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.‘

Lonely Planet’s Visual Guide to Laughing in the Face of Adversity

In-laws coming around for dinner?
Earthquake imminent?
Squashed in the middle seat on a long-haul flight?
Don’t panic!
With the help of Lonely Planet’s new book, How to Survive Anything, you will always prevail.

The Caretaker of Imagination, by ZR Southcombe

Bored with his normal life, John Carroll runs away with his faithful cat in search of adventure. When he meets a real-life pirate, John realizes there is much more to the world than he’d ever thought possible – magic is real, and in desperate need of a hero.

John must convince the (once fearsome) Captain Simon Peabody to join him on a fantastic and perilous quest to find the only person who can save magic from being lost forever: the Caretaker of Imagination.



The Baker Boys, by Clinton mhic Aonghais

The Baker Boys is the account of a Suffolk family and two of its sons  one from England and the other from New Zealand. One would experience the plight of those at Gallipoli, Egypt and in Palestine, while the other would have his destiny played out on the Western Front in France.

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

Online sales final page for independent bookshop

Talia Shadwell – The owners of another independent Wellington bookshop closing its doors say the might of online juggernaut Amazon and its peers spelt the final chapter.

Capital Books will close at the end of next month after 18 years of trading.
Owners Tim and Glenda Skinner said the impact of offshore book buying and the growth of the ebook industry were the most significant reasons for their decision.