Weekly Book Newsletter
5 March 2008

NZ distributor Forrester goes into liquidation x

In news breaking just as WBN goes to print, New Zealand-based independent book distributor Forrester Books has reportedly gone into liquidation. According to a story posted on... Read more

Adelaide Writers' Week breaking records despite heat x

The 2008 Adelaide Writers’ Week got off to a ‘record-breaking’ start on Sunday, with visiting ex-pat Germaine Greer drawing an adoring crowd–and sales of her... Read more

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature winners announced x

Poet John Tranter has taken out the South Australian Premier’s Award, announced as part of the 2008 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Tranter was recognized... Read more

Australian talent heads to China x

Seven leading Australian writers will be in China from 9 to 14 March for ‘Australian Writers Week’–an inaugural series of talks, workshops and forums sponsored by... Read more

Kiriyama finalists announced x

The 10 finalists in this year’s Kiriyama Prize have been announced. The Complete Stories by Australia’s David Malouf (Random House) and Mister Pip by New... Read more

Chilvers to head Dymocks flagship x

Sally Chilvers has been appointed as the manager of the Dymocks flagship store in George St, Sydney. Chilvers has extensive book industry knowledge, having successfully... Read more

Amazon launches currency converter x

Online bookseller Amazon has launched a currency converter on its sites, allowing users to see the cost of items and shipping in their own currency... Read more

'Future of Publishing' survey now online x

A major survey of publishers, authors and others within the Australian publishing industry is underway. Commissioned by the Australia Council and Copyright Agency Limited and... Read more

Dunn leaves NSW Writers' Centre x

Irina Dunn has announced her resignation from the NSW Writers’ Centre, where she has been executive director for the last 15 years. Dunn told the... Read more

Revenue down but income up at Harlequin x

Total international revenue at Harlequin fell 2% to C$462.7 million (A$498.5 million) in 2007, while operating income rose 7% to C$60.6 million (A$65.3 million). Torstar,... Read more

'Exceptionally strong' year for Simon & Schuster x

Total international revenue for Simon & Schuster increased 10% to US$886.1 million (A$943.4 million) in 2007, with operating income up 29% to US$88.1 million (A$93.8... Read more

Talking to the search engines in language they understand x

After almost 18 months of work, Automated Content Access Protocol–the code that book and newspaper publishers hope will provide them with a universal way of... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Adelaide Writers Week to 7 March SocEds (NSW) AGM, Sydney,... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Underbelly: The Gangland War stays at number one again this week as the TV series’ fate in Victoria rests in the hands of three Court... Read more

In Brief x

ACCC releases details on ARW/Borders decisionThe Australian Consumer and Competition Commission has now released a detailed report on its decision not to oppose any bid... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I am an author. I know this because I have a rejection letter from a publisher that starts "Dear Author".’–Lynne Calder, unpublished writer, writing in... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Authors must be paid for downloads, say public Pearson head sees... Read more

RiP Barry Galton x

Australian author and journalist Barry Galton has died aged 72. Galton was known for his books on the history of surf life saving.

RiP William F Buckley x

William Buckley, author and founder of the American conservative magazine The National Review, has died aged 82.



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