Reader, We Replaced Them

One of the main parts of our business at Booksellers NZ is the sale and redemption of Book Tokens. We came back from the Anzac Day off to this heartfelt tale from a dedicated user of Book Tokens, and we thought, rather than it wallowing in our inbox, we’d share it. Yes, he got some replacement tokens. 

Tokens_sales_lineupDear Booksellers,

I am writing to tell you a somewhat sad story. It was the year 2009, yes 10 years ago, that I received $30 of your vouchers. It was a magic time, a time of hope, a time of joy, a time of awesome book reading possibilities. But, alas, the enchantment was about to be dashed.

While travelling home from Whangarei after and amazing holiday, with a favourite Aunt, we stopped in Hamilton. We decided to explore ‘The Base’. A place of wonder, movies and food courts. It was here that this story takes a sad turn. While at The Base, I jumped out of our car, and what I thought happened, was I inadvertently dropped a pile of vouchers, including yours, while exiting said car.

When we returned to the car, I realised what had happened. I searched high and low. I asked at local shops, information kiosks and ice cream shops – yes, I was desperate. At this point we realised all was lost. All my Christmas vouchers gone. It was a cruel fate to suffer at what should have been such a joyous time.

Why, you may be asking, am I contacting you now? Here is the twist in this tale. I was packing to take away my amazing youth group for a camp over Easter. As I was rummaging through a bag, I found a somewhat hidden pocket (not really hidden, but obviously not looked in properly), and lo and behold, there were the missing vouchers.

Of course with such a huge passing of time, my decade-old vouchers have expired. With much weeping and gnashing of teeth, I have realised the bitterness of my situation. But in one last Hail Mary attempt, I am reaching out to you to see if you can find it in the kindness of your hearts to rekindle the hope that burnt out in the Hamilton carpark so many years ago? Is there a way to save these vouchers and give them a chance to fulfil their potential?

I hope, if nothing else, this email has given you a little chuckle.

Blessings from a hopeful expired coupon holder.

Ben Tennant

Shared with permission of the writer.

If you too have expired tokens, please feel free to email us your story on or call us on (04) 472 1908.  Or you can take them into a participating bookshop and ask them to call us if it is during office hours, to confirm they can be redeemed.

If you have tokens so old that they don’t even have an expiry date, they are valid indefinitely and you can go into a participating bookshop and use them at any time. 

A cute story about Digital NZ and the image on our homepage

In my job my greatest hope is to spark people’s interest in books, reading, buying books and talking about them. Here’s a cute story about why it pays to get reading. ..

This week I decided we needed a new feature image on the homepage. I often use Digital New Zealand so did a quick search on ‘reading’ (with the modify/commercial use filters to cover all bases) and came up with the image that’s now on our homepage of a man reading in bed.

Hamish Wright from Wright’s Bookshop in Cambridge emailed me this afternoon to give me the back story on our image. Here’s what he said,

“The “Man reading in bed” that is on the Booksellers website front page is George “Putty” Marston who was on Shackleton’s trip to the South Pole in 1907. Putty was an Art Teacher and was the resident artist on the trip. He turned 26 whilst in the South Pole. They actually produced a book about the trip and Putty designed and illustrated it. It was called Aurora Australis. They produced about 100 of which there are 70 that can be accounted for today.

“They had boxes of books with them on the trip. Dickens, Shakespeare, Browning were amongst the reading material available. Not sure what he was reading [in the photo] but I am sure it was “worthy”…

“With thanks to Neville Peat’s new book Shackleton’s Whiskey where that photo is reproduced and the material came from. I read the book and loved it!”

by Emma McCleary, web editor at Booksellers NZ


Our booksellers can help find your next great read

My life hasn’t been the same since a former workmate recommended I read The Horse Whisperer.

Really? Have I become that person or am I just getting a bad book recommendation? Sometimes it’s hard to tell…. unless you only take recommendations from people with taste who also spend their days reading and recommending books.

Lucky for you dear reader, at Booksellers NZ we have access to some of the most well-read people in the country: our bookseller members. With our powers combined (and using the IndieBound brand, which champions buying local) we’ve started The Indie Collection: a blog of short, to the point reviews that will help you find your next book.

The plan is to update the blog every two months with books that are already in shops as well as give you some to look forward to.

Every Friday from 4 November 2011 we will also be reviewing a work of NZ fiction.

AND every month a bookseller will delve into the recesses of the backlist to shed light on some of their favorite reading.

Find out more about our plans.

Read our latest reviews now. But wait… there’s more.

By Emma McCleary, Web Editor and Megan Dunn, Projects Manager at Booksellers NZ.

We’ve started a blog… come and join us

For a while now at Booksellers we’ve wanted to start a blog. Sure, we’ve got the website for our official news, Twitter for short bursts and conversations, Facebook for more conversations, Flickr for photo-sharing but… (call us greedy) we also wanted a place for opinion and discussion and tid-bits that are too long for Twitter.

So here we are! The plan is to post book reviews, our Tuesday poem (every Tuesday) and opinion – from real life people working in and around the book trade.

Our wonderful writers are all working for love and most of them have day jobs serving customers on the front line. Meet them below – we’ve also linked to their websites so you can explore further.

Emma McCleary, Wed Editor at Booksellers (me) will be chief blog-minder so if you’re keen to join our merry band of writers, or have questions or content just email me.

Meet our wonderful writers

Jump For Joy by Robert D. Brooks / Sean McGrath.