Weekly Book Newsletter
13 May 2009

Bookseller+Publisher: May/June issue now online x

In the May/June issue of Bookseller+Publisher, which includes the Term 2 issue of Junior Bookseller+Publisher, you’ll find: 47 reviews of new Australian and New Zealand adult and... Read more

Productivity Commission parallel importation report to government: deadline extended to 30 June, media coverage continues x

As reported in a WBN special bulletin last week, the Assistant Treasurer Chris Bowen has announced an extended deadline of 30 June for the Productivity Commission’s... Read more

How much I import and why: a bookseller explains x

Writing about how the Productivity Commission could ‘usefully spend its additional time’ in studying parallel importation legislation in Australia, former John Wiley & Sons managing... Read more

Budget 2009: ABA, APA welcome extended Books Alive funding x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and Australian Publishers Association (APA) have both welcomed the extension of funding for the Books Alive campaign, included in last... Read more

Scribo Group: Attenborough appointed general manager Bookwise x

The Scribo Group has announced the appointment of Jon Attenborough to the role of general manager at Bookwise International. Attenborough, formerly managing director at Simon... Read more

Reader's Feast sells ebook readers x

Melbourne’s Reader’s Feast Bookstore has become one of the first independent bookstores to carry a range of ebook readers. The store stocks the Bookeen Cybook,... Read more

Collins Booksellers to introduce loyalty program x

In what managing director Daniel Jordon said was ‘a major initiative’, Collins Booksellers will be introducing a loyalty scheme in the December quarter of 2009.... Read more

Hachette recalls 'Betrayed' x

Hachette Australia has announced an urgent recall of Betrayed by P C and Kristen Cast (Atom), ‘due to a printing error’. ‘As the incorrectly bound... Read more

Dymocks Brisbane closed x

Dymocks in Brisbane’s CBD has closed due to the expiration of its current lease. The store closed on Tuesday 28 April. Dymocks CEO Don Grover... Read more

Whitcoulls concept store opens in Riccarton x

A new Whitcoulls ‘icon’ store has opened in Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand. The refurbished store opened on 22 April. Sheryl Green, sales and operations director... Read more

De Kretser on Orange 'youth' shortlist x

Australian author Michelle de Kretser is shortlisted for the Orange Prize Shadow Youth Panel Prize, for her book The Lost Dog (A&U). The youth panel... Read more

Children's lit alliance announces Melbourne, Sydney forums x

The recently formed Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA) has announced it will hold two forums in Melbourne and Sydney. The forums are designed to provide... Read more

'Australia's Biggest Book Group' launched x

Australia’s Biggest Book Group is a new initiative formed to raise funds and awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The initiative, established by Lucy Burns,... Read more

Kibble and Dobbie shortlists announced x

The shortlists for the Kibble Literary award and Dobbie Encouragement award 2009 have been announced. The Kibble Literary award, worth $25,000, recognises the work of... Read more

2009 Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers' Choice Award shortlist announced x

Nielsen BookData has announced the shortlist for the 2009 Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers’ Choice Award, worth $NZ2500 ($AU1986). New Zealand booksellers vote for the... Read more

New subscription-based publisher launched x

Author/publishers Michael Wilding and Phillip Edmonds have announced the launch of  Press On, a new publisher modelled on 18th- and 19th-century subscription models. Wilding told... Read more

BWF 2009: O'Hara announces changes, first guests x

Newly appointed Brisbane Writers Festival artistic director Jane O’Hara has announced some changes for this year’s festival. ‘In addition to the more "traditional" genres [this... Read more

In brief x

New sponsor for NZ Book AwardsThe New Zealand Post will becomes the naming-rights sponsor of the New Zealand Book Awards from 2010 after the decision... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Amazon launches Kindle DX Amazon Kindle store optimised for iPhone HarperCollins... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: Nonfiction Hardie Grant has sold rights to Eat Ate by Guy Mirabella in co-edition deal to Inmerc Publishers (Kosmos) in the Netherlands, and... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Book-dumping–i.e. of remainders–is only a marginal risk. Kinokuniya’s buyers have agreed not to knowingly purchase Australian author’s books as remainders from overseas remainder merchants. Kinokuniya... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Tim Winton’s Breath tops the Highest New Entries chart this week as people get their mitts on the paperback version. Super sleuth Colin Mclaren’s book... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: A Commonwealth Bill of Rights: Do We Need It? —... Read more

RiP Hans Holzer x

Author and ‘ghost hunter’ Hans Holzer has died, aged 89. He was best known for Murder At Amityville.

 

 

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