Weekly Book Newsletter
5 October 2011

Inside the current issue: The social network x

From social media ‘evangelists’ to technophobes, booksellers are a mixed lot, but social media is a learning process for everyone, writes Matthia Dempsey in the... Read more

Grover resigns from Dymocks; restructure announced x

Dymocks Booksellers has announced that Don Grover has resigned from his position as CEO of the Dymocks Group. Grover will finish in his position in... Read more

Wheelers acquire Canongate's shares in Text Publishing x

Text Publishing has announced that Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler have acquired Scottish publisher Canongate’s shareholding in Text Publishing for an undisclosed sum.... Read more

BISG releases PWC report into Australian book industry x

The Book Industry Strategy Group (BISG) has made public a research report commissioned from Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) entitled Cover to cover: a market analysis... Read more

2010 WA Premier's Book Awards winners announced x

The winners of the 2010 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards were announced on Friday 30 September. Miles Franklin-winner Kim Scott was awarded the $25,000 Premier’s... Read more

PANZ councillors allocated industry portfolios x

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has announced that each member of the PANZ Council has been given responsibility for their own industry portfolios.... Read more

New management committee for NZ book awards x

Booksellers New Zealand has announced that a new committee has been established to oversee the New Zealand Post Book Awards and the New Zealand Post... Read more

Attendance doubles at Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival x

Attendance figures at this year’s Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival in regional Western Australia were double those recorded at last year’s festival. Approximately 1400... Read more

Pademelon Press for sale x

The owners of Pademelon Press have announced that they are selling the business. Pademelon Press, which specialises in early childhood teacher resources and reference books,... Read more

Flood causes 'several thousand dollars' damage at Embiggen Books x

Specialty science bookstore Embiggen Books is scheduled to reopen its doors at the end of this week, after flooding caused the store to temporarily close... Read more

New digital publisher to launch in 2012 x

Really Blue Books, a new independent Australian digital publisher, will be launched at the beginning of next year. The publisher, which will focus on publishing... Read more

Amazon reveals new tablet, eInk devices x

Amazon released its much-anticipated tablet device last week, the Kindle Fire, along with a new range of Kindle eInk devices. Priced from US$199 (approximately A$209),... Read more

In Brief x

ACCC decision on Amazon and the Book Depository delayedThe Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced on its website that the announcement of findings... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Canadian universities opt out of copyright collection society... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We estimate that inefficiencies in Australia’s book distribution system could account for between 6 per cent and 16 per cent of the price differential between... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, read the extended interview with Charlotte Wood on Animal People (A&U) as well as Heather Dyer’s review of Animal People.... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesJenny Darling and Associates has sold US and UK rights to Seduced By Logic: Emilie du Chatelet, Mary Somerville and... Read more

On tour x

October Belinda Alexandra, HarperCollins (Golden Earrings) NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. Peter Corris, NewSouth (Mad Dog) Sydney and Melbourne. John Edward, Sterling Publishing (What... 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

Detective Alex Cross is on the scene of his biggest case. The President’s son and daughter have been kidnapped from their school and a deadly... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

At the top of the most mentioned chart is Elliot Perlman’s The Street Sweeper (Vintage), a story that combines the civil rights struggle in the... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Fiji Literary Festival 2011: 2-9 October Australian School Library Association... Read more

Stay in touch 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 Ruby Langford Ginibi x

Award-winning aboriginal author and historian Ruby Langford Ginibi has died aged 77. Langford Ginibi won the 1988 Human Rights Award for Literature and Other Writing... Read more

RIP Diana Gribble x

Publisher Diana Gribble, co-founder of Text Publishing and McPhee Gribble, has died. Gribble founded the publishing house McPhee Gribble with Hilary McPhee in 1975. McPhee Gribble later became an... Read more



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