Weekly Book Newsletter
19 August 2009

Reviewers impressed with publishers' Christmas offerings x

In the September issue of Bookseller+Publisher magazine a record 22 adult titles received four stars or more in our reviews section, and 19 received four... Read more

Wiley announces redundancies in Melbourne office x

Educational publisher John Wiley & Sons has announced several redundancies in its Melbourne office, as part of a structural change that also affects operations in... Read more

REDgroup retail launches beta Borders site x

REDgroup retail has launched a beta version of its new Borders website. The new site marks the first time Borders Australia has had a fully... Read more

Indie award category winners announced x

The category winners for the second annual Indie Book Award, chosen by Australia’s independent booksellers, have been announced. The winners in the categories of fiction,... Read more

John Button Prize shortlist announced x

Three pieces of writing on Indigenous subjects are among the shortlist of five chosen yesterday for the first John Button Prize for writing on politics... Read more

Text Young Adult Prize shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing has been announced. The shortlisted manuscripts are Concentrate by the Brothers Groth, which... Read more

R*BY award winners announced x

The winners of the Romantic Book of the Year Award (R*BY), administered by Romance Writers of Australia (RWA), have been announced. The R*BY is awarded... Read more

Fullers Hobart to move x

Fullers Bookshop is moving location in order to double the business’ space and have the store on one level. Fullers has been in its current... Read more

Perkin to open bookshop in Melbourne x

Corrie Perkin, arts writer for the Australian, has announced she will open a bookshop in Melbourne in October. My Bookshop by Corrie Perkin, will open... Read more

Latin American Bookshop closes x

The Latin American Bookshop on Victoria Street, North Melbourne, has closed. The store was owned by international publisher Ocean Press. The Press told WBN: ‘Our... Read more

CBS launches ECO Reader x

Central Book Services (CBS) has announced the launch of its new ebook reader, the ECO Reader. A rebranded version of the Chinese made Hanlin ereader,... Read more

Weir appointed to VIP committee x

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced that Random House rights sales manager Nerrilee Weir has joined the Visiting International Publisher (VIP) committee. ‘Nerrilee’s... Read more

Era Publications wins Family Business award x

Era Publications has been awarded a 2009 Family Business of the Year Award, South Australia, first generation division. Rodney and Sandra Martin established Era in... Read more

ABA to run third introduction to booksellers weekend x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced it will be running its third Spring Booksellers: an introduction to bookselling event from 27 to 28 September in... Read more

In brief x

Gordon & Gotch revenue upPMP, the parent company of Gordon & Gotch (which acquired the Scribo Group last year), has announced its annual results. It... Read more

Around the world x

Among the international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Readers Digest files for bankruptcy in the US Simultaneous... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week:  FictionOrbit will be publishing three urban fantasy novels by Brisbane author Trent Jamieson: Death Most Definite will be released in August... Read more

On Tour x

Authors on tour from August to November: AugustGareth Morgan, Scribe (Poles Apart: Beyond the Shouting, Who’s Right About Climate Change?)Rupert Isaacson, Text Publishing (The Horse... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘When I tell publishers "you must focus, you must specialize in niches so that you own vertical audiences", the inevitable question is: "what about fiction?"... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Former Australian police detective sergeant-turned-crime writer Tim Priest is in the spotlight again. His book Enemies of the State has hit number one in the... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

A book that is sure to appeal to sport fans topped the MX chart this week. Max Davidson’s Winning Isn’t Everything honours sports figures who... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Edinburgh International Book Festival, 15-31 August Australian Copyright Council–2009 training... Read more

RiP Alistair Te Ariki Campbell x

New Zealand poet, novelist and playwright Alistair Te Ariki Campbell has died, aged 84.

 

 

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