Weekly Book Newsletter
8 April 2009

Random House makes 11 redundant x

Random House Australia made 11 positions redundant as of 5 March. WBN understands that many of those made redundant were in sales, particularly reps, but... Read more

Productivity Commission: Dymocks appeals to customers; APA warns on children's books; support from UK publishers; ASA says 'move on' x

As the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into parallel importation regulations comes to a close, Dymocks has taken the extraordinary step of using its Booklovers loyalty scheme... Read more

Scholastic combines sales teams to create 'Mega Sales Force' x

Scholastic Australia has announced that ‘in a major new initiative’ it has ‘combined and expanded its Trade and Sales Teams into one "Mega" Sales Force to enable... Read more

Mountain Educational Books closing x

After trading in the Heathmont Shopping Centre in Heathmont, Victoria, for over 40 years, Mountain Educational Books will be closing its doors at the end... Read more

A 'solid year' for Random House Australia x

‘Random House Australia had a solid year in 2008,’ MD Margie Seale told WBN, as Random released its annual global results. ‘We grew our overall... Read more

McGraw-Hill expects challenging 2009 x

McGraw-Hill Education saw a 2.5% decline in total revenue in 2008, according to Publisher’s Weekly. A 5.4% decline in its school education group contributed to... Read more

112 editors pass first round of IPEd accreditation x

An accreditation system has been introduced by the Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd) in Australia, in order to assure employers that quality of work... Read more

Leave of absence for ABA's Liz Riley x

Elizabeth Riley, the ABA’s member services officer, has taken a leave of absence while she focuses her energies on dealing with a serious health issue.... Read more

Healthy Habits MD moves to Dymocks Head Office x

After the 80% takeover by Dymocks of 30-strong sandwich chain Healthy Habits, founder and managing director Katherine Sampson is relocating to Sydney to establish a... Read more

Tasmania Book Prize x

The Tasmania Book Prize was announced during Tasmania’s Ten Days on the Island Festival, held at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. The $25,000 award... Read more

ABR Poetry Prize x

Tracy Ryan is the winner of the Australian Book Review Poetry Prize, worth $4000, for her poem ‘Lost Property’. Ryan told WBN the last year-and-a-half... Read more

Williamstown Literary Festival x

The sixth Williamstown Literary Festival will be held from 1 to 3 May 2009 with the theme of ‘Hidden Life of Suburbs’. The Williamstown Literary... Read more

Castlemaine State Festival wraps up x

The Castlemaine State Festival in country Victoria concluded on 5 April, having run from 27 March. Ross Donlon, curator of the Literature Program, told WBN... Read more

NZ Digital publishing seminars x

Jillian Ewart of NZ’s Bookseller’s News reports: Martin Taylor’s presentation on The Rise and Fall and Rise of E-books kick-started New Zealand’s Digital Publishing Seminars... Read more

NZ news x

Women’s Bookshop celebrates 20 years Auckland’s Women’s Bookshop has celebrated 20 years with a night of literary celebration. More than 700 people attended the party,... Read more

In brief x

WA shopping centres pushed to extend trading hours The Shopping Centre Council of Australia has suggested extended weeknight trading hours and Sunday trading in Western... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Calibre Prize function at State Library of Victoria, 8 April... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Dymocks believes that the Australian book industry should be driven by the Australian book buyer and not the local subsidiaries and agents of overseas publishers’–Dymocks... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Random UK cuts 33 jobs US book sales down by 2.8%... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Well known chart-busting author Jodi Picoult comes first in the Highest New Entries this week with Handle with Care, which also comes at number five... Read more

RiP Peter Wherrett x

Australian journalist and author Peter Wherrett has died, aged 72. He wrote Desirelines: An Unusual Family Memoir as well as many motoring books.



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