Weekly Book Newsletter
29 February 2012

Australian, New Zealand titles among IPG ebooks pulled from Amazon x

Australian and New Zealand publishers are among those affected by Amazon’s decision not to sell Kindle editions distributed by US book distributor Independent Publishers Group... Read more

SPUNC announces ebook distribution platform for small publishers x

The Small Press Underground Networking Community (SPUNC) has announced that it has signed an agreement with InfoGrid Pacific to launch an industry-based ebook distribution platform... Read more

Dromkeen collection to move to SLV x

Scholastic Australia, as the trustee of Dromkeen, has announced that the collection of children’s picture book artwork and illustrations at the Dromkeen National Centre for Picture Book... Read more

Attendance up but book sales down at Perth Writers Festival x

S J Finch writes: This year’s Perth Writers Festival was a phenomenal success, attracting an estimated crowd of around 30, 000 people, Danielle Benda told... Read more

2012 NZ Post Children's book awards finalists announced x

The finalists for the 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Picture books The Cat’s... Read more

Bolinda opens New Zealand office x

Australia-based audiobook publisher Bolinda Publishing has established an office in Auckland, New Zealand. Bolinda co-CEO Rebecca Hermann told the Weekly Book Newsletter that two full-time... Read more

Pearson results: Ebooks represent 12% of Penguin revenues x

Penguin’s parent company Pearson expects revenues from its digital and services businesses ‘to exceed revenues from traditional publishing businesses in 2012’, according to the company’s... Read more

Booksellers NZ and 'New Zealand Listener' launch new book club x

Booksellers New Zealand and the New Zealand Listener have announced they will launch the Listener Book Club on Friday 2 March 2012. Run by Listener arts and... Read more

Szubanski to MC ABA conference dinner x

Comedian Magda Szubanski will host this year’s Celebrating Bookselling gala dinner, to take place during the 2012 annual Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) national conference. The... Read more

Milestones: HGE celebrates 10 years, CYL turns 21 x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) and the Centre for Youth Literature (CYL) celebrated significant birthdays this month. HGE celebrated its 10th birthday with a ‘Summer Party’... Read more

Arbib resigns as Small Business Minister x

Federal Small Business Minister Mark Arbib has resigned from the ministry and from the Senate. Arbib, who was also Assistant Treasurer and Sports Minister, said... Read more

ASA expresses concerns about changes at CAL x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has expressed concerns about recent changes at Copyright Agency Limited (CAL), which mean that there is no longer a... Read more

Fifth annual Australian Writers' Week in China x

Australian writers and publishers are heading to China for the fifth annual Australian Writers’ Week (AWW) during 12-19 March, presented by the Australian Embassy Beijing. The... Read more

In brief x

‘Meanjin’ to be available as ebookMeanjin has announced that the literary journal will be available to purchase as an ebook ‘in coming weeks’. The announcement... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Google stops accepting new affiliates for ebook program... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It is really about making supply a lot more efficient, providing good-quality conversions, and helping publishers cope with change and get the most out of... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, we meet author on tour Jo Nesbø (language warning), Bookseller+Publisher intern Sanna Nyblad looks at adaptations at the 84th Acadamy... Read more

Rights Round-up x

In rights news this week: SalesFiction–Black Inc. has sold North American and Canadian rights in The Weight of the Human Heart (Ryan O’Neill) to St... Read more

On tour x

March Rosalind Appleby, Fremantle Press (Women of Note) Sydney. Merlinda Bobis, Spinifex Press (Fish-Hair Woman) Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Wollongong, NSW. Stanley and Kaisa Breeden,... 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

Cooking sensation Jamie Oliver will be touring part of the country as of Saturday 3 March 2012, catching up with his Ministry of Food mobile... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Susan Orlean explores the idea of heroism in Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend of the World’s Most Famous Dog (Atlantic Books). Carrie Tiffany’s... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: 2012 New Zealand International Arts Festival, Wellington: 24 February to... 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 William Gay x

William Gay, author of Long Home and The Lost Country, has died aged 68. William Gay, born in Tennessee, has been described by some as... Read more

RiP Jan Berenstain x

Jan Berenstain, co-creator of the Berenstain Bears series, has died aged 88. Brenstain, together with her husband Stan, wrote and illustrated hundreds of stories featuring... Read more



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