Weekly Book Newsletter
11 February 2009

ABA, APA to coordinate industry response to bushfire disaster x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) will work with the Victorian government to assist communities affected by the bushfires that... Read more

Llewellyn steps down as Centre director x

Caro Llewellyn, the former director of PEN World Voices Festival who was appointed director of the Melbourne’s new Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in... Read more

APA welcomes ABA change of position on parallel importation x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has said it will closely study the proposals put by the Australian Bookseller’s Association’s (ABA) in its submission to the Productivity... Read more

PMP to cut jobs x

Printer PMP Limited, parent company of Griffin Press, will shut down a press in Adelaide and a second printing plant in Brisbane. PMP said the... Read more

RHYW launches online store for special format books x

ReadHowYouWant (RHYW), a special format publisher, has launched an online Braille bookshop ‘in celebration of Louis Braille’s 200th birthday’. The Sydney-based company offers public domain... Read more

Booktopia celebrates fifth birthday x

The online bookshop Booktopia celebrated its fifth birthday on Wednesday 4 February. ‘Booktopia started in 2004 on a $10-per-day budget using the Seekbooks system to... Read more

OPUS Print Group acquires CanPrint and Union x

The OPUS Print Group, formerly Knox Print Media Group, parent company of Ligare book printers, has announced it has ‘joined forces’ with Canberra-based print companies... Read more

A reader responds to the Productivity Commission submissions x

Pat Woolley, director of Wild & Woolley/Fast Books, writes: ‘I am astounded at the great submissions to the productivity commission that have been written by... Read more

In brief x

Booksellers NZ Conference 2009 dates and theme announcedThe 2009 Booksellers Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland, 26 to 27 July,... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog: Kolkata Book Fair expects two million visitors India to take 73 stands at LBF Google... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: NonfictionHarperCollins has acquired the rights to the political autobiography of former Prime Minister John Howard. The New Glucose Revolution by Professor Jennie... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘In the longer term there will be a rebuilding phase for those communities. It is then that the book industry will be needed to co-ordinate... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The Highest New Entries chart holds the most interest this week, as it is the only chart that doesn’t feature Stephenie Meyer in abundance, or... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Jerusalem International Book Fair, 15-20 February Writers at the Convent,... Read more

RiP Jose Torres x

Puerto Rican writer and boxer Jose Torres has died, aged 72. Torres wrote Fire and Fear (released in 1989) a book about Mike Tyson.



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