Weekly Book Newsletter
20 February 2008

Be quick! Respond to the Bookseller+Publisher readers' survey by 25 February 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

Tower/Gary Allen and Bookwise/Brumby announce merger x

Four of Australia’s independent book distributors — Bookwise, Gary Allen, Tower Books and Brumby Books & Music — have announced that they have reached agreement to... Read more

ACCC will not oppose A&R Borders bid x

As reported in a WBN Special Bulletin last week, after a number of delays, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that it... Read more

A&R almost a million in the red, but overall ARW figures a 'solid achievement' x

Figures lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) by A&R Whitcoulls show that the Australian A&R stores posted a net loss of $961,000... Read more

Australian authors sweep the (Pacific) pool with CWP shortlist x

Australians are guaranteed at least two regional awards at this year’s Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (CWP). Local novelists occupy all 11 spots on the shortlists for... Read more

Dymocks launches '101 best books' list from survey of 15,000 customers x

Dymocks has launched a list of the 101 titles that its customers have voted as "Booklovers’ Best". More than 15,000 people took part in the on-line... Read more

Sophie Cunningham new 'Meanjin' editor x

Sophie Cunningham has been appointed as the editor of literary journal Meanjin. Cunningham took the reins this week, promising longer essays, more cultural politics and... Read more

Three changes to VIP program x

Three changes have been announced this year’s Visiting International Publishers (VIP) program at the Adelaide Writers Week. New guests Andreas Campomar (commissioning editor, Constable &... Read more

New judge for Miles Franklin Award x

Lesley McKay has joined the judging panel for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Sydney historian and bookshop owner replaces Eve Abbey, who retired... Read more

Readers feast on convent festival x

Melbourne’s Abbotsford Covent served as a shrine to literature last weekend, as Reader’s Feast held its inaugural Writers at the Convent festival. With thousands of... Read more

2008 ABIA awards: entries opening Monday 3 March x

The entry period for this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (the ABIAs) opens on Monday 3 March. Publishers can enter as many times as they... Read more

New ABA training course: selling children's books x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced a new training module for booksellers, aiming to help them sell more children’s books. The ABA’s new training... Read more

New online bookshop for self-published authors x

Self-published authors have a new outlet to sell their books, with the launch of an online store by print-on-demand company BookPOD. ‘Many of our customers have taken... Read more

Dymocks store undamaged in shopping centre fire x

Dymock’s Ultimo ‘superstore’ has emerged unscathed from last week’s fire at Broadway Shopping Centre, aside from a damaged air conditioner. Staff and customers were forced... Read more

CBS distributes iLiad e-reader x

Australian bookshops and libraries are now able to stock the state-of-the-art e-book reader iLiad, thanks to Central Book Services (CBS). ‘A device as small and light... Read more

Writers call for intervention in Darfur x

Dave Eggers and Tom Stoppard have joined the chorus of Nobel Peace Prize laureates, politicians, sportspeople and artists calling on China to help bring peace... Read more

In brief x

New book on Copyright ActThe Australian Copyright Council has released a new book covering the 2006 amendments to the Copyright Act. The Council has also... Read more

Around the world x

Among the international book-trade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Shortlist for inaugural Arabic fiction prize Publicists ‘devote half... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Perth Writers Festival, 22-24 February Closing date for submissions to... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘This is one of the only ways we can break the backs of the monopolists who are currently seriously damaging our fields,’ Harvard University’s professor of... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Stephen King’s new horror novel Duma Key is number one in the highest new entry charts this week. The title refers to an island in... Read more



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