Weekly Book Newsletter
6 July 2011

Inside the current issue: Inglis on the life of a literary agent x

What does it take to be a successful literary agent? ‘It helps to have some skills in finance, psychology, invisible mending, diplomacy, oration, negotiating, and... Read more

Amazon to acquire The Book Depository x

Amazon has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire UK-based online bookseller The Book Depository for an undisclosed sum. Greg Greeley, Amazon’s vice... Read more

Pearson to acquire REDgroup online; ABA flags concerns with ACCC x

As reported by the Weekly Book Newsletter in a Special Bulletin on Monday, Pearson Australia has announced it has reached an agreement with REDgroup Retail... Read more

REDgroup administration: 2 A&R stores sold; remaining company stores to close x

REDgroup administrators Ferrier Hodgson have announced that the last of the Angus & Robertson (A&R) bookstores owned by REDgroup Retail will close by the end... Read more

Reader's Feast bookshop to close x

Reader’s Feast bookshop in Melbourne, a company-owned REDgroup Retail store run by Mary Dalmau, is set to close in four to five weeks. Administrators Ferrier... Read more

Scribo to close, 50 staff affected; Brumby Books and Music 'will continue' x

As reported in a Weekly Book Newsletter special bulletin on 1 July, PMP, parent company of book distributor Scribo, has announced it will close the business.... Read more

NZ book industry awards finalists announced x

The finalists for this year’s New Zealand book industry awards, sponsored by Thorpe-Bowker, have been announced. The finalists in each of the categories are: Regional... Read more

'That Deadman Dance' wins ALS Gold Medal x

That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott (Picador) has won this year’s Australian Literary Society Gold Medal. Scott received the medal at the opening of the... Read more

Nielsen BookData 2011 Booksellers Choice shortlist x

The shortlist for the Nielsen BookData 2011 Booksellers Choice Awards has been announced. The Booksellers Choice Award recognises an Australian new release that booksellers most... Read more

Citibank pulls sponsorship from Ubud Writers & Readers Festival x

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali, Indonesia has been left without a major sponsor, following an announcement from Citibank that it will no... Read more

Paperchain Bookstore Manuka buys Batemans Bay store x

The owners of independent bookstore Paperchain in Manuka, Canberra, have recently purchased the Bay Bookshop in Batemans Bay on the NSW south coast. Maxeme and Roger... Read more

UNSW Press rebrands publishing division x

University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press has rebranded its publishing division. The publishing division of UNSW Press will now be known as NewSouth Publishing and... Read more

Scholastic to cease funding Dromkeen; search for new sponsors underway x

Scholastic will cease funding the Dromkeen Foundation, including the National Centre for Picture Book Art, at the end of next year. Director of the Dromkeen... Read more

Murray apologises to Neill for book allegations x

Author Les Murray has apologised to Socceroos captain Lucas Neill for allegations about Neill’s leadership which appear in Murray’s new book. Reprints of Murray’s The... Read more

Get Reading! 2011: year-round touring program begins this month; close to 1000 booksellers and libraries registered x

The Get Reading! year-long touring program will begin this month, ahead of preparations for this year’s Get Reading! campaign which will run between 1 and... Read more

2011 Inky longlist announced x

The longlist for this year’s Inky Awards for teenage literature has been announced. Longlisted Australian titles for the Gold Inky include: Pig Boy (J C... Read more

NZ booksellers decide not to stock controversial book x

A number of booksellers in New Zealand have announced this week that they will not stock a book about a high-profile legal case. Paper Plus... Read more

In Brief x

PM’s Lit Awards winners announced this weekThe winners of this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards will be announced on Friday 8 July in Canberra. As... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: opinion: ‘why "world rights, one cover" is not... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The combination of Amazon and [the Book Depository] might actually have a claim to be Australia’s biggest bookseller: and one with no presence in 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

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Eloise Keating reviews Berlin Syndrome (Melanie Joosten, Scribe), we take a look at the 2011 Inkys longlist and the PANZ... Read more

On tour x

July Tristan Bancks, Random House (My Life and Other Stories I Made Up) Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Peter Bernhard, Footprint Books (Rose’s Kiss)... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Smokin’ Seventeen (Hachette), Janet Evanovich’s latest novel in the series that follows the adventures of madcap bounty hunter ‘Stephanie Plum’, tops the highest new entries chart and... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

In 1835 an illegal squatter camp was established on the banks of the Yarra River. In defiance of authorities in London and Sydney, Tasmanian speculators... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: ‘Authoring the Author’–presented by NSW Writers’ Centre: starts 7 July.... 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 Louise Schofield x

Children’s author and former senior journalist with The Australian, Louise Schofield, has died. Schofield was the author of 10 books including Secrets in the Tingle... Read more

RiP Tom Kruse x

Tom Kruse, a legend throughout Central Australia as the famed mailman of the Birdsville Track, has died aged 96. Kristin Weidenbach wrote about his life... Read more



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