Weekly Book Newsletter
22 July 2009

Prod Comm: Educational publishers and booksellers reject recommendations x

Several educational publishers and campus booksellers have united in opposition to the Productivity Commission’s recommendations on parallel importation restrictions (PIRs). ‘It is certainly disappointing that... Read more

Seekbooks offers 'The Lost Symbol' for 60% off x

Online Australian bookseller Seekbooks has announced it will offer Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol for more than 60% off the $49.95 recommended retail price, at... Read more

MWF 2009 program launched x

The program for the 2009 Melbourne Writers’ Festival (MWF), which will run from 21 to 30 August, was launched on Thursday 16 July. MWF organisers,... Read more

Second Crime & Justice Festival a success x

The Reader’s Feast Crime & Justice Festival, held last weekend in Melbourne and now in its second year, proved ‘a great success’, Reader’s Feast’s Mary... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Project: booksellers can download promotional web banners x

Booksellers can download various web banners promoting the Indigenous Literacy Project ahead of the third annual Indigenous Literacy Day on Wednesday 2 September. The Indigenous... Read more

Lonely Planet results: overall profit down but digital revenues up x

The travel market is ‘increasingly challenging’, according to Lonely Planet owner BBC Worldwide, which has released its annual results. The results are for the 2008/2009... Read more

Thomson acquires Redfern Legal Centre list x

Thomson Reuters has announced that it has acquired the Redfern Legal Centre Publishing imprint and will be publishing the new edition of The Law Handbook... Read more

Sydney's 'The Bookshop' celebrates 25 years x

The Bookshop in Sydney’s Darlinghurst–a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) specialist bookstore–is celebrating 25 years in business. SX News asked The Bookshop’s manager of... Read more

In brief x

Rawnsley AWRF 2010 artistic director; Rodda acting general managerJill Rawnsley, previously the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival director, will continue at the festival as artistic... Read more

Around the world x

Among the stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: management buyout for Borders UK CUP creates global PoD list writer... Read more

Rights round-up x

FictionRights to The Dead Path by Stephen M Irwin (Hachette) have sold to Germany and the UK. Children’sScholastic has sold the Taiwanese rights to Leaf... Read more

On tour x

Authors on tour in July, August and September: JulyRupert Isaacson, Text Publishing (The Horse Boy)Scott Frost, Hachette (Don’t Look Back)Stuart MacBride, HarperCollins  (Blind Eye)Emma Tom,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Further, the expansion of the books production industries over recent decades has attracted and held productive resources, notably skilled labour and capital, that have thereby... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The ‘bit lit’ phenomenon continues with Stephenie Meyer devouring the top four places on this week’s Bestseller chart. Lookout for handouts with this week’s highest... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Hong Kong Book Fair, 22-28 July Poetry for the Poeple–Montana... Read more

RiP Frank McCourt x

Frank McCourt, who turned his difficult Irish childhood and 30 years teaching in New York into the memoirs Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis and Teacher Man, died... Read more

RiP Naomi Lewis x

UK children’s writer, critic and teacher Naomi Lewis has died, aged 97. Her publications include A Visit to Mrs Wilcox and countless reviews in the... Read more

RiP Gordon Burn x

Author Gordon Burn, whose work explored boundaries between fact and fiction, and the dark side of celebrity, has died, aged 61. His books included Somebody’s... Read more

 

 

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