Weekly Book Newsletter
23 April 2008

Local online booksellers growing market share x

A new report commissioned by Bookseller+Publisher from internet traffic monitors Hitwise has shown that Australian-based book retail websites are slowly growing their market share to compete... Read more

WA Premier's Prize now worth $110,000 x

The West Australian Premier’s Literary Award has become Australia’s richest. Re-launched this week, the $110,000 award, now to be known as the West Australian Premier’s Australia Asia... Read more

2020 Summit a success: Adler x

While only one publisher scored an invite to the 2020 Summit, and no publishing-specific idea emerged, the book industry should be pleased with Kevin Rudd’s... Read more

OUP celebrates 100 years in Australia x

This week Oxford University Press Australia kicks off a year of celebration for its centenary year. ‘Oxford University Press Australia turns 100 years old this... Read more

Miles Franklin shortlist announced x

As announced in a WBN special bulletin last Thursday, the shortlist for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award was announced at the State Library of... Read more

Australian small presses 'publishing, not perishing' x

New research into Australian small presses shows a ‘strong, passionate core’ to the sector despite an acute lack of resources. A recent survey of the... Read more

SWF announces publishing industry sessions x

This year’s Sydney Writers Festival will feature over 30 free and ticketed sessions focussing on the publishing industry. David Davidar of Penguin Canada and Will... Read more

New writing prize to honour John Button x

Plans are underway to commemorate the late politician, author and Melbourne Writers’ Festival Chairman John Button with a writing prize. To be established in collaboration... Read more

Asialink annouces literary residencies x

Asialink, the University of Melbourne department devoted to strengthening ties with Asia, has announced this year’s round of literary residencies. Bonny Cassidy, Linda Jaivin, Emily... Read more

Organisers promise 'dynamic' Ubud writers festival x

Organisers have promised that the fifth Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will be ‘dynamic and full of surprises’. To be held in Bali from 14-19... Read more

Timely recognition for Winch x

Tara June Winch has been shortlisted for the prestigious International Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts initiative. Winch is the only Australian on the list, and one... Read more

New ONIX 3.0 standards due in September x

The ONIX Books International Steering Committee has approved plans for a new release of ONIX for Books, Release 3.0, due to be published in September... Read more

Borders annual results x

Borders’ annual report reveals that the international book chain’s working capital is down to US$38 million, compared to US$127 million a year ago and US$556 million... Read more

Book of Brisbane to be launched mid-year x

The ten best stories entered in last year’s Brisbane City Council’s annual writing competition will be compiled into an anthology. To be launched mid-year at... Read more

In brief x

The Dymocks Literacy Foundation sponsored a ‘Norman Lindsay Festival of Children’s Literature’ last week at the author’s Blue Mountains home. Children and their parents met... Read more

No ban on bags x

Plastic bags look like they’re here to stay, after an unsuccessful meeting of federal and state environment ministers last week. Despite having made a commitment... Read more

Movie ticket giveaway closed x

After an overwhelming response, 30 WBN subscribers have scored themselves free double passes to see The Edge of Heaven. Look out for more ticket giveaways... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Australian Poetry Centre’s national festival, 25-27 April, Castlemaine, Victoria Australian... Read more

Around the world x

Among the items added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Encylopedia Brittanica now free for bloggers Romance writer dumped for cheating... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I never ever once wanted to stop Mr. Vander Ark from doing his own guide–ever ever […] Do your book, but please, change it so... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

As predicted here last week, Marian Keyes has won the duel with Jodi Picoult and takes out number one position this week with This Charming... Read more

RiP Ann Kerr x

Linda Henderson of Booksellers New Zealand writes: It is with deep regret that I have to advise you that Ann Kerr, formerly the accounts manager... Read more

RiP Peta Hanslow x

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival volunteer Peta Hanslow passed away on 23 March. Peta had been a supporter of the event since 2005.



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