Weekly Book Newsletter
13 February 2008

Respond to the Bookseller+Publisher readers' survey by 25 Feb to be in the running for a $200 prize x

Bookseller+Publisher magazine and Bookseller+Publisher Online/WBN regularly survey our readers to ensure that your trade publications are relevant and useful. For the first time, we have... Read more

ACCC ruling on A&R Borders bid expected later today x

After again postponing the announcement of its ruling, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) now expects to announce the outcome of its review of the... Read more

Phillips takes 'first steps towards retirement' from Pan Mac x

After 35 years with Macmillan Publishers Australia (MPA), Peter Phillips is taking the first steps towards retirement by stepping down from his position as sales and... Read more

Underbelly books unaffected by TV ban x

Despite a court injunction preventing the screening in Victoria of the 13-part Channel Nine true-crime TV series Underbelly, on the basis that it could prejudice... Read more

Booktrade unfazed by newspaper's attack on boy soldier memoir x

Continuing efforts by the Australian newspaper to discredit former boy soldier Ishmael Beah appear to have fallen flat, with customers continuing to purchase his memoir, A Long Way... Read more

Design Awards shortlist released x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has released the shortlist for the 2008 Book Design Awards. Penguin leads the way with 13 finalists across its various... Read more

Pearson buys Tertiary Press x

Pearson Education has acquired Swinburne University’s publishing arm, Tertiary Press. ‘It is a pretty simple story,’ said Pearson Education’s managing director, David Barnett. ‘Swinburne put... Read more

Edgar wins 2007 Dromkeen Medal x

Patricia Edgar, who established the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and was the force behind acclaimed television series such as ‘Touch the Sun’ and ‘Round the... Read more

OzCo emeritus awards for Koch and Murnane x

The Australia Council’s annual accolade for writers over 65, the $50,000 writers’ emeritus award, will be shared by Christopher Koch and Gerald Murnane. Koch is a... Read more

Lit Board offers $40,000 to break new ground x

The Literature Board of the Australia Council has announced a new one-off grant for established writers and picture book/graphic novel illustrators. The $40,000 ‘Breaking new... Read more

Brooks and Coetzee on NBCC 'good reads' list x

Geraldine Brooks and J M Coetzee are among the authors on the list of ‘good reads’ voted on by the members of the US-based National... Read more

Bolinda title on Audies shortlist x

Bolinda’s audiobook of Ogre in a Toga, written and narrated by Geoffrey McSkimming, has made the shortlist for the 2008 Audies awards. Ogre in a... Read more

Earls to head Queensland Writers Showcase in Taipei x

Author Nick Earls will spearhead a new push to sell more Queensland-authored books in the growing Asian market. Earls has been named as the face... Read more

'Running Man' in new race x

The Running Man (Scholastic) is in the running for another prize. Brisbane author Michael Gerard Bauer’s 2004 YA novel has been nominated for the Katholischer... Read more

OzCo, CAL and Bloom Partners look to the future x

The Australia Council and Copyright Agency Ltd have commissioned book industry consultants Bloom Partners to conduct a new study into the future impact of digital... Read more

No turning back for Boomerang x

Boomerang Books is promising some ‘major changes’ this year. The Adelaide-based online bookstore will take its website ‘to a new level by adopting some exciting Web 2.0... Read more

Parragon launches local list x

One of the world’s biggest licensing publishers is getting set to enter  the Australian market with 30 books based on the children’s TV show, Hi-5.... Read more

McGraw-Hill Education bounces back x

Total international revenue for McGraw-Hill Education rose 7.2% in 2007, and operating income increased 21.5% to US$400 million (A$430 million), according to annual results just released... Read more

In brief x

Lowry and Morris share NZ fellowshipThis year’s NZ$40,000 (A$38,890) Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship will be shared by authors Brigid Lowry and Paula Morris. The writers... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Writers at the Convent, Melbourne, 15-17 February SCBWI Conference Perth,... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many items added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Tolkien estate sues film company Authors protest at UK PLR... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Crime is prevalent and ever-popular–in the book world at any rate. James Patterson’s 7th Heaven comes in at number one again this week, indicating readers... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Most book consumers are not yet aware that it is possible to download books, let alone interested in the prospect of doing so’–according to a new... Read more

RiP Kate Jones x

Kate Jones was a literary agent with ICM in London and was about to sign a deal for a co-venture with Curtis Brown UK when she... Read more

 

 

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