Weekly Book Newsletter
9 November 2011

Giveaway: Double movie pass! x

The Tall Man is the story of Palm Island resident Cameron Doomadgee who in 2004 was arrested for swearing at Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, the ‘tall man’... Read more

BISG recommendations announced x

The Book Industry Strategy Group (BISG) has recommended the timetable for retention of territorial copyright in Australia be reduced from 30/90 days to 14/14 days... Read more

Industry responses to BISG final report x

Booksellers vented their frustration at a lack of recognition of their concerns after the Book Industry Strategy Group handed its final report to the Federal... Read more

Google eBooks launches in Australia; Booktopia and Dymocks to sell Google eBooks x

As reported in a special bulletin of the Weekly Book Newsletter on 8 November Google has launched its ebook operation in the Australian market. As... Read more

Supanews to open A&R bricks-and-mortar bookstores x

Former REDgroup-owned newsagency chain Supanews has confirmed to the Weekly Book Newsletter that it will operate Angus & Robertson (A&R) bricks-and-mortar bookshops in Australia. Adrian... Read more

Rakuten to acquire Kobo x

Ebook platform provider and online retailer Kobo is to be acquired by Japanese internet service company Rakuten. Rakuten confirmed in a statement its ‘definitive agreement’... Read more

Walker Books distribution to move from TL to HEDS x

Walker Books has announced that distribution of its titles in Australia and New Zealand will move from TL Distribution Australia to Harper Entertainment Distribution Services... Read more

Adamson wins 2011 Patrick White Award x

Poet Robert Adamson is the winner of the 2011 Patrick White Award. The award, worth $18,000 and presented annually, was established by author Patrick White... Read more

Australians on 2012 Carnegie, Greenaway longlists x

The nominations for the 2012 CILIP Carnegie Medal and the 2012 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal have been announced. Australian author Sonya Hartnett has been nominated... Read more

Fullers launches ebookstore x

Fullers Bookshop in Tasmania has launched its ebookstore on the Booki.sh platform. The Fullers ebookstore, on its new-look website, features recommendations from individual booksellers at... Read more

2012 Perth Writers Festival details released x

The 2012 Perth Writers Festival will be held between 23 and 26 February as part of the 2012 Perth Festival. Germaine Greer will deliver the... Read more

Australian, NZ authors on IMPAC Dublin 2012 longlist x

A number of Australian and New Zealand authors are among those whose works have been longlisted for the 2012 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Australian... Read more

2012 ABA conference, National Bookshop Day dates confirmed x

The 2012 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) annual conference and trade exhibition will be held on 17 and 18 June 2012 in Sydney. ABA CEO Joel Becker... Read more

YABBA winners 2011 x

The winning titles for the 2011 Young Australian’s Best Book Awards (YABBA) have been announced. The winning titles are: Fiction Years 7-9: Now (Morris Gleitzman,... Read more

In Brief x

Kobo Touch now available to order from A&R, Borders websitesKobo ereading devices are now available for pre-order from the Angus & Robertson and Borders websites,... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Amazon announces Kindle lending library UK physical book... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘By 2014 at least $500 million and potentially upward of $800 million in print and ebook sales could be lost from the local industry to... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Heather Dyer reviews Foal’s Bread (Gillian Mears, A&U), Paula Grunseit interviews Peter Corris on Mag Dog (NewSouth), Meredith Tate reviews... Read more

Rights round-up x

In recent rights news: Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold Chinese simplified character rights and Hungarian rights to Lovesong (Alex Miller); and German rights in forthcoming... 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

Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves (Macmillan), Matthew Reilly’s latest novel featuring marine captain Shane Schofield, is at the top of the bestsellers chart for the... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Gillian Mears’ Foal’s Bread (A&U) is set among the country show high-jumping circuit that prevailed in rural New South Wales prior to World War II... 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 Pinerolo–The Children’s Book Cottage–Open... 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 Sarah Watt x

Sarah Watt, Australian author and filmmaker, has died aged 53. Bernadette Foley, publisher at Hachette Australia, writes: ‘Sarah Watt died on Friday morning, 4 November,... Read more

RiP Andy Rooney x

Andrew Rooney, American 60 minutes commentator, reporter and author, has died aged 92. Rooney’s books include A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney (1981), Common Nonsense... Read more

 

 

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