Category Archives: Publishing

Three Ways of Looking at Book Covers and Their Design

Book covers are a marketing tool.  They are meant to help convince us that of all the books available, this one is right for us.  But is that all they are?  What of the many cover designs that have become … Continue reading

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Bookish Videos — Part 2

Bookish Spaces Inside the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum Inside an Oxford University Press Distribution Centre One Amazing Private Library Virginia Woolf’s House and Writing Studio Literary Short Films The Last Bookshop Play by Samuel Beckett Lady Lazarus–1991 Experimental … Continue reading

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Literary News and Bookish Potpourri — March 13, 2013

Awards and Honours Sir James Wallace Creative Writing Awards Winners 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalists Mantel wins 2013 David Cohen Prize  NZ’s Gecko Press Nominated for Bologna Prize for Year’s Best Children’s Book Publisher Coffee Shop Ambience + Creativity Coffinity — Coffee Shop … Continue reading

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Our Favourite Covers of 2010

Anis Shivani of the Huffington Post has recently compiled a list of the 21 Coolest Book Covers of 2010 (  This has gotten the vicbooks team thinking about our favourites.  While many are books we have yet to read (though … Continue reading

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Judging a Book by its Cover

And why the hell not. Usually used as a cautionary moral, don’t judge a book by its cover, has always rankled a little. For many years I harboured a secret guilt that I did just that, judging by veneer, only … Continue reading

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eBooks on vicbooks (VUP & meBooks & stuff)

We, vicbooks, have started selling eBooks. VUP’s eBooks. And it really is just the beginning. VUP stands for Victoria University Press. VUP does not stand for Very Untoward Practices. But it could stand for Virtually Unparalleled Publications. Or we could … Continue reading

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Everyone is playing the speculation game over possible fates of the publishing industry, scrying the interweb for ebook and readership trends. Such divination is varied and seems full of either melancholic nostalgia or a barely suppressed Schadenfreude. It can get … Continue reading

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Power to the Paper: the inverted opportunities of ebooks

With the dawn of the ebook emerging from the crepuscular stage, publishers are desperate for a model to cling to so they surf ride the burgeoning light towards the morning tea-time of the ebook market. Strangely, I think, this is … Continue reading

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The Book Vs. The iPad

Counter to the gushing endorsement of the iPad by the publishing world, Kirk Cheyfitz of the Huffington Post offers a reality check on accelerating e-reader technology when compared with the content available to it. While the post is a bit … Continue reading

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NZ Post Book Awards 2010

The judges at the NZ Post Book Awards have put together their selection of the best NZ publications of the last year. The only sections that standout are Illustrated Non-Fiction and Best First Book selection, both showing variety, depth and … Continue reading

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