Weekly Book Newsletter
26 November 2008

WBN pre-Christmas survey x

It’s that time of the year again! Over the next week WBN will be hitting the phones to conduct our annual pre-Christmas survey, speaking to as... Read more

WBN Christmas closing list - 3 December x

Publishers/distributors are asked to advise WBN of their Christmas closing dates by Friday 28 November 2008. A full list will appear once only in WBN... Read more

Productivity Commission issues paper released x

The Productivity Commission today released its issues paper on ‘copyright restrictions on the parallel importation of books’, as part of its study commissioned by the... Read more

Malouf wins Australia-Asia Literary prize; Buti wins WA Prem's prize x

David Malouf’s The Complete Stories (Random House) is the winner of the inaugural Australia-Asia Literary Award. The award, worth $110,000, was announced in Perth on... Read more

'The Memory Room' wins Waverley award x

Christopher Koch has been awarded the 2008 CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature (‘The Nib’) for his novel The Memory Room (Vintage). This is the... Read more

Berkelouw Books opens Newtown store x

Berkelouw Books held a soft opening for its newest Sydney store last Thursday. The Newtown store, in Sydney’s inner west, is the eighth outlet in... Read more

Malcolm Knox reappointed to CAL Board; CAL announces over $100 million revenue x

The Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has announced ‘licensing revenue of $107 million alongside payments of more than $90 million to copyright owners’. The agency also... Read more

Fox, Courtenay top PLR lending lists x

The Public Lending Right (PLR) Committee has released its annual report, showing it approved annual payments of over $7 million for the financial year 2007-08.... Read more

Melbourne Uni Bookshop acquires SPP Medical Bookshop x

Melbourne University Bookshop (MUB) has announced that it has acquired Standish Prideaux & Pye (SPP) Medical Bookshop. The acquisition will take effect from 5 January... Read more

CUP Australia 'ahead of expectations' x

Cambridge University Press has reported organic sales growth of 9% for the financial year ended 30 April 2008. When the acquisition of the Japanese wholesaler... Read more

Tasmanian Book Prize shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the biennial Tasmanian Book Prize has been announced. In the running for the $25,000 prize, awarded to the best book with Tasmanian... Read more

Ten Days on the Island program launched x

The program for Tasmanian arts festival Ten Days on the Island, which runs from 27 March to 5 April, was launched yesterday. The festival, which... Read more

In brief x

Dymocks Camberwell moves into new centreDymocks Camberwell has moved into the new retail centre The Well in Burke Road, Camberwell in Melbourne. The retail complex,... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Random US freezes pensions U Minn Press reissues entire backlist... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The thoughts behind this issues paper come from people who obviously do not read Australian authors, have contempt for their works and would prefer all... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

It’s that time of year again when that hefty tome, the Guinness World Records (2009) boldly makes its first appearance on top of the charts.... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: ABA (Victoria) and Thorpe-Bowker Christmas party, Melbourne, 26 November  Moscow International... Read more

RiP Donald Finkel x

American poet Donald Finkel has died aged 79. His volumes of poems included A Joyful Noise, What Manner of Beast and Not So the Chairs:... Read more



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