Weekly Book Newsletter
5 December 2007

Next week is final WBN for 2007 x

Next week’s issue of WBN, Wednesday 12 December, will be our last for the year. We will be hitting the phones at the end of... Read more

Donoughue to retire from Wiley; Linaker to become C.O.O x

Peter Donoughue has announced that he will be retiring as MD of John Wiley & Sons Australia in August 2008. As part of the succession... Read more

New Prime Minister announces two new $100,000 literary prizes x

The newly elected Labor government has announced two new literary prizes worth $100,000 each. From 2008 the Prime Minister’s Literary Prize will be awarded for... Read more

ACCC calls for more information on A&R's Borders bid x

As reported in a WBN Special Bulletin last week, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has called for further submissions before it makes a... Read more

Digital rights: APA responds to ASA x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has released a statement defending its members against recent claims from the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) that nascent e-book download... Read more

WBN news stories can now be syndicated online x

Bookseller, library and publisher websites can now host Weekly Book Newsletter news headlines on their own web pages following the launch this week of the... Read more

'Jonestown' wins Walkley x

Chris Masters’ Jonestown (Allen & Unwin) has won the 2007 Walkley award for a nonfiction book. The annual awards for excellence in journalism were presented... Read more

ANRA calls for deregulation, review of TPA amendments x

The Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA), which represents Australia’s large-scale retailers, has called on the new Labor government to review recent amendments to the Trade... Read more

APA and Ozco seek applicants for biennial Residential Editorial Program x

The Australian Publishers Association and the Literature Board of the Australia Council are calling for applicants to attend the fifth biennial Residential Editorial Program (REP) in... Read more

Christmas 2007 closing times x

Unless otherwise indicated, businesses listed are not open on weekends or public holidays. Company Last day of business First day of business Allen & Unwin... Read more

New UK digitisation report warns of underinvestment x

The UK’s Booksellers Association (BA) has released a new report on digitisation, Embracing the Digital Age, which is co-authored by Francis Bennett, founder of BookData,... Read more

NZ court clears Warehouse takeover bid x

By overturning an earlier ruling from the country’s Competition Commission, New Zealand’s High Court has opened the way for a takeover of discount retailer The... Read more

Banda-Aaku wins 2007 Commonwealth Short Story Competition x

Zambian writer Ellen Banda-Aaku has won the 2007 Commonwealth Short Story Competition for her story ‘Sozi’s Box’. The story, which was chosen as the best... Read more

In brief x

Cullen interviewed on RN Book ShowAs the book trade prepares to farewell Barbara Cullen, who will step down as ABA CEO today, she has been interviewed on... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Film deal for Quercus Perseus named PW’s publisher of the year... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Bryce Courtenay’s latest, The Persimmon Tree, was the fastest mover this week, also taking out the number-one spot for the second week in a row.... Read more

Useful tips for subscribers #9: WBN RSS feed x

Bookseller, library and publisher websites can now host the latest book news, and book professionals can keep abreast of breaking news at any time, following... Read more

 

 

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