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.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
‘The Casual Vacancy’ Review: J.K. Rowling Cuts Loose From Harry Potter, and The Bookman cuts loose too
And at Vulture:What’s Missing From J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy? Let the Critics Tell You FOOTNOTE: The Bookman is feeling somewhat virtuous - I could Have bought The Casual Vacancy from Amazon for US$20,90 plus freight or from Barnes & Noble for $35 less 30%, or waited two weeks until I got home to read the review copy that will be waiting for me, but no, I went to a great Indie bookstore in Soho, McNally Jackson,and paid US$35 plus tax $3.11, $38.11. Why? Simply because if we do not support Indie bookshops, where ever we are, they will soon be no more and what a tragic loss that would be.
I despise the freeloaders who go into Indie bookshops in their lunch hour, browse around at the books and then go back to the office and order the books from Amazon. Shame on them and if they keep doing it then they will kill off the Indie bookshops and then they will not be able to view before they buy. Long live the independent bookstore !