Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
14 December 2011

Final 'Weekly Book Newsletter' for 2011 x

This issue of the Weekly Book Newsletter will be the last for 2011. The first issue for 2012 will be published on 11 January. Any material... Read more

Please complete our pre-Christmas survey! x

The annual Bookseller+Publisher pre-Christmas survey gives the trade a picture of how booksellers are faring in the lead up to Christmas. If your business has not yet completed... Read more

Christmas 2011 closing times: update x

As an update to last week’s Chistmas closing list, please note these additional entries and amendments. Peribo 22/12/11 4/1/12 Random House (office) 23/12/11 3/1/12 Random House (warehouse)... Read more

Publishers' picks for 2012: New Year preview x

Every year we ask publishers to share their most anticipated titles for the following year. Here’s what they had to say… Fiction Patrick White‘s (pictured)... Read more

Dymocks launches D Publishing x

Dymocks has officially launched its web-based publishing arm, D Publishing. As previously reported by the Weekly Book Newsletter, the new business, which can be accessed at www.dpublishing.com,... Read more

Dymocks responds to criticism of D Publishing contract x

Dymocks’ new publishing arm D Publishing has amended aspects of its author contract in response to criticism of the service. Dymocks general manger of ecommerce... Read more

Inaugural ACLA Children's Laureates announced x

Children’s authors Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor were named the inaugural Australian Children’s Laureates at a ceremony in Adelaide on 10 December. South Australian... Read more

Parsons appointed BBWF director x

Jonathan Parsons has been appointed the new director of the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Parsons ‘brings to this position over twenty years experience working in... Read more

Shearer's launches ebookstore, other ReadCloud-based stores follow x

Shearer’s Bookshop officially launched its ReadCloud-based ebookstore on 6 December. ‘ReadCloud has a focus on schools and education. We do a lot of business with... Read more

First OzCo Book2 grants recipients announced x

The Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts has announced the first three writers to receive grants through its Book2 program. Nam Le,... Read more

Kinsella withdraws from T S Eliot prize x

Australian poet John Kinsella has withdrawn from the 2011 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry because of ethical concerns about award sponsor Aurum Funds, reports... Read more

Carr changes ministerial role; Sherry leaves Cabinet x

Senator Kim Carr is no longer Minister for Industry, Innovation, Science and Research following a cabinet reshuffle announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard this week.... Read more

Mann to replace Shaw at Thames & Hudson x

Thames & Hudson Australia has announced that Jodie Mann has been appointed to take over the position of managing director when current managing director Peter... Read more

Roberts appointed SLV CEO x

The State Library of Victoria’s has announced the appointment of Sue Roberts as its new CEO and state librarian. Roberts, who has 15 years’ experience in strategic... Read more

New ABA award to honour Riley x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the establishment of a new scholarship for children’s booksellers to honour former ABA employee Elizabeth Riley, who died... Read more

'Griffith Reivew', CAL launch new competition for novellas x

The Griffith Review and the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) have announced a new competition for novellas. The Novella Project seeks ‘the best original novellas from... Read more

Russell to retire from Wiley; Gray to take on new position x

John Wiley & Sons Australia has announced that Lucy Russell, general manager for higher education, will retirement from the company in April 2012. The publisher... Read more

2011 Human Rights Literature Award winner announced x

The winner of the 2011 Human Rights Literature Award was announced in Sydney on 9 December. The nonfiction award, which is sponsored by the Co-op... Read more

Gammage wins Manning Clark House Cultural Award x

Bill Gammage has won the ‘individual’ section of the 2011 Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards for his book The Biggest Estate on Earth: How... Read more

Readings Foundation awards $106,437 in grants for 2012 x

The Readings Foundation has announced the recipients chosen to receive funding in 2012. The 2012 grant recipients are: Save the Children ($20,000), for the ‘delivery... Read more

New funding for NZ Frankfurt COH project x

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) and the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage have announced funding of NZ$1 million (approximately A$756,000) for New... Read more

Kobo Vox available at Whitcoulls; Collins, JB HiFi to sell device before Christmas x

Whitcoulls bookstores in New Zealand are now selling the new android-based tablet from Kobo, the Kobo Vox. The Kobo Vox retails for NZ$399 (approximately A$302)... Read more

Government to establish Retail Council in response to PC inquiry; taskforce to look at parcel processing x

The federal government has announced that it will establish the Retail Council of Australia in response to the Productivity Commission’s final report in its public... Read more

Australian book market overview x

The Australian book market has had a few hurdles in the past year, but overall signs are positive, as Tim Coronel and Andrew Rankin report in... Read more

The Rights Stuff 2011 x

For the ninth year in a row, Think Australian has surveyed Australian rights managers and literary agents to gauge the health of Australian rights trading... Read more

In Brief x

Bansen joins ABAThe Australian Booksellers Association has announced that Michelle Bansen has joined the association in the position of member services officer. Bansen has previously... Read more

Around the world x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: two self-pub titles in Amazon’s 2011 top 10... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I think people are coming out of recession mode and there are fewer shops for them to buy from’–Heather Dyer on what she thinks is... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Amelia Vahtrick reviews Darius Bell and the Crystal Bees (Odo Hirsch, A&U), David Cohen reviews The Rattler and Other Stories... 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

Kay Scarpetta is on a mission to get to the bottom of the murder of her former deputy chief Jack Fielding. While following a lead... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

As the year draws to a close, publications are looking back at 2011 and compiling lists of the best books of the year. For a round up of the... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up, as shown on our events calendar, include: Final deadline for books to reach the APA for 2012 APA Book Design Awards:... 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 Gilbert Adair x

Gilbert Adair, novelist and film critic, has died aged 66. Adair’s works include the ‘Evadne Mount’ trilogy, and Flickers: A History of the Cinema in... Read more



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