Weekly Book Newsletter
16 June 2011

Inside the current issue: Ebooks are here, what now? x

Ebooks are here at last, but there are more than a few hurdles to a thriving Australian ebook market. Eloise Keating looks at the challenges... Read more

REDgroup administration: 42 A&R stores to close; negotiations continue for remaining company stores, franchises and online business x

The administrators of REDgroup Retail Ferrier Hodgson have announced that a further 42 Angus & Robertson (A&R) stores will close down. The stores to close are: New... Read more

Industry responds to Minister's 'end of bookshops' prediction x

Members of the Australian bookselling community have expressed outrage at comments made by federal Minister for Small Business Nick Sherry about the future of Australian... Read more

Lightning Source launches in Australia; 175 local publishers signed up x

Ingram has announced the official opening of its Australian Lightning Source operation. Ingram told the Weekly Book Newsletter that the operation, which will offer print... Read more

OUP announces new pricing structure to address ongoing concerns from local booksellers x

Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand (OUP) has announced ‘significant changes to local pricing of all imported trade, reference, scholarly and professional books sold... Read more

Authors recognised in Queen's Birthday honours x

A number of Australian authors were among those recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. In the general division of the Order of Australia, historian... Read more

Craig replaces Morrison as Picador publisher x

Pan Macmillan has confirmed to the Weekly Book Newsletter that Alex Craig has replaced Rod Morrison as Picador publisher. The Age reported over the weekend... Read more

Edwards joins Simon & Schuster x

Simon & Schuster Australia has announced that Larissa Edwards, currently associate publisher at Random House, will join the publisher in the newly created role of... Read more

Kotsialos to leave HarperCollins x

HarperCollins has confirmed to the Weekly Book Newsletter that Spiros Kotsialos will finish in his position as digital and innovation director this week. Kotsialos, who... Read more

'Let the Great World Spin' wins IMPAC x

Let the Great World Spin (Colum McCann, Bloomsbury), has won the 2011 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award. The €100,000 (approximately A$134,000) award is the most... Read more

Obreht wins 2011 Orange Prize x

Serbian-American author Téa Obreht has won this year’s Orange Prize for Fiction for her debut novel The Tiger’s Wife (Weidenfeld & Nicolson). Obreht is the... Read more

Dymocks Professional and Technical to close x

Dymocks Professional and Technical (Wynyard) in Sydney’s CBD will close down in August. The Weekly Book Newsletter understands that the specialist store, located at 350... Read more

Masson, Tuffield join OzCo VIP program committee x

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced that Pippa Masson, literary agent at Curtis Brown and Aviva Tuffield, fiction acquisitions editor at Scribe, have... Read more

Attendance up at EWF 2011 x

The organisers of the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) have reported higher attendance numbers at this year’s festival, compared to the 2010 festival. Festival director Lisa... Read more

Ropata appointed Frankfurt COH project manager x

The Publisher’s Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has announced that Sarah Ropata, senior international advisor at Creative New Zealand, has been appointed as project manager... Read more

'There Was an Old Sailor' wins SCBWI Crystal Kite Award x

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has announced that There Was an Old Sailor by Claire Saxby and Cassandra Allen (Walker Books) has... Read more

HarperCollins NZ partners with Weta Workship x

HarperCollins New Zealand has signed a new publishing agreement with local film studio Weta Workship which will involve the publication of movie tie-in books. Weta... Read more

In Brief x

Local business award for Shearers Bookshop Shearers Bookshop in Leichhardt, NSW has been named Business of the Year in the 2011 Inner West Local Business... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: T S Eliot tops app store author recommends... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week Bookseller+Publisher celebrates 90 years and Dave Martus reviews The First Fleet: The Real Story (Alan Frost, Black Inc.).

Rights round-up x

In rights news AcquisitionsFiction—Scribe has acquired Wheatbelt (Stephen Orr), ‘set in a rural town where unsolved crimes are mounting, and history seems to be repeating... Read more

On tour x

June Kevin J Anderson, Orbit (‘Terra Incognita’ series) Sydney and Perth. Alan Bissett, Newsouth (Boyracers) Melbourne and Brisbane. Tim Bonyhady, A&U (Good Living Street) Melbourne,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘For the record – I’m a book lover and I don’t have an e-reader. I’m a traditionalist, but obviously part of a dying breed.’–From the... 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

The London branch of Jack Morgan’s international investigation agency ‘Private’ is in the spotlight–the daughter of the agency’s most valuable client has been kidnapped and... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Craig Sherborne’s novel The Amateur Science of Love (Text) is about Colin, who dreams of escaping his parents’ New Zealand farm for a career on the... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: The biennial Watermark Literary Muster: 17 – 20 June The... 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 Patrick Leigh Fermor x

Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, well-respected travel writer and war hero, has died aged 96. Fermor’s works include Travellers’ Tree (1950), The Violins of Saint-Jacques (1953),... Read more

 

 

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