Think Australia (and New Zealand)

In Global Trade Talk by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Tim Coronel, the publisher of Bookseller + Publisher, hosted a panel yesterday on the Australian and New Zealand market, its successes and challenges, and some of the brilliant endeavors they have undertaken to tap into their highly literary population. This year at the fair, more than 60 Australian publishers and over 20 New Zealand publishers are …

Awesome Kiwi Film Promoting Reading Wins at Cannes

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats A short film dramatizing the “power of reading” has won two Film Craft Lions awards at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. The two-minute film, commissioned by the New Zealand Book Council, uses stop motion animation from beautifully crafted cut-outs and pop-ups made from the pages of Maurice Gee’s classic New Zealand novel Going West, to depict …

Coverage of the Aukland Writers & Readers Festival

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Graham Beattie, former Managing Director/Publisher of Penguin Books NZ and Scholastic NZ offers a very thorough overview of the Auckland Readers & Writers Festival, which took place last weekend. Included in his coverage are events with Lee Childs, Lionel Shriver, David Levithan, Marti Friedlander, Colm Toibin and a panel discussion about US publishing with Levithan and Granta …

In the Age of E-books, Does the Cheap Paperback Have a Future?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses Penguin’s 75th anniversary campaign in Australia, New Zealand and India which has seen the company reissue backlist titles from their line at the low price of AU$9.95. The result has been sales that have exceeded more than 250,000 copies in their first three months — a phenomenal sales pace. The series has proved …

Is Penguin Trying to Rewrite History?

In English Language by Andrew Wilkins

By Andrew Wilkins The Popular Penguins follow Allen Lane’s ethos of making great writing affordable and available to everybody — now you can own a piece of the Penguin story. — marketing blurb from Penguin Web site If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. — Sir Isaac Newton MELBOURNE: You may have heard …

Building the World’s Biggest Book Club

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Kathy L. Patrick JEFFERSON, TEXAS: They say everything is bigger in Texas…and it’s true. When I opened Beauty and the Book in January 2000 — the ONLY hair salon/book store in the world — in January 2000, one of the first things I did was start my book club, The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas. We started with six complete strangers …