Weekly Book Newsletter
7 December 2011

DVD Giveaway x

At a suburban barbecue, a tight-knit group of family and friends celebrate Hector’s 40th birthday. Food and wine flow, but when a fight starts between... Read more
 

Inside the current issue: Ticketed events encourage audiences at Fullers x

In the current issue of Bookseller+Publisher Fullers events manager Rachel Edwards talks about the ways the store is tweaking its events program, including the introduction of... Read more
 

Next week: Last 'Weekly Book Newsletter' for 2011 x

Next week’s Weekly Book Newsletter (14 December) will be the last for 2011. The first Weekly Book Newsletter for 2012 will be 11 January 2011. Any... Read more
 

Pre-Christmas survey 2011 x

Bookseller+Publisher is currently conducting its annual pre-Christmas survey of book retailers and suppliers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. Booksellers can complete... Read more
 

Christmas 2011 closing times x

Unless otherwise indicated, businesses listed are not open on weekends or public holidays. Public holidays include: Sunday, 25 December 2011: Christmas Day. Monday, 26 December... Read more
 

Changes to 2012 PM's Literary Awards announced x

The federal government has announced a number of changes to the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for 2012. In addition to existing awards for adult fiction,... Read more
 

PM's Prize for Australian History winners announced x

The 2010-11 Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History has been jointly awarded to A Three-Cornered Life: The Historian W K Hancock by Jim Davidson (UNSW... Read more
 

EU Competition Commission to investigate Apple agency pricing agreements x

The European Union (EU) Competition Commission has launched a formal antitrust investigation into agency pricing agreements for ebooks between Apple and five major international publishers.... Read more
 

JB HiFi, Good Guys, Harvey Normal to sell Google eBooks-linked ereader x

Google has announced that the first ebook reading device ‘to have integrated directly with Google eBooks’ is now available locally. Mark Tanner, strategic partnership manager at... Read more
 

Google Books case: Google to seek dismissal of Authors Guild, publishers' lawsuits x

In the US, Judge Denny Chin has indicated that attorneys for Google will ask for the lawsuits brought against the company by the US Authors... Read more
 

Shuttleworth appointed program manager at MWF x

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has appointed Mike Shuttleworth as its new program manager. Shuttleworth, formerly program manager at the State Library of Victoria’s Centre... Read more
 

Tooth appointed new director of SA Writers' Centre x

The South Australian Writers’ Centre (SAWC) has appointed Sarah Tooth as its new director. Tooth, who has most recently co-directed the Ubud Writers & Readers... Read more
 

Finch launches ebook program x

Finch Publishing has announced the launch of its ebook program. Marketing and publicity manager Laura Boon told the Weekly Book Newsletter that the publisher’s ‘leading... Read more
 

ALS launches ePlatform ebook lending service locally x

Library supplier ALS has launched the ePlatform ebook lending service in Australia. Launched locally at the SWITCH public libraries conference in late November, ePlatform offers local... Read more
 

Stella Prize organisers plan simultaneous IWD events 2012; expect to award first prize in 2013 x

While they are yet to secure a sponsor for the Stella Prize, prize organisers say they expect to be able to announce the establishment of... Read more
 

Paper Plus 'repositions' brand; launches new website, loyalty program x

New Zealand bookselling chain Paper Plus will complete a multi-million dollar rebranding process in March 2012. Paper Plus CEO Rob Smith told the Weekly Book... Read more
 

PANZ conference to be held in March 2012 x

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) will hold a publishing conference in March 2012. The conference, which will be held on 1 and 2... Read more
 

New $15,000 prize for short writing about animals x

The animal protection institute Voiceless has announced a new $15,000 short writing prize to be awarded for the first time in 2012. The Voiceless Writing... Read more
 

New NZ$10,000 prize for children's MBS title x

A new New Zealand award for a children’s book in the mind, body, spirit (MBS) genre will be launched in 2012. The planned NZ$10,000 (A$7600) prize... Read more
 

Paton wins renamed Mansfield literary prize x

Christchurch author and curator Justin Paton is the recipient of the 2012 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship, previously known as the New Zealand Post Mansfield Prize.... Read more
 

National Year of Reading 2012 x

National Year of Reading 2012 (NYR) is set to officially launch at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on 14 February 2012. Jennifer Byrne... Read more
 

Nunn wins 2011 Johnno award x

Brisbane poet Graham Nunn is the recipient of the 2011 Johnno award, presented by the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) for outstanding contributions to writing in... Read more
 

Sydney Uni to sponsor 2012 SWF x

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney will join the 2012 Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) as a new sponsor.    The... Read more
 

2011 WAYRBA winners announced x

The winners of this year’s West Australia Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced. The winning books are: Younger Readers Award The Ugly Truth... Read more
 

In Brief x

Pizzinga named 2011 Vic rep of the yearAnthony Pizzinga from Random House Australia is this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Victorian Sales Rep of the Year.... Read more
 

Around the World x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Amazon acquires US titles from Marshall Cavendish Ed... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘All too often in the past good intentions to work across the industry for common good have foundered on grounds of self-interest or mutual ignorance,... Read more
 

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Andrea Hanke begins our round-up of all those ‘best books of 2011’ lists, Eliza Metcalfe reviews Paramedico: Adventures by Ambulance by Benjamin... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction–Text Publishing has sold Dutch rights in Fishing the River of Time (Tony Taylor) to Contact; and Turkish rights in The... Read more
 

On tour x

December Mark Best, Hardie Grant (Marque) Melbourne and Perth. Cadel Evans, Hardie Grant (The Long Road to Paris) Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Becca Fitzpatrick,... 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

Stephanie Plum is heading back to New Jersey after a nightmare vacation in Hawaii. To make matters worse, the man sitting beside her on the... Read more
 

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Sherlock Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz brings the great man to life for a new generation of readers in The House of Silk (Orion), which sits at... Read more
 

Forthcoming Events x

Trade events coming up, as shown on our events calendar, include: QLD Booksellers Christmas Party: 8 December Lockyer Writers Festival: 6-9 January Midsumma Festival: 15... Read more
 

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