Weekly Book Newsletter
14 November 2007

Dymocks launches 'world-first' e-books initiative x

Dymocks last night unveiled a new Digital Books initiative that offers customers a choice of over 120,000 digital e-book titles, as well as more than... Read more

Cullen to leave ABA x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced that CEO Barbara Cullen has resigned and will be leaving the association on 5 December 2007. ABA president... Read more

Over 3000 teens vote for Inky winners x

The State Library of Victoria’s Centre for Youth Literature has announced the winners of the inaugural Inky awards, Australia’s first teenage choice book prize. The... Read more

CAL announces new model for payments x

The Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has announced changes to the way it will distribute payments in the new year. Under CALdirect, a new system to... Read more

Readers Feast announces Crime and Justice festival x

Melbourne CBD bookseller Reader’s Feast has announced ambitious plans for a major Crime and Justice literary festival, to be held in Melbourne next July. At... Read more

ABA training gives booksellers an 'introduction' to the business x

Almost 40 booksellers and aspiring booksellers attended a two-day ‘introduction to the bookselling industry’ training seminar hosted by the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) last weekend.... Read more

A better Better Read Than Dead x

After several months of building–and the loss of some stock when some unexpectedly wet Sydney weather coincided with some roof work–the Better Read than Dead... Read more

Aussie desert guidebook wins international awards x

Australia’s Great Desert Tracks Atlas and Guide by Ian Glover and Len Zell (Hema Maps/Wild Discovery Guides) has taken out two major awards at this year’s... Read more

Aussie cookbooks win Cordon D'Or prizes x

Two Australian cookbooks, both published by Allen & Unwin, have received Gold Ribbon prizes at the 2007 Cordon D’Or Culinary Arts awards. Tolarno Bistro by... Read more

White award calms angry poet x

Poet David Rowbotham has been named as the recipient of this year’s Patrick White award. The award, worth $25,000, was established by Patrick White in... Read more

NSW Writers' Centre genre award winners x

The NSW Writers’ Centre has announced the winners of its inaugural genre fiction award, supported by New Holland Publishers. First prize went to Maria Simms... Read more

Chinese author wins first Man Asia prize x

Chinese author Jiang Rong has been named as the winner of the inaugural Man Asia Literary Prize for his novel Wolf Totem (Penguin). The Man... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Australian Campus Booksellers Association conference, Sydney 14-16 November 9th NSW... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: St Aubyn takes out French prize Canadians get ‘book rage’ Ghosts... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I’ve been a ghost for the past eighteen months […] It probably pays less per hour than stitching trainers in the Philippines and it’s been... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The same two books that were first and second last week in the bestseller charts are up there again–Matthew Reilly’s Six Sacred Stones and Patricia... Read more

RiP Bob Kowalski x

Literary agent Margaret Gee writes: I had known Bob for twenty years and he was a cherished friend and author. He shot to bestsellerdom in... Read more

RiP Norman Mailer x

Author Norman Mailer, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for Armies of the Night and The Executioner’s Song, has died aged 84.



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