Spend­ing Christ­mas with Trump one op­tion for book fans

Weekend Herald - - News - Ethan Sills

Bi­ogra­phies and po­lit­i­cal non-fic­tion are ex­pected to be pop­u­lar stock­ing­fillers for book lovers this Christ­mas.

Al­most 800 ti­tles have been re­leased in our book­stores — and on­line book sell­ers — since Septem­ber, lead­ing up to the Christ­mas mar­ket.

Whit­coulls’ Joan McKen­zie said bi­og­ra­phy op­tions were “top qual­ity”. Michelle Obama’s Be­com­ing had been a hit.

Books on Don­ald Trump, in­clud­ing Michael Wolff ’s Fire and Fury, had also gen­er­ated big sales.

Stacey Collins, sales man­ager for books at Mighty Ape, said Trumprelated books were pop­u­lar on the New Zealand on­line store. Other preChrist­mas hits for Mighty Ape in­cluded fan­tasy books from the Harry Pot­ter, Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Wizard­ing World fran­chises for older kids and young adults.

As well, The Wonky Don­key, the Kiwi chil­dren’s book which got in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure after a video of a gig­gling Scot­tish granny read­ing it went vi­ral this year, was fly­ing off the vir­tual shelves.

The lat­est from best-sell­ing au­thors Lee Child, David Wal­liams and Ge­orge R.R. Martin had also topped the charts in re­cent weeks.

On the lo­cal side, Rhys Darby’s kids’ book de­but, The Top Se­cret Un­der­cover Notes of But­tons McGinty, has been a hot seller, while MightyApe has had Sh*t Towns of New Zealand, based on the in­fa­mous Face­book page, on back or­der.

Mean­while, as Ki­wis con­sider books to buy loved ones at Christ­mas, New Zealand book­sell­ers are urg­ing peo­ple to buy lo­cal when on­line.

Book­sell­ers NZ has taken aim at Book De­pos­i­tory in par­tic­u­lar, say­ing the Ama­zon-owned com­pany is in­creas­ingly tar­get­ing Kiwi shop­pers.

Book­sell­ers NZ com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Sarah Forster said Book De­pos­i­tory had the ca­pac­ity to buy in such vol­ume that book­stores here could not com­pete on price.

“If Book De­pos­i­tory buys 10,000 copies, but your lo­cal book­shop can only af­ford five, there’s not a lot they can do.”

In­stead of send­ing money over­seas, Forster hoped Ki­wis would shop at one of the 47 on­line book­stores in the coun­try — in­clud­ing chains such as Pa­per Plus, Whit­coulls and Mighty Ape, as well as ded­i­cated in­de­pen­dent stores.

Forster said the money would go back into lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and help pre­vent book­shops here from clos­ing. Best books of the year Week­end

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