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.
Numbers at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF)
have held steady, despite the 2016 event taking place just a matter of days
before the 2016 London Book Fair (LBF), which has led to logistical
challenges and increased costs for some publishers who are attending both
The print market is up 11.4% in value for the first 12 weeks
of 2016, according to Nielsen Bookscan’s Total Consumer Market. This is the
first double-digit year-on-year rise for the first quarter of the year
since Nielsen records began.
German booksellers and publishers did not have a stellar year
in 2015 but they fared better than had been expected. While the trade
association Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels will not release
statistical data until later in the spring, the new ranking of the largest
publishing companies has just been published, serving as an indicator how
the publishing industry fared.