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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.
 

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

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.
 

It's reading, Jim, but not as we know it: Science Fiction in New Zealand

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.

Strongly positive tone at Wi9

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%.