Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
8 December 2010

DVD Giveaway x

Text Publishing has re-released the original cult memoir about advertising life on Madison Avenue in the 1960s. Jerry Della Femina’s From Those Wonderful Folks Who... Read more

Last Weekly Book Newsletter of 2010 x

This issue of the Weekly Book Newsletter (WBN) will be the last for 2010. The first issue of WBN for 2011 will be published on... Read more

Complete our annual pre-Christmas survey x

Bookseller+Publisher is currently conducting its annual pre-Christmas survey of book retailers and suppliers. If a representative of your store or company has not yet completed... Read more

Christmas 2010 closing times x

Unless otherwise indicated, businesses listed are not open on weekends or public holidays. Australian public holidays include: Saturday, 25 December 2010: Christmas Day Sunday, 26... Read more

Google launches US ebookstore; Australian launch likely to be early 2011 x

Google has entered the ebook market this week, launching its long-awaited ebookstore in the US on Monday. Product manager for Google Books Abraham Murray said... Read more

Heath appointed as 'Meanjin' editor; New editorial advisory panel announced x

Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) has announced the appointment of Sally Heath as the new editor of Meanjin. Heath, a former journalist and editor of the... Read more

REDgroup releases finalised annual report x

Further to the Weekly Book Newsletter article REDgroup annual results: ‘Promising growth’ in online sales but overall $43 million loss, the REDgroup has announced its... Read more

REDGroup partners with Monsoon to offer second-hand books, movies; New wireless Kobo ereader now available x

REDgroup Retail has confirmed it has partnered with Monsoon Commerce Solutions to offer used books and movies among other items on its Borders.com.au website. James... Read more

SWF: Chip Rolley to continue as artistic director x

Chip Rolley will continue in the position of artistic director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) for the next three years. The extension of Rolley’s... Read more

SWF visiting publishers announced x

Guests have been announced for the Visiting International Publishers (VIP) program taking place during the Sydney Writers’ festival, which runs from 16 to 22 May... Read more

Cain replaces Fenlon on BISG x

Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Kim Carr has announced that Steven Cain, chair of REDGroup Retail, has replaced former REDGroup Retail chief executive... Read more

Wilson awarded 2010 Dromkeen Librarian's Award x

Suzy Wilson, owner of Riverbend Books in Brisbane, and founder of the Indigenous Literacy Project (ILP) has been awarded the 2010 Dromkeen Librarian’s Award. Presented... Read more

Working group to review ABIAs x

A working group has been established to review the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs).  Australian Booksellers Association CEO Joel Becker told the Weekly Book Newsletter... Read more

CUP drops prices x

Cambridge University Press (CUP) has recently dropped the prices of more than 28,000 titles. The price drops follow a pricing review of more than 30,000... Read more

A&R Norwood changes name, ends franchise agreement x

Angus & Robertson Norwood has changed its name to Dillons Norwood Bookshop. The owners of the South Australian franchise store, Ross and Sue Dillon, have also ended... Read more

ABC Books author to take legal action against 'The Monthly' x

Author Hugh Lunn and his publisher ABC Books have written to the Monthly editor Ben Naparstek ‘requesting an apology and removal’ of a review of... Read more

Australian publishers meet with Chinese delegation x

CEO of the Australian Publishers Association (APA) Maree McCaskill has told the Weekly Book Newsletter that a publishing event attended by Australian and Chinese publishers last... Read more

2010 ACT Book of the Year and Judith Wright Prize winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Australian Capital Territory Book of the Year Award and Judith Wright Prize were announced over the weekend. The 2010 ACT... Read more

New independent bookstore opens in Perth x

Alan Sheardown, former manager of Planet Books, has opened Crow Books, a new independent bookstore in Perth.  Sheardown told the Weekly Book Newsletter that the... Read more

The Little Bookroom to open second store in Melbourne CBD x

The owners of The Little Bookroom have announced that they will open a second store in Melbourne in early 2011. Leesa Lambert, who owns the... Read more

Nielsen BookScan celebrates 10 years in Australia x

Nielsen BookScan is celebrating 10 years since it began tracking Australian book sales under the name BookTrack in December 2000. Nielsen BookScan’s Shaun Symonds told... Read more

Port Campbell Press joins forces with Broom?s new ebook venture x

Port Campbell Press has announced a new commercial relationship with Warren Broom’s new ebook publishing service, Winking Billy. The publisher, which is a subsidiary of... Read more

Readings Foundation awards $62,500 in grants for 2011 x

The Readings Foundation has announced the recipients chosen to receive funding in 2011. Trustees of the foundation, including writer Helen Garner, Readings staff, and donor... Read more

Dymocks launches Christmas bicycle courier service in Sydney CBD x

Dymocks has announced the launch of a same-day bicycle delivery service within Sydney’s CBD. The ‘Dymocks CBD Pushy Express’ will offer same-day delivery in the... Read more

In brief x

New category for WA’s Premier’s Book Awards  The State Library of Western Australia has announced that a new category will be added to the Western Australian... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Barnes & Borders? pricing and DRM dominate UK... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On the Fancy Goods blog this week Andy Griffiths travels to Warburton in WA with the Indigenous Literacy Project, and Younger Sun bookshop’s Clare Hingston... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction— Fremantle Press has licensed Romanian language rights in The Edge of the World, (Marcella Polain) to Ararat s.r.l. Jenny... Read more

On tour x

DecemberGraeme Base, Penguin (The Legend Of The Golden Snail) Richard Blackburn, Zeus Publications (‘Gatekeeper’ trilogy)Kay Danes, Big Sky Publishing (Beneath The Pale Blue Burqa) Elizabeth... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The main driver of competition now affecting the bricks and mortar retailers is much more to do with the take-up of new technology and 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

Topping the highest new entries chart this week are two cookbooks; Donna Hay’s Fast, Fresh, Simple (HarperCollins) is in first place followed by MasterChef Australia:... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

As newspapers prepare their summer reading lists, Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom (Fourth Estate) has come out on top on our most mentioned chart this week. During... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Nominations are open for Stanner Award: 1 November 2010 –... 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 Bert van Bedaf x

Bert van Bedaf, whose writings made a lasting contribution to the Dutch experience in Australia, has died aged 61. Van Bedaf wrote About the Dutch,... Read more

RiP Betty Jean Lifton x

Betty Jean Lifton, a writer, adoptee and adoption-reform advocate, has died aged 84. Lifton was best known for a nonfiction trilogy: Twice Born: Memoirs of... Read more



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