Weekly Book Newsletter
17 June 2010

Reader Giveaway: 'Empire of the Word' x

After an impressive response to this giveaway last fortnight (maybe not so surprising, given our audience), and thanks to Madman Entertainment, the Weekly Book Newsletter... Read more

Inside the current issue: Is the APA playing fair? x

In the current issue of Bookseller+Publisher, New Frontier managing director Peter Whitfield questions the Australian Publishers Association’s commitment to helping self-publishers at overseas book fairs.... Read more

Pan Mac titles live on Kindle x

Pan Macmillan Australia has announced it has more than 300 ebook titles live on Amazon’s Kindle store. Pan Macmillan digital sales and marketing spokesperson Melissa... Read more

NZ$100,000 fellowship to De Goldi x

New Zealand author Kate De Goldi has been awarded the $100,000 Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers’ Fellowship. De Goldi, whose most recent novel The... Read more

Industry members on Queen's Birthday honours list x

Among those acknowledged in this years’ Queen’s Birthday Honours List were several figures associated with the book industry in Australia. Leonard (Len) Woodley received a... Read more

A&R: revamped site, Kobo launched x

REDgroup has launched its Kobo ereader in Angus & Robertson stores, and added the Kobo platform to the chain’s revamped website. REDgroup communications manager Malcolm... Read more

Poole appointed new VWC director x

The Victorian Writers’ Centre (VWC) has appointed Roderick Poole as its new director and CEO. Poole, who has a background in arts management as the founding... Read more

Nahlous appointed commissioning editor, fiction at Pan Mac x

Former Allen & Unwin editor and winner of the 2009 Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship Alexandra Nahlous has been appointed commissioning editor, fiction, at Pan Macmillan.... Read more

Parragon signs joint venture in China x

Parragon Publishing has signed a joint venture agreement with two Chinese publishers to start a new Chinese publishing company that will produce and distribute local-language titles throughout... Read more

Ebook price comparison site launches x

Ebookant.com is a new Australian-based website that offers consumers price comparisons on over 270,000 ebook titles (and 60,000 e-magazines, 5000 e-textbooks and 50,000 e-chapters). The site was created by... Read more

Environment Award for Children's Literature 2010 winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature have been announced. This year’s award has been jointly won by Something About... Read more

Grant to host ABA conference dinner and debate x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced that comedian Corinne Grant has been confirmed for the Welcome Dinner and Debate on 11 July during this... Read more

In brief x

National Library of Australia makes free ebook downloads availableThe National Library of Australia (NLA) has made ebooks of out of print titles from the library’s collection... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international book trade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Kingsolver wins Orange Prize Davidar departure reveals... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On our Fancy Goods blog this week, Carly Been reviews Indelible Ink (Fiona McGregor, Scribe), Eliza Metcalfe reviews forthcoming short story anthology Wordlines (selected by... Read more

On tour x

June Benjamin Law, Black Inc. (The Family Law)Jeff Goodell, Scribe, (How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate)Loani Prior,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Australian operations, at one level or another, are being folded into larger, more global configurations. […] in a real sense we’re seeing a neo-colonisation of the... 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

It’s all about the vampires in the bestseller charts this week. Teen readers are buying Twilight spinoff The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Stephenie... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Alan ‘The Red Fox’ Reid covered Australian politics from the 1930s to the 1980s and became one of Australia’s most influential political journalists. Ross Fitzgerald... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: ABA Training–Brisbane: 14-17 June CAL 2010 seminar series–Perth: 17 June... Read more

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RIP Phillip Shaw x

Financial director at New Holland Publishers Phillip Shaw has died, aged 66. Former New Holland Publishers colleagues wrote: ‘Phillip Shaw was a sincere and much... Read more

RIP Judy Wheeler x

Judy Wheeler, co-owner of New Edition bookshop in Fremantle WA, has died. Fremantle Press writes: ‘Fremantle Press extends its condolences to Judy’s family. Judy, and... Read more

RIP Martin Gardner x

Journalist, science writer Martin Gardner has died, aged 95. He is known for publishing 60 puzzle books and The Annotated Alice (Lewis Carroll & Martin... Read more



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