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!
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.
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.‘
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?
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.
New Zealand has a long history of science fiction publishing for a young country, with books receiving both national and international critical attention. Anno Domini 2000, or, Woman’s Destiny, the book widely accepted to be this country’s first science fiction novel, was written in 1889 by former Prime Minister Julius Vogel.
Can we? Of course we can. What? Follow America in turning around book sales in New Zealand and see them grow rather than decline.
That’s the big message I came away with from attending the American Booksellers Association 9th annual Winter Institute, held this year in Seattle, WA. On occasions it was a bit tough to keep positive, in particular when Jonathon Noel from Nielsen in the UK presented a chart that showed that book sales in New Zealand in 2013 were down 19.3%.