Book Bizzo #4 Libraries celebrate book love, Dymocks sells sandwiches

ARRC update

The Australian Romance Readers Convention is less than two weeks away, and as part of the lead up to this event, the ARRC committee has been running a Reader Challenge. If you’ve registered for the convention, don’t forget to drop by the ARRC Lounge, read the entries, and vote for your favourite (hopefully one of ours *g*). You’ll need to be signed up to the ARRC Lounge to vote. This week’s round ends tomorrow, and next week is the final round, so if you’re planning to enter, you need to get your reviews in to Bek this weekend.

The ARRC website also has a guest blog for authors supporting the convention. It seems everyone is jealous of our summer. All I can say is that I hope nothing happens to the air conditioning that weekend!

Authors and events

Bronwyn Parry will be at Tamworth City Library’s Meet the Author talks as part of Library Lovers Day on Feb 14.

Also part of Library Lovers Day (or week, it seems), Margaret Tanner, Gail Symmonds and Cheryl Wright will be at the Reading Room in Fitzroy Town Hall at 3pm tomorrow. To book, e-mail or call 1300 695 427.

Fantasy author Trudi Canavan will be signing copies of her new book The Magician’s Apprentice at Galaxy Bookshop on Mar 5 at 5.30pm.


Registrations are open for the New Zealand Digital Publishing Forum’s first 1-day seminar. The seminar will be running in Auckland (31/3), Wellington (1/4) and Christchurch (2/3). Interestingly, the website has a poll on how much you think the ebook version of a paperback (I assume at $30 it’s trade and not mass market) should cost. I voted for less than $5 but $15 seems to be winning. That’s freaking expensive for something I can’t resell. Then again, the site is primarily for publishers, so that might explain it. Also, only a few people have voted, but still.

Further on the evolution of publishing, check out this blog post by Alexander McNabb: Publishers and the tangled Web: Guest Blog. It starts off examining Authonomy, HarperCollins’s virtual slushpile, but goes on to some very insightful commentary on publishing and online communities (emphasis is mine):

The Internet is changing the way we look at revenue streams in business forever because of communities. … You cannot run online communities, you have to be part of them. You have to accept the principle that you give up ownership in favour of participation.

And other random stuff…

AbeBooks has an interesting article on Romance vs. Erotica, which includes an interview with Merline Lovelace.

Dymocks has bought an 80% stake in the Healthy Habits sandwich bar franchise apparently as a diversification strategy. I blame the popularity of cookbooks. Although it ticks me off that Dymocks is spending money on bloody diversification instead of figuring out how to evolve its business model to cope with the 21st century, it amuses me to think of what novels I would upsell in a sandwich bar.

Save the date

8/2 — Margaret Tanner, Gail Symmonds and Cheryl Wright at Fitzroy Town Hall, 3pm | Bookings: or 1300 695 427
9/2 — Alexander McCall Smith literary lunch at Holiday Inn, Wellington, 12.30pm
9/2 — Afternoon tea with Alexander McCall Smith, 3.30pm
10/2 — Alexander McCall Smith literary lunch at Dymocks, Auckland, 12.30pm
10/2 — Panel discussion on romance writing featuring Amy Andrews, Rachel Bailey and Robyn Grady | Caloundra Library
11/2 — High Tea with Anna Campell, Lynn’s Place, 66 Jessica Place, Minyama | Bookings: 07 5475 8900 ($25)
11/2 — Alexander McCall Smith event at Capri Theatre, 6pm | Bookings: 08 8271 0988,, 08 8361 9866,, 08 8372 5100 ($8)
12/2 — Romance Writers Workshop with Anna Campbell at Maroochydore Library (Sold out)
12/2 — Library Lovers Speed Read at Customs House Library, 6pm | Bookings: 02 9242 8555
12/2 — Alexander McCall Smith event at Perth Concert Hall, 7.30pm | Bookings: 1800 193 300 ($20.00)
13/2 — Tea Time with Alexander McCall Smith at Howard Park Wines, 6pm | Bookings: 08 9757 2747
14/2 — Workshop/talk with Amarinda Jones at Beerwah Library, 10.00am
14/2 — Workshop/talk with Amarinda Jones at Coolum Beach Library, 1.30pm
14/2 — Meet the Author talk with Bronwyn Parry at Tamworth City Library
20-22/2 — Australian Romance Readers Convention
24/2 — Sherrilyn Kenyon book signing at Galaxy Bookshop, 5:30pm | Register: or (02) 9267 7222
5/3 — Trudi Canavan book signing at Galaxy Bookshop, 5:30pm

Book Bizzo is a weekly omnibus of news items, events, and other interesting tidbits related to books, and especially the Australian romance book industry. You can find past Book Bizzo posts here.

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