Weekly Book Newsletter
7 May 2008

Dymocks strikes direct e-book deal with Pan Mac x

Over 400 Pan Macmillan titles, including novels by Matthew Reilly, Di Morrissey, Ken Follet, Andy Griffiths and Wilbur Smith, have been added to Dymock?s digital... Read more

Kenny to leave Pan Mac x

Paul Kenny, marketing director at Pan Macmillan, has announced his resignation. Kenny, who has been at Pan Macmillan for 14 years ‘almost to the day’... Read more

ABIA shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) has been announced. The shortlist is as follows: Chain Bookseller of the Year 2008, sponsored... Read more

Robotham named Books Alive ambassador for 2008 x

Australian crime author Michael Robotham has been announced as the ambassador for the 2008 Books Alive campaign. Robotham, whose first novel The Suspect sold more... Read more

A&R launches 'smart' rewards card x

Angus&Robertson has recently launched a rewards program, centered on a rewards card. The basic offer is that for a one-off $10 joining fee, members of... Read more

Text announces new YA prize x

Text Publishing has announced a new prize for writers of YA literature. The Text Young Adult Prize comprises a publishing contract with Text and a... Read more

'Green' industry requires cooperation: APA environmental workshop x

Delegates to the Australian Publishers Association (APA) environmental workshop held in Sydney on Thursday 1 May, have agreed on several areas where the industry would... Read more

Therese Rein official patron of 2008 Indigenous Literacy Project x

This year’s Indigenous Literacy Day campaign will be officially launched by patron Therese Rein at an event in Sydney today. The 2008 Indigenous Literacy Day,... Read more

CBCA conference a success, but turnout lower than hoped for x

The 9th Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) National Conference and Expo wound up on Sunday, having run from 2 May. Held at the Melbourne... Read more

APA celebrates 60 years x

The APA celebrated its 60th anniversary last Wednesday, with a special dinner in Sydney. At the dinner, 21 publishing figures were honoured in the inaugural... Read more

APA AGM: Changes to board x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) held its annual general meeting in Sydney last week. Marking the association’s 60th anniversary, APA president Juliet Rogers told the... Read more

Lefevre wins Kibble; Dobbie to Foxlee x

The winners of the 2008 Kibble and Dobbie Awards were announced last night at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Sydney. First-time novelist Carol Lefevre... Read more

ABA welcomes new predatory pricing laws x

New ABA CEO Malcolm Neil has welcomed moves to outlaw predatory pricing in the Trade Practices Act. The federal government’s proposed amendments will strengthen the... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: In the First Person conference, National Library of Australia, Canberra,... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many items added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Amazon fights NY tax law Is Olsen about to leave... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The popularity of 4 Ingredients continues, with the title staying at number one this week, making two weeks at the top, closely followed by Marian Keyes’ This Charming... Read more

RiP John Williamson Hooker x

Bob Sessions from Penguin writes: When John Hooker died suddenly from pneumonia, Australian publishing and writing lost a true ‘one off’. While he gave a... Read more



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