From the latest PANZ Newsletter
Smooth setup for Taipei stand
One day out and judging by the photo, there was even time for conversation during the PANZ stand setup at the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE), which opens today. Clearly no carpet dramas here...
From left: Kathleen Ferrier (Lanky Hippo Publishing), David Ling (Duck Creek Press/David Ling Publishing), Julia Marshall (Gecko Press) and PANZ President Kevin Chapman (Hachette NZ).
Translation rights to NZ titles vigorously pursued
The impetus to continue international rights sales of New Zealand published titles following the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2012 continues under the PANZ umbrella. Sarah Ropata is currently putting together the 2013 New Zealand Rights Catalogue which will promote 30 new Kiwi titles available for translation into international languages.
The catalogue will be launched at the European spring rights markets at the Leipzig Book Fair, 14–17 March. It will seek to build on the sales momentum gained at Frankfurt.
The production and distribution of the catalogue is supported by investment from Creative New Zealand and will feature a strong selection of New Zealand literary titles. In addition a mix of trade publishing including commercial publications will be presented in order to profile a balanced range of New Zealand books.
Titles have been selected for their high-quality writing and their international sales potential by a panel with experience in international rights sales, market trends and in-depth knowledge of NZ writing.
Penguin, Random House merger: submission to Commerce Commission available online
“The market is not concentrated and is characterised by a large number of international and local competitors,” according to the Bertelsmann and Pearson submission filed with the Commerce Commission.
Read it here: www.comcom.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/1481305Bertelsmann-and-Pearson-clerance-application-public-20-December-2012.pdf
Submissions to the Commerce Commission re the merger close on 1 February. The Commission hopes to release its decision on 15 February.