Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, May 30, 2014
Random House launches New Zealand’s first ever Book App and website dedicated to crime and thriller lovers.
House launches New Zealand’s first ever Book App and website dedicated to
crime and thriller lovers.
weekend sees the launch of New Zealand’s first ever dedicated crime
and thriller book app and accompanying website helping
to address the needs and interests of avid crime and thriller fans around
2013 Random House commissioned a survey which gained insights into the
motivations of fans of crime and thriller books. Some of the key findings
were that readers were extremely passionate about the genre, and delight in
finding others with similar tastes. They also discovered that
recommendation is fundamental to discovery and sharing; readers rely on
word-of-mouth to unearth new authors and books.
response to this, Random House Australia & New Zealand designed new
digital tools to help readers connect with their favourite authors,
discover new ones and, through a dedicated Facebook
page, interact with each other.
an array of content from authors, booksellers, publishers and more, these
tools showcase the very best of crime and thriller books from around the
world as well as local authors such as Ben Atkins the author ofDrowning
City whose book will be featured on the Crime
& Thriller Books App launching this weekend.
Crime & Thriller Books App will feature six page-turning local and
international crime & thriller titles each month, with the first 10% of
the book available to read. Readers can explore new authors, try prize
winning authors that may have sparked their interest or review a book
before recommending it to their book group. A select number of books will
also have audio functionality so that people can hear the selection read
now connect directly with over 300,000 book readers from across Australia
and New Zealand across our digital marketing platforms. Our new crime and
thrillers initiative allows us to grow that community of readers and
excitingly to personalise conversations about our extensive crime and
thriller list with readers who are passionate about the genre.“
- Brett Osmond, Director of Marketing and Publicity, Random House ANZ.
the atmospheric, chilly fields of Scandinavian crime to the flawed
hardboiled detectives; the horrors of true crime to the technicality of
police procedurals; the distinctive style of Japanese crime to the pace of
courtroom thrillers; the cross-country espionage to the gritty crime noir —
& Thrillers app and website
features big, brand name, authors such as Lee Child, Ruth Rendell, James
Patterson, Kathy Reichs and Jo Nesbo, whilst highlighting lesser known
authors, and championing debut authors in the field. The website also
offers a specialised ‘Surprise Me’ function, where the reader is given
recommendations based on genre they want to read.
newsletter and Facebook
page provide a platform for readers to access early information
about upcoming International author tours such as Karin Slaughters visit on
the 11& 12 August, global news, read and watch exclusive interviews and
videos, discover captivating books and incredible authors, and engage with