Weekly Book Newsletter
30 September 2009

ABA welcomes zero-day proposal; publishers still unhappy x

A change to Australia’s parallel importation rules reportedly proposed by Competition Minister Craig Emerson would reduce locally published international titles with print runs under 10,000... Read more

'Jasper Jones' wins 2009 Indie award x

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (A&U) is the overall winner of the second annual Indie Book of the Year. Silvey, whose book won the fiction category... Read more

'The Lost Symbol': highest first-week sales after HP reports Nielsen BookScan x

Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol (Random House) sold 127,378 copies through the outlets monitored by Nielsen BookScan in Australia in the book’s first five days... Read more

Herridge appointed interim CEO at Five Mile Press, Williams departs x

The Five Mile Press has announced that Michael Herridge has been appointed interim CEO of the company. The appointment follows the resignation, last week, of... Read more

Red Hill Digital launches digital distribution service x

Red Hill Digital, the digital ‘sister company’ of Australian ‘fee for service’ publisher Red Hill Publishing, has launched an ebook distribution service. The first title... Read more

DNAML launches new ebook website x

Australia-based software developer DNAML has announced the launch of a new ebook website ebook.com. The website is ‘a global concept, which is accessible anywhere in... Read more

Local scholarly publisher wins ebook award x

Melbourne-based Therapeutic Guidelines has won the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) award for ‘best ebook publisher’, for the electronic product eTG complete.... Read more

In brief x

Fox title recommended in Oprah Book ClubTen Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (Mem Fox, Helen Oxenbury, Viking) has been recommended by Oprah in her... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many worldwide booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: ‘90% of Macmillan titles are pirated’, says US... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesNonfiction–Text has sold Czech rights to Julie Catt’s Normal to Jota, which published Kate Holden’s In My Skin and Matt Rubinstein’s A... Read more

On Tour x

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

Quote of the week x

‘Ending parallel import restrictions won’t be the end of the world for Australia’s bookshops. But if they are kept in place, the internet will kill... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

As expected, Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol gets top place this week on both the Bestseller and Highest New Entries charts. The Guinness World Records... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Peter Temple’s new novel Truth starts with a Templesque tease–Inspector Stephen Villani finds a woman dead in a bath. But the panic button was easily... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: National Young Writers’ Festival, Newcastle, 1-5 October Tasmanian Poetry Festival,... Read more

RiP Milton Meltzer x

American historian Milton Meltzer has died, aged 94. His works include Up Close: John Steinbeck and Tough Times.

RiP Bernie Fuchs x

American illustrator Bernie Fuchs has died, aged 76.

RiP William Safire x

Conservative US journalist, author and former US President Richard Nixon’s speechwriter William Safire has died, aged 79. He wrote Freedom and Full Disclosure, among other... Read more

 

 

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