Weekly Book Newsletter
6 August 2008

Draper steps down as group managing director at ARW x

Ian Draper has decided to step down from the position of ARW (Angus & Robertson Whitcoulls) group managing director, following the recent purchase by ARW... Read more

PM's Awards shortlist announced x

The shortlisted titles for the inaugural Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. The Australian Government has introduced the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards ‘to recognise... Read more

Harry tops year's bestsellers; five Australians in top 10 x

Books by Australian authors have taken five of the top 10 spots in the financial year’s bestsellers, according to Nielsen BookScan. Nielsen BookScan has provided... Read more

'Age' Book of the Year Awards shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Age Book of the Year awards has been announced. The awards, now in their 35th year, offer three $10,000 prizes,... Read more

Inkys longlist announced x

The longlist for second annual Inkys–Teen Choice Book Awards, was announced on 1 August at the State Library of Victoria. Created by the State Library... Read more

Independent booksellers launch 'Canberra Book Track' brochure x

Fifteen independent Canberra bookshops have banded together to produce a brochure intended to lure residents and tourists to visit the city’s non-chain booksellers. Distributed at... Read more

Ripe for recognition x

Two book-related businesses are among the finalists for the 2008 Telstra Victorian Business Awards. Melbourne-based design and book publishing company Ripe Off The Press is... Read more

Amazon buys AbeBooks x

Amazon.com has announced that it has acquired AbeBooks. AbeBooks is an ‘online marketplace’ that offers ‘over 110 million primarily used, rare and out-of-print books listed... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the world blog in the past week: Rushdie to sue former bodyguard over book Book trailer tops YouTube... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: 2008 National Retail Forum and 2008 Retail Expo Australasia, 12-14... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Penguin’s Little Library (board books for children) is top of the Bestsellers chart this week, and Odd Hours by Dean Koontz reigns supreme in the... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘To be able to be relieved of the tyranny of feeding the machine at the bank or feeding the mortgage … just to be able... Read more

RiP Aleksandr Sozenitsyn x

Nobel Prizewinning author and Soviet dissident Aleksandr Sozenitsyn has died aged 89. His best-known book One Day in the life of Ivan Denisovitch, based on... Read more



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