Book reading down slightly in New Zealand. More than half read NZ authors

442,600 adult New Zealanders didn’t read a book in the past year, according to new research published by the New Zealand Book Council. Only 86% of New Zealand adults had read or started to read at least one book in the past year, down from 88% last year. Only? Plenty of countries would be ecstatic Read More …

The Week in Review

Here’s a summary of TNPS posts from the past seven days.   UK small publishers find new ways to survive as chain bookstores turn them away HarperCollins’ Harlequin launches romance book website in Australia The Mogadishu Book Fair: an oasis of tranquility in a troubled land Small presses and self-publishers left stranded by collapse of Read More …

Small presses and self-publishers left stranded by collapse of Australian distributor

The collapse of Melbourne-based book distributor Dennis Jones & Associates attracted little attention beyond the Australian industry journals last week, but as the casualties become clear the story has made the Sydney Morning Herald and it’s not a pretty picture. Says the Herald, Dennis Jones & Associates has been the go-between for small publishers and Read More …

HarperCollins’ Harlequin launches romance book website in Australia

Australia’s trade e-journal Books & Publishing is reporting Harlequin, owned by HarperCollins, has launched a book andn ebook website with 23,000 titles from the various Harlequin imprints. It’s not clear yet whether the Romance.com.au website is being simulated elsewhere. According to Australian trade journal Books & Publishing the site features quizzes, prize giveaways and Buzzfeed-style Read More …

The Week In Review

Here’s a summary of TNPS posts from the past seven days. Big Bad Wolf shows the world’s demand for English-language titles, taking 2 million books to Taiwan this week Brazil’s São Paulo Biennial disappointed with fewer visitors (“only” 663,000) but they spent 33% more Amazon to open a Customer Service Centre in Colombia in October, Read More …

Australia’s online retailer Booktopia expands its distribution service

Long the biggest online book retailer in Australia (Amazon has yet to release any figures since its December 2017 launch to suggest otherwise), Booktopia this week announced it will be the exclusive Australian distributor for Germany-based Thieme Medical Publishers. Thieme is the latest recruit to Booktopia Publisher Services (BPS), set up, explains the Australian industry Read More …