Weekly Book Newsletter
23 February 2011

Giveaway: The Lost Thing x

While out collecting bottle tops at the beach, a boy discovers an enormous, bizarre-looking and lonely creature that nobody else appears to notice… The Lost... Read more

REDgroup voluntary administration: PEP owed 75% of money owed to non-staff creditors, creditors meetings announced, industry responses x

Administrators Ferrier Hodgson has confirmed that 75% of the money owed by REDgroup Retail to non-staff creditors is owed to the group’s owner Pacific Equity Partners (PEP).... Read more

Earthquake hits Christchurch x

Following yesterday’s earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, Booksellers NZ is reporting updates from its members on the association’s website. Booksellers NZ reports that Children’s Book... Read more

Wheelers sell remaining share in Lonely Planet x

As reported by the Weekly Book Newsletter last week, Lonely Planet founders Maureen and Tony Wheeler have sold their remaining 25% stake in the guidebook... Read more

PMP announces $19.2 million write-down of Scribo business; 23.1% decline in print volume for books x

PMP, the owner of book distribution business The Scribo Group, has recorded a net loss of $14.8 million for the first half of the 2010-2011... Read more

Besliev appointed MD at Hardie Grant Egmont x

Hardie Grant Egmont has announced the appointment of Natasha Besliev to the position of Australian and New Zealand managing director this week. The publisher said... Read more

Penguin Australia confirms eight redundancies in sales team x

Further to the Weekly Book Newsletter report Penguin Australia to reduce sales team, Penguin Australia has confirmed that it has announced eight redundancies across its... Read more

A&U announces partnership with Fairfax Media x

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has announced that it has entered into a new publishing partnership with Fairfax Media which will see the publisher take on responsibility... Read more

Amazon UK offers free shipping to ANZ x

Amazon’s UK-based website has expanded its free shipping offer to include Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa. Orders for books, DVDs and music CDs... Read more

Largardere sales decline 4.8% in 2010; Hachette Australia ebook sales expected to 'grow substantially' in 2011 x

Lagardère Publishing, the French-based parent company of Hachette Australia, has recorded a 4.8% decline in total revenue for 2010. The publisher said in a financial... Read more

Quarto Group records revenue growth for 2010 x

International publisher Quarto Group, which has operations in Australia and New Zealand, has released preliminary financial results for 2010, recording a revenue increase of 7%... Read more

Scribe appoints digital editor x

Scribe has announced it has appointed David Golding to the newly created part-time position of digital editor. ‘We’re too small to have departments, so the... Read more

2011 APA Book Design Awards shortlists announced x

The shortlisted titles for this year’s Australian Publishers Association (APA) Book Design Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in the ‘Best Designed Cover of... Read more

Bastian appointed CEO at Varuna x

Varuna, the Writers’ House, has announced the appointment of Elisabeth Bastian to the position of chief executive officer. Bastian, who began in her new position... Read more

2011 Tools of Change New York: Atwood, Bridle highlights x

Publishing consultant Alex Adsett writes: The O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference was held in New York last week, and was an exciting meeting... Read more

2011 NZ Post Children?s Book Awards finalists announced x

The finalists for the 2011 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Picture books: Baa Baa Smart... Read more

UQP joins SPUNC x

The Small Press Underground Networking Community (SPUNC) announced last week that University of Queensland Press (UQP) has joined the organisation. UQP is the latest medium-size... Read more

In Brief x

2011 NZ Maori Writer’s Residency announcedLyttelton author Ben Brown has been announced as the recipient of the 2011 Maori Writer’s Residency at the Michael King... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Nebula Award nominees announced US ebook sales grew... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, we have a round-up of stories on REDgroup entering voluntary administration and on the same issue we look at things... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesAudio–Fremantle Press has sold audio rights in The Magic Fair (Sally Morgan) and Barlay (Cheryl Kickett-Tucker) to Vision Australia. Send... 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... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘You can offer what you can offer, but it’s different to how it used to be. Not just since Amazon or Book Depository or whatever;... 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

127 Hours (S&S) is Aron Ralston’s true story of being trapped under a boulder while climbing through canyons in Utah. After the cinema release of... Read more

Most mentioned x

The top four books on the most mentioned chart received an equal number of mentions this week. Yannick Haenel’s The Messenger (Text) is a biography... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: SPOKE Writers’ Festival 2011: 22-25 February Armageddon Expo, Sydney: 26-27... 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 Sarah Dawson x

Penguin editor Sarah Dawson has died. Family and friends write: ‘Family and friends sadly announce that Sarah died earlier this month after a short illness.... Read more



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