Weekly Book Newsletter
21 October 2009

Parallel importation: ABA continues push for 'some reform'; Dymocks prepared to support compromise x

As the trade continues to wait for a Labor cabinet decision on the recommendations of the Productivity Commission, booksellers have continued their push for a compromise... Read more

APA announces new Title Page ebook distribution system for 2010 x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced plans for a new digital distribution system for local ebooks. The distribution system, which it expects to be... Read more

Penguin restructures; Coyne takes on Asia Pacific role x

Penguin Group has announced changes to its global management structure that will see Penguin Australia CEO Gabrielle Coyne taking on regional responsibility for Asia Pacific.... Read more

Changes at 'Bookseller+Publisher' magazine x

Thorpe-Bowker has announced that Angela Meyer will be taking on the role of acting editor of Bookseller+Publisher magazine. Meyer, who has worked as editorial assistant... Read more

Walkley Awards: best nonfiction book longlist announced x

The nominees for this year’s Walkley Awards were announced on Wednesday night, 14 October. The longlisted works in the best nonfiction book category were: Churchill... Read more

NSW History Award 2009 shortlist announced x

A shortlist of 17 print, audio and film works in the running for the 2009 NSW Premier’s History Awards have been announced. The shortlists include:... Read more

A quieter but very successful Frankfurt x

The 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest book industry event, closed on Sunday 18 October. After five days packed with meetings, seminars and other... Read more

Tan, Zusak winners in German award x

Australian authors Shaun Tan and Marcus Zusak have been announced as winners at the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis, Germany’s most prestigious awards for children’s and YA books.... Read more

Lonely Planet to host 'hack' weekend at Melbourne office x

Lonely Planet has announced it will host an ‘open hack day’ at its Melbourne offices on the weekend of 7 and 8 November, offering 100... Read more

Booksellers NZ launches new newsletter, website; discontinues magazine x

Booksellers New Zealand has announced it plans to launch a new weekly newsletter and website on Thursday 22 October. The newsletter, to be called The... Read more

Speech Pathology Australia 'Book of the Year' awards announced x

Speech Pathology Australia has announced the winners of its annual ‘Book of the Year’ Awards. The awards, which began in 2003, are intended to highlight... Read more

Bywater appointed Ligare general manager x

Ligare has announced the appointment of Wayne Bywater as general manager. ‘Wayne’s appointment is more like a homecoming, having worked for Ligare 15 years ago,... Read more

In brief x

Bruce Caddy joins Marbecks for new concept storeNew Zealand music retail chain Marbecks will open a new concept store in Dunedin in mid-November. ‘This store... Read more

Around the World x

In international news from our Around the World blog: Google announces new ‘Google Editions’ ebook store Barnes & Noble launches ‘nook’ ereader Friedman launches new... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction–UWA Publishing has sold rights for The Seamstress (Geraldine Wooller) to Salento Books in Italy. Nonfiction–Murdoch Books has sold Great... Read more

On Tour x

Authors on tour from October to March 2010: October Emily Maguire, Picador (Smoke in the Room)Monica Mayhem, Random House (Absolute Mayhem)Don Watson, Random House (Bendable... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Access matters a lot’–Bertelsmann Inc.’s Richard Sarnoff, one of the chief architects of the Google settlement, speaking at the ‘European and American Positions Towards the... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

It’s a girlish week at the top of the charts–Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest is number one in the Bestsellers (overtaking... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

If anyone’s been wondering what local author Mandy Sayer has been up to, wonder no longer. She’s been busy editing The Australian Long Story, which... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Annual Family Therapy Conference–presenting the Annual Family Therapists’ Award for... Read more

RIP Stuart M Kaminsky x

American author Stuart M Kaminsky has died, aged 75. He wrote more than 70 novels including Bullet for a Star.

RiP Nan Robertson x

American author and reporter Nan Robertson who wrote The Girls in the Balcony: Women, Men, and the New York Times has died, aged 83.



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