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.
Book sales through non-traditional retailers are booming,
publishers and retailers have reported, but competition is becoming ever
fiercer among publishers to secure coveted shelf space in retailers such as
Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Joy, T K Maxx or The White Stuff.
Booksellers should not get distracted by consumer data, but
focus on getting to know their customers in person, Waterstones managing
director has told a meeting of international book magazines, hosted by The Bookseller last week.
The support for National Libraries Day, which took place on
Saturday and saw communities across the UK participate in more than 850
events, was "truly inspirational" and featured endorsements from
authors and illustrators Sir Quentin Blake, Michael Rosen and Sarah