Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
23 September 2009

PM's Literary Awards shortlist announced x

The shortlisted titles for this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced by Minister for the Arts Peter Garrett at the State Library of Victoria... Read more

Lang, Thornell, joint 2009 Vogel winners x

Utopian Man by Lisa Lang and Night Street by Kristel Thornell have been jointly named the winning manuscripts in the 2009 Australian/Vogel award. Judges Cate... Read more

HarperCollins announces new strategy and team restructure x

As reported on Bookseller+Publisher online on Monday, HarperCollins has announced a restructure of its publishing business that will see Sandy Weir, formerly of Hachette Australia’s... Read more

Random House launches print on demand program x

Random House Australia (RHA) has launched a print on demand (POD) program that will allow it to produce single copies of out-of-print titles. The program,... Read more

Dan Brown: over 150,000 sold in first week; NZ booksellers unhappy with ebook x

Booksellers New Zealand has responded to the release in ebook format of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol. The ebook, which Random House has made available... Read more

Australian publishing output up 12% x

The Australian book publishing industry (estimated at over $2 billion dollars in publishers’ sales) posted another highly productive year in 2008, reports University of Melbourne... Read more

APA responds to 'increasingly desperate' Prod Comm x

As reported in a WBN special bulletin last week the Productivity Commission has issued a supplement to its report on Australia’s parallel importation restrictions (PIRs). The... Read more

Gleitzman, Tan, Mahy and Edwards nominated for Astrid Lindgren Award x

Australian and New Zealand authors are among those nominated for this year’s Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Morris Gleitzman, Shaun Tan, Hazel Edwards and Margaret Mahy... Read more

DNAML launches PDF-to-ePub software, plans ebook repository x

Australia-based software developer DNAML has launched a new software product that converts PDFs of trade titles to the digital ePub format. DNAML CEO Adam Schmidt... Read more

Bushfire appeal: booksellers can help with Rebuilding with Books campaign x

The industry-wide Rebuilding With Books initiative is now in full swing, helping families who lost their homes and belongings in the Victorian bushfires. Administered jointly... Read more

New look planned for Mills & Boon titles x

The Mills & Boon romance brand will get a new look as part of plans to attract a younger audience. Marketing agency BMC Sydney will... Read more

The Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas creates literary database x

The newly created Centre for Books Writing and Ideas together with the Victorian Writers Centre, is asking Victorian booksellers and publishers to contribute to a database of... Read more

Reporting on Aussies (and Kiwis!) at the Frankfurt Book Fair x

Bookseller+Publisher publisher Tim Coronel will again be attending the Frankfurt Book Fair this year, to support and distribute Think Australian, the annual guide to Australia’s presence... Read more

In brief x

Albany hosts 10th Sprung writers festivalThe 10th annual Sprung Festival took place at the Vancouver Arts Centre in Albany, Western Australia from 17 to 20... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Amazon forces changes to LibraryThing Scribd fights author... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesNonfiction–Murdoch Books has sold German rights to MoVida Rustica, 100 Discoveries (Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish) and My Grill (Peter... Read more

On Tour x

Authors on tour from September to March 2010: September Jeb Brugmann, UQP, (Welcome to the Urban Revolution) Joris Luyendijk, Scribe (Fit to Print) Phillip Karl,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Reworking the deal will not be an easy process … as the parties must address issues ranging from class action law to copyright, as well... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2010 is number one in the Highest New Entries this week as Sydneysiders take to restaurants with gastronomical... Read more

Most Mentioned: This week in 'Media Extra' x

It’s been years since Dan Brown reigned over the Media Extra Most Mentioned chart and now that he’s back, we suspect he’ll be back for... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: New Zealand Post Mansfield Prize–festivities in France, 21-27 September Goteberg... Read more

RiP Cyril Jerram x

Cyril Jerram, founder of Inkata Press (now a division of Elsevier Australia) has died, aged 79. Guy Kingston-Bray of Elsevier Australia writes: ‘Elsevier is saddened... Read more

RiP Catherine Gaskin x

Author Catherine Gaskin has died, aged 80. Her first book was This Other Eden, other titles included Dust in Sunlight, All Else is Folly and... Read more



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