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15 January 2013

WA library destroyed in fire The public library and town hall in Onslow in north west Western Australia has been destroyed in a fire that has also damaged the town’s...

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11 December 2012

Ruffy joins Boroondara Library Service Jenny Ruffy joined the City of Boroondara Library Service in Melbourne in November in the role of library, arts and cultural services manager. Ruffy, who...

Melbournalia pop-up store returns for second year 

10 December 2012

The Melbournalia pop-up store has returned to Melbourne’s CBD for a second year, with a single store located at the Queen Victoria Markets. Melbournalia, the brainchild of Dale Campisi and Michael Brady...

Melbourne’s Westgarth Books closes 

4 December 2012

Westgarth Books in Northcote, Melbourne, has closed, and its retail space is available for lease. The bookstore closed soon after holding a large ‘garage sale’ in September. Situated close to Westgarth Cinema, the...

New office for Affirm Press 

4 December 2012

Melbourne-based publisher Affirm Press will move from its current premises in Mulgrave to a new office at 28 Thistlethwaite Street in South Melbourne this month. The publisher’s phone numbers will...

Lonely Planet Melbourne headquarters for sale

27 November 2012

The owners of the Melbourne property that houses Lonely Planet are advertising to sell the property. Colliers International, on behalf of Trilogy Capital Group, is currently seeking expressions of interest for...

Matilda’s Books to close 

14 November 2012

Matilda’s Books in Mount Waverley, Victoria, is due to close in a few months time, after 22 years. Julie McInnes, who has owned the bookstore for five years, announced the...

Changes at Avenue Bookstore 

13 November 2012

Independent Melbourne bookshop Avenue Bookstore has made some changes to its book buying team following the departure of head book buyer Gina Collis in August. At the Avenue Bookstore in...

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24 October 2012

New Williamstown Library open A new library in Williamstown in Melbourne’s west was officially opened in September. The $8.1 million facility was funded by the Hobsons Bay City Council and...

New QBD store opens in Melbourne 

23 October 2012

A new QBD bookstore opened in Highpoint shopping centre in Melbourne’s west on 18 October. The new QBD outlet joins discount bookseller Last Page and an ABC Shop as the only dedicated...

Rubbo running for Melbourne City Council 

17 October 2012

Readings managing director Mark Rubbo is running for a position as councillor in the Melbourne City Council (MCC) election on Saturday 27 October. Rubbo spoke about his vision for the city on...

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17 October 2012

Judge dismisses Authors Guild lawsuit against HathiTrust In the US, federal judge Harold Baer has dismissed the Authors Guild lawsuit against digital repository HathiTrust, ruling that HathiTrust’s book scanning project...