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.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Change, technology and the future with three book industry stalwarts
The Read, Booksellers NZ
There is hardly a better battleground for analogue vs. digital than
bookselling: the changes have been continuous and paradigm-changing in
terms of the way that bookshops operate. Not too long ago I was telling
another bookseller about the monthly CD-ROMs that updated our
bibliographic database; in response I got an amused smile and the
comment, ‘Nice, granpaw’.
I recall I gave a similar response to tales of microfiche in the 90’s.
As technology and change have swept through all forms of business, the
selling of bound paper and ink has had to keep pace with innovation while
trying to adhere to the core joys of books and bookselling. Has anything
been lost during that time? How much change has there been in our
industry and is bookselling as satisfying as it always has been?
talks to industry stalwarts Carole Beu from The Women's Bookshop (28
years in bookselling), Tilly Lloyd from Unity Books Wellington (32 years
in bookselling), and David Hedley from Hedley's Bookshop in Masterton (40
years in bookselling). We discussed fun, change, technology and the