My latest book – the Bateman Illustrated History of New Zealand (David Bateman 2013) – was released this week. Here it is in a Paper Plus bookstore. Front row, second from right. Kind of cool to be alongside Chris Ryan, Danielle Steele and Frederick Forsyth best sellers.
My advance copy arrived a couple of weeks back. And even after thirty-odd years of book writing, the thrill never goes away. The moment when the book – my book – finally emerges for the first time.
It’s a big book – 488 pages, 120,000 words and 600 photos, presented in large format 280 mm high, 210mm wide and 40mm thick. I was still surprised by the weight of it – an indication of quality even before the package was opened. The original 2004 edition was case-bound but used wood-free paper, which is fairly light. This new second edition is soft cover – technically ‘limp’, with French flaps and a ‘perfect’ binding – but is physically heavier, printed on high grade paper that really brings out the quality of the photos.
When that’s combined with the level of re-writing and revision of the photo selection, that makes it a new book in many ways; updated- re-cast and re-developed. It’s available now in bookstores and by direct online purchase from Fishpond, New Zealand’s online bookstore. E-book editions in Kindle, Kobo and iBook format will be released in a little while – watch this space for news.
Before then I’ll be sharing some of the interior pages and text. Watch this space.
I think it’s exciting…and I hope you do too.
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2013