Weekly Book Newsletter
3 November 2011

Inside the current issue: The Christmas bios x

In the November issue of Bookseller+Publisher Andrew Rankin takes a look at the best biographies, memoirs and nonfiction titles on offer for Christmas 2011. To... Read more

Pages & Pages to launch ebookstore with ReadCloud next week x

Sydney-based independent bookseller Pages & Pages will be the first retailer to start selling ebooks using the ReadCloud platform, with its ebookstore due to go... Read more

BISG report hand-over rescheduled x

Chair of the Book Industry Strategy Group (BISG) Barry Jones will officially hand over the group’s final report to Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and... Read more

ACCC, OFT clear Amazon acquisition of the Book Depository x

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the UK Office of Fair trading (OFT) have declared that they will not oppose Amazon’s proposed acquisition... Read more

Koval leaves the ABC x

Ramona Koval, presenter of ABC Radio National’s Book Show, has left the ABC. Koval’s departure comes after Radio National’s planned changes to its Book Show... Read more

Kobo to launch publishing arm x

Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis has told CBC News that his company will offer a publishing arm. ‘It’s part of the new market and if you... Read more

Reader's Feast likely to open in new location in late November x

Reader’s Feast is likely to re-open in Melbourne in late November. On Twitter and Facebook the bookstore, which operated from the corner of Bourke and... Read more

Books for Cooks launches ebookstore with Booki.sh x

Melbourne-based specialist bookshop Books for Cooks has launched its ebookstore on the Booki.sh platform. The Books for Cooks ebookstore is linked to the retailer’s existing... Read more

Fulcher leaves APA x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced that exports and events manager Kathy Fulcher has finished in her position. Maree McCaskill, CEO of the APA, told... Read more

Bolitho appointed AllBooks4Less CEO x

Discount-focussed bookselling chain AllBooks4Less has announced the appointment of David Bolitho to the position of CEO. Bolitho will be responsible for ‘both the retail casual... Read more

Melbourne University calls for tenders from specialist retailers for campus bookshop x

The University of Melbourne has called for tenders from specialist book retailers to take over the operation of the Melbourne University Bookshop. In an email... Read more

ACBA 2010 award winners announced x

The 2011 Australian Campus Booksellers Association tertiary supplier of the year awards were announced at the ACBA conference on Thursday 27 October in Melbourne. John... Read more

Krasnostein among winners at 2011 World Fantasy Awards x

The winners of the 2011 World Fantasy Awards were announced during the World Fantasy Convention, held in San Diego from 27 to 30 October. Among... Read more

Booktopia in 'BRW' Fast 100 list for third year x

Online Australian bookseller Booktopia has been included in the BRW (Business Review Weekly) Fast 100 list for the third consecutive year. The bookseller was named in... Read more

Lonely Planet launches multi-format publishing platform x

Lonely Planet has launched its Shared Publishing Platform, which allows for faster production of guidebooks. The platform, which began development two years ago, allows authors... Read more

2011 CAL Waverley Library Award shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) Waverley Library Award for Literature, known as ‘the Nib’, has been announced. The shortlisted titles are:... Read more

Man Asian Literary Award 2011 longlist announced x

The longlist for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Award was announced on 29 October at this year’s Singapore Writers Festival. The longlisted titles are: The... Read more

2011 KOALA winners announced x

The winners of this year’s Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs), the children’s choice book awards for New South Wales, have been announced. The winning... Read more

Oz, NZ 2012 IBBY Honour Books announced x

The Australian and New Zealand nominees for the 2012 International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour Book List have been announced. The Australian... Read more

SWF 2012 school's program launched x

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has released details about its 2012 School Days program, to be held between 21 and 25 May 2012. Among the authors... Read more

In Brief x

Kobo devices available for order from CollinsKobo devices are now available to order online from Collins Booksellers. The bookseller will sell the Kobo Wireless Ereader... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: BookScan analyses the ‘Booker bump’ WSJ to launch... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Barriers to entry into the online retail supply of books were relatively low with the availability of third party sales platforms such as Amazon marketplace... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Portia Lindsay reviews Steven Amsterdam’s What the Family Needed (Sleepers Publishing), Andrea Hanke talks to Di Morrisey about writing 20... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction—Text Publishing has sold Canadian rights in The Cook (Wayne Macauley) to Penguin Canada; and UK rights in Me and Mr... Read more

On tour x

November John Birmingham, Pan Macmillan/Get Reading (Angels of Vengeance) Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart and Perth. Grahame Bond, NewSouth (Jack of all Trades) Sydney and... 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

Julian Barnes’ short novel, The Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape), winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, is at the top of... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: National Novel Writing Month: 1-30 November Waiheke Book Festival: 4-6... 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 Jiri Grusa x

Czech writer and diplomat Jiri Grusa, former head of the PEN International writers’ organisation, has died aged 72. Grusa wrote Mimner in 1969 and The... Read more



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