Weekly Book Newsletter
16 February 2011

BISG submissions: ABA calls for reduction in 30/90-day rules, action on pricing; APA calls for TitlePage funding, ABS collection x

Submissions to the Book Industry Strategy Group (BISG) closed on 31 January, and will soon be made public on the website of the Department of... Read more

Commonwealth Writers' Prize regional shortlists announced x

The South East Asia and Pacific regional shortlist for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize has been announced. The nominees for the South East Asia and... Read more

Penguin Australia to reduce sales team x

Penguin Australia has confirmed that it has ‘taken a decision to reduce the numbers of our salespeople’. Penguin sales director Peter Blake told the Weekly... Read more

Pepeyan to join Collins x

Further to the Weekly Book Newsletter article Pepeyan to leave ABA, Collins Booksellers has announced that Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) training manager Lucie Pepeyan will join the... Read more

Calligaro appointed digital manager at Text x

Text Publishing has announced the appointment of Michelle Calligaro to the newly created position of digital manager. Text managing director and publisher Michael Heyward told... Read more

Independent Sydney bookstore to close x

Independent Sydney bookstore Zabriskie Booksellers has announced that it will close down next week. The bookstore, which is located in the former Martin Smith’s bookstore... Read more

Thames & Hudson distribution to move to MDS x

Thames & Hudson Australia has announced this week that Macmillan Distributions Services (MDS) has been appointed to undertake all warehousing and distribution functions for the... Read more

Blake Dawson Business Literature Prize shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Blake Dawson Business Literature Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Changing Stations: The Story of Australian Commercial Radio... Read more

Oz, NZ titles selected for USBBY annual list of Outstanding International Books x

A number of Australian and New Zealand titles have been selected for the 2011 United States Board of Books for Young People (USBBY) list of... Read more

No winner for 2011 Finch Memoir Prize x

Finch Publishing has announced that the judges of the Finch Memoir Prize have decided not to award a winner for 2011. The publishing house said... Read more

New website, staff changes at Inside A Dog x

The State Library of Victoria’s Centre for Youth Literature (CYL) will re-launch the Inside A Dog website in March. The website will feature new member-run... Read more

Capacity crowds at 2011 Writers at the Convent x

The Reader’s Feast Writers at the Convent festival has continued to increase its year-on-year audience numbers, with audience numbers for the 2011 festival up on... Read more

In Brief x

National Year of Reading 2012 patron announced Author William McInnes has been announced as the patron of the National Year of Reading 2012. Chair of the... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Borders US bankruptcy filing ‘imminent’ sales rise but... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On the Fancy Goods blog this week, Dave Martus reviews The Short Goodbye: A Skewed History of the Last Boom and the Next Bust (Elisabeth... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction–Hachette Australia has sold Wildflower Hill (Kimberley Freeman) to Poland and Norway; and The Book of Love (Phillipa Fioretti) to... 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

‘Thirty percent is a big charge. Particularly given the information you get out of Apple about your customers. To hand over 30 percent and not... 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

With a number of book signings happening all over the country, Michelle Bridges’ latest weight-loss book, Losing the Last 5 Kilos (Viking) tops both the... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Ferdinand von Schirach’s book Crime (Text) is a collection of true crime stories told by one of Germany’s most prominent defence lawyers. Rhoda Janzen’s memoir... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Tools of Change, New York: 14-16 February Bayside Writing Competition:... 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 Ian Abdulla x

Ian Abdulla, Australian native artist and author of autobiographical picture books, has died aged 63. In 1993 he wrote and illustrated As I Grew Older: The... Read more

RIP Margaret K McElderry x

Children’s editor Margaret K McElderry has died, aged 98. Working as an editor for Atheneum Books she founded the Margaret K McElderry imprint in 1972,... Read more

RiP Dame Judith Binney x

Dame Judith Binney, respected historian and writer, has died aged 70. Binney specialised in the history of Maori and Pakeha engagement and her book Encircled... Read more



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