Weekly Book Newsletter
16 January 2008

Important notice for subscribers: 'WBN' subscriptions to be renewable online x

You will soon be able to subscribe to THORPE-Bowker’s Weekly Book Newletter and Media Extra services–or renew your subscription–online, following the launch of a new subscription management... Read more

WBN post-Xmas survey on its way x

Due to the volume of responses we’ve had to our post-Xmas survey, the number-crunching is taking a bit longer than expected. We will publish the... Read more

Pan Mac criticised over decision not to publish Cruise bio x

Pan Macmillan’s decision not to publish Tom Cruise, An Unauthorised Biography (Andrew Morton) in Australia has made headlines both here and overseas in the past... Read more

Akle new Books Alive project director; Gaskell to run Book Choice x

Cheryl Akle has been appointed project director of Books Alive, following the departure of Brett Osmond. ‘I’ve watched and admired this fabulous project from afar,’... Read more

New Borders website gets off to a good start x

A new website quietly launched by Borders late last year has had a very successful first Christmas, ranking as the most-visited book retail website in... Read more

New international role for Roberts at Murdoch x

Murdoch Books has announced that Amanda Roberts will move to a full-time role as international sales director, with ‘direct responsibility for the sales initiatives in... Read more

Fenby appointed LP global publisher; Westcott to start own business x

Lonely Planet (LP) has announced the appointment of Alex Fenby as global publisher, following the departure of Simon Westcott in December. Fenby, who assumed the... Read more

McGraw-Hill global restructure hits primary division in Australia x

McGraw-Hill has announced a global restructure, with over 600 jobs cut worldwide, 300 of them in McGraw-Hill Education publishing businesses. Murray St Leger, MD of McGraw-Hill... Read more

Promotions at Random House NZ for Moynahan and Ferns x

The Random House Group has announced the promotion of Michael Moynahan (pictured) to chairman of Random House New Zealand (RHNZ). In addition to his new... Read more

Caldecott and Newbery announced; Clarke on Printz honour list x

The The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Scholastic) has won the American Library Association (ALA) 2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal–the first time that a... Read more

In brief x

Woolies named world-class retailerWoolworths has made it into the top 25 of a list of 250 ‘world-class’ retailers. The Deloitte 2008 Global Powers of Retailing... Read more

Around the world x

Among the items added to our Around the World blog recently: Romantic novel award shortlist ‘W00t’ crowned ‘word of the year’ Fanfic writers call for... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The bestsellers have gone to the movies this week. Ian McEwan’s Atonement takes top spot, as the film takes off around the country amid all... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We looked at it on its own merits and we decided not to publish it for legal reasons’–Pan Mac’s Annie Coulthard explains why we’re not... Read more

RiP Isobel Bennett x

Louise Egerton from Allen & Unwin writes:  Author and marine zoologist Isobel Bennett has died, aged 98. An honorary Master of Science, an Officer of the... Read more



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