Weekly Book Newsletter
29 September 2010

DVD Giveaway x

John Ajvide Lindqvist, the Swedish master of horror, has rewritten the lore on vampires and zombies. Now in his third novel Harbour he redefines the ‘ghost’... Read more

Victorian Premier's Literary Awards: 2010 winners announced x

The winners of the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were announced last night at a presentation dinner at Zinc in Federation Square, Melbourne. Traditionally held at the close... Read more

Government considering review of Australian copyright law x

The Australian Financial Review reported last week that copyright laws in Australia will be reviewed in the near future. The AFR reported that the federal... Read more

Ingram to open Australian Lightning Source operation in 2011 x

Ingram has announced it will establish ‘a full-scale Lightning Source print-on-demand book manufacturing operation in Australia’. A company spokesperson told the Weekly Book Newsletter that... Read more

Baker replaces Caffin at Byron Bay Writers Festival x

Candida Baker has replaced Jeni Caffin as Director of the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre and the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. Caffin, who programmed the Byron... Read more

Bishop to step down at Varuna x

Varuna, the Writers’ House, has announced that creative director Peter Bishop has stepped down from his position after 17 years with the writers’ centre. Bishop... Read more

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins closes ANZ market for International Editions, replaces with US edition x

Educational publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Australia has discontinued selling International Editions (IE) of 33 of its titles in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) in order... Read more

Random House recalls 'Evil in the Suburbs' x

Random House Australia has announced that it is recalling the book Evil in the Suburbs by Cindy Wockner and Michael Porta for legal reasons. The... Read more

Heiss wins third Deadly with 'Manhattan Dreaming' x

Anita Heiss has won the 2010 Deadly award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature for her novel Manhattan Dreaming (Random House). Heiss told the Weekly Book... Read more

Baker & Taylor makes Windows version of Blio available for download x

Baker & Taylor has announced it has made available its long-anticipated ereading application Blio. The application, which is available for free download at http://www.blio.com/ features... Read more

Colin Roderick Award shortlist announced x

The shortlisted titles for this year’s Colin Roderick Award have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Water Dreamers (Michael Cathcart, Text Publishing) Piano Lessons... Read more

A&R Norwood named Franchisee of the Year at REDgroup annual conference x

The second annual REDGroup Retail conference was held on the Gold Coast last week. The conference, held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, was attended... Read more

The Little Bookroom celebrates 50 years x

The Little Bookroom in Melbourne will celebrate its 50th anniversary on the 13 October. The children’s bookstore first opened its doors in the Melbourne CBD... Read more

Readings St Kilda expands x

Readings bookstore in St Kilda, Melbourne, will officially launch its new look this weekend with two days of celebrations. The Acland Street store recently closed... Read more

S&S move to Cammeray x

Simon & Schuster Australia has moved offices to Cammeray over the weekend. The publisher, previously located at Pymble, made the move to be closer to... Read more

HarperCollins Australia reports year-end profits 'ahead of expectations' x

NewsCorp, parent company of HarperCollins Australia has reported an increase in its book publishing sector’s operating income. HarperCollins globally reported full-year segment operating income of... Read more

Winners of the 2010 Whitley Awards announced x

The winners of the 2010 Whitley Awards were announced in a ceremony at the Australia Museum last week. The Whitley Medal was awarded to George... Read more

Emerging Writers' Festival comes to Sydney x

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has announced that it will host a festival in Sydney for the first time this year. The one-day mini festival... Read more

New Zealand's Ministry of Education halts production of TUPU series x

New Zealand’s Ministry of Education has announced that it will cease production of its TUPU series of Pacific Island materials from December this year. Education... Read more

In brief x

Osmond on exchange to Random House UKRandom House Australia marketing and publicity director and head of digital Brett Osmond is on a three-month secondment to Random... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Amazon announces new Kindle service B&N founder maintains... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Deborah Crabtree reviews Paul Kelly’s How to Make Gravy (Hamish Hamilton), Charlotte Harper rounds up the discussion at the recent... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesChildren’s—Scholastic has sold Portuguese rights within Portugal to Gabrielle Lord’s 12 book ‘Conspiracy 365′ and Chinese complex character rights to... Read more

On Tour x

Elif Batuman, Text (The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them) Christine Bongers, Random House (Henry Hoey Hobson)Steph Bowe, Text (Girl... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘From a consumer’s point of view, you cannot go to an independent bookshop’s website and buy an ebook, because they don’t have them in stock–regardless... 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

There has been no movement at the top of the bestsellers chart this week, with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest and The Girl... Read more

Most mentioned in 'Media Extra' x

Lisa Lang’s Utopian Man (A&U) received the most mentions this week. Set in 1880s Melbourne, before the Depression of the 1890s, it features eccentric entrepreneur... Read more

Forthcoming Events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: PEN’s 76th International Congress: 25 September – 1 October Australian... 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

Vale Kay Keck (Oldmeadow) x

Kaye Keck, director of the Dromkeen Gallery, died this month. She was 64 years of age. Keck’s brother John Oldmeadow writes: ‘Kaye Keck absorbed so... Read more

RIP Petros Demetriou x

Petros Demetriou, who was the CCO at DA Information Services, has died. DA Information Services writes:‘DA Information Services sadly announces that Petros Demetriou, our CCO,... Read more

RIP Jim Atkinson x

Jim Atkinson, who was the national president of the Printing Industries Association of Australia, has died. Atkinson spent more than 40 years working in the... Read more

RiP Harry Raynor x

The Australian Booksellers Association writes: ‘Harry was involved in bookshops and books for a majority of his life and was a very talented gentleman. ‘A man... Read more

 

 

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