Weekly Book Newsletter
24 September 2008

Bookseller+Publisher online 'e-magazine' launched x

Bookseller+Publisher magazine and its supplements are now available as online ‘e-mags’ at the Bookseller+Publisher Online website. To see the latest issue of the magazine online, click... Read more

A&R launches POD 'Espresso Book Machine' x

Angus & Robertson Whitcoulls (ARW) has launched the first retail ‘Espresso Book Machine’ (EBM) in Australia at its Melbourne Bourke Street store. The machine, which... Read more

Jordon appointed Collins MD; four new stores before Christmas x

Collins Booksellers has announced the appointment of Daniel Jordon as managing director. Jordon, who commenced in the book industry as a bookseller for Grahames Bookshops,... Read more

Aravanis leaves the ABA x

Niki Aravanis, project manager at the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), has been made redundant following an internal review. ‘The role of Project Manager within the... Read more

McFarlane sells shares in HGE x

Susannah McFarlane has confirmed that she has ‘reluctantly sold her 25% shareholding in Hardie Grant Egmont’, the children’s publishing company she ran and built since... Read more

Aust/NZ/Canada summit at Frankfurt x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has joined forces with the Book Publishers Association of New Zealand (BPANZ) and the Association for the Export of Canadian... Read more

Vogel winner announced x

A novel set in the Cold War era in Australia is this year’s Australian/Vogel Literary Award winner. Andrew Croome receives $50,000 as prize and advance... Read more

BWF 2008 an 'unparalleled success' x

This year’s Brisbane Writers’ Festival was an ?unparalleled success’, festival director Michael Campbell told WBN. Initial figures indicate more than 30,000 attended the festival, which... Read more

'Brisingr' sells 35,000 on launch weekend x

Random House is ‘very pleased’ with the weekend launch of Christopher Paolini’s Brisingr, Random House sales director Gavin Schwartz told WBN. Schwartz says that early... Read more

Walker Books celebrates 15 years x

Walker Books Australia celebrated 15 years of publishing for children last Tuesday, 16 September with a party at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. Attending the party were Walker... Read more

High rent forces ReadeR's Books to close x

ReadeR’s Books in Westpoint Shopping centre, Blacktown, is closing after one year of business due to high rental rates. Howard and Preetha Joseph told WBN... Read more

Allen & Unwin to become Murdoch Books' sole agent in NZ x

Murdoch Books has announced Allen & Unwin will be its sole agent in New Zealand from 1 January 2009. ‘As the illustrated list has changed... Read more

Thorpe-Bowker to sell and market PacStream x

From 1 October 2008, Thorpe-Bowker will assume responsibility for all sales and marketing activities of the PacStream e-commerce service in both Australia and New Zealand,... Read more

ETA opposes increasing study of Australian literature x

The English Teacher’s Association (ETA) of NSW has opposed the move to strengthen the teaching of Australian literature in schools. The ETA objects to ‘the selective... Read more

Thorpe-Bowker strengthens BookNet relationship x

Thorpe-Bowker will assume responsibility for all sales and marketing of UniLink’s BookNet retail point-of-sale (POS) solution, along with customer relationship management and support, ‘in order... Read more

In brief x

Ubud Writers’ and Readers’ festival program onlineThe Ubud Writers’ and Readers’ Festival is getting closer, and the full program is now available. From 14 to... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) information session – Adelaide, 30 September... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The Bestseller charts are heavy with a swathe of Stephenie Meyer books–Twilight coming in at number three–while both 4 Ingredients, 2 and the original frugal... Read more

Around the world x

It’s been a bumper week for international news about publishing! Among the many stories added to our Around the World blog: Penguin looks to growth... Read more

Quote of the week x

Even among my friends who don’t read (which, unfortunately, are the majority), they will still read in subject areas that interest them. It’s finding the... Read more



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