The association of New Zealand booksellers strongly backs the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) as they join the battle against online retailer Amazon.
Booksellers NZ is a member of the EIBF, which yesterday announced support for the German Publishers and Booksellers Federation, which has filed an official complaint against Amazon with the German Federal Antitrust Authority.
Michael Williams, director of The Wheeler Centre, opened the 93rd Booksellers NZ conference with aplomb. His key-note speech addressed the moot point: is the book world really changing? The short answer is yes and that’s nothing new. “Our job is how to change with it.” Williams said. He quoted Stephen Fry’s wonderful analogy: “Books are no more threatened by kindles than stairs by escalators.”
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Anita Kingston of Paper Plus, Remuera and Matt Bialostocki of Unity Wellington will be the Booksellers NZ scholars to attend the American Booksellers Association’s 10th annual Winter Institute (Wi10) to be held in Ashville, NC in February next year.
The announcement was made at the Book Industry Awards following the Booksellers NZ annual conference in Auckland on Sunday night.
Booksellers and other small retailers in communities throughout New Zealand will be hugely disappointed with the failure of the Minister of Revenue, Todd McClay, to announce today an intention to fix the growing loss of revenue resulting from the government’s failure to collect GST on online purchases from overseas retailers.
Minecraft has topped the New Zealand charts, with both Combat and Construction Handbooks taking #1 and #2 on this week’s Nielsen BookScan chart (all four titles in the top 10) . Minecraft: Combat is currently #1 in the Australian charts, with all four books appearing in the top 15.
The UK has just reported the fourth consecutive week at #1 in Nielsen BookScan charts. Minecraft: The Official Beginner’s Handbook has spent the last 100 days in the bestseller charts in the UK.
Atlantis Books, one of the few New Zealand Bookshops carrying both new and used stock, opened in Rotorua on April 5. More than 300 people checked the store out on its first day, attracted by a More FM crew dressed as superheroes broadcasting from outside the store.
NEW YORK (February 27, 2014): This week, E L James’s #1 best-selling trilogy reached two milestones – the trilogy has sold 100 million copies worldwide; and Fifty Shades of Grey has spent 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The Fifty Shades trilogy, which started as a word-of-mouth eBook sensation, has captured the attention of readers around the world.