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.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
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An increase in sales of print books, a growing disaffection
with e-tailers and the burgeoning trend of “enhanced” bookshops has led
many trade figures to branch out into running bricks-and-mortar stores,
with the synergy between the seemingly disparate sides of the business not
to be understated.
A BEA panel on authorship in the digital age, with writers
Scott Turow, Joe Konrath, and Barbara Freethy, moderated by lawyer Jon Fine
(ex-Knopf and ex-Amazon), wasn’t strictly indie vs traditional –
traditional publishers came in for criticism from everybody. What made it
more valuable than most was that it was also three authors looking at their
careers and advising others, in Fine’s words, on “myriad paths to success.”