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.
Something of a destination bookshop – except for those who live on Auckland’s Point Chevalier – the Pt Chev Bookshop and Resource Room is small but book-filled, with a good selection of adult and children’s books, plus their extensive Languages and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) specialist section and a range of other textbooks for various school subjects.
The advent of the ‘think global – buy local’ mindset has seen a lot of communities becoming aware of supporting their bookshops. For school libraries, the trend is to buy locally if the bookstore in question has a good range of the children’s, young adult and non-fiction resource titles needed for their shelves. (Pictured: Children's Bookshop Kilbirnie's fantastic range)
One is the new kid on the block – the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival, held May 6 – 11. The other, Auckland Writers Festival, will host book lovers for the fourteenth time from May 14 – 18. But bright, inventive and appealing author events and programmes are something both Festivals share.
Success stories in self-publishing are much more rare than media hype would suggest; realistically an author must know their market and fill reader expectations.
With the publishing industry taking fewer risks and trying to contract rather than expand their lists, this is the time when self -publishers can find gaps in the market to fill. Many of those authors turning to self-publishing were initially published by some of the big imprints, but now find themselves creating their own audiences, their own customers.
Atlantis Books, one of the few New Zealand Bookshops carrying both new and used stock, opened in Rotorua on April 5. More than 300 people checked the store out on its first day, attracted by a More FM crew dressed as superheroes broadcasting from outside the store.
Andrew Tizzard follows up last week’s The Read feature with a note on his company’s policies:
You might like to mention our policy here at Nationwide: We have no minimum order value.
Orders over $50 (total invoice value excl gst) are freight free, as are released back-orders.
Orders under $50 are subject to a maximum freight fee of just $3 (that in most cases does not cover our courier cost but helps to off-set it.) Of course whenever we can we will try to collate a 'one book customer order' with a released back-order or rep order so that we can remove the freight fee.
Most book retailers go out of their way to avoid freight charges or small order surcharges for special order titles their customer’s request. That’s because customers are resistant to any charge that is over and above the cost of the book. Retailers, in turn, are reluctant to pass those charges on to avoid sending customers away to order online.
This chicken or egg situation has become a bigger concern for book retailers recently as it seems an increasing number of distributors are imposing surcharges.