Weekly Book Newsletter
23 March 2011

Inside the current issue: Is the industry ready for illustrated ebooks? x

In the April issue of Bookseller+Publisher Nick Tapper takes a look at how publishers of illustrated books are experimenting with ebooks. ‘The key move,’ says... Read more

REDgroup administration: 26 head-office staff made redundant; further redundancies, store closures possible x

Administrators Ferrier Hodgson announced further redundancies for the Australian companies of REDgroup Retail at the end of last week, with more than 20 head-office staff... Read more

2011 Miles Franklin longlist announced x

The longlist for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Rocks in the Belly (Jon Bauer, Scribe) The Good... Read more

2011 NSW Premiers' Lit Awards shortlists announced x

The shortlists for this year’s New South Wales Premiers’ Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles for book-related categories of the awards are: Christina... Read more

Judge rejects Google Settlement, recommends change to 'opt-in' x

In the US, judge Denny Chin has announced he has rejected the Google Book Settlement. Publishers Weekly reported that Chin had concluded that the settlement... Read more

New roles for Rogers x

Allen & Unwin has confirmed that Juliet Rogers will be working with the company on a consultation basis. A&U CEO Robert Gorman told the Weekly Book Newsletter... Read more

ILP becomes independent foundation; Rogers appointed Foundation chair x

The Indigenous Literacy Project (ILP) has announced its establishment as an independent foundation this week. The Foundation said in a statement that former Australian Publishers... Read more

CAL invests $300,000 in UTS; nonfiction writing residency and Australian poetry chair to be established in 2012 x

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has announced new funding for Creative Practices at UTS by the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL). UTS said in a... Read more

HarperCollins makes advance reading ebooks available for booksellers, reviewers x

HarperCollins Australia is the first local publisher to sign up with US-based NetGalley to make advance reading copies of its books available as ebooks for... Read more

BISG: Public consultation complete; final report expected in September 2011 x

The public consultation phase of the Book Industry Strategy Group (BISG) has ended, with the last of the stakeholder workshops completed in Melbourne this month.... Read more

ABR to offer online editions x

The Australian Book Review has announced that it will offer readers complete online editions of the magazine from early April. ABR deputy editor Mark Gomes... Read more

Oz, NZ cookbooks honoured at 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards x

A number of Australian and New Zealand cookbooks were honoured at the 2011 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, which were presented at the 2011 Paris Cookbook... Read more

In Brief x

iPad 2 to be released in Oz, NZ this week Apple has announced that the iPad 2 will go on sale in more than 20... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Microsoft sues B&N over Nook ereader Apple sues... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, the reviewers’ top picks for the April edition of Bookseller+Publisher are revealed; Eloise Keating interviews Leslie Cannold on The Book... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesChildren’s/YA–Scholastic Australia has sold Chinese translation rights to Pocket Dogs Go on Holiday (Margaret Wild & Stephen Michael King); Donald... 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

‘Physically I’m Willy Wonka (colourful dresser), emotionally I’m Fantastic Mr. Fox (erratic and mischievous) and mentally I’m Matilda (I like to think I have super... 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

Jamie Oliver’s latest cookbook, Jamie’s 30-minute Meals (Michael Joseph) based on the TV show of the same name, is top of both the bestsellers chart... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Anna Lanyon’s Fire and Song (A&U) is the story of a Sephardic Jewish family, Luis de Carvajal, his mother and his sisters, who were caught... 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 Ten Days on the Island,... 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 Richard Samson x

Lonely Planet writes:‘It is with great sadness that we report that our colleague Richard Samson passed away last Friday 18 March following a courageous battle... Read more



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