Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, April 27, 2012
One in three admit to piracy
A week in books with Katie
Allen - The Bookseller
» One in three admit to piracy As if confirmation were needed of the ongoing growth of digital book reading, a survey by media firm Wiggin has found that nearly a third of people in the UK own an e-reader and another 15% intend to buy one within six months. But almost a third of those who said they read e-books admitted to reading pirated editions. Publishers can take some comfort that 64% of people agree there should be more internet regulation.
» UK goes gaga for Grey E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey stormed the charts and became the third bestselling novel in a seven-day period since records began. No wonder Ebury is reviving its Black Lace imprint of erotic fiction, put on hold three years ago.
» Libraries boost in Nottinghamshire At a time when libraries are facing fierce cutbacks, Nottinghamshire County Council has pledged to keep all 60 of its open and is pumping millions of pounds into refurbishment, drawing praise from authors Sue Townsend and Joanna Trollope.