Weekly Book Newsletter
18 January 2012

Post-Christmas survey now closed x

The Weekly Book Newsletter’s annual post-Christmas survey is now closed.   If you have any queries, please email bookseller.publisher@thorpe.com.au.

Donovan retires from A&U x

Paul Donovan has retired from his position as executive director of Allen & Unwin (A&U). A&U executive chairman Patrick Gallagher told the Weekly Book Newsletter... Read more

Haskell steps down as Literature Board chair x

The Australia Council for the Arts has confirmed to the Weekly Book Newsletter that Dennis Haskell has stepped down as chair of the Literature Board.... Read more

HGE launches new imprint Chirpy Bird x

Children’s publisher Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) has announced the launch of a new imprint called Chirpy Bird. The publisher said in a statement this week... Read more

Harding, Treasure join Momentum; first Momentum titles to be released in February x

Mark Harding and Anne Treasure have joined Pan Macmillan’s digital-only imprint Momentum as digital marketing executives. Harding previously worked at Shearer’s Bookshop in Leichhardt, NSW, looking... Read more

Duke joins IAD Press x

IAD Press has announced that Tony Duke has joined the publisher in the role of manager. Duke told the Weekly Book Newsletter that the role... Read more

Changes to sales team at New Holland x

New Holland Publishers Australia has confirmed to the Weekly Book Newsletter that it has made a number of changes to its sales team. New Holland... Read more

CAL to launch new Guide to Digital Publishing resource x

A new Guide to Digital Publishing, developed by the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL), will be launched in February. The resource will be launched at CAL’s... Read more

ASA announces new grants for children's picture book illustrators x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced a new one-off grants initiative for children’s picture book illustrators. Applications are now open for emerging, developing... Read more

RMIT to offer new Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing x

RMIT University in Melbourne will offer a new Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing this year, and will phase out its existing Diploma and... Read more

McPherson's shareholders approve demerger of printing division x

Shareholders of McPherson’s Limited have approved the demerger of the company’s printing and consumers products divisions, reports Print21. The approval opens up the way for the... Read more

Campion Ed acquires majority share in EdSoft Interactive x

Campion Education has acquired a majority shareholding in educational technology supplier Edsoft Interactive. Campion managing director James Cathro told the Weekly Book Newsletter that Edsoft... Read more

PLR and ELR face 'greatest challenge since their inception' x

Australia’s Public Lending Rights (PLR) and Educational Lending Rights (ELR) schemes face ‘probably the greatest challenge since their inception’ in the form of ebooks, according... Read more

Adamson named first CAL Chair in Australian Poetry at UTS x

Robert Adamson has been selected as the inaugural Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) Chair in Australian Poetry at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Adamson, who... Read more

NZ New Years Honour list 2012 x

The New Years Honour list for New Zealand has been announced. Among the recipients were Robyn Bargh, managing director of Wellington publishing company Huia, who... Read more

In Brief x

More ReadCloud ebookstores launchedMore independent Australian bookstores have launched their ebookstores with ReadCloud. Birchalls, Bookshuttle, Books and Beyond, Megalong Books, Melbourne University Bookshop, New Edition... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Burnside wins TS Eliot Prize Amazon to launch... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘People have responded very favourably to the reduction in prices and are starting to consider books to be good value’–Anna Low, owner of Potts Point... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Craig Cliff writes about ‘the trans-Tasman literary gulf’ and how to bridge it, Andrea Hanke takes a look at Picador’s... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction–Text Publishing has sold UK rights to The Cook (Wayne Macauley) to Quercus; Taiwanese rights in The Vanishing Act (Mette... Read more

On tour x

January James Duigan, Kyle Books (Clean and Lean Cookbook) Sydney. David Sedaris, Hachette (Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk) Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. Kirsten Tranter, Fourth... 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

The nephew of Bernard Fairclough, a wealthy and influential business magnate, has died and Inspector Thomas Lynley is sent in undercover to investigate. The official... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in 'Media Extra' x

Jane Sullivan spoke about literary sexism in several forums during the week and her book Little People (Scribe) has consequently made it to the top of... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Midsumma Festival, Melbourne: 15 January to 5 February Living Literature... 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 John Seymour x

John Seymour, long-time publisher and sales representative in New Zealand, has died. Publishers NZ writes: ‘John spent his whole working life in the book trade,... Read more

RIP Reg Hill x

British crime writer Reginald Hill has died, aged 75. Hill wrote the ‘Dalziel and Pascoe’ series, which was adapted to television by the BBC.



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