Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
15 March 2012

Bookseller+Publisher to launch new website x

Bookseller+Publisher will launch a new-look website and Weekly Book Newsletter next week. The redesigned website will feature new subscriber-only content including book reviews, features, author... Read more

Indie Awards 2012 winners announced; 'All That I Am' named Indie Book of the Year x

All That I Am by Anna Funder (Penguin) has been selected by independent booksellers as their favourite Australian book from the past 12 months. Funder’s... Read more

Thorpe-Bowker announces TitlePage Plus pricing; Copia in the process of signing with major publishers x

In a session at the Leading Edge Books annual conference on Sunday 12 March, Thorpe-Bowker general manager Gary Pengelly announced the price structure of the new... Read more

A&U, Penguin joint publishers of the year at Leading Edge 2012 conference x

The 2012 Leading Edge Books Conference, held in Melbourne on 10 and 11 March, was the largest in the conference’s history, according to Leading Edge... Read more

ALS Gold Medal 2012 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2012 ALS Gold Medal, presented ‘for a work of outstanding literary merit published in 2011’, has been announced. The shortlisted titles... Read more

Barbara Jefferis Award 2012 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for this year’s Barbara Jefferis Award was announced on 8 March. The shortlisted titles are: Too Close to Home (Georgia Blain, Vintage) When We... Read more

Inventive Labs to become Melbourne office of Icelab x

Inventive Labs, the software and website design company founded by Joseph Pearson and Virginia Murdoch and responsible for the creation of the Booki.sh ebook platform, will... Read more

Book sales 'up slightly' at Adelaide Writers' Week; Hollinghurst tops bestseller list x

Book sales were ‘up slightly on 2010’ at this year’s Adelaide Writers’ Week, reported festival director Laura Kroetsch, who said it was ‘a relief given... Read more

Orange Prize 2012 longlist announced x

The longlist for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction has been announced. The UK Prize, worth £30,000 (approximately A$44,000), is awarded for the best novel of... Read more

Bookseller+Publisher data: Aus newspapers review more books by men than by women x

Bookseller+Publisher has released data indicating that reviews of books by men outnumber reviews of books by women in several of Australia’s major print newspapers and... Read more

Byng to deliver keynote at ABA Conference x

Jamie Byng, publisher and managing director of Canongate Books in the UK, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) national... Read more

Secondhand Wollongong bookshop now selling new books x

A secondhand bookshop in Wollongong, NSW, has decided to sell new-release books after the city was left without a dedicated bookshop following the closure of... Read more

Lasenby wins 2012 Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award x

Wellington writer Jack Lasenby has won the 2012 Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for his ‘Uncle Trev’ series. The Gaelyn Gordon Award is presented annually by... Read more

Specialist Brisbane bookshop for sale x

Specialist Brisbane bookshop The Language People is currently for sale. The store, which specialises in language-learning and adult literacy and numeracy resources, including English-as-a-second-language materials,... Read more

John Garratt Publishing to rebrand, focus on education x

John Garratt Publishing will rebrand as ‘Garratt Publishing’, the company has announced in a statement. The niche publisher of religious resources said the ‘brand new look... Read more

Judge asked to rule on 'fair use' in Hathitrust case x

The latest actions in the copyright infringement lawsuit against digital repository HathiTrust and five universities in the US could force a more specific legal definition of what... Read more

Google combines ebooks, music and apps in Google Play platform x

Google has launched a new online platform called Google Play which combines its ebookstore, digital music offering and mobile applications store. Consumers visiting Google eBooks,... Read more

Children's and YA authors attend ninth annual WA CBCA 'night with our stars' x

The Western Australian branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia hosted 22 WA authors at its ninth annual ‘night with our stars’ event on... Read more

In Brief x

Spinifex authors nominated for Publishing Triangle awardsTwo Spinifex Press authors have been nominated for awards presented by the Publishing Triangle, the association of lesbians and... Read more

Around the World x

Among the many international booktrade stories added to our Around the World blog in the past week: Kobo boss says tablets are for ‘casual readers’... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘At the moment the skills of the "higher order of booksellers" are missing from the online environment … those of us who want to participate... Read more

On Fancy Goods x

On Fancy Goods this week we meet Claudia Gray, author of Balthazar (HarperCollins), Rebecca Butterworth reviews Missing: Raven Lucas Book 1 (Christine Harris, Scholastic), and... Read more

On tour x

March Rosalind Appleby, Fremantle Press (Women of Note) Sydney. Maggie Beer, Penguin (Maggie’s Verjuice Cookbook) nationwide. Merlinda Bobis, Spinifex Press (Fish-Hair Woman) Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra... 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

A millionaire is gunned down and detective Lindsay Boxer finds that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four ‘untouchable’ criminals in James... Read more

Most mentioned: this week in Media Extra x

Wendy James’ The Mistake (Michael Joseph) is about Jodie Garrow, a teenager from the wrong side of the tracks, who adopts out her newborn baby... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over th next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: 2012 New Zealand International Arts Festival, Wellington: 24 February to... Read more

RiP Jean Giraud x

French comic-book artist Jean Giraud, also known as ‘Moebius’, has died aged 73. Giraud’s dark fantasy worlds influenced graphic novels and science fiction films such as Alien,... Read more

RiP Rob Breeden x

Historian, bushman and author Robert Arthur Breeden has died aged 84. Breeden compiled Aboriginal Words, Stories & Legends (Department of Environment and Conservation) of Jack Bussell’s handwritten... Read more



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