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Whitcoulls announces Top 100 list 

23 July 2014

Whitcoulls has announced its Top 100 list, as voted by New Zealand readers in 2014. The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Penguin) is in first place, followed by The Book Thief...

Whitcoulls relaunches ebookstore 

26 November 2013

New Zealand bookselling chain Whitcoulls is once again selling ebooks through Kobo after suspending its Kobo ebookstore in mid-October. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Whitcoulls suspended its ebookstore due to...

WH Smith relaunches website without ebooks 

21 October 2013

In the UK, WH Smith has relaunched its website after taking the site offline for nearly four days, reports the Bookseller. However, the retailer is not currently selling ebooks and...

Whitcoulls suspends ebookstore

17 October 2013

New Zealand bookselling chain Whitcoulls has suspended its Kobo-powered ebookstore due to ‘recent publicity surrounding ebook publishing through automated feeds provided by Kobo’. In a statement on the Whitcoulls website,...

Whitcoulls to stop accepting Booksellers Tokens 

3 May 2013

New Zealand bookselling chain Whitcoulls will stop redeeming Booksellers Tokens and Booksellers Exchange Cards at the end of July, reports Booksellers New Zealand. Booksellers NZ said that the tokens and...

Kobo to partner with NZ indies, Paper Plus

10 October 2012

Kobo will become the dominant ebook provider in New Zealand as a result of new partnerships with Booksellers New Zealand members and the Paper Plus Group. Kobo announced the new retail...

New Kobo devices available in October

7 September 2012

Kobo has unveiled three new ereading devices which will be available in Australia and New Zealand before the end of the year. The new devices—branded the ‘Kobo Family’ along with...

Whitcoulls to close Lambton Quay store 

24 April 2012

Whitcoulls has confirmed that, after 104 years on the same site, the Whitcoulls Lambton Quay store will close at the end of May. A statement said that staff and stock...

Whitcoulls withdraws from BookScan panel 

20 September 2011

New Zealand bookselling chain Whitcoulls will no longer participate in the country's Nielsen BookScan panel. In a message sent to subscribers and retailers last week, Nielsen BookScan said that from...

REDgroup administration: NZ businesses sold 

26 May 2011

REDgroup administrator Ferrier Hodgson has confirmed that the Whitcoulls and Borders businesses in New Zealand have been sold.  Ferrier Hodgson has sold 57 Whitcoulls and five Borders stores to Project Mark...