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.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Latest News from The Bookseller - includ. JK Rowling: 'Brexit debate is ugliest in my lifetime'
Chris Riddell has broken records by becoming the first
illustrator to win three CILIP Kate Greenaway medals, picking up the
prestigious award for The
Sleeper and the Spindle (written by Neil Gaiman). The CILIP
Carnegie award was presented to Sarah Crossan's verse novel, One.
The EU referendum debate has deteriorated into one of the most
"divisive and bitter political campaigns ever waged" with some
"racists and bigots" directing the Leave campaign, author JK
Rowling has said.
The "snobbery" of booksellers in not stocking or
promoting romance titles is "giving Amazon a huge advantage" and
driving more sales through online channels, m.d. of women's fiction
publisher Choc Lit, Lyn Vernham, has said.
Concerns over freedom of speech are understood to be a factor
in the withdrawal of the European and International Booksellers Federation
from the committee which appoints the Unesco World Book Capital city.
Frictions are understood to have come to the fore around 18 months ago,
when Chinese city Shenzhen and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates were put
forward as potential winners.
A preliminary ruling at the European Court of Justice has said
authors should be compensated for the lending of their electronic books by
European Union public libraries in the same way as traditional books – with
one royalty per purchase, not every time an e-book is lent to a reader.
An extract from a "taboo" play by late
Scandinavian crime writer, Henning Mankell, never before
translated into English, has been published by quarterly
freedom-of-expression magazine Index on Censorship in its latest issue.