Weekly Book Newsletter
28 October 2009

Decision on PIRs deferred again x

The book industry could be waiting until at least 24 November for a government decision on the Productivity Commission’s recommendations to remove Australia’s parallel importation... Read more
 

NSW Premier's History Award winners announced x

The winners of this year’s NSW Premier’s History Awards were announced at a presentation dinner last night.   The winners included: Australian History Prize ($15,000)–Travels in Atomic... Read more
 

BBC Worldwide: 'No plans to sell' LP x

BBC Worldwide has denied it intends to sell its 75% shareholding in Lonely Planet, after speculation in the UK press that the company would divest... Read more
 

Dymocks celebrates 130 years x

Dymocks is celebrating the 130 year anniversary since its first store opened in Sydney. ‘Dymocks is an iconic Australian brand which has stood the test... Read more
 

Herrmanns acquire Bolinda Audio x

Phil Walshe, who founded the audiobook company Bolinda Publishing some 30 years ago, has sold the business to his daughter Rebecca and her husband Jan... Read more
 

Penguin NZ to acquire Mallinson Rendel Publishers x

Penguin New Zealand has agreed to purchase the assets of New Zealand publisher Mallinson Rendel Publishers. ‘The change of ownership will take place on Friday,... Read more
 

Pan Mac: print run for Reilly our highest ever for Aus author x

Pan Macmillan has reported that its print run for The Five Greatest Warriors (Matthew Reilly) is its biggest ever for an Australian author. ‘We have... Read more
 

Aduki press for sale x

Small publishing house Aduki Independent Press is up for sale. Aduki publisher, Emily Clark, told WBN she had decided to return to university to study... Read more
 

ABR announces Favourite Australian Novel (FAN) poll x

Australian Book Review (ABR) announced the Favourite Australian Novel (FAN) Poll this week. The poll, which asks readers to vote for their favourite Australian novel... Read more
 

KOALA Awards 2009 winners announced, 'H I Larry' revealed x

The winners of the annual NSW KOALA (Kids Own Australian Literature Award) popular choice awards were announced in Sydney yesterday. The winners were:  Picture Storybook... Read more
 

In brief x

Elsevier Australia launches online ordering system ‘Virtual E’Elsevier Australia has announced the launch of a new online stock ordering system called Virtual E. ‘The sophisticated... Read more
 

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Frankfurt sacks official over China controversies American Booksellers... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesNonfiction–Simon & Schuster has sold rights for Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture (Rosemary Morrow) to Taiwan. Children’s and YA–Little Hare... 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... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘Print publishing will be seriously disrupted long before ebooks are used by "most people." That’s because print publishing is a "critical mass" business: we need... Read more
 

Bestsellers this week x

Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol triumphs again in the Bestsellers at number one, followed by The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson.... Read more
 

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Author of the wildly popular Tully and The Bronze Horseman, Paullina Simons is now in Australia to promote her new novel A Song in the... Read more
 

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Nominations close for 2010 Adelaide Festival awards for literature, 30... Read more
 

RiP Norma Fox Mazer x

US children’s book author Norma Fox Mazer has died, aged 78. She wrote more than 30 picture books and novels for young readers, including After... Read more
 

RiP Louise Cooper x

British fantasy author Louise Cooper has died, aged 57. The author of the ‘Seahorses’ and ‘The Mermaid’s Curse’ series wrote more than 80 books.
 

 

 

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