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Quote of the week 

14 November 2012

‘The wasteland of publisher expectations’—Kobo’s Malcolm Neil referring to ebook prices above $15, during a session at the Small Press Network’s Independent Publishers Conference.

Rubbo, Pinkham and Harms on global pricing 

20 August 2012

With the rise of online shopping, booksellers are now competing in a global market. As such, many believe there needs to be a global price on books. Readings’ Mark Rubbo,...

APA appears before parliamentary inquiry into technology prices 

31 July 2012

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has participated in public hearings for the federal parliamentary inquiry into the prices of software and other electronic products paid by Australian consumers. Macmillan group managing director...

Phaidon Press announces price reductions 

18 October 2011

Visual arts publisher Phaidon Press has announced that it will reduce the Australian and New Zealand prices of 'the majority' of its list. Phaidon sales manager for Australia and New...

Thames & Hudson announces price changes 

30 August 2011

Thames & Hudson Australia has announced this week that it will introduce 'significant changes to the pricing of all imported books'. The publisher said in a statement that 'the changes...

HarperCollins alters indent pricing structure 

19 July 2011

HarperCollins Australia has announced this week that it will be altering its 'indent pricing structure'. HarperCollins Australia and New Zealand CEO Michael Moynahan said in a statement that 'from now...

Simon & Schuster revise prices 

8 March 2011

Simon & Schuster is the latest publishing house to announce a revision of its Australian pricing schedules. Simon & Schuster managing director Lou Johnson told the Weekly Book Newsletter that the publisher...

CUP drops prices 

7 December 2010

Cambridge University Press (CUP) has recently dropped the prices of more than 28,000 titles. The price drops follow a pricing review of more than 30,000 of the publisher's titles, with...

Ebook price comparison site launches 

16 June 2010 is a new Australian-based website that offers consumers price comparisons on over 270,000 ebook titles (and 60,000 e-magazines, 5000 e-textbooks and 50,000 e-chapters). The site was created by Jason Davis, who also runs...

APA responds to ‘increasingly desperate’ Prod Comm 

22 September 2009

As reported in a WBN special bulletin last week the Productivity Commission has issued a supplement to its report on Australia's parallel importation restrictions (PIRs). The supplement is to rebut a...

Borders Xmas catalogue prices some titles above RRP 

11 November 2008

Borders has irked some publishers by pricing some books in its Christmas catalogues in Australia and New Zealand above recommended retail price (RRP). The New Zealand Herald quotes an unnamed...