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.
Pearson has defended itself after an article in the Telegraph reported
that a number of top universities, including Imperial College London, were
"purging" Pearson materials from their courses, after the
publisher raised the price of its digital content for academic libraries.
Authors, agents and publishers have praised the increase in
the number of books with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and
mental health themes in 2015, but added that more needs to be done in terms
of publishing BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) authors and books
that feature characters with disabilities.
The first-ever release of the Harry Potter series as audio
downloads through Audible has seen J K Rowling dominate the e-tailer’s
charts for the month of November, with all seven books featuring the boy
wizard charting in the top 12.