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.
The spectre of Donald Trump and Brexit will have a big
influence on book trends in 2017, publishers and agents have predicted,
with opportunities in non-fiction to explore the new world politics, and
“utopian” fiction acquisitions catering for those who require some
escapism, while psychological thrillers show no sign of slowing down,
especially with the news that Paula Hawkins is due to bring out a new
Entrepreneur and web sceptic Andrew Keen has predicted the
book industry is on the verge of a "renaissance" and
urged publishers to "build on your luck" as the
physical book becomes attractive to younger audiences in a
The row over the authenticity of 65 sketches alleged to be the
work of Vincent van Gogh has escalated between French publisher Editions du
Seuil, which holds the world rights to the book of the drawings, and the
Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Hodder Children’s Books, part of Hachette Children’s Group
(HCG), has bought the UK and Commonwealth rights to Charlie the Choo-Choo,
the picture book written by Stephen King under the pen name of Beryl Evans.
Publishers need to move away from thinking about digital as a
silo and instead focus on cultivating the mindset and
behaviours needed to thrive in the digital age, Eva Appelbaum,
digital strategy specialist at Digital Talent @Work has said.
"Significant pressure" on school budgets
is likely to have a knock-on effect on ed tech, trade association
British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has warned, after its
research on the impact of budgetary constraints showed it
will lead to a downgrading of ICT investments in 2016-17.