Weekly Book Newsletter
28 January 2010

Giveaway--three copies of 'Stephen Fry in America' DVD and book up for grabs x

Thanks to Madman Entertainment, the Weekly Book Newsletter is giving away three prize packs containing a Stephen Fry in America on DVD and a copy of the... Read more

Inside the current issue: Q+A with Carmel Bird x

Carmel Bird’s latest novel Child of the Twilight (Fourth Estate) has hit the shelves. You can read a Q+A with Bird (page 45) and a... Read more

Apple announces iPad and iBooks Store x

After many months of speculation, Apple has finally announced the release of its ‘tablet’ computer/ereader, to be called the iPad. The iPad resembles a larger... Read more

A&R to offer online POD option within six months x

Angus & Robertson will have a ‘print on demand solution’ on its website in the next six months, following the removal of the chain’s Espresso... Read more

Australia Day Honours List x

Several members of the Australian book industry were recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours. Among them were author and poet Peter Goldsworthy, who received the Member of the Order... Read more

ABA national conference registrations open x

Registrations for the 2010 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) national conference, to be held from 11 to 13 July in Brisbane, have opened. The 86th ABA Conference... Read more

Aurealis award winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Aurealis Awards for the best science-fiction, fantasy and horror titles in Australia, have been announced. The 14th annual Aurealis Awards... Read more

NZ December book sales: value up, volume down in 2009 x

The first year-on-year analysis of New Zealand book sales in December using Nielsen BookScan data has revealed a drop in volume and a rise in... Read more

NT Writers' Centre announces 'Book of the Year' shortlist and Wordstorm guests x

The Northern Territory Writers’ Centre has announced the shortlist for the 2010 Territory Read NT Book of the Year. The titles shortlisted for the award,... Read more

Ostell appointed publisher at UWA Publishing x

University of Western Australia (UWA) Publishing has announced the appointment of former Text Publishing senior editor Melanie Ostell as publisher. Ostell, who will fill the... Read more

Google Book Settlement: deadline today x

The deadline for authors to opt out of the revised Google Settlement, to opt in if they previously opted out of the original settlement, or... Read more

Larson to receive Margaret Mahy Medal x

New Zealand’s Margaret Mahy Medal for 2010 has been awarded to Dunedin publisher Barbara Larson by children’s literature organisation Storylines. The award recognises Larson’s contribution... Read more

Madman announces partnership with Diamond Book Distributors x

Madman Entertainment has announced an exclusive partnership with Diamond Book Distributors (DBD), a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, in Australian and New Zealand. Under the agreement... Read more

CUP to place thousands of ebooks online x

Cambridge University Press (CUP) is placing thousands of ebooks online, available for Australian institutions in March. The Cambridge Books Online (CBO) system will initially hold... Read more

Lonely Planet to publish its 100 millionth guidebook x

Lonely Planet has announced that the publication of the 15th edition of its Australia guide will officially be the publisher’s 100 millionth guidebook in print.... Read more

In brief x

Authors appear on ‘Australian Legends’ stampsSeveral Australian authors are to appear on 55c stamps in the latest ‘Australian Legends’ set of Australia Post stamps, released... Read more

Around the World x

Among the international booktrade stories recently added to our Around the World blog: IPA copyright symposium in Abu Dhabi McEwan, Amis & Beevor sign direct... Read more

On tour x

Children’s author Anthony Horowitz (Walker Books) has cancelled his upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand in May due to work commitments. Authors on tour... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘They could have tried harder’–Lee Tulloch on Australia Post’s decision to include only one female Australian author (Colleen McCulloch) in its new ‘Australian Legends’ stamp... Read more

Got news? x

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

Bestsellers this week x

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is still popular with book-buying folk after Christmas and is top of the Bestsellers chart this... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Elizabeth Gilbert had far and away the most mentions in this week’s media. Her new title Committed: A Sceptic Makes Peace with Marriage picks up... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Taipei International Book Exhibition 2010, 27 January-1 February Closing date... Read more

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RiP Robert B Parker x

American crime novelist Robert B Parker has died, aged 77. Parker was best known for his ‘Spenser’ novels, which feature a wise-cracking Boston private investigator.

 

 

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