Weekly Book Newsletter
12 March 2008

A&R and Borders 'unable to reach agreement' x

Angus & Robertson Whitcoulls (ARW) has announced that negotiations with Borders on a deal to acquire its Australian and New Zealand stores have ceased. ‘As... Read more

Adelaide Writers' Week winds up--in style x

After a record-breaking start, this year’s Adelaide Writers’ Week continued to draw impressive crowds on its final two days last week, despite temperatures reaching 38... Read more

Winton a hit at 2008 Leading Edge conference x

The 2008 Leading Edge Books conference, held in Alice Springs from 7 to 10 March, attracted ‘about 150′ delegates from around Australia, as well as... Read more

Neal to leave ABC Books; O'Brien new manager x

Stuart Neal, ABC Books’ long-serving commissioning editor, and its publisher since 2002, is leaving the ABC ?for personal reasons’. Neal began his 28-year career at... Read more

Pearson annual results show 14% profit growth; 'a strong year' for Australia x

Operating profit at the Pearson Group rose 14% to £634m (A$1.3 billion) in 2007, the UK-based parent company of Penguin and Pearson Education has reported.... Read more

Global book scam hits Australia x

WBN has been informed of a possible scam and alerts publishers, distributors and booksellers to be aware of it. Book suppliers in the UK, China... Read more

Perth Writers' Festival at home at UWA x

This year’s Perth Writer’s Festival, held from 22 to 24 February, attracted ‘over 15000′ people according to program manager Katherine Dorrington. This was an increase... Read more

Free books for Victoria's toddlers x

Victoria’s toddlers will receive around 280,000 free books over the next four years, thanks to a $2.1 childhood literacy program from the State Government. A... Read more

Magenta Books hit by flooding x

Magenta Books in Perth’s West Centre will be closed for the foreseeable future, as owners seek to repair flood damage caused by vandals. ‘Someone came... Read more

Jefferis Award shortlist x

The shortlist for the inaugural Barbara Jefferis award has been announced by the Australian Society of Authors (ASA). Valued at $35,000, the award will be... Read more

Horror writers to emerge from shadows x

The Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) has announced the shortlist for this year’s Shadows Award for the best Australian horror story of 2007. The finalists... Read more

Dymocks Literacy Foundation gets into the swing x

Authors Matthew Reilly and Bradley Trevor Greive were among over 100 golf enthusiasts getting into the swing of things at the inaugural Dymocks Literacy Foundation... Read more

Melburnians to make hardcovers easier and cheaper x

Three Melburnians have patented a new book-binding technique intended to make hardcovers more affordable. Called ‘Roylebind’, the method involves ‘pre-formed laminated cases that can be... Read more

Earnings up at McPhersons x

Earnings at printer McPherson’s Ltd increased by 29% to $15.17 million in the first half of the financial year. The result came despite a $500,000... Read more

NZ Post awards finalists x

The finalists in the 2008 New Zealand Post Book Awards have been announced. The twenty titles are: Picture Book The King’s Bubbles (Ruth Paul, Scholastic... Read more

In brief x

New copyright guide on ‘special case exception’The Copyright Council has published a new information booklet on Special case exception, designed primarily to inform educators, libraries,... Read more

Around the world x

Among the items added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Arab countries to boycott Paris Salon du Livre Author asks Amazon... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Closing date for 2008 NSW Premier’s History Awards, 14 March,... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

A Prisoner of Birth, Jeffrey Archer’s new thriller set in London, makes it to the top in the Highest New Entries chart this week as... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It is unlikely that a transaction between the two companies will proceed’–A&R Whitcoulls announces that its Borders bid has gone cold. 

RiP Richard King x

Richard King, managing editor of Canterbury University Press in New Zealand, died last week.

RiP Julian Rathbone x

Twice Booker-nominated novelist Julian Rathbone has died aged 73.

RiP Gary Gygax x

Gary Gygax, fantasy author and co-creator of the first role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, has died at the age of 69.

RiP Suzanne Goodwin x

Romance novelist and ‘natural storyteller’ Suzanne Goodwin has died at the age of 91.

 

 

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