Weekly Book Newsletter
7 March 2012

WBN published Thursday next week x

Please note that, due to the Labour Day public holiday in Victoria next Monday, the Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday 15 March.... Read more

TitlePage Plus to partner with ebook distributor Copia Interactive x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and RR Bowker (parent company of Weekly Book Newsletter owner Thorpe-Bowker) have announced that Copia Interactive will be the supplier providing... Read more

Overdrive acquires Booki.sh x

Ebook distributor Overdrive has announced it has acquired local ebook platform provider Booki.sh. Peter Haasz, speaking for Booki.sh told the Weekly Book Newsletter that Booki.sh–founded by... Read more

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2012 winners announced x

The winners of the 2012 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature were announced in Adelaide on Saturday 3 March. The Premier’s Award, worth $10,000, was awarded... Read more

Field to retire from Penguin x

Peter Field, global CEO of Dorling Kindersley (DK) Publishing and chairman of Penguin Australia and New Zealand, will retire from Penguin at the end of... Read more

Book City Tasmania stores placed into liquidation x

The Tasmania-based Book City chain (not connected to the Book City chain owned by Collins Booksellers), has been placed into liquidation. Paul Cook and Johnathan... Read more

Adelaide Writers Week kicks off; visiting UK publisher laments Amazon 'stranglehold' on ebooks x

Blue tarpaulin shades have replaced the (famously hot) white tents at this year’s Adelaide Writers’ Week. It’s one of new director Laura Kroetsch’s biggest changes... Read more

Wright moves to NLA bookstore, Daltons closed x

Canberra bookseller Meredith Wright has confirmed her new position managing the National Library of Australia (NLA) bookshop, following the closure of her bookstore Daltons Books in... Read more

SBS subscription channel to screen new books show x

Australian subscription television channel Studio will screen a new program dedicated to literature and writing from April. For the Love of Books is a 10-part... Read more

Co-op Bookshop launches outdoor 'window shop' x

The Co-op Bookshop has launched an outdoor ‘window shop’ at its Macquarie University campus which allows customers to scan pictures of textbooks with their smartphones... Read more

Dirt Cheap Books email announces Melbourne city, Mentone stores will close x

An email from Dirt Cheap Books to its mailing list customers has announced the company is ‘closing down forever’. The email said the Dirt Cheap Books... Read more

Stella Prize bookshop events to celebrate International Women's Day x

Are men better writers than women? To answer this question and to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March, the Stella Prize and independent booksellers... Read more

Cudo pulls ereader deal with pirated ebooks x

An Australian group-buying site owned by Microsoft and Nine Entertainment has withdrawn an ereader deal that included 4000 pirated ebooks. Last week, Cudo advertised a $99 ereader which came with a... Read more

Penguin NZ recalls gardening book x

Penguin New Zealand is recalling all copies of Sally Cameron’s The Tui New Zealand Vegetable Garden due to plagiarism allegations. The book, originally published in September 2008 and... Read more

Inaugural PANZ conference attracts 128 publishers x

Australian guests were among the 128 publishers to attend the Publishing for the Future conference, held by the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) from... Read more

A&U to represent Canongate in Australia, New Zealand x

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has announced that it will take over representation of UK publisher Canongate in the Australian and New Zealand markets from April. The... Read more

O?Connor appointed Small Business Minister; Small Business portfolio moves into Cabinet x

Brendan O’Connor has been appointed as the new Federal Minister for Small Business. Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the appointment on Friday 2 March as... Read more

New Carnegie awards for adult fiction and nonfiction to be announced in 2012 x

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Carnegie Corporation have announced two new awards for adult books. The inaugural Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in... Read more

'Rapid growth' in digital products at McGraw-Hill Australia and New Zealand; 2011 revenue in international markets 'slightly' below 2010 x

McGraw-Hill Education’s business in Australia and New Zealand is ‘benefiting from the rapid growth in digital products and sales that is transforming education’, despite ‘challenging... Read more

Five Mile to sell 100 titles a year into India through Bonnier expansion x

The Five Mile Press will look to sell approximately 100 titles a year into India through parent company Bonnier’s expansion into India, according to managing... Read more

Inscape acquisition represents 'opportunity' for Wiley in local training market x

The recent acquisition of Inscape Holdings by John Wiley & Sons represents an ‘opportunity to build further’ in the English-language training market in Australia, according... Read more

Google 'still accepting new members' for eBooks Affiliates Program x

A spokesperson for Google has confirmed to the Weekly Book Newsletter that Google is accepting new members in its eBooks Affiliates program, despite international news reports... Read more

Facebook announces changes to brand pages x

Facebook business page users have been notified of significant changes to their brand pages that are set to take place on March 31. The biggest... Read more

In Brief x

Screen Australia funding for book adaptationsScreen Australia has approved funding for the development of thirteen new feature film projects, four of which are being adapted... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Barnes & Noble holds on to publishing business... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Years ago I was quoted as saying that I loved our business because it was like going to the casino every day, such was the... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week, Meg Whelan reviews The Reluctant Hallelujah (Gabrielle Williams, Penguin), Max Oliver reviews Sicily, It’s Not Quite Tuscany (Shamus Sillar, Arena), Chris... 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

Alain de Botton argues that the secular world can learn a range of lessons from religion in his book  Religion for Atheists (Penguin). The book is... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

The lives of two very different women intersect in Candice Bruce’s The Longing (Vintage), when Ellis MacRorie is shipped to Victoria in the 1840s from her Scottish... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Adelaide Writers’ Week: 3-8 March 2012 New Zealand International Arts... 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 Barney Rosset x

Barney Rosset, the founder of US publisher Grove Press, and publisher and editor-in-chief of the magazine Evergreen Review, has died aged 89. Rosset was well... Read more

RiP Paul Haines x

Paul Haines, a speculative fiction writer whose works include Slice Of Life (2009) and The Last Days of Kali Yuga (2011), has died aged 41. Haines... Read more



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