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Into the River unrestricted and available!

The beeping of tills in bookshops all over New Zealand greeted the news that Into the River is no longer a "banned book", but is instead unrestricted for purchase and lending. 

Forget World of Warcraft, try out Readers' Realm at Wardini Books

NZ Bookshop Day couldn’t be better timed for us at Wardini Books. After many creative think tank meetings over the breakfast table we have invented and honed the characters that caught the eye of the James Patterson grant team to perfect the first generation of (drum roll please)…Readers’ Realm. And what better time to launch said amazing new world of bookish characters than NZ Bookshop Day?

Rating Removal a Victory for Freedom of Expression

Penguin Random House New Zealand is delighted that the Film and Literature Board of Review has reached a majority decision that will allow Into the River to once again be freely available to young readers in New Zealand. The Board’s decision to uphold the removal of the R14 restriction by the Classification Office in August will allow the book to be freely distributed in future and openly displayed in libraries, especially school libraries, which we know play such a valuable role in guiding young people’s reading choices.

Into the River is now unrestricted

Into the River, by Ted Dawe, has been re-considered by the Film & Literature Board of Review, and is no longer either banned, nor classified as R14 (or any other classification). 

The Board says they received over 550 submissions crossing the full gamut of options: no book restrictions ever, no restrictions for this book, that the book ought to be restricted, that the book ought to be banned. Booksellers NZ was among the 13 organisations and individuals who submitted full written submissions. 

NZSA celebrates Book Week with a grass roots campaign

NZSA Book Week 2015: October 26 – November 1
New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) celebrates Book Week with a grass roots campaign.
Facing a second year with no NZ Book Month, the NZSA has taken the initiative and is running a grass roots campaign with the message 'Read NZ Buy NZ'. NZSA Book Week will take place October 26 to November 1.

New Zealand literature boosted by new contract for international and national development

The international profile and sales of New Zealand literature and the development of the national publishing sector will be boosted over the next three financial years by a new contract awarded by Creative New Zealand.
The Publishers’ Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has been contracted to deliver a range of initiatives to increase the international sales and profile of New Zealand literature and authors and to develop networks which will help to achieve these results.

To Sale or not to Sale? Or are promotions more relevant?

by Penny Geddis

Walking down a high street, every second store seems to have ‘Sale’ flags out. The retail environment is filled with people trying to get a bargain, and shops doing their best to lure customers by offering just such a thing. The Read wondered this week, how bookshops are placed in this environment of bargain-hunters. Or whether, perhaps, customer service and satisfaction are more important for the retail of books? 
We endeavored to find out how four New Zealand bookshops with customers varying from regulars to tourists approach the subject of Sales, what sort of effort and planning goes into them, and what they see as the definition of a Sale. We thank Paper Plus Wanaka, Paper Plus Taupo, Time Out Bookstore, and Muirs Bookshop and Cafe for their time and contribution.+

Contenders get Cleave-d in historic Ngaio Marsh victory

Paul Cleave became the Crown Prince of antipodean crime writing when his thriller Five Minutes Alone was named the winner of the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel on Sunday night.