Weekly Book Newsletter
6 January 2010

Publishers' picks for 2010 x

Happy New Year and welcome to the first issue of WBN for 2010. With 2009 over, it’s time to turn our attention to the year... Read more
 

Giveaway--five copies of 'Balibo' up for grabs! x

Thanks to Madman Entertainment, WBN is giving away five copies of Balibo on DVD. Balibo was based on the book by Jill Jolliffe (Scribe). It’s... Read more
 

REDgroup to sell ebooks online by May 2010 x

As reported in a WBN special bulletin in December, REDgroup Retail has announced it will make ebooks available from its Borders, Angus & Robertson and... Read more
 

A&U announces POD program x

Allen & Unwin has announced the launch of its Print on Demand (POD) program. The program will launch with an initial list of more than... Read more
 

Collins launches new logo and tag line x

Collins Booksellers has announced a ‘brand refresh’ to coincide with the roll out of its new-look stores, based on a new logo. ‘It’s important that... Read more
 

RHA continues negotiations as Random House UK adds titles to Kindle store x

Following the decision of Random House UK to add its titles to Amazon.com’s international Kindle store, Random House Australia confirms it is continuing negotiations with... Read more
 

A&U to publish PM's children's book x

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who was widely reported to have abstained from voting on last year’s Cabinet decision to retain Australia’s parallel importation laws because... Read more
 

ACT Book of the Year and Poetry Prize 2009 winners announced x

Winners of the ACT Book of the Year and the ACT Poetry Prize for 2009 were announced late last year by ACT Chief Minister Jon... Read more
 

Book sales up in 2009 x

In good news for the book trade, Nielsen BookScan’s figures for 2009 indicate book sales in Australia have increased in both value and volume in... Read more
 

Dempster appointed director of Emerging Writers Festival x

Lisa Dempster has been appointed director of the Emerging Writers Festival. Dempster, whose memoir Neon Pilgrim was published by Aduki Press last year, has been... Read more
 

Sutton wins Manning Clarke House Cultural Award x

Peter Sutton has won the ‘individual’ section of this year’s Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards for his book The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia... Read more
 

'Blind Conscience' wins Human Rights award x

The Australian Human Rights Commission has announced the recipient of its 2009 Literature Nonfiction Award is Blind Conscience by Margot O’Neill (NewSouth Books). The Commission... Read more
 

Howard receives NZ society of authors Mid-Career Writers Award x

The New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) has announced the poet David Howard is the recipient of its Mid-Career Writers Award. Howard has published several poetry... Read more
 

Blake Dawson Prize for Business Literature shortlist announced x

Law firm Blake Dawson has announced the shortlist for the Blake Dawson Prize for Business Literature 2009 at the State Library of New South Wales.... Read more
 

CAL Scribe Fiction Prize longlist announced x

Scribe has announced the longlisted authors for the inaugural CAL Scribe Fiction Prize. The authors are: George Dunford (A Butterfly Goodbye) Angus Gaunt (Under the... Read more
 

Berkelouw Wine Bar opens x

Sydney bookselling chain Berkelouw books now includes a wine bar in its Leichhardt store. Berkelouw Wine Bar, which received a positive review in the Sydney Morning... Read more
 

Macquarie Dictionary 'word of the year' poll opens x

Voting for the annual Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year poll opens today. Among the book-related new words to be nominated this year are ‘heist... Read more
 

Uni of Melbourne Bookshop gets mark 2 Espresso Book Machine x

Following a ‘soft launch’ in late 2009, University of Melbourne Bookshop is ‘now the proud owner of the first mark 2 Espresso Book Machine in... Read more
 

In brief x

Wright receives honorary doctorateMiles Franklin-winning author Alexis Wright has received an honorary doctorate from RMIT, where she studied professional and creative writing. Wright, whose novel... Read more
 

Around the world x

Among the international booktrade stories recently added to our Around the World blog: No buyers for Borders UK stores Hachette, HC, S&S hold back on... Read more
 

On tour x

Authors on tour in January include: Harvey Milkman, Footprint Books (Craving for Ecstasy and Natural Highs: A Positive Approach to Mood Alteration)Paul Miller, Footprint Books... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘Trend: The large publishing houses will continue to reduce overhead as profits shrink in the years ahead. Counter trend: Publishers will be looking for mergers... Read more
 

Got news? x

If you’ve got news you think would be of interest to WBN readers, let us know by emailing bookseller.publisher@thorpe.com.au.
 

Bestsellers this week x

That good old stalwart the Guinness World Records 2010 comes up trumps for the new year, topping both the Bestsellers and Fastest Movers chart this... Read more
 

RIP Charles Birch x

Matt Howard from New South writes: ‘UNSW Press sadly notes the passing of distinguished ecologist and author Charles Birch at age 91. Professor Birch was... Read more
 

RIP Barrie Hitchon x

Jim Demetriou, COO of HarperCollins writes: ‘HarperCollins Publishers Australia is sad to advise that Barrie Hitchon, former CEO of HarperCollins ANZ, passed away peacefully, after... Read more
 

RiP Mary Daly x

American feminist author and philosopher Mary Daly has died, aged 81. She wrote The Church and the Second Sex, and Beyond God the Father: Toward... Read more
 

 

 

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