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.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Helping Booksellers 'Stay in the Business'
"I'd love to create a network of professional bookseller 'guilds' that foster education and professionalism among frontline booksellers, in the hopes that these booksellers stay in the business rather than move on when they need to earn more. This may need to involve not just the store itself but also landlords and local municipalities, with the major goal being competitive wages paid by independent bookstores and career advancement tracks being made possible."
--Jamie Fiocco, owner of Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, N.C. and an American Booksellers Association board member, in a q&a with Bookselling This Week