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International Library News 

16 July 2013

UK PLR extension for ebooks, audiobooks confirmed The UK government will extend its Public Lending Rights (PLR) scheme to include ebooks and audiobooks borrowed onsite at public libraries, reports the...

Indigo to open Apple in-store shops, expand overseas 

27 June 2013

Canada’s largest bookseller Indigo Books and Music is opening Apple technology shops within its larger bookstores and plans to open stores outside of Canada, reports the Financial Post. The bookseller,...

Simon & Schuster to publish in Canada 

31 May 2013

Simon & Schuster (S&S) has been given permission by the Canadian government to expand its publishing operations into Canada, reports Publishers Weekly. Previously the publisher was only allowed to distribute...

Former D&M Publishing staff launch new publishing business 

28 February 2013

In Canada, three former executives of D&M Publishing have opened a new publishing house focussed on illustrated books called Figure 1 Publishing, reports Publishers Weekly. D&M Publishing was one of Canada's largest independent...

Amazon launches Kindle in Canada 

25 January 2013

Amazon has launched a range of its Kindle ereaders in Canada, reports the Bookseller. The Kindle Paperwhite 3G and Wi-Fi models and the 6-inch basic Kindle are now available from the...

Text to take Classics to UK and North America

10 January 2013

Melbourne-based publisher Text Publishing has announced that it will publish books in the UK and in North America for the first time next month. Text said in a statement that it will...

Platt wins US$75,000 Cundill Prize in History 

4 December 2012

US author Stephen Platt has won the 2012 Cundill Prize in History at McGill University in Canada for his book Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the...

Savage wins Canada’s richest nonfiction prize 

14 November 2012

A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape (Candace Savage, Greystone Books) has won the C$60,000 (A$57,400) Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, Canada’s richest award for...

‘419’ wins Scotiabank Giller Prize 

8 November 2012

The novel 419 by Will Ferguson (Penguin) has won the C$50,000 (A$48,000) Scotiabank Giller Prize. Ferguson’s novel was chosen by judges Roddy Doyle, Gary Shteyngart and Anna Porter from a...

Plans to launch Canadian women’s literary award 

8 November 2012

In Canada, Thomas Allen editorial director Janice Zawerbny has begun taking steps to develop a literary award that will recognise fiction written by Canadian women. For now, the prize is...

Aust/NZ/Canada summit at Frankfurt 

23 September 2008

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has joined forces with the Book Publishers Association of New Zealand (BPANZ) and the Association for the Export of Canadian Books to co-host a half-day...

Little Hare gains North American distribution 

26 June 2007

Little Hare Books, the Australian children's book publisher, has signed a deal with Trafalgar Square Publishing/IPG to distribute its titles in the US and Canada. Rod Hare, co-founder of Little...

Australia/Canada Publishers’ Exchange 

26 September 2006

The Canadian Consulate General has announced Jeanne Ryckmans as the successful candidate for the inaugural Australia/Canada Publishers' Exchange.Ryckmans, publisher of fiction and nonfiction for Vintage, Knopf, Random and Arrow at...

Canadians seek Aussie publisher 

1 August 2006

The Canadian Consulate General, in conjunction with the Australia Council (OzCo), is funding the pilot of an Australian/Canadian publisher exchange as an extension of OzCo's successful Visiting International Publisher program.The...