Weekly Book Newsletter
9 March 2011

Inside the current issue: Johnson responds to Page on book pricing x

As reported in today’s Weekly Book Newsletter, Simon & Schuster is the latest local publisher to announce a revision of its pricing schedules. In the... Read more

REDgroup administration: REDgroup Australia for sale; 37 A&R stores, 1 Borders store in Oz to close; 321 staff affected x

Administrators Ferrier Hodgson has announced it is seeking expressions of interest for the Australian-based companies of REDgroup Retail. In an advertisement in yesterday’s Australian Financial Review, the administrators encouraged... Read more

Scott, Cliff win South East Asia and Pacific CWP x

Australian author Kim Scott and New Zealand author Craig Cliff were announced as the South East Asia and Pacific regional winners of the Commonwealth Writers’... Read more

2011 CAL Scribe Fiction Prize winner announced x

Scribe Publications has announced that South Australian writer Lesley Jørgensen is the winner of the 2011 CAL Scribe Fiction Prize. Jørgensen will receive $15,000 and... Read more

Additional guests announced for 2011 SWF VIP program; international guests to visit Auckland x

Further to the Weekly Book Newsletter article SWF visiting publishers announced, the Australia Council for the Arts has announced additional guests for this year’s Visiting... Read more

Harlequin records revenue drop in 2010; Oz, NZ markets record 'record growth' x

International publishing house Harlequin has recorded a five percent decline in revenue for the 2010 financial year, with sales for the year’s fourth quarter down two percent... Read more

Kobo announces new funding x

Kobo has announced increased investment in the company in a funding round reportedly led by Fidelity Investments and which Kobo says includes further investment from... Read more

2011 Barbara Jefferis Award shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2011 Barbara Jefferis Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Good Daughter (Honey Brown, Penguin) Like Being a Wife (Catherine... Read more

Simon & Schuster revise prices x

Simon & Schuster is the latest publishing house to announce a revision of its Australian pricing schedules. Simon & Schuster managing director Lou Johnson told the Weekly... Read more

BISG submissions: over 100 submissions from booksellers, publishers, libraries, industry groups made public x

The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has made more than 100 submissions to the Book Industry Strategy Group (BISG) available to the public... Read more

In Brief x

Booksellers NZ providing updates on Christchurch bookstores Booksellers NZ is continuing to provide updates about member stores that were affected by the Christchurch earthquake in February on... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: US Supreme Court to hear fair use case... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, read Chris Harrington’s interview with Elizabeth Stead about her new novel The Sparrows of Edward Street (UQP), and reviews of... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesChildren’s/YA–Hachette Australia has sold ‘Dragon Blood Pirates’ books 1 to 3 (Dan Jerris) and Embrace (Jessica Shirvington) to Turkey; and... Read more

On tour x

MarchNicole Alexander, Random House (A Changing Land) Sydney, Regional NSW and Regional QLD.Jeffrey Archer, Pan Macmillan (Clifton Chronicles: Only Time Will Tell) Melbourne, Perth and... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Around 2004 the Australian Bureau of Statistics ceased collecting and publishing comprehensive statistics on the Australian book publishing industry. The lack of data since this... 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

Afterlife (HarperCollins) by Claudia Gray, the fourth book in the paranormal ‘Evernight’ series, is top of the bestsellers chart as well as the highest new... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

A snowstorm causes a train to crash high in the mountains of Norway, the survivors battle their way through the snow to a remote hotel.... 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 The Bookworm International Literary Festival,... Read more

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