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.
Chain booksellers in the UK have welcomed yesterday’s news
that Little, Brown UK will publish the script of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter
stage play in book form, although independents are less sure of how well
the book will sell.
Hachette UK saw overall sales fall by 6.7% in the fourth
quarter of the year due to lower e-book sales, with its parent company
Lagardere Publishing saying that "market trends have reversed in the
US and the UK".
E-book sales seem to have finally taken off in France last
year, even though at a more modest rate than the three-digit growth
achieved in the United Kingdom and United States in the early stages of the market
US film and theatre producer Scott Rudin is to take Harper
Lee's novel To Kill a
Mockingbird to Broadway, in a new adaptation by screenwriter
Aaron Sorkin, after a change of heart by the author, who was previously
reluctant to allow such a production.