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.
Buoyed by a publishing “crack team” and a new sales
relationship with PGUK, independent publisher Salt is going from strength
to strength, and its directors hope an increased focus on fewer, bigger
titles will help this success to continue.
The owner of the oldest bookshop chain in Greece has told of
her devastation at closing her last store after the financial crisis in the
country hit the business “like an avalanche”. The 118-year-old Athens bookstore of Eleftheroudakis, run by
Sofika Eleftheroudaki, will close on 30th September following a seven-year
debt crisis. In that time, turnover at the company has plummeted from €24m
in 2008 to €0.5m today, with employees falling from 130 to 10 as it was
forced to shut all but one of its two dozen stores.