When a small bookshop in Cuba Street became available in 1988, accountant Robert Burch “took the plunge”, and launched his new career He changed the name to Arty Bee’s Bookshop and six months later purchased a second shop in Cambridge Terrace. Both shops have relocated several times over the last 22 years, in each case to larger or better locations.
Twenty one pallets of book stock have just moved up the South Island from Dunedin to Oxford in Canterbury; after many years of handling their own book distribution, Otago University Press has opted to have Nationwide distribute their books.
Other changes of distribution have come about from Harper Collins’ relocation of warehousing to their Australian base; AUP have found a new home with Craig Potton and David Bateman is now the distributor for Bridget Williams Books and Josh Easby’s Hurricane Press.
Ross Stewart’s funeral was held in Invercargill yesterday, before his interment at Winton Cemetery.
One of the original Paper Plus owners, Ross and his wife Kath bought the store off his parents in 1983. He was an early enthusiast for the Paper Plus brand and a well known figure in the Winton community as sportsman and business owner. Ross was profiled in a November 2010 issue of The Read.
Cruise ships in Kaikoura are a relatively new development, but one that makes local Paper Plus owner Mark Fissenden happy. “When a cruise ship is in town we see an increase in trade between 10 and 30 percent for the day.” His only gripe: Kaikoura gets just 10 or so cruise ships a season, and more of the smaller ones with 250 rather than 1000 passengers on board.
Grumbling at the size of their magazine supplier bills made Peter Rigg (right) and Susi Blackmore at Page & Blackmores in Nelson take a closer look at the contribution magazines made to their bottom line. They were surprised and pleased. “In December alone, we sold $40,000 worth of magazines – that’s big bikkies!
“Magazines help keep us going through the winter months,” Peter says.
A New Year note to Members of Booksellers NZ by CEO, Lincoln Gould.
Was it the changeable weather driving people into shops to buy and indoors to read? Was it the massive popularity of The Luminaries? Was it a general pick-up in retail sales with the economy on the rise? All of these factors and more contributed to a Christmas better than recent years for New Zealand booksellers (and by definition publishers) – see detailed roundup by Jillian Ewart.
For Kiwi booksellers, a gift-giving season isn’t complete without a good range of desirable cooking titles. So The Read set out to find just how important volume selling cookbooks are to Christmas, and to the book trade year round.
Of the Top 12 titles on Paper Plus’ website recently, six were cookbooks; in our own Indies Summer Holiday Reading catalogue there are nine cookery titles, and there are twelve in Whitcoull’s first catalogue for the season. There’s no doubt they play a major part in gift sales.
More than any other retailer, booksellers own Christmas. We offer more fun, more information, more entertainment and more absorbing reading – books are superior to all the trinkets, kitchenware and kitsch in gift shops.
So let’s take pride in our product and the value books offer, whether on screen or print on paper, and go into Christmas with confidence.
Trade has been trudging along below expectations, but frowns on the faces of shopkeepers won’t do anything for business. Genuine smiles and a warm welcome will.