Weekly Book Newsletter
10 December 2008

Pre-Christmas survey 2008 x

The results of WBN‘s pre-Christmas survey of booksellers will be published in a WBN special bulletin tomorrow. If your store has not yet participated either... Read more
 

ARW Group rebrands as REDgroup Retail x

ARW Group, which includes the Angus & Robertson, Borders and Whitcoulls book chains, has changed its name to REDgroup Retail. ‘The new brand offers an... Read more
 

Christer promoted to publishing director x

Random House Australia (RHA) has announced the promotion of Nikki Christer to the role of publishing director, adult publishing. ‘I am delighted to promote Nikki... Read more
 

Leading Edge meetings 'unanimous':retain copyright--with modifications x

Leading Edge Books members who attended the three information sessions hosted by the buying group in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, have come to a ‘unanimous... Read more
 

Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009 to be announced in Auckland x

The 23rd annual Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (CWP) is to be announced at the Auckland Writers’ and Readers’ Festival (AWRF), New Zealand, in May 2009, coinciding... Read more
 

Dymocks opens in Albany x

A new Dymocks store will be opening right in time for Christmas on 15 December in Albany, Western Australia. The new franchise owners, Albany locals... Read more
 

ASA, Australia Council announce emerging writers partnership x

In 2009 the Australian Society or Authors (ASA) will be responsible for administering the Australia Council’s support for emerging writers under a new partnership. The... Read more
 

Book industry study builds picture of a 'diverse but worried industry' x

The University of Melbourne Book Industry study, being undertaken in partnership with the Australian Publishers Association and Thorpe-Bowker, has found more than half of respondents... Read more
 

'Black Wednesday' for global publishers as financial crisis hits x

The global financial crisis has begun to make its influence felt on the publishing world, as many large international publishers, particularly those with substantial operations... Read more
 

Indigenous Literacy Project raises $238K to date x

The Indigenous Literacy Project (ILP) has raised $238,000 to date for 2008, with further pledges expected to be received in coming weeks. ‘The recent ABC... Read more
 

Sylvan to remain on Productivity Commission study; Banks responds to industry concern x

Productivity Commission chair Gary Banks has responded to industry concerns about the appointment of commissioner Louise Sylvan to the commission’s study of parallel importation laws,... Read more
 

New alliance to push for Children's Laureate x

The Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA) was established on 19 November. The group consists of representatives from the Australian Booksellers Association, Australian Publishers Association, Australian... Read more
 

NZ Digital Publishing Forum launched x

New Zealand’s booksellers association, society of authors and copyright agency have formed a new digital publishing initiative, the Digital Publishing Forum. Formed last week, the... Read more
 

Neale wins inaugural Janet Frame Memorial Award x

Emma Neale is the winner of the inaugural Janet Frame Memorial Award. The biennial award, worth NZ$3000 (A$2470), is for ‘an author of literary or... Read more
 

Aurealis shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2008 Aurealis Awards has been announced. It consists of 56 Australian writers of speculative fiction, including science-fiction, fantasy and horror, shortlisted... Read more
 

Ciofuli to retire from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins x

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins has announced that long-standing staff member George Ciofuli will retire at the end of the year. Ciofuli, who has spent more... Read more
 

Christmas closing extra x

In addition to last week’s Christmas closing list the following organisations have advised us of their closing dates: Book and Music Market (Gold Coast) Last day:... Read more
 

In brief x

Penguin 2.0 coming to Australia in 2009Penguin Group USA has announced a new program called Penguin 2.0, described by CEO David Shanks as ‘the next... Read more
 

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Rubin and Applebaum lose roles in Random US restructuring fiction in... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

Did he really mean to say that? John Coote at the opening of Borders Doncaster, quoted in Inside Retailing: ‘We haven’t had a great book... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

No surprises in the charts this week as Christmas book-buying gets underway with gusto. Bryce Courtenay’s Fishing for Stars is number one in the Bestsellers,... Read more
 

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Esther and Jerry Hicks tour, 7-14 December Closing date for... Read more
 

RiP Dorothy Porter x

Agent Jenny Darling writes: ‘Dorothy Porter died in Melbourne this morning from complications due to cancer. She was 54. ‘A writer at the height of... Read more
 

 

 

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