Weekly Book Newsletter
22 September 2010

Inside the current issue: reviewers' top picks x

Inside the October issue of Bookseller+Publisher you’ll find 45 reviews of forthcoming Australian and New Zealand titles. On our Fancy Goods blog we’ve rounded up... Read more

Donovan to step down at A&U x

Allen and Unwin has announced that executive director Paul Donovan will step down from his full-time role at the end of February 2011. Donovan, who joined... Read more

Linaker to leave Wiley, Robertson to become executive director x

Wiley Australia has announced that managing director Heather Linaker will be leaving the role at the end of November. ‘Heather assumed this role in September... Read more

Sony digital forum canvasses industry opinions x

Digital titles could make up between 20 and 30% of the trade book market within two to five years, according to attendees at a round... Read more

Australia's Heritage Publishing to be launched in 2011 x

John Singleton, owner of the advertising agency Banjo, and Kevin Weldon, founder of the Macquarie Dictionary, have announced they will launch a new publishing house,... Read more

DNAML to auction ebook.com domain name x

Australia-based ebook software company DNAML has announced it will auction its domain name www.ebook.com. The company, which said it had provided ‘over 4.7 million ebook... Read more

CLL Writers Awards winners announced x

In New Zealand, journalist and publisher Dame Christine Cole Catley and journalist and author Steve Braunias have each been presented with a CLL Writers’ Award... Read more

'Surrender' wins NZSA-Pindar Publishing Prize, exclusive REDgroup deal criticised x

Surrender by Donna Malane is the inaugural winner of the NZSA (New Zealand Society of Authors)-Pindar Publishing Prize. Malane’s manuscript, chosen as the winner from... Read more

'ABR' planning electronic version x

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced it is developing a digital edition of the magazine to be released in 2011, in celebration of the... Read more

Gleitzman shortlisted for Guardian children's fiction prize x

Morris Gleitzman has been shortlisted for the Guardian children’s fiction prize for the second year in a row. Gleitzman’s novel Then was shortlisted in 2009;... Read more

In brief x

Borders cuts Kobo priceBorders Australia has announced it has dropped the price of its Kobo eReader to $179, down from $199. Harris tour cancelledHachette Australia... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: US ebook sales jump another 250% in July... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On our Fancy Goods blog this week, Rachel Wilson talks to Monica McInerney about At Home with the Templetons (Michael Joseph), we round-up some of... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction–UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, Australia and New Zealand, to Blossoms and Shadows (Lian Hearn, Hachette) have been sold... Read more

On Tour x

Jake Adelstein, Scribe (Tokyo Vice: a Western reporter on the police beat in Japan)Joe Bageant, Scribe (Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir)Elif Batuman, Text (The Possessed:... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The frustration felt by authors not being able to access the ebooks they want to read is the same frustration felt by readers and booksellers... 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

Prior to the cinema release of the The Girl Who Played with Fire adaptation, Steig Larrsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest (Quercus) and... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

The Mary Smokes Boys (Transit Lounge) by local author Patrick Holland is at the top of the most mentioned chart this week. Grey’s mother dies giving... Read more

Stay in touch with us x

Sign up for The Bookseller+Publisher Newsletter–delivered free to your inbox once a fortnight. You can also follow Bookseller+Publisher online on Twitter, become a Facebook fan or... Read more

RiP Kaye Keck x

Kaye Keck, director of the Dromkeen Gallery, died on Tuesday 14 September, surrounded by her family. Keck was a passionate supporter of Australian children’s literature... Read more

RIP William H. Goetzmann x

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian William H. Goetzmann has died aged 80.  The author won the Pulitzer Prize in 1967 for his book Exploration and Empire. His... Read more



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