target x

The inaugural Indigenous Literacy Day, held around the country on Wednesday 5 September, has raised more than $120,000, with some donations yet to be received. David... Read more

Seven-figure deal for Nix x

Australian author Garth Nix has secured a seven-figure deal with HarperCollins in the US for North American rights to three new titles–including a prequel and... Read more

Hartnett, Marsden and Cowley nominated for Astrid Lindgren award x

Australian authors Sonya Hartnett and John Marsden and New Zealand writer Joy Cowley have been nominated for the 2008 Astrid Lindgren memorial Award. The world’s... Read more

Antipodean contingent prepares for Frankfurt x

The annual Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest rights fair, officially starts next week on 10 October. This year’s Guest of Honour is the Catalan... Read more

Borders wins young retailer of the year award for second year x

Lina Karpinsky, marketing coordinator for the Borders bookselling chain, was named the Australian Retailers Association’s Young Retailer of the Year within the corporate category for 2007. Karpinsky, who... Read more

Dymocks Claremont and ABC Chermside named ABC shop and centre of the year at ABC conference x

ABC Commercial hostsed its annual ABC Retail Conference in Sydney from 24 to 26 September. The three-day conference was attended by 160 delegates, including ABC... Read more

Holtzbrinck reports trade sales increase for 2006 x

Holtzbrinck, the parent of publisher Pan Macmillan, has reported a 7.5% increase in total revenue in 2006 to €2.24 billion (A$3.4 billion). The company, which... Read more

Affirm Press launches x

Martin Hughes, a former Lonely Planet travel writer and former editor of The Big Issue, together with Graeme Wise, who set up The Big Issue... Read more

In brief x

Buyer wanted for Judith Wright’s homeThe chief executive of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Canberra is looking for a buyer for poet Judith Wright’s... Read more

Around the World x

In news from our Around the World blog this week: Amazon launches digital music store Macmillan CEO leaves for Bloomsbury  Perseus bid for PGW name... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Watermark Literary Muster, Camden Haven, NSW 2 – 6 October... Read more

Quote of the Week x

‘These guys know what they’re doing, they’ve made it successful so we just want to give them more power to make it bigger and better.’–BBC... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

It’s probably neither an outstanding nor a wacky record, but the latest ‘Guinness Book’ – Guinness World Records 2008 has garnered top spot this week... Read more



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