The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has created a great Mother's Day poster that can be reproduced in various sizes and formats and they have been kind enough to share it with New Zealand stores.
It is with great sadness that we announce that Price's Bookshop in Taupo is to close. Tracey Lidington, owner of Price's writes,
"It is with great sadness that I have decided to close the shop. It’s a real bugger but Taupo just can’t seem to sustain three bookshops any longer. Customers who once bought 12 or more books a year are now only buying four or five.
Tongariro Street has also changed so that it resembles a bargain basement, we now have a bypass, and books are expensive for a community that is full of retirees and low income families. On top of that like everyone else, we have The Book Depository and Fishpond who are huge.
Macmillan has announced its decision to close its distribution centre (MDS) at the end of March 2014.
Macmillan Group Managing Director, Ross Gibb, said “In the past two years we have seen a significant rise in digital sales of books, products, platforms and subscriptions across Pan Macmillan, Macmillan Education, Palgrave Macmillan and Macquarie, against a backdrop of declining physical book sales. This trend, which we see accelerating in the future, has meant it is no longer viable, or critical, for us to own and manage our distribution facility.
Craig Potton Publishing are delighted to announce that with effect from the 1.4.13, Ross Blick will be their sales representative for the entire of the North Island.
Ross has been with Craig Potton Publishing for over 15 years, looking after our customers South of the Bombay Hills and we have always been extremely impressed by his levels of motivation, enthusiasm, product knowledge and professionalism. The extension of his area to include Auckland and Northland will continue to build on all the hard work undertaken in the last year by his predecessor, Helen Benton. After 41 years in the trade, predominantly in sales and marketing, Helen has decided to change her lifestyle and take a well-earned break.
David Cameron at Christchurch’s Scorpio Books says from his store’s point of view there’s been ‘quite a bit of action’ this NZ Book Month. “My feeling is that for this store we will be a bit up on voucher redemptions from the previous year. There’s a high level of awareness out there.”
Thanks to the earthquake, Scorpio Books, is currently a two store operation with the main shop in Riccarton and a satellite container store in the city.
“It has been a bit quiet in general,” David says. “But the city store is trading all right and the business is still growing.”
Out in Auckland’s bustling historic suburb of Howick, NZ Book Month is going really well for the local Paper Plus.
“Kids love it!” says Barbara Barnes, the store’s book buyer. “The $5 off a book is really fantastic for them. They don’t have to save as much pocket money before they can get a book, or they can get a book and something else they want.