Weekly Book Newsletter
2 March 2011

Giveaway: 'Millennium' DVDs x

To coincide with the cinema release of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, the Weekly Book Newsletter is giving away five packs of the... Read more

RedGroup administrators: staff owed $7.8 million, unsecured creditors $44 million x

The administrators of REDgroup Retail held the first creditors’ meetings in Melbourne and Auckland yesterday. Key points staff owed $7.8 million unsecured creditors owed $44 million... Read more

Sessions to step down as Penguin publishing director x

Penguin Australia announced last week that Bob Sessions will step down as publishing director in April. Sessions, who has been with Penguin for 27 years, and head... Read more

Tan wins short film Oscar, Dromkeen Medal x

Australian author, illustrator and film director Shaun Tan won an Academy Award this week for his animated film The Lost Thing. Tan, and fellow director... Read more

NZ book community to raise money for Christchurch x

The New Zealand book community has begun raising money for Christchurch residents and businesses that have been affected by the earthquake in the city last... Read more

New Australian ebookstore launched x

Online book retailer Boomerang Books has launched a new ebookstore this week. Booku launched on Tuesday with more than 134,000 ebooks, including some Australian content... Read more

Pearson Australia to move to net pricing x

Pearson Australia has informed booksellers that, effective 1 May, it will be supplying all Pearson products on a net price basis. The new pricing policy... Read more

Random House US adopts agency pricing for ebooks; No change in UK, Australia x

Random House US announced this week that it will adopt an agency pricing model for its ebook sales, becoming the last of the major US... Read more

Pearson records sales growth in 2010; Penguin Australia records overall growth of 0.8% x

International publishing house Pearson has recorded 10% headline growth for the 2009-10 financial year, with a 21% increase of adjusted operating profit for the period.... Read more

2011 Territory Read NT Book of the Year winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Territory Read Northern Territory Book of the Year Awards have been announced. Rod Moss received the $5000 Chief Minister’s 2011... Read more

Egmont UK acquires UK rights to Little Hare Books x

Hardie Grant Egmont has announced that Egmont UK has acquired the rights to distribute all new titles from its imprint Little Hare Books in the... Read more

New Dymocks store in Perth; Dymocks Wollongong, Pacific Fair close x

A new Dymocks franchise will open in the north-eastern Perth suburb of Ellenbrook in March. The bookselling chain announced in a statement this week that... Read more

Broome bookstore for sale x

The Kimberley Bookshop in Broome, Western Australia, is for sale. Bookstore owner Paul Adair told the Weekly Book Newsletter that he is selling the business,... Read more

WA writer wins poetry, nature-writing prizes x

Western Australian writer Annamaria Weldon is the recipient of the 2010 Tom Collins Poetry Prize and the 2011 Nature Conservancy Prize for Nature Writing. Weldon... Read more

Clarification on A&U/Fairfax partnership: 'Good Guide' series remains with Penguin Australia x

The arrangement between Fairfax Media and Allen & Unwin and the ‘Good Guide’ series was incorrectly reported in the email version of the Weekly Book... Read more

In Brief x

NZ playwright awarded writers’ residency New Zealand playwright Michelanne Forster is the recipient of this year’s University of Auckland / Creative New Zealand writing residency... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: HarperCollins US limits library ebook loans Pearson ‘uncomfortable’... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, view the covers shortlisted by the APA Book Design Awards and read Sue Bond’s review of Gone (Jennifer Mills, UQP).

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesAdult–Random House has sold Simplified Character Rights to When it Rains (Maggie MacKellar) to China. Children’s/YA–Random House has sold The... Read more

On tour x

MarchNicole Alexander, Random House (Boxer’s Plain) Sydney, Regional NSW and Regional QLD.Jeffrey Archer, Pan Macmillan (Clifton Chronicles: Only Time Will Tell) Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.Bernard... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It is worth noting that no company has ever made an investor-attractive return by publishing printed books in Australia. All the big names have used... 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

Inside WikiLeaks (Scribe), the exposé on the inside workings of notorious whistle-blowing organization WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange by ex-employee Daniel Domscheit-Berg, is top... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website (with Tina Klopp, trans by Jefferson Chase, Scribe) topped the... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: NZ Book Month: 1-31 March Paris Cookbook Fair: 3-6 March... 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 Hazel Rowley x

Melbourne University Press writes: Melbourne University Press (MUP) regrets to announce that acclaimed Australian writer Hazel Rowley has died today after suffering a stroke last... Read more

RiP Perry Moore x

The co-producer of The Chronicles of Narnia, Perry Moore, has died aged 39. Moore authored the novel Hero which won the Best Novel by the US... Read more



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