Weekly Book Newsletter
9 February 2011

Inside the current issue x

The March issue of Bookseller+Publisher includes 63 reviews of forthcoming Australian and New Zealand titles, the first Junior supplement for the year and a look... Read more
 

Ebook retailers may be forced to amend apps after Apple rejects external-purchasing-only apps x

Major players in the ebook retailing market appear to be facing a challenge to their current online retailing model, following a move by Apple that could net the... Read more
 

UQP expands ebook list x

University of Queensland Press (UQP) has announced the release of a number of new ebook titles and plans to continue to expand its ebook program... Read more
 

Bloomsbury restructures, wants 'world rights where ever possible' x

Bloomsbury, which opened an office in Australia this year, has announced the appointment of Alexandra Pringle to the new role of coordinating acquisitions for Bloomsbury... Read more
 

Overdrive releases territory-specific 'Most Downloaded Books from the Library' lists x

Global ebook distributor OverDrive has announced that it has expanded its monthly ‘Most Downloaded Books from the Library’ lists to include territory-specific charts, including one... Read more
 

De Goldi wins 2011 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal x

Wellington-based author, publisher and broadcaster Kate De Goldi has won this year’s Storyline Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award. De Goldi received the award, which... Read more
 

Oz books make 2011 Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities list x

A number of Australian books have been included in the Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities list produced by the International Board on Books... Read more
 

Independent Melbourne bookstores hit by flood waters x

At least two independent Melbourne bookstores were hit by the dramatic flash floods in the Victorian capital city last Friday. The St Kilda Readings store, located... Read more
 

Walker establishes publishing consultancy business x

Former publishing director of Penguin New Zealand Geoff Walker has established a new publishing consultancy business in Auckland. Walker told the Weekly Book Newsletter that... Read more
 

2011 Buddle Findlay Sargeson fellows announced x

New Zealand fiction writers Sue Orr and Mark Broatch have been announced as the recipients of this year’s Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship. Orr and Broatch... Read more
 

New PANZ training fund announced x

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has announced the establishment of a new Training Fund. PANZ said in a statement last week that individual... Read more
 

In Brief x

Borders website nominated for AIMIA Retail award The Borders Australia website has been nominated in the Best Retail category in this year’s Australian Interactive Media Association (AIMIA)... Read more
 

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: NYT launches ebook bestseller list book bloggers boost... Read more
 

On Fancy Goods x

On the Fancy Goods blog this week, David Gaunt interviews Gail Jones on ‘Five Bells’ (Vintage) and Angela Meyer reviews ‘Yearn’ (Tobsha Learner, HarperCollins).
 

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week:  SalesFiction—HarperCollins has sold White Gardenia, Wild Lavender and Tuscan Rose (all by Belinda Alexandra) to Hungary; and Mercy and Exile... Read more
 

On tour x

February Daniel Akst, Scribe (We Have Met the Enemy) Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.Sara Foster, Random House (Beneath the Shadows) Regional WA. Jacqueline Harvey, Random House... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘We want world rights where ever possible,’ Bloomsbury executive director Richard Charkin says, as the company announces a restructure to meet the challenges of globalisation.
 

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

Letters and Numbers (Hardie Grant), a word and number puzzles book based on the SBS TV show testing players’ vocabulary and mathematical skill, is top of... Read more
 

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

It’s no surprise that both Gail Jones’ Five Bells (Vintage) and Annie Proulx’s Bird Cloud (Fourth Estate) have appeared in Media Extra for the second... Read more
 

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Taipei International Book Exhibition: 9-14 February Intellectual Property Research Institute... 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 Joyce Nicholson Thorpe x

Joyce Nicholson Thorpe, founder of the Weekly Book Newsletter, died in late January aged 91. Publisher of the Weekly Book Newsletter Tim Coronel writes: ‘We are... Read more
 

RiP Vivienne Brophy x

Vivienne Brophy, who was editor of D W Thorpe’s journal The Australian Newsagent & Stationer, passed away peacefully at her home this week. Brophy was... Read more
 

RiP John Wilson x

Founder and Chair of Acorn Press Ltd, Bishop John Wilson, has died aged 73. Wilson was an academic theologian and a significant figure in the... Read more
 

RiP Brian Jacques x

Brian Jacques, children’s book author of the New York Times bestselling ‘Redwall’ series, has died aged 71. Jacques’ 22nd and final book in the series,... Read more
 

 

 

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