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.
Big publishers are likely to feel a squeeze on their
supermarket sales as a result of the sector experiencing a “once in a
generation change”. Two of Britain’s biggest supermarkets, Tesco and Sainsbury’s,
are also big retailers of books. Both retailers reported slumps in profits
in their recent financial results: Tesco reported half-year pretax profit
was down 92% to £112m, after more than £500m was spent on one-off costs;
and Sainsbury’s reported a
pretax loss of £290m.
Remote e-book lending in libraries leads to
"significant" increase in borrowing, but not to an increase in
book buying, according to interim trends noted at the six-month stage of a
year-long pilot project.
Claudia Renton’s book about the influential Wyndham sisters
has been awarded this year’s £3,500 Slightly Foxed Best First Biography
Prize. Her win for Those
Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power (Collins)
was announced at the Biographers' Club dinner on Friday 21st November.
The freshly issued set of guidelines
on "new agenting services" from the Association of Authors’
Agents (AAA) will help literary agents who “may not yet have had the
opportunity to work out what good practice might mean to them” when it
comes to self-publishing, the AAA has said.