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 Bloomsbury Group’s revenues soared by 15% to £72.1m for
the first six months of its financial year, helped by J K Rowling’s Harry
Potter books which boosted sales in the publisher’s children’s division by
Print and e-book sales are on the rise, while audiobook sales
are seeing rapid growth despite being largely untapped by most publishers,
according to early results from The
Bookseller’s Digital Census, the annual tracker of the digital
transformation run annually ahead of the FutureBook Conference.
The founders of Alma Books have expressed “shock and dismay”
at the "apparent rejection of European values" which has
accompanied Britain’s decision to exit Europe, saying that the prospect of
the UK closing its borders to the continent is not one they "find easy