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.
Death doesn’t lend to easy commercialisation. Which isn’t to say that it can’t, or isn’t, harnessed in the commercial realm to great effect, but those who treat the dead without respect can do great harm to the living. How do we booksellers deal with the death of a prominent figure? There have been many conversations behind the counter (and everywhere else) with the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, which raised the spectre of retail and death in my mind.
Kobo scholars take kiwi ingenuity to the world Two Auckland booksellers are off to Denver this week to attend the 11th Winter Institute bookselling conference, thanks to sponsorship from Canadian eReading company Kobo, and Booksellers NZ.
Book sales start new chapter in 2015 Booksellers, publishers, authors and readers are ringing in 2016 with smiles on their face, as the Nielsen BookScan NZ 2015 Snapshot proves what we all know: Books are back, and they’re here to stay.