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.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Amazon Is a 'Merciless Commercial Engine'
Mark Haddon: Amazon Is a 'Merciless Commercial Engine'
Photo: Nigel Barklie
"Much as we love Amazon, we like bookshops much more, don't we? So we did an edition that is only available in physical, bricks-and-mortar bookshops. It was a way of saying: go and buy from a bookshop. Go into a real bookshop and buy it off some real people.... [Amazon is] a merciless commercial engine. Also because of the way it treats its staff. The way it treats its competitors."
--Mark Haddon, author most recently of The Pier Falls, speaking at the Cheltenham Literary festival about an illustrated edition published exclusively for U.K. bricks-and-mortar bookstores