Weekly Book Newsletter
7 January 2009

HarperCollins to publish ABC Books x

ABC Books and HarperCollins have announced a ?new commercial partnership’ that will see HarperCollins taking on responsibility for the publishing and distribution of ABC Books... Read more

Goldberg appointed Lonely Planet CEO x

Lonely Planet has announced the appointment of Matthew Goldberg as its new CEO. Goldberg, previously senior vice-president, digital strategy and operations at Dow Jones in... Read more

Llewellyn appointed director, Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas x

Caro Llewellyn, former artistic director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival and director of the New York-based PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, has been... Read more

Parallel importation study attracts submissions, media coverage x

As the deadline for submissions to the Productivity Commission study into parallel importation legislation draws closer, several authors have made submissions. Kate Grenville, Tony Wilson,... Read more

APA Schools Committee to liaise with National Curriculum board x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has informed members that its Schools Committee will be responsible for putting member views to the National Curriculum Board, as... Read more

BookScan's 2008 top sellers: take four ingredients, and just add teen vampires x

The best selling book in Australia in 2008, according to figures from Nielsen BookScan, was 4 Ingredients, selling some 288,000 copies last year (on top... Read more

Byron Bay Writers' Festival date and location change x

The organisers have announced that this year’s Byron Bay Writers’ Festival (BBWF) will be held on the new grounds of Belongil Fields, Byron Bay. Due... Read more

Lindfield Bookshops to unveil new combined premises x

Next Monday 12 January Lindfield Bookshop and Lindfield Children’s Bookshop will open in a new combined store on the Pacific Highway in Lindfield, NSW. Lindfield... Read more

Scott founds new educational publisher x

Former publisher at Eleanor Curtain Publishing, Jo Scott, has founded a new Victorian-based educational publishing house. Jo Scott Publishing will be a development company, with... Read more

Human Rights award for Scribe title x

Human Rights Overboard: Seeking Asylum in Australia authors Linda Briskman, Susie Latham and Chris Goddard have been awarded the Literature Nonfiction Award as part of... Read more

Stanner Award to UQP title x

Gunyah, Goondie & Wurley: the Aboriginal Architecture of Australia (Paul Memmott, UQP) is the recipient of the 2008 Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait... Read more

In brief x

Redundancies at New Holland UKNew Holland has announced seven redundancies in its UK office. ‘We were already having a difficult year, due to the absence... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories recently added to our Around the World blog: Arise, Sir Terry Pratchett! McGraw-Hill restructure Bertrams sale expected soon Orbit announces US$1 e-books... Read more

Rights round-up x

Rights managers and publishers have been busy over the past couple of months, selling and acquiring titles around the globe. In this, the first of... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Mr Carr’s claims on price are both misleading and spurious. Comparing the GST-inclusive ARP with a freight-free, heavily discounted, GST-free Amazon price is a gross... Read more

Bestsellers x

In the retail days around Christmas Stephenie Meyer held her Bestseller lead with New Moon and Eclipse (Hachette), followed by J K Rowling’s slim volume... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up soon, as shown on our events calendar, include: Applications close for APA Publishing Internship Program – 30 Jan Registration due for... Read more

Vale Dorothy Porter x

Award-winning author Dorothy Porter died on 10 December 2008, aged 54. The Australian Society of Authors writes:‘The Australian Society of Authors expresse[s] its sadness at... Read more

RiP Ann McDougall x

Amanda Donohoe of the University Co-operative Bookshop writes: ‘It is with great sadness we advise Ann McDougall, branch manager of our University of Sunshine Coast... Read more

RiP Harold Pinter x

Playwright and Nobel laureate Harold Pinter, described by the New York Times as ‘the most influential and imitated dramatist of his generation’, died on Christmas... Read more

RiP Donald E Westlake x

Mystery writer Donald E Westlake, the author of more than 100 novels, died on New Year’s Eve, aged 75.

RiP Samuel Huntington x

Samuel Huntington, author of Clash of Civilisations died on Christmas Eve, aged 81.



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