Pub­lisher fo­cuses on home town

Wanganui Midweek - - NEWS - By PAUL BROOKS

Henry Newrick has been a pub­lisher since he was a schoolboy, but is prob­a­bly best known as founder of the Na­tional Busi­ness Re­view.

He has done an aw­ful lot since 1970, but his lat­est pub­li­ca­tion — due in Septem­ber — is a large book, filled with pho­to­graphs and text about his home town and cur­rent place of res­i­dence, Whanganui.

From the Sea to the Moun­tain sits at 1500 pre-or­dered copies, with 500 or­dered by the Whanganui Dis­trict Coun­cil and 100 copies by Whanganui & Part­ners.

The book has the full back­ing of the mayor, the coun­cil, Whanganui & Part­ners and the Whanganui Cham­ber of Com­merce, says Henry.

He has gath­ered a strong ed­i­to­rial and pho­to­graphic team, led by for­mer Wan­ganui Chron­i­cle ed­i­tor John Maslin. They in­clude Iain Hyn­d­man, David Ogilvie, Tony Cato, Diana Bea­gle­hole and Steve Caud­well.

“It will be 208 pages, min­i­mum,” says Henry. “I want it to be af­ford­able.”

He has set a re­tail price of $24.95, but Mid­week read­ers will be of­fered the book at a spe­cial pre-pub­li­ca­tion price of $19.95.

“We’ll be pro­duc­ing at least 4000 full colour, hard-bound books. Sim­i­lar size books nor­mally sell for $45-$60+. An on­line, fac­sim­ile edi­tion will also be ac­ces­si­ble to any­one, any­where in the world, com­pletely free of charge. By mak­ing the on­line ver­sion free we are en­sur­ing the max­i­mum pos­si­ble read­er­ship around the globe with­out read­ers hav­ing to pay for ac­cess. This can only ben­e­fit those or­gan­i­sa­tions that are fea­tured in the book.”

Henry says for the same amount of money as a sim­i­lar sized book peo­ple can buy three copies of the book in time for Christ­mas and then give to friends or rel­a­tives in other parts of the coun­try or over­seas, a ges­ture that can only help to pro­mote Whanganui as a tourist des­ti­na­tion.

“I’ve al­ready had a num­ber of peo­ple say to me that they’ll buy mul­ti­ple copies at the full price be­cause it’s so af­ford­able. In ad­di­tion to the 20 per cent ‘reader’ dis­count I am also pre­pared to set aside a fur­ther 5 per cent ($1.25) from each copy sold to as­sist a worth­while lo­cal char­ity in the run up to Christ­mas,” he says.

Full de­tails on the Mid­week reader of­fer will be an­nounced later this month.

Henry says any busi­ness own­ers who have a long as­so­ci­a­tion with Whanganui and who might like to see their busi­nesses fea­tured in the book, this is their last chance to be con­sid­ered for ed­i­to­rial cov­er­age as just a few pages re­main.

PIC­TURE / PAUL BROOKS

Henry Newrick’s new pub­li­ca­tion is near­ing re­lease.

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