The Herald and Weekly Times
The Herald and Weekly Times Limited is a newspaper publishing company based in Melbourne, Australia. It is owned and operated by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Australia, which purchased HWT in 1987; the HWT's newspaper interests date back to the launch of the Port Phillip Herald. The company publishes the morning daily tabloid Herald Sun, created in 1990 from a merger of the company's morning tabloid paper, The Sun News-Pictorial, with its afternoon broadsheet paper, The Herald; the Herald had The Sun News-Pictorial a 68-year history in Melbourne. HWT had bought The Sun News-Pictorial in 1925; the HWT publishes The Weekly Times, aimed at farmers and rural business. The HWT bought a controlling stake in The Advertiser of Adelaide in 1929. From 1929 until 1987, HWT owned and operated Melbourne radio station 3DB. In 1929, 3DB along with 3UZ participated in experimental television broadcasts using the Radiovision system; the Advertiser took a stake in The News two years later. The News was sold in 1949.
The HWT bought The West Australian in 1969, but sold it to Robert Holmes à Court in 1987 as part of the News Limited takeover. HSV-7 3DB
HarperCollins Publishers L. L. C. is one of the world's largest publishing companies and is one of the Big Five English-language publishing companies, alongside Hachette, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster. The company is a subsidiary of News Corp.. The name is a combination of several publishing firm names: Harper & Row, an American publishing company acquired in 1987, together with UK publishing company William Collins, acquired in 1990; the worldwide CEO of HarperCollins is Brian Murray. HarperCollins has publishing groups in the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and China; the company publishes many different imprints, both former independent publishing houses and new imprints. In 1989, Collins was bought by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, the publisher was combined with Harper & Row, which NewsCorp had acquired two years earlier. In addition to the simplified and merged name, the logo for HarperCollins was derived from the torch logo for Harper and Row, the fountain logo for Collins, which were combined into a stylized set of flames atop waves.
In 1999, News Corporation purchased the Hearst Book Group, consisting of William Morrow & Company and Avon Books. These imprints are now published under the rubric of HarperCollins. HarperCollins bought educational publisher Letts and Lonsdale in March 2010. In 2011, HarperCollins announced; the purchase was completed on July 11, 2012, with an announcement that Thomas Nelson would operate independently given the position it has in Christian book publishing. Both Thomas Nelson and Zondervan were organized as imprints, or "keystone publishing programs," under a new division, HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Key roles in the reorganization were awarded to former Thomas Nelson executives. In 2012, HarperCollins acquired part of the trade operations of John Son in Canada. In 2014, HarperCollins acquired Canadian romance publisher Harlequin Enterprises for C$455 million. Brian Murray, the current CEO of HarperCollins, succeeded Jane Friedman, CEO from 1997 to 2008. Notable management figures include Lisa Sharkey, current senior vice president and director of creative development and Barry Winkleman from 1989 to 1994.
In April 2012, the United States Department of Justice filed United States v. Apple Inc. naming Apple, HarperCollins, four other major publishers as defendants. The suit alleged that they conspired to fix prices for e-books, weaken Amazon.com's position in the market, in violation of antitrust law. In December 2013, a federal judge approved a settlement of the antitrust claims, in which HarperCollins and the other publishers paid into a fund that provided credits to customers who had overpaid for books due to the price-fixing, it was announced to employees and later in the day on November 5, 2012, that HarperCollins was closing its remaining two U. S. warehouses, in order to merge shipping and warehousing operations with R. R. Donnelley in Indiana; the Scranton, PA warehouse closed in September 2013 and a Nashville, TN warehouse, under the name Thomas Nelson, in the winter of 2013. Several office positions and departments continued to work for HarperCollins in Scranton, but in a new location.
The Scranton warehouse closing eliminated 200 jobs, the Nashville warehouse closing eliminated up to 500 jobs. HarperCollins closed 2 U. S. warehouses, one in Williamsport, PA in 2011 and another in Grand Rapids, MI in 2012. “We have taken a long-term, global view of our print distribution and are committed to offering the broadest possible reach for our authors," said HarperCollins Chief Executive Brian Murray, according to Publishers Weekly."We are retooling the traditional distribution model to ensure we can competitively offer the entire HarperCollins catalog to customers regardless of location.” Company officials attribute the closings and mergers to the growing demand for e-book formats and the decline in print purchasing. HarperCollins maintains the backlist of many of the books published by their many merged imprints, in addition to having picked up new authors since the merger. Authors published by Harper include Mark Twain, the Brontë sisters and William Makepeace Thackeray. Authors published by Collins include H. G. Wells and Agatha Christie.
HarperCollins acquired the publishing rights to J. R. R. Tolkien's work in 1990 when Unwin Hymen was bought; this is a list of some of the more noted books, series, published by HarperCollins and their various imprints and merged publishing houses. The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien The Art of Loving, Erich Fromm Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian the Leaphorn and Chee books, Tony Hillerman The Silmarillion, J. R. R. Tolkien Collins English Dictionary, a major dictionary Sharpe series, Bernard Cornwell Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo, Hayden Herrera, adapted into the 2002 film Frida The History of Middle-earth series, J. R. R. Tolkien Weaveworld, Clive Barker the Paladin Poetry Series Of Gravity & Angels, Jane Hirshfield The
WHSmith PLC is a British retailer, headquartered in Swindon, which operates a chain of high street, railway station, port and motorway service station shops selling books, magazines, entertainment products and confectionery. The company was formed by his wife Anna in 1792 as a news vendor in London, it remained under the ownership of the Smith family for many years and saw large-scale expansion during the 1970s as the company began to diversify into other markets. Following a rejected private equity takeover in 2004, the company began to focus on its core retail business, it was the first retail chain in the world, was responsible for the creation of the ISBN book identifier. WHSmith is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index, it celebrated its 225th anniversary in 2017. In 1792, Henry Walton Smith and his wife Anna established the business as a news vendor in Little Grosvenor Street, London. After their deaths, the business—valued in 1812 at £1,280 —was taken over by their youngest son William Henry Smith, in 1846 the firm became W. H. Smith & Son when his only son William Henry, became a partner.
The firm took advantage of the railway boom by opening news-stands on railway stations, beginning with Euston in 1848. In 1850, the firm opened depots in Birmingham and Liverpool, it ran a circulating library service for a century, from 1860 to 1961. The younger W. H. Smith used the success of the firm as a springboard into politics, becoming an MP in 1868 and serving as a minister in several Conservative governments. After the death of W. H. Smith the younger in 1891, his widow was created Viscountess Hambleden in her own right. After the death of the second Viscount in 1928, the business was reconstituted as a limited company, in which his son, the third Viscount, owned all the ordinary shares. On the death of the third Viscount in 1948, the death duties were so severe that a public holding company had to be formed and shares sold to WHSmith staff and the public. A younger brother of the third Viscount remained chairman until 1972, but the Smith family's control slipped away, the last family member left the board in 1996.
In 1966, WHSmith originated a 9-digit code for uniquely referencing books, called Standard Book Numbering or SBN. It was adopted as international standard ISO 2108 in 1970, was used until 1974, when it became the ISBN scheme. From the 1970s, WHSmith began to expand into other retail sectors. WHSmith Travel operated from 1973 to 1991; the Do It All chain of DIY shops originated with an acquisition in 1979, becoming a joint venture with Boots in 1990. Boots acquired WHSmith's share in June 1996; the bookshop chain Waterstone's, founded by former WHSmith executive Tim Waterstone in 1982, was bought in 1989 and sold in 1998. In 1986, WHSmith bought a 75% controlling share of the Our Price music chain; the 75% share of Virgin Our Price was sold to Virgin Retail Group Ltd in July 1998 for £145m. WHSmith owned the American record chain The Wall, sold to Camelot Music in 1998. In March 1998, the company acquired John Menzies' retail outlets for £68m, which for many years were the main rival to the company's railway-station outlets.
This purchase cleared the way for WHSmith's retail expansion into Scotland. Prior to the takeover, Menzies' larger Scottish shops dominated the market, the latter's presence was minimal. For several years, the company's retail side had difficulties competing with specialist book and music chains on one side and large supermarkets on the other; this led to poor financial performance, a takeover bid in 2004 by Permira, which fell through. It reacted to this by disposing of its overseas subsidiaries and its publishing business Hodder Headline, in order to concentrate on reforming its core businesses. In August 2006 the company demerged the retail and news distribution arms of the business into two separate companies: WHSmith PLC and Smiths News PLC. In September 2010 WHSmith bought The Gadget Shop from The Entertainer; that year, it bought online greeting card retailer Funky Pigeon. In April 2011, WHSmith agreed a deal with the legal services provider QualitySolicitors under which QualitySolicitors is to place representatives in up to 500 of its UK branches.
Past Times went into administration in January 2012, the brand name was bought by WHSmith in March 2013. In October 2013, WHSmith announced that it had bought the ModelZone brand and will sell products under this brand through existing WHSmith shops. WHSmith subsequently announced through the ModelZone Twitter page in November 2013 that 10 shops were to carry products under the ModelZone brand name by 23 November 2013. In October 2014, WHSmith announced as part of its preliminary statement that it was planning on extending its greetings card offering by launching the value focussed brand Cardmarket on a trial basis. According to the statement, these trial shops will be in low rent areas and will be let to WHSmith under short term leases; the company announced in late 2018 that the trial of Cardmarket would be wound up, with the closure of the Cardmarket stores. This was in addition to the announcement of the closure for at least 6 WHSmith stores which were deemed economically unviable following a strategic business review.
Late in 2017 the Company purchased Cult Pens, a UK based retailer
Castlereagh Street is a 1.6-kilometre-long major street located in the central business district of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia. The street runs in a north-to-south, in a one way direction only. Castlereagh Street's northern terminus is at the junction of Hunter Street, with its southern terminus at the junction with Hay Street, near Belmore Park; the street is one-way southbound to motorised traffic, with a bicycle path running in both directions from Hay Street to Liverpool Street. At its northern end near Martin Place, the street is lined by many of Sydney's most expensive boutiques and jewellery stores, such as Chanel, Cartier, Dior, Van Cleef & Arpels, Ermenegildo Zegna and Mont Blanc. Chapel Row and Camden Street, Castlereagh Street was named by Governor Macquarie in 1810 in honour of Viscount Castlereagh, the Secretary of State for the Colonies. At the time the street included what is now known as Loftus Street, named as Castlereagh Street North, until 1881, what is now known as Chalmers Street, prior to the establishment of Belmore Park, until 1905.
Castlereagh Street once contained the Australia Hotel, whose foundation stone was laid by Sir Henry Parkes, the Theatre Royal. Both of these buildings were demolished during the 1970s. A single-line electric tramway ran northbound up Castlereagh Street, between Central station and Circular Quay, it was closed in the late 1950s. The street is now used by buses as well as general traffic. Significant heritage buildings located on Castlreagh Street include, from north to south: The Trust Building – 72-72a Castlereagh Street, located on the corner of King Street, constructed between 1914-16; the building is an example of the Interwar Commercial Palazzo architectural style and was the site of the former Daily Telegraph offices and is one of four surviving newspaper offices built between 1900 and 1930. The building is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register. Metrolpolitan Fire Station – 211-217 Castlereagh Street, located south of the junction with Bathurst Street, constructed from 1887. Designed by James Barnet, the building is an example of the Victorian Free Classical architectural style and has been used continuously since 1888 as a fire station by the NSW Fire Brigades.
The building is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register. Sydney Downing Centre – 302 Castlereagh Street, located with an entire city block bounded by Castlereagh, Liverpool and Goulburn Streets, constructed from 1908. Designed by Arthur Anderson, the building is an example of the Interwar Stripped Classical architectural style and was the site of the former Mark Foy's emporium; the building is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register. City of Sydney Route map
George Robertson (publisher)
George Robertson was a Scottish-Australian bookseller and publisher, who founded the publishing division of Angus & Robertson. Robertson, the son of the Rev. John Robertson, was born at Halstead, England, he was educated at the Southwestern Academy and trained as a bookseller with James Maclehose, bookseller to the University of Glasgow. He emigrated to New Zealand as a young man, two years he relocated to Sydney, where he found employment at the local branch of George Robertson and Company, booksellers of Melbourne, he was not related to the founder of that firm. In January 1886 he joined D. M. Angus in partnership, at first in Market Street, Sydney and in Castlereagh Street. After Angus' death in 1900 Robertson continued in partnership with Frederick Wymark and Richard Thomson who had acquired Angus' share of the business, until in 1907 the partnership was converted into a public company and continues under the name of Angus & Robertson Ltd; as a bookseller Robertson was always interested in buying "books and other rare items relating to Australia and adjacent regions".
He encouraged the wealthy Sydney book collector David Scott Mitchell to collect early Australian books and manuscripts. Mitchell's formation of his unmatched collection, which he bequeathed to the state of New South Wales, was "largely indebted to the efforts of booksellers who knew Australiana, including George Robertson, Fred W. Wymark, William Dymock and James R. Tyrrell". Around 1895 the publishing side of the business began to be developed and many successful volumes were launched. Among the earlier authors were Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson and Victor Daley. Robertson could recognize a promising author and was willing to take considerable risks in backing his judgment. During the last 30 years of his life the number of volumes he published exceeded the total number brought out in the same period by all the other publishers in Australia; the Australian Encyclopaedia, published in two volumes in 1926, is one of the most important books published in Australia. In recognition to Robertson's contribution to publishing, the Australian Publishers Association has established the George Robertson Award, for individuals who have 30+ years' service to publishing and its success.
He was married twice, first to Elizabeth Stewart Bruce in 1881, and, in 1910, to Eva Adeline Ducat. He died at the age of 73 and was survived by his second wife and his children from his first marriage. Angus & Robertson Serle, Percival. "Robertson, George". Dictionary of Australian Biography. Sydney: Angus and Robertson
Booktopia Pty Ltd is an Australian online bookstore. Founded in 2004, it now turns over $120 million a year, was listed in the AFR/BRW's Fast 100 eight times, the only company to achieve this feat, from 2009 to 2017. In 2016 & 2017 Booktopia was voted'Bookstore of the Year'. In 2014 it won Telstra Business of the Year for NSW Medium Sized businesses, it has been a finalist in the Telstra Business Awards 7 times from 2011 to 2018, the only company to achieve this feat. In 2018 it won NSW Business of National People's Choice Award. Booktopia has stated that Australian titles are a key focus for the company. Booktopia was founded on 4 February 2004 by Tony Nash, Steve Traurig and Simon Nash in Sydney, Australia. Tony started the business as a side project, working in the evenings and weekends while the family ran their internet marketing consultancy during the day out of a 60 square metre office in North Sydney, it took 3 days to sell the first book. After the first month sales were $2,000. By the 4th month sales were up to $30K per month and by the end of the year $100K per month.
By the end of 2 years it was $200K per month. The first 3 years all of the website and fulfilment were outsourced to another company and in 2007 the founders decided to build their own website and do their own fulfilment, they moved to 450 square metres in Artarmon, bought some shelves on eBay and hired a warehouse manager. In 2009 Booktopia moved to 2,000 square metres in Lane Cove as their commitment to hold more stock and the growth of the business meant they had run out of space. In 2011 they leased a further 2,000 square metres down the road. In 2014 they moved to 10,000 square metres in Lidcombe and implemented $4 million worth of automation, automatic packing machines and scanners. In 2016 they increased their space when an adjoining building became available adding a further 3,000 square metres. Total space is 13,000 square metres. Investment in automation has increased to $10 million. At Christmas 2017 the Distribution Centre was in bounding and out bounding up to 38,000 individual items per day.
In August 2015 Booktopia bought the Robertson Bookworld business from Penguin Random House. Sales revenue for the 2017/18 financial year were $114 million per annum, they sell one item every 6.1 seconds. In 2018 Booktopia won NSW Business of the Year at the Telstra Business Awards and at the Nationals they won the People's Choice Award. In 2016 and 2017 Booktopia was voted Bookstore of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards; this award is voted on by publishers and other industry experts. Booktopia is the only company to make the AFR/BRW Fast 100 for 8 years from 2009 to 2017; the company has won countless other awards including Australia's number 1 online bookstore and is Australia's Favourite Bookstore as voted by the Australian public. Booktopia's philanthropic program has donated over $750,000 worth of books and cash to literacy based projects including indigenous literacy, it has sponsored writers' festivals, readers conferences, book awards, library fundraising projects and many other school fundraisers.
In 2015 Booktopia bought an online camera and optics company, DC Cameras & Optics. Official website
Angus Struan Carolus Robertson is a former Scottish politician, the Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party and was the party's spokesperson on the Constitution in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2001. In 2017, he sought re-election as the MP for Moray and lost to Scottish Conservative candidate Douglas Ross. A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Robertson worked as a journalist, he resigned his position as SNP depute leader in February 2018. Robertson was born in Wimbledon, London, to a Scottish father, an engineer, a German mother, a nurse. Robertson speaks fluent German, he was educated at Broughton High School and the University of Aberdeen, where he graduated in 1991 with an MA Honours degree in politics and international relations. After university he embarked on a journalistic career, worked as a foreign and diplomatic correspondent in Central Europe for the BBC World Service, for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF.
Robertson joined the Scottish National Party in 1984, at the age of 15, after being given a leaflet about the party's youth wing by Charlie Reid of The Proclaimers. Before his election to the UK House of Commons in June 2001, he was the European and International Affairs Adviser to the SNP Group in the Scottish Parliament. During his first parliamentary session, Robertson was Scotland's youngest MP and was rated Scotland's "hardest working MP" according to statistics from the House of Commons, he served as the SNP's spokesman on Defence and International Relations, was well above average amongst MPs in the number of contributions he made in the House of Commons. Robertson provided Swiss Senator Dick Marty a report containing what he calls'a detailed report of numerous suspect movements of aircraft transiting through Scotland. Robertson's main political interests are Scottish independence and European affairs, sustainable development and youth issues. In May 2007, he became SNP Leader in the House of Commons, following Alex Salmond's election as First Minister of Scotland.
Following the 2015 general election and the election of Salmond as MP for Gordon, it was confirmed that he would continue in his role as leader in the Commons. In September 2015, he was appointed to the Privy Council and as a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament. In January 2016, Robertson said that British Prime Minister David Cameron should admit to British involvement in Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: "Isn't it time for the Prime Minister to admit that Britain is taking part in a war in Yemen, costing thousands of civilians lives and he has not sought parliamentary approval to do this?"On 13 October 2016, he was elected Depute Leader of the SNP, replacing Stewart Hosie. Robertson received 52.5% of the votes, defeating Tommy Sheppard, Alyn Smith and Chris McEleny in the election. He resigned in February 2018. In 2015, The Daily Telegraph reported that Robertson's second home expenses had included a television costing £1,119, a £400 home cinema system, £500 for a bed, £20 for a corkscrew and £2,324 for a sofa bed.
The home cinema system was denied by the expenses office. Robertson's wife, Jennifer Dempsie, is a former advisor to Alex Salmond. Dempsie campaigned to inherit Salmond's Scottish Parliament seat in Aberdeenshire East but withdrew to focus on her business career. Outside politics Robertson is a music fan, is fond of Metallica and Belle and Sebastian, he is a supporter of the Heart of Midlothian F. C football team. European Scrutiny Committee In August 2016, he was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Austrian Republic. Party Parliamentary Robertson, Angus. Why Vote SNP. Biteback Publishing. ISBN 1-84954-034-9. Retrieved 2015-06-02. Constituency website SNP profile STV News profile Guardian profile They Work For You The Public Whip Interview: Angus Robertson – politics.co.uk Appearances on C-SPAN