Weekly Book Newsletter
4 November 2010

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Thank you to all of you who have already completed our survey–we really appreciate it! If you haven’t yet completed the survey, you can do... Read more

DVD Giveaway x

Thanks to Murdoch Books, we have five copies of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo DVD to give away this week. To be in the draw... Read more

Fenlon resigns from REDgroup Retail x

REDgroup Retail has announced the resignation of chief executive Dave Fenlon. Fenlon, who joined Angus & Robertson as general manager in January 2006 and became group managing director... Read more

Burgess appointed manager, iBooks Australia and NZ x

Chris Burgess has announced he has been appointed to the role of manager, iBooks Australia and New Zealand for Apple. Burgess, who has been in... Read more

Apple iBookstore goes live for Australia with six local publishers' ebooks x

After only offering free out-of-copyright titles to Australian customers since May, the Australian Apple iBookstore launched with local paid content yesterday. Among the first group... Read more

REDgroup annual results: 'promising growth' in online sales but overall $43 million loss x

REDgroup Retail, the owner of Angus & Robertson, Whitcoulls in NZ and Borders Asia Pacific, has announced its preliminary 2009-10 full-year results (for the year... Read more

2010 PM's Literary Awards to be presented 8 November x

The winners of the 2010 Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards will be announced on Monday, 8 November. Prime Minister Julia Gillard will present the awards... Read more

Hachette Australia launches ebooks on Australian iBookstore under agency model, Kobo launch to follow x

Hachette Australia has announced that its ebooks will be among those available on the Apple iBookstore Australia, which launched its first paid local content yesterday,... Read more

Amazon appoints new senior vendor manager to drive sales of ANZ ebooks x

Amy Tipper has recently been appointed as senior vendor manager in the Kindle team at Amazon UK. Tipper will be responsible for managing the relationships... Read more

2010 NSW Premier's History Awards winners announced x

The winners of this year’s NSW Premier’s History Awards have been announced. Winning titles were announced in the following categories: The General History Prize: Settler... Read more

A&U launches Faber Academy in Australia x

Allen & Unwin has announced that creative writing courses will be taught at a Faber Academy in Sydney from March 2011. The publisher will partner... Read more

2011 Perth Writers Festival guest list announced x

The guest list for the 2011 Perth Writers Festival has been announced. International authors to attend the festival include: Tariq Ali (The Obama Syndrome, Night... Read more

GST-free online purchases a growing concern for booksellers x

Australian booksellers are among a growing number of Australian retailers who are calling on the federal government to reform the rules guiding the application of... Read more

2010 CAL Waverley Library Award shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature, also known as ‘the Nib’, has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Vital Signs: Stories... Read more

Jones joins Pan Macmillan x

Former bookseller Steve Jones has joined the marketing department at Pan Macmillan Australia. Jones, who started in the new position this week, left his position... Read more

Foster wins 2010 Lady Cutler Award x

Sarah Foster is the recipient of the 2010 Lady Cutler Award. Foster is the founder, managing director and publisher of children’s book publisher Walker Books... Read more

Readings ebookstore to stock SPUNC titles for first month x

Further to the Weekly Book Newsletter story Readings to launch pilot ebookstore with Inventive Labs platform, the Weekly Book Newsletter now understands that the pilot... Read more

Tsiolkas shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Award x

Australian author Cristos Tsiolkas has been shortlisted in the International Author of the Year category in the UK’s Galaxy National Book Awards. Tsiolkas has been... Read more

2010 CLL Educational Publishing Awards shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the inaugural Copyright Licensing Ltd Educational Publishing Awards has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Best Book or Series in Primary Publishing... Read more

Flannery first Australian to win Joseph Leidy Award x

Professor Tim Flannery is the first Australian to win the Joseph Leidy Award. The world-renowned scientist and author of The Weather Makers (Text) and Here... Read more

Hopkins, Morrison join HarperCollins x

Roz Hopkins and Tegan Morrison have joined HarperCollins as associate publishers. Hopkins will take on the role of associate publisher – nonfiction. Hopkins has previously... Read more

2010 KOALA Awards winners announced x

The winners of the 2010 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards have been announced. The winning titles are: Picture Book Fearless (Colin Thompson & Sarah Davis,... Read more

2010 Australian Food Media Awards winners announced x

The winners of the 2010 Australian Food Media Awards have been announced. The winning titles are: Simon Johnson Award for Best Food Related Book Category... Read more

In Brief x

Changes announced for the 2011 Indie Awards Leading Edge Books has announced a number of changes to the next Indie Book Award. Independent bookshops who are... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Amazon.co.uk introduces agency pricing with Hachette, HarperCollins and... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Bookseller+Publisher publishing assistant Andrew Wrathall interviews Shaun Micallef about his novel Preincarnate (Hardie Grant), Andrew Wilkins reviews Dorothy Porter’s Love... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights new this week: Sales Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold rights to Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap to the Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia, Turkey and... Read more

On Tour x

NovemberStacey Demarco, Rock Pool Publishing (2011 Lunar Diary) Cassandra Eason, Foulsham Publishing (Complete Book of Spells, Contact Your Spirit Guides)John Edward, Capricorn Link (What If... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘There are some publishers that have been chasing the iBooks Store in Australia, waiting for some indication of when they would be approached and that... 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

Crescendo (Simon & Schuster), Becca Fitzpatrick’s sequel to New York Times bestseller Hush Hush, is top of the highest new entries chart this week, followed... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Comedian Shaun Micallef’s new book Preincarnate (Hardie Grant), the comic story about time travel, cloning, space ships, and the Loch Ness monster, has made the top spot... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: The annual Australian Campus Booksellers Association conference: 3-5 November Emerging... 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 Harry Mulisch x

Harry Mulisch, the Dutch writer best known for his book, The Assault (1982), has died aged 83.

RIP Eva Ibbotson x

Eva Ibbotson, the children’s author, has died aged 85. She wrote magical comedies such as Which Witch? and The Secret of Platform 13.

RIP Bill Kent x

Professor Bill Kent, the distinguished Australian scholar of Renaissance Italy and founder-director of the Monash University Prato Centre, has died aged 68. In 2004 he... Read more

 

 

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