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.
Independent booksellers face a potentially toxic cocktail of
pressures as the new National Minimum Wage (introduced in April), business
rates rises and looming changes to pension contributions could force some
to close and others to shed staff.
Relative newcomers, shops reinvigorated by new owners and an
institution still innovating in its 70th year are among the regional
winners of this year’s British Book Industry Awards’ Independent Bookshop
of the Year, sponsored by Gardners.
The third annual Academy of British Cover Design Awards have
been revealed, with Waterstones Book of the Year 2015 winner Coralie
Bickford Smith picking up her second award in four months for The Fox and the Star.
Rachael Jolley, editor of global freedom of expression
magazine, Index on Censorship, has spoken out about the growing importance
of public libraries for freedom of expression saying "at the heart of
any library is the idea of a freedom to think and discover”.