BWB’s Wonderful Bookshop Competition 2015

And the winner is: Time Out Bookstore, Mt Eden!

This lovely city/village bookshop inspired a poem by Kate Rassie (see below), that wins her a full set of BWB Texts, on one of the special BWB Texts stands. And there were so many great entries for Time Out that Simon Day has been awarded runner-up, and will receive 4 Texts of his choice!

Australia to reduce GST de minimis to zero?

Federal Government and State Treasurers expect to eliminate GST Low Value Threshold on offshore retail purchases
On Friday morning State Treasurers will be meeting with Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey to discuss reform to the GST. It is being widely reported that the Federal Government and State Treasurers will agree to eliminate the Low Value Threshold on online offshore purchases – bringing tax fairness to the collection of GST.

Australian Literary industry wants zero GST threshold on offshore book purchases

Australia’s book industry: authors, publishers, booksellers and rights managers are calling on the Federal and State Governments to reduce the Low Value Threshold on offshore purchases to zero.
The Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Publishers Association, the Australian Booksellers Association, the Copyright Agency and the Australian Council of Small Business back suggested changes to level the playing field in terms of GST payments on goods purchased offshore, such as books.

A History of Crime by Dinah Holman is a Finalist in the 9th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards

First-time crime novelist Dinah Holman is already making waves both here in New Zealand and internationally. Not only was her novel A History of Crime earlier longlisted for the NZ Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel 2015, but she has just been selected as a finalist in the National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA), based in the USA.
‘I am delighted to be a finalist in the NIE Awards,’ says Dinah Holman. ‘My novel is one of six finalists in the thriller category for 2015.‘

Book reviewing meets journalism: talking to the editors of the books pages

Twenty-first-century book reviewing is a strange beast. The advent of the internet has brought with it an ease of self-publishing; an assumption that digital content should be free; the shrinkage of paid column inches; the ability to instantly comment and share; and a swing away from formal literary criticism and towards reviews as customer feedback (a la Amazon). As readers, we are still generating and consuming book reviews by the truckload (check out Goodreads). But where does professional book reviewing fit within our Kiwi media culture? 

Indie initiatives - a worldwide view

In the fraught world of selling actual books in actual shops, it’s nice to know that right now, all over the planet, highly intelligent people are on your side. And they’re out there coming up with clever ways to get punters to realise that it’s way cooler to stroll down to your local bookshop than surf the internet with your credit card.
Here are some ideas from around the world that direct global consciousness towards the wonders of the humble bookshop.
Super Thursday and Books Are My Bag

Booksellers raise Amazon monopoly concerns with European Commission

A meeting this week was part of a push by booksellers and authors to curb Amazon's power
Loek Essers (IDG News Service) on 03 October, 2014  Booksellers have met with European Commission officials to discuss their concerns that Amazon holds a monopoly in the online book market.
The booksellers urged the Commission to make sure that consumers will have a rich and diversified online book