Full beards are in these days, it seems. Especially for those twenty-somethings who cycle past on their designer bikes, sipping designer coffee in a designer take-away cup with one hand while steering with the other. This is the hip way of the future; urbanised, up to the minute, millennial, mobile-enabled. And bearded, if you happen … More Let’s beard like it’s 1849
Last month, one of the three remaining indie booksellers in Wellington, New Zealand, closed down. Roy Parsons has been an icon for 60 years – combining books with music and a coffee shop. A winning combination. Until now. One reason for Parsons’ demise, reportedly, was the downturn in the CD market. But it’s indicative, too, of where … More Why we must re-conceptualise writing and book publishing
In 2012, New Zealand domestic book sales contracted 7 percent. In 2013, it was 15. That’s a compound drop, in just two years, of just over 23 percent against 2011 figures. Small wonder the big international houses have been fleeing Auckland in droves – or reducing their presence to branches of their Australian office. The … More Where now, book publishing?