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Google launches UK eBooks store, Australia and Canada 'soon'

The Bookseller – 2011-10-06

Written By: Philip Jones Publication Date: Thu, 06/10/2011 - 14:17 Google eBooks has launched its e-bookstore in the UK. The store can be found at with frontlist titles...

Google readies launch of e-book service in Australia

The Bookseller – 2011-09-14

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Wed, 14/09/2011 - 09:54 Google is close to launching an Australian version of its e-bookstore, the first time the digital company has expanded the service...

Australia's Fairfax Media posts $408 million loss

San Francisco Chronicle – 2011-08-26

(08-25) 19:59 PDT SYDNEY, (AP) -- Fairfax Media Ltd., publisher of hundreds of newspapers in Australia and New Zealand, Friday reported a $408 million annual loss after writing down the value of its...

Ingram opens Lightning Source Australia arm

The Bookseller – 2011-06-16

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Thu, 16/06/2011 - 09:29 Ingram has opened Lightning Source Australia, its fifth international print on demand facility. Lightning Source already operates...

Australia's Fairfax Media to Cut 82 Fulltime Jobs

Editor & Publisher – 2011-05-13

The company is pushing ahead with plans to outsource sub-editor and designer positions, despite stop-work meetings held by staffers.

Lonely Planet Australia in move to London

The Bookseller – 2011-05-12

Publication Date: Thu, 12/05/2011 - 09:30 Lonely Planet is to move some operations to London at the same time as making 70 staff redundant in Australia. Staff at the Lonely Planet office in...

Australia's largest bookselling chains fall into administration

The Bookseller – 2011-02-17

Written By: Philip Jones Publication Date: Thu, 17/02/2011 - 09:34 The Australian book trade has been hit by the surprise collapse of REDgroup, which owns the country's largest bookshop chain Angus...

Hollywood loses landmark copyright case in Australia

Reuters – 2010-02-04

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Hollywood studios lost a landmark copyright court case against an Australia internet provider on Thursday, when a court ruled iiNet could not be held responsible for unauthorized...

Economic analysis of literary publishing in Australia

Australian Policy Online – 2009-03-11

To enable literary publishers and other literary organisations to distribute and market writing more effectively in Australia and increase the income of writers, this report provides a better...

Australia's Fairfax Media reports loss

AFP via Yahoo! News – 2009-02-23

Australia's second largest press group Fairfax Media on Monday reported a first half net loss of 365.3 million dollars (237.4 million US) as it wrote down the value of assets.

Australia asks Thailand to pardon jailed writer

AFP via Yahoo! News – 2009-01-22

The Australian government has asked Thailand to pardon a writer jailed for insulting the royal family, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said.

Proposed Web Filter Criticized in Australia

New York Times – 2008-12-11

The system would force Internet service providers to block access to thousands of sites containing questionable or illegal content.

CEO of Australia's Fairfax Media resigns

International Herald Tribune – 2008-12-05

The chief executive of Fairfax Media, publisher of the Sydney Morning Herald, quit Friday after three years at the helm of a company that has lost advertising dollars to the Internet and is now...

Australia's media fraternity seeks more reporting freedoms

ABC Radio Australia – 2008-11-14

Media organisations say Australia's court system needs to make it easier for journalists to cover legal cases.

Australia's Fairfax media defends its job cuts

ABC Radio Australia – 2008-11-13

Australia's biggest media company, Fairfax Media, has defended its decision to slash the company's workforce.

Irish tycoon O'Reilly to sell stake in Australia's APN media group

AFP via Yahoo! News – 2008-11-03

The share price of Australian-based media giant APN soared Monday after Irish tycoon Tony O'Reilly said he was selling his share in the group to ease debt as the global financial crisis bites.

Australia's Packer quits PBL Media board

AFP via Yahoo! News – 2008-10-27

One of Australia's richest men, James Packer, Monday resigned from the board of the company which runs the media empire established by his family more than 70 years ago.

Dennis Publishing to launch the Week magazine in Australia

Guardian – 2008-09-09

Dennis Publishing will launch its current affairs magazine The Week in Australia, with the first issue on sale on October 31. By Stephen Brook

Fairfax Media journalists in Australia stage four-day strike

AFP via Yahoo! Philippines News – 2008-08-28

Journalists working for Australia's second largest press group, Fairfax Media, on Thursday launched a four-day day strike to protest at plans to axe 550 jobs, staff and their union said.

Book festival link to Australia

BBC News – 2008-08-07

The Edinburgh Book Festival is to exchange writers with an Australian event via a satellite link-up.

Australia and India join e-book adoption race

The Bookseller – 2012-03-28

Australia and India have joined the UK and the US as world leaders in e-book adoption rates,...

Australia pondering joining e-book lawsuit bandwagon

Engadget – 2012-04-12

If Apple, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillian, Penguin and Simon & Schuster thought they only had to contend with a federal e-book lawsuit in the US, they'd better think again. Australia's...

Australia's Fairfax to slash newspaper jobs as media landscape shifts

Reuters – 2012-06-18

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's Fairfax Media , publisher of some of the country's leading newspapers, will overhaul its top mastheads and slash almost one-fifth of its staff, the beginning of a...

Australia gov't fears billionaire's media stake – 2012-06-19

Australia's government said Tuesday it fears the country's richest person Gina Rinehart plans to use her growing stake in a major newspaper publisher to push her own commercial agenda.

Australia's Fairfax slashes newspaper values by almost $3 billion

Reuters – 2012-08-23

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian publisher Fairfax Media slashed the value of its newspaper titles by almost $3 billion on Thursday, as it posted a steep fall in profit and said it saw no early...

Richell to head Hachette Australia as Edwards retires

The Bookseller – 2012-09-11

Hachette Australia c.e.o. and Hachette New Zealand chairman Malcolm Edwards will retire at the...

Australia to Play Big Role in News Corp.'s Publishing SpinOff

Editor & Publisher – 2012-10-17

In splitting News Corp. into two companies, Rupert Murdoch is creating something he hasn't had in years: an Australian media company. By some measures, the publishing company to emerge from the...

Australia launches Stella Prize for women's writing

The Bookseller – 2012-10-22

Australia's first major literary prize for women's writing, the Stella Prize, said to be...

New Women-Only Literary Prizes Created in Australia and Canada

Publishing Perspectives – 2012-11-07

Women-only literary prizes have been created in both Canada and Australia to help balance the attention given to work by male authors vs. female authors.

Advertiser Newspaper and Messenger Newspapers Merge in South Australia

Editor & Publisher – 2013-02-08

News Limited has merged its South Australian operations into one publishing unit incorporating Advertiser Newspapers and Messenger Newspapers. While editorial staff have been operating as a...

Australia approves Random House Penguin merger

The Bookseller – 2013-03-08

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has said it will approve the merger of Random...

MDS Australia to make redundancies

The Bookseller – 2013-04-08

Macmillan Distribution Service's Australian arm is reportedly to make 50 positions redundant...

Saints Row IV banned in Australia due to 'unjustified' evil

Engadget – 2013-06-25

For every tearful accountant at Saints Row HQ, there must be a gleeful marketing person punching the air, playing mini golf and doing whatever else marketing people do when they're full of glee....

News Limited to rebrand local operation as News Corp Australia

Guardian – 2013-06-26

Australian arm of global media giant changes name as it prepares to officially split on 1 JulyNews Limited is rebranding, doing away with the name of the company that Rupert Murdoch built a global...

Northern & Shell sells OK! Australia to Bauer Media

Media Week – 2013-07-09

Northern & Shell has sold OK! Magazine in Australia and New Zealand to joint publishing partner Bauer Media for an undisclosed sum.

Australia and New Zealand to Raise Profile With New London Lit Fest

Publishing Perspectives – 2013-07-11

May 2014 will see the first AusNZ Festival of Literature and Arts take place in London, an effort to draw more attention to Australian and New Zealand literature.

Jobs go at Pearson Australia

The Bookseller – 2013-07-16

Pearson Australia has announced up to 75 potential redundancies as it looks to make changes...

Australia's Next Top ... Hobbit?

The Sydney Morning Herald – 2013-07-30

This week the models balance books on their heads and sit up straight to learn a thing or two about the art of etiquette.    

Lloyds to exit Australia with sale of leasing unit, loans: sources

Reuters – 2013-08-02

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Britain's Lloyds Banking Group is preparing to exit the Australian market, seeking to sell a leasing unit with a book value of $3.6 billion and a $625 million institutional loan...

Lloyds to exit Australia with sale of leasing unit, loans -sources

Reuters – 2013-08-02

SYDNEY, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Britain's Lloyds Banking Group is preparing to exit the Australian market, seeking to sell a leasing unit with a book value of $3.6 billion and a $625 million...

Serpent's Tail buys Australia's Dressmaker

The Bookseller – 2013-08-13

Serpent's Tail has bought Australian novel The Dressmaker, soon to be filmed with Kate...

Virgin Australia Books Full-Year Loss

The Wall Street Journal – 2013-08-30

Virgin Australia swung to a full-year loss as competition intensified and concerns over the Australian economy discouraged domestic travel.

The New York Times was right to send reporters on a refugee boat to Australia | Oliver Laughland

Guardian – 2013-09-10

Oliver Laughland: Although Joel van Houdt and Luke Mogelson have yet to publish a single word from their trip, they have borne witness to an event shrouded in a state-sanctioned narrativeOliver...

UPDATE 1-Pepper Australia consortium, Macquarie Group in final bids for Lloyds' assets-sources

Reuters – 2013-10-01

SYDNEY, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Macquarie Group and a group led by non-bank lender Pepper Australia made final, rival bids for assets with an estimated net book value of A$1 billion ($935 million) that...

In Australia, a drone will deliver – books? Yes, really

The Christian Science Monitor – 2013-10-19

The drone will be used to rush textbooks to students in delivery times as short as two to three minutes.

Kindle launches in Australia

The Bookseller – 2013-11-13

Amazon has launched a dedicated Australian Kindle store, selling more than 2m e-books. The...

Mail Online to launch in Australia

The Guardian – 2013-11-27

The Daily Mail is to launch an online operation in Australia in January 2014. The newspaper has gone into partnership with Mi9, the digital media company owned by Nine Entertainment. Mail Online will...

Second UK Daily Enters Australia Online News Market, Eyes Asia

Editor & Publisher – 2013-11-27

(Reuters) - The world's most popular internet newspaper, the Daily Mail, will join another British daily in the online Australian news business next year, as global publishers jockey for a prime...

Stop attacking Aunty: in defence of the ABC and Guardian Australia | The Spectator Australia

The Guardian – 2013-11-28

Editorial for the Spectator Australia: The spying revelations may have enraged some conservatives, but we must defend the ABC and Guardian Australia's right to publish them

Nook Heads to Australia

Publishers Weekly – 2014-01-17

The move brings the total number of countries where the Nook and Nook store are available to 32.

IPA Criticizes Fair Use Proposal in Australia

Publishers Weekly – 2014-02-14

A report advocating the inclusion of fair use provisions in Australia’s copyright laws has drawn criticism from the International Publishers Association.

Explaining Australia’s Fair Use Publishing Conundrum

Publishing Perspectives – 2014-02-26

We look at what would the proposed introduction of fair use to Australian copyright law mean for publishers, and why is it attracting international attention.

Six things to know to avoid being sued for defamation in Australia

The Guardian – 2014-03-05

If you tweet, have a Facebook account or post photos on Instagram, then congratulations – you’re a publisher. Here is a guide to protecting yourself against legal action on social mediaPaul...

eOne opens Australia office

The Bookseller – 2014-05-15

Consumer brand licence company Entertainment One Licensing (eOne) is opening an office in...

RPT-Genworth Financial's Australia arm to raise $546 million in IPO

Reuters – 2014-05-16

(Repeats story published late Thursday; no change to text)

RPT-UPDATE 1-TPG agrees to buy Australia property services firm DTZ for $1.1 bln-source

Reuters – 2014-06-16

(Repeats story first published on Friday; no change to text)

Upped KKR offer for Australia's Treasury Wine raises bidding war prospect

Reuters – 2014-08-04

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Treasury Wine Estates is opening its books to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co LP after the private equity giant hiked its takeover offer to $3.15 billion, raising the...

Director of S&S Australia Resigns

Publishers Weekly – 2014-09-12

Lou Johnson, who has been managing director of Simon & Schuster Australia since 2010, has resigned from the post.

UPDATE 2-Australia's SAI gets no bids for whole firm; shares plunge

Reuters – 2014-09-17

* Talks failed over value of industry standards publishing ops

UPDATE 1-Standards Australia says interested in buying back SAI Global publishing unit

Reuters – 2014-09-18

SYDNEY, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Standards Australia, the not-for-profit industry group which spun off SAI Global Ltd a decade ago, may seek to buy back the publishing unit of the Sydney-listed...

Australia’s Richard Flanagan Wins Man Booker Prize

Publishing Perspectives – 2014-10-16

Though this was the first year that Americans competed, the Man Booker Prize was awarded to an Australian, for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. The post Australia’s Richard Flanagan...

Ruffino appointed m.d of S&S Australia

The Bookseller – 2014-12-04

Simon & Schuster Australia has appointed Dan Ruffino as m.d., following the departure of Lou Johnson. Ruffino has worked in publishing in Australia and the US for 25 years, most recently as...

Australia’s Brothel Boom

Slate – 2015-01-03

Each Friday, Roads & Kingdoms and Slate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography,...

Ebook Pricing in Australia, Germany, India: Infographic from ePub Direct

Publishing Perspectives – 2015-02-18

How much does an ebook cost in Australia, Germany or India? EPub Direct offers an infographic with key statistics on ebook pricing and more. The post Ebook Pricing in Australia, Germany, India:...

Australia’s Temple of Weird

Slate – 2015-02-20

Each Friday, Roads & Kingdoms and Slate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography,...

Medical Journal of Australia will be shunned by researchers after editor sacked, academic says

The Guardian – 2015-05-04

The sacking of journal’s editor, Stephen Leeder, ‘a mistake that is fairly unredeemable’, says public health academic Dr Ken Harvey Many researchers will refuse to have anything further to do...

HC Australia in Keating apology

The Bookseller – 2015-05-12

HarperCollins Australia has apologised to former Australian prime minister Paul Keating and agreed to pulp unsold copies of a book about him following a legal battle, according to the Australian...

Emerging writers prize launched by Hachette and Guardian Australia

The Guardian – 2015-05-26

$10,000 award in memory of publisher Matthew Richell announced at Emerging Writers’ festival in Melbourne, which will also be a partner on the prizeA new Australian literary award has been...

Gather around young and old. It's time for Australia's favourite holiday | First Dog on the Moon

The Guardian – 2015-06-04

The 4th of June is a special day, when Australians everywhere tie on purple ribbons and let their hearts swell with pride• Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog...

Australia's Treasury Wine sells Californian assets, books loss

Reuters – 2015-07-21

SYDNEY, July 21 (Reuters) - Australia's Treasury Wine Estates Ltd, the world's biggest listed standalone wine firm, said on Tuesday it will sell its Asti Winery, Souverain brand and vineyard assets...

Mother & Baby Magazine Australia

ZDNet – 2015-07-21

Subscribe today to start your FREE 30 day trial (confirmed at time of purchase for first time subscribers).Being a mum is rewarding...

Australia's NAB to book $49 mln loss on Great Western stake sale

Reuters – 2015-07-29

SYDNEY, July 29 (Reuters) - National Australia Bank on Wednesday said it had completed its divestment of its stake in U.S. subsidiary Great Western Bancorp and would book a A$67 million ($49...

Tips to traveling the John Muir Trail or across Australia

Los Angeles Times – 2015-08-09


Fifty Shades publisher could face legal action in Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald – 2015-08-29

The original publisher of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy could face legal action in Australia as well as in the US.

Ronda Rousey to fight Holly Holm in UFC 193 on Nov. 14 in Australia

Los Angeles Times – 2015-08-29

Ronda Rousey's next Ultimate Fighting Championship title defense will come Nov. 14 at UFC 193 in Australia instead of Jan. 2 in Las Vegas.

Australia relents on asylum, will take in 12,000 more from Syria and Iraq

Los Angeles Times – 2015-09-09

Australia will nearly double its humanitarian refuge quota to take in another 12,000 Syrians and Iraqis this year, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Wednesday in a major policy shift.

Louise Adler of Melbourne University Press to chair Book Council of Australia

The Guardian – 2015-09-11

Announcement follows heightened pressure on arts minister to reveal plans for new council, to which Tony Abbott promised $6m in December 2014Louise Adler, the prominent Australian publisher and chief...

Richell prize: Sally Abbott's vision of a future Australia wins literary award

The Guardian – 2015-10-29

The PR director from regional Victoria beat 975 writers to the $10,000 prize and a year’s mentorship to develop her manuscript to publicationAustralia’s newest literary award, the Richell prize...

Bonnier Australia hires Besliev as c.e.o

The Bookseller – 2015-11-12

Hardie Grant Egmont m.d Natasha Besliev has been named as the new c.e.o of Bonnier Publishing Australia.

UPDATE 1-Australia's Asciano to open books to Qube after $6.3 bln approach

Reuters – 2015-11-16

* Qube approach narrowly beats Brookfield's formal takeover offer

Newly-formed Book Council of Australia 'scrapped'

The Bookseller – 2015-12-17

The Book Council of Australia is to be "scrapped" following cuts to the arts.

The Book Depository expands in Australia

The Bookseller – 2016-02-03

Amazon-owned online retailer the Book Depository is to expand in Australia, adding more than 25,000 titles to its offer.

Book Depository is coming to Australia – but there's nothing like a local bookshop

The Guardian – 2016-02-05

While the Amazon-owned online retailer’s first major step into Australia means more competition, it’s not all doom and gloom for independent booksellersHead down Brunswick Street in Fitzroy and...

Australia's Booktopia plans IPO to expand

The Bookseller – 2016-03-30

Booktopia, an Australian online book retailer, is set to float in the second half of 2016 for a $150m initial public offering as it plans to expand.

Literary magazine Meanjin may close after losing Australia Council funding

The Guardian – 2016-05-12

Magazine with 76-year history in jeopardy after funding application to Australia Council rejected, ending council’s continuous support since 1974One of Australia’s longest-running literary...

Rupert Murdoch's empire receives $882m tax rebate from Australia

The Guardian – 2014-02-17

Payment revealed by News Corp in US likely to reignite debate over how much tax is paid by international corporationsRupert Murdoch’s media group received a $882m tax rebate from Australia last...

Quadrant calls Australia Council funding loss a leftist 'act of revenge'

The Guardian – 2016-05-16

Editor-in-chief Keith Windschuttle says council made a ‘political decision’ not to award grant because it wanted to ‘devalue our reputation and demonstrate that the left remains in control of...

Magda Szubanski may leave Australia if changes to book industry go ahead

The Guardian – 2016-05-20

The Australian book industry awards night heard proposals would reduce authors’ control of copyright and flood market with cheap overseas editionsMagda Szubanski said she would consider leaving the...

Updated: Australia’s ABIA-Awarded Authors’ Protest Reportedly Impacts Copyright Changes

Publishing Perspectives – 2016-05-24

'It distresses me to see how anxious our technocrats are to piss all this good work up against the wall.' Australian ABIA-winner Tim Winton is among those speaking out loudly against shortened...

Update From Down Under: A Few Words With Australia’s Andrea Hanke

Publishing Perspectives – 2016-06-20

With an election in July, the Australian creative industries, including publishing, are roiled by the Productivity Commission's draft report on intellectual property, with copyright terms, fair use,...

Australia's Kyle Chalmers takes the gold in men's 100-meter freestyle

Los Angeles Times – 2016-08-11

2016 Summer Olympics live coverage: Here's why the pool water is green Aug. 10, 2016, 8:22 p.m. Follow all the action of the 2016 Rio Olympics as our crew of reporters and photographers brings you...

Debut Novel on Immigration Wins Australia’s Miles Franklin Award

Publishing Perspectives – 2016-08-30

A book that was slow to find a home has now achieved success: A.S. Patric's 'Black Rock White City' is the 2016 winner of Australia's Miles Franklin Award. The post Debut Novel on Immigration Wins...

Penguin Australia accused of prior knowledge of 'gaps' in Gibson's fraudulent story

The Bookseller – 2016-09-22

Penguin Australia has come under further fire for publishing disgraced health blogger Belle Gibson's cookbook, with court files revealing the publisher was aware of obvious "gaps" in...

Man Booker prize: Australia's Richard Flanagan wins with war story

CBC – 2014-10-15

Australian author Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North, set during the building of the Thailand-Burma "Death Railway" in World War Two, wins Britain's prestigious Man Booker...

International Industry Notes: Australia’s Jefferis Shortlist, Hachette Audio’s Audiobook Soundtracks

Publishing Perspectives – 2016-10-06

Although open to men as well as women, the Jefferis Award has yet to go to a male writer. And some Hachette Audio YA titles have Booktrack scores. The post International Industry Notes:...

How Rewarding Are Book Awards? Australia’s Industry Debates the Costs

Publishing Perspectives – 2016-12-12

Some book publishers in Australia question whether the expense of entering the increasing number of book awards is worth the potential end result. The post How Rewarding Are Book Awards?...

Police arrest suspects allegedly planning Christmas bombings in Australia

Los Angeles Times – 2016-12-23

Police in Australia have detained five suspects who were allegedly planning a series of Christmas Day bomb attacks in the heart of the country’s second-largest city, officials said Friday. The...

Australia Has a New Award for Editorial Excellence: The Rosie

Publishing Perspectives – 2017-01-16

A new competition has been announced in Australia’s publishing community. And this time, the honorees aren’t authors but editors. By Dennis Abrams | @DennisAbrams2 ‘Rapport...

Australia doesn't want them. Trump doesn't either. Who are these refugees trapped in bleak island camps?

Los Angeles Times – 2017-02-03

Of all the refugees in the world, these are among the most unfortunate — trapped for years in miserable island camps in the Pacific, unwanted by any nation. Australia doesn’t want them. President...

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