Weekly Book Newsletter
21 November 2007

Attenborough leaves S&S x

Simon & Schuster Australia MD Jon Attenborough has announced his resignation. Attenborough has headed S&S in Australia since 1987. ‘I have decided that it is... Read more

ARW gets NZ go-ahead for Borders bid x

The New Zealand Commerce Commission has cleared Angus & Robertson/Whitcoull’s Group Holdings (ARW) to acquire 100% of the shares in Borders NZ. Commission chair Paula... Read more

Hardie Grant celebrates 10 years x

Hardie Grant Publishing celebrated 10 years in business with a cocktail party held in Melbourne last Friday night. Guests, including Hardie Grant staff from both... Read more

ASA warns on digital rights x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has expressed ‘serious concerns’ over rights and contractual issues caused by the increasing delivery of digitised content. The ASA’s... Read more

Amazon launches Kindle e-book reader x

Online retailer Amazon.com has released its long-awaited Kindle e-book reader in the US. The lightweight, slim, hand-held device uses an updated version of the ‘electronic... Read more

'Strong growth' for Murdoch Books in Australia x

Murdoch Books has enjoyed ‘strong growth’ over the financial year to June, according to CEO Juliet Rogers. Rogers said this was ‘despite challenges in [the... Read more

ACBA conference x

The Australian Campus Booksellers Association (ACBA) held its annual conference in Sydney last week. With over 60 delegates and ‘some great speakers’, outgoing ACBA president... Read more

Hewson causes 'political frisson' at NSW Writers Centre bookshow x

As the nation prepares to vote, even the annual New South Wales Writers’ Centre Australian Publishers and Authors Bookshow, held in Leichhardt from 16 to... Read more

'Mr Stuart's Track' wins Westfield/Waverly Library award x

Mr Stuart’s Track by Melbourne author John Bailey (Macmillan) has been named the winner of the 2007 Westfield/Waverly Library Award for Literature at an award... Read more

Education policies promise change for educational publishers x

A national Australian curriculum appears guaranteed, regardless of which political party is voted to power this weekend, with both the Coalition and opposition declaring their... Read more

HarperCollins launches large-print list in Australia x

HarperCollins has announced it will launch a new large print imprint in January next year. The imprint, HarperLuxe, is intended to ‘provide a more comfortable... Read more

Johnston steps down as chair of the Big Book Club x

Stephanie Johnston of Wakefield Press, founding chair of the South Australian Big Book Club, announced her resignation from the position at the Club’s AGM last... Read more

Human Rights awards shortlist announced x

The shortlisted titles for this year’s Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commision’s Human Rights Awards arts nonfiction category have been announced. The shortlisted titles are:... Read more

In brief x

Rivers and Siems leave Phoenix to found Teaching SolutionsHaving sold their shares in Phoenix Education to their partner David Stewart, Barney Rivers and Ruth Siems... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Australian Copyright Council – Law and Practice Symposium, Sydney 22... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog this week: LP warns about Chinese guidebook confiscations Indian company was bidder for Borders Chinese... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘You can’t outbook the traditional book. You have to have a device that can do things that the print book can’t do’–Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Former rugby league player Andrew Johns’ autobiography The Two of Me has hit the charts this week with a bang. It comes second after Matthew Reilly’s... Read more

RiP Ira Levin x

Ira Levin, the author of many successful novels including Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives, has died in Manhattan aged 78.



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