Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
15 February 2012

DVD Giveaway! x

Martin David, a globe-trotting mercenary, is hired by a mysterious biotech company to track down the last remaining Tasmanian tiger–rumoured to be alive and well,... Read more

Fisk to step down as managing director of HarperCollins NZ x

HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand has announced that HarperCollins New Zealand managing director Tony Fisk will step down from his role in April. The publisher... Read more

Penguin to stop supplying new ebooks, audiobooks through Overdrive x

Penguin has announced that it has ended its relationship with ebook and audiobook distributor Overdrive, saying that it will no longer provide new copies of ebooks... Read more

Australian Romance Readers Awards 2011 winners announced x

The winners of the 2011 Australian Romance Readers Awards were announced at the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA) annual dinner in Sydney on 11 February,... Read more

Ebooks account for 12% of sales at Hachette Australia; Largardere sales down 5.9% in 2011 x

Ebook sales accounted for 12% of Hachette Australia’s sales during 2011, according to managing director Malcolm Edwards. Edwards told the Weekly Book Newsletter that this figure represents ‘an... Read more

HarperCollins to reprint 'A Crown Imperilled' following errors x

HarperCollins has announced that it is printing a new edition of A Crown Imperilled by Raymond E Feist (Voyager), following errors in the first printed... Read more

'Our Story' winning titles announced at National Year of Reading launches x

Eight books, chosen to represent the Australian experience, have been announced as the National Year of Reading 2012 collection. The selected books were announced at official events held across... Read more

Beale wins 2012 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal x

Wellington writer Fleur Beale has won the 2012 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award. Beale received the award, which is presented annually by the... Read more

Mary Gilmore Award shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Mary Gilmore Award, presented by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) for first books of poetry published... Read more

Robinsons Bookshop to open second store in March x

Melbourne bookstore Robinsons Bookshop will open a second store in the city’s north next month. The new store will open in Greensborough Plaza on 1... Read more

New SA-based publisher launched x

A new South Australian-based publisher was launched this month. MidnightSun Publishing was officially launched at the South Australian Writers Centre on 10 February. The publishing... Read more

ILF raises $550,000 in 2011; aims for $600,000 in 2012 x

The Indigenous Literary Foundation (ILF) exceeded its fundraising goal of $500,000 for 2011, raising a total of $550,000 for the year. ILF executive director Karen... Read more

In Brief x

Fairfax publishes long-form journalism ebookFairfax Media has published its first long-form journalism ebook, Framed by Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) journalist Hamish McDonald, through Amazon, reports... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Is Amazon planning to open a bricks-and-mortar bookshop?... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘People have accused traditional publishers of racing to the bland middle ground to maximise their audience. Publishing digital-only books is all about racing to the... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Andrew Wrathall reports on 20 nights of queer literature at Hares & Hyenas bookshop, David Dunstan reviews The Censor’s Library... Read more

Rights round-up x

In rights news this week: Sales Fiction–Random House has sold The Hanging Garden by Patrick White to the UK and Italy. HarperCollins has sold Spanish rights... Read more

On tour x

February Glen Duncan, Text (Talulla Rising) Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne (through to March). Johan Harstad, UWA Publishing (Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All... 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

James Patterson’s latest book in the Private series, Private: No. 1 Suspect (Century), finds Jack Morgan, founder of the world’s best investigation agency, Private, in... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Carrie Tiffany’s Mateship with Birds (Picador) is set on the outskirts of an Australian country town in the 1950s. A lonely farmer trains his binoculars... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up, as shown on our events calendar, include: Perth Writers Festival: 23-26 February Copyright Agency annual seminar, Melbourne: 23 February New Zealand... 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 Jeffrey Zaslow x

Jeffrey Zaslow, an American author and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, has died aged 53. Zaslow co-authored The Last Lecture (2008) with Randy Pausch;... Read more

RiP Samuel Youd x

Samuel Youd, British science-fiction writer, has died aged 89. The author, who wrote under various pseudonyms, was best known for his young adult trilogy The... Read more



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