Weekly Book Newsletter
27 February 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

Parragon buys Funtastic x

International publisher Parragon has acquired the publishing division of Funtastic. Fourteen Funtastic publishing staffers have been made redundant, with the remaining 12 due to move to... Read more

Libel case prompts Hachette to recall Turner bio x

Hachette Livre Australia has announced an urgent recall of actress Kathleen Turner’s biography Send Yourself Roses, as a ‘precautionary measure’, following legal action taken by... Read more

APA and Literature Board Announce successful applicants to 2008 Residential Editorial Program x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the Literature Board of the Australia Council have announced the 12 editors who have been selected to attend the fifth biennial... Read more

Victoria selects its favourite summer reads x

Max Barry’s novel Company and Barry Heard’s Vietnam memoir Well Done, Those Men, both published by Scribe, are Victoria’s favourite summer reads, according to the State... Read more

National Library removes 'publishers and booksellers' list from website x

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has announced that it will be removing the publishers and booksellers list from the Australian Libraries Gateway website. The... Read more

Foreign Language Bookshop turns 70 x

Teachers, librarians, publishers and policy-makers gathered at Melbourne’s Foreign Language Bookshop last Friday to celebrate the International Year of Languages. The event also marked the... Read more

Ditmar Awards shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2008 Australian Science Fiction Awards (also known as the Ditmars) has been announced. In the running for best novel are: The... Read more

Borders expands its borders x

Borders will open a new outlet in outer-suburban Sydney on 6 March. The two-level Rouse Hill store will employ 28 staff across its 1868 square metres,... Read more

Antipodeans join Gourmand at LBF 'cookbook corner' x

Australian cocktail guru Hayden Wood will join Kiwi food writers Julie Biuso and Annabel Langbein and 13 other guests from around the world in a... Read more

Reed to sell magazine division x

The Anglo-Dutch media group Reed Elsevier has announced plans to sell its £1b (A$2.04 billion) business magazine division, Reed Business Information (RBI). Details of the... Read more

Revenue, profit up for Quarto x

Quarto, the London-based parent company of Australian book packager Global Book Publishing, has announced its earnings for 2007, reporting a growth in total revenue of... Read more

Best of the Booker x

The organisers of the Man Booker Prize have announced that a one-off Best of the Booker award will be presented this year to ‘the best... Read more

'No Country for Old Men' the big winner at bookish Ocars x

It was a bookish Oscars ceremony this year, with three of the five films nominated for best picture at this year’s Academy Awards being based... Read more

In brief x

NZ Post Book Awards shortlist announcedThe shortlist for the 2008 New Zealand Post Book Awards For Children and Young Adults has been announced. Three of... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Random drops DRM on audiobooks UK indie publishers flourish Has Reed... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Last day of the Reed Gift Fairs, Sydney, 27 February... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The TV series may have been banned in Victoria, but Underbelly: The Gangland War by John Silvester and Andrew Rule has hit number one in... Read more

RiP Alain Robbe-Grillet x

French writer and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet has died aged 85. He helped found the ‘New Novel’ school in the 1950s and wrote more than a... Read more



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