In Aotearoa New Zealand, the WORD Christchurch Festival, which was due to start today, has been postponed due to uncertainty around Covid-19 alert levels and lockdowns. The NZ government has extended the level four lockdown, with booksellers facing uncertainty over whether they are able to trade or not.
Overseas, uncorrected proofs of Sally Rooney’s upcoming novel Beautiful World, Where Are You (Faber) have fetched hundreds of dollars online, and Amazon is reportedly planning to open its own department stores in the US. Meanwhile, in the UAE, the Sharjah Book Authority has launched a pro-reading campaign under the slogan ‘If you’re into something, you’re into books’, with one of its videos reaching over 400,000 views in its first three days.
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