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All distributors great and small

When thinking about distribution, do you think of giant Australian distribution warehouses like Penguin Random House’s United Book Distributors? Or the other extreme, author and publisher Paul Little dispatching his recent titles from the basement of his wife’s suburban Auckland store? 
They are the two ends of the spectrum of book distribution serving this country. 

Jillian Ewart looked at United Book Distributors, Alliance Book Distributors, Upstart Distribution, Bookreps NZ, Paul Little, David Bateman, PDL, South Pacific Books and Nationwide Distribution; and talked to booksellers from around the country about how our distribution spectrum is working out for them. Read on.

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Latest Book News

Celebrate Literacy Day with a Giant Game of Scrabble!
To celebrate UNESCO International Literacy Day, Literacy Aotearoa Wellington (LAW) is pleased to advise that they will be holding a giant game of Scrabble in the foyer of Wellington Railway Station on Tuesday, 8 September 2015 from 7.30am – 1.00pm.

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 (click through), 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!

Winners of the Australian Children's Book Council Awards
Click through to find out which Australian books won the CBCA's Children's Book Awards last Friday. 

From the Blog

Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee
Reviewed by Tiffany Matsis

You’d have to have been living under a metaphorical rock not to have heard about the July 2015 publication of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. It was one of the most anticipated literary releases of recent years, coming 54 years after the publication of the author’s only other published work: the modern day classic and Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird.

As a fan and frequent re-reader of Mockingbird, I confess I awaited Watchman with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. There was a lot of controversy and speculation before the book was even published. Had the famously reclusive Miss Lee, now 89 years old, living in an assisted-living centre in Monroeville, Alabama, and virtually blind and profoundly deaf, properly consented to the publication? And why now, after so many decades of refusing to publish again? Was she being taken advantage of by those trusted to guard her affairs? Is Watchman’s publication one of the most “epic money grabs in the modern history of American publishing”, as the New York Times so bluntly called it? Read on for what Tiffany thought of the book. 
Book reviews: (click on image to read the review)

Trade information and resources

New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015
There has been a winners' poster commissioned for the promotion of the winners of these awards in your bookstore. It will be available as a downloadable PDF next week. If you would like winners' stickers to put on your display stock, please email and she will send some off to you. 

Put a poem in your pocket
Poem in your Pocket has been a part of National Poetry Day since 2012. Please click through to find some poetry for your pocket from the new Poet Laureate C. K. Stead; Miriam Barr; Anne Kennedy and David Eggleton. National Poetry Day will be celebrated this Friday, 28 August: check out the full calendar and find some poetry near you! 

Presentation of the Parsons' Lifetime Achievement Award
Because the Parsons' Family were not able to attend the Book Industry Awards to receive this on 21 June 2015, we held a book trade lunch in their honour on Thursday, 13 August. The trophy was presented to Julian and Beatrice Parsons by Melanie Laville-Moore, who is President of PANZ, and Chair of the Book Trade Liasion Committee (BTLC) 
New Releases (click on image for more information)

Bestsellers, Indies and Review listings Sarah's Social Media Tip - Make it Easy
Think about your user when you are designing a website for your business. Remember to include your address, including town name, on the front page if you are a bookshop. If you have an online shop, or indeed you are only an online shop, this should be clear as well from the front of your website. I am also always grateful to businesses that make it simple to work out the best way to contact them on the front page: whether this is a generic contact form, a phone number, via social media, or just an email address. These simple communication tools can make a real difference to your customer's first experience. 
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