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Research Please Please Answer?

I have some questions.

I've been talking to friends of mine lately about the state of the NZ publishing industry and NZ Literature, and I am now wondering:

Non-NZ: Have you ever read a book by a NZ author?

If yes, who was it by, and how did you hear about them? Did you enjoy it? Where did you get it - bought, a gift, library etc? Would you buy more books by NZ authors? How would you prefer to get hold of them? How much would you be willing to pay?

If no, would you want to read one? What would you like to read about? How much would you pay for it?

NZ: Have you ever read a book by an NZ author? Why/why not? Who? How did you hear about it/them? Would you want to, if you have not read one? Why/why not? What would you want to read? How much would you pay? How would you want to access it?

Our general perception is that NZ Literature is not popular locally or overseas. In terms of overseas, I am curious to know whether people can't access NZ Lit but want to, haven't heard of it, or have and don't like it, or some other option. I am also curious to know what locals (NZ and potentially Australia) who generally have access, think of NZ Lit. Access is probably less of an issue here, but is there some other issue? Do people read books by locals? Why/why not?

If any of you are willing, I'd be really grateful if you could pass this on to your f-lists too.


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Jun. 19th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
Yes! Recs from the library/school, NZ lit requirements for a literacy award in primary and then reading logs in high school. Tessa Duder mostly and one she cowrote with some guy, I also have whatsherface McNaughton (I'm friends with her daughter). I like reading young adult lit and fantasy but we don't seem to have much of the latter. $20NZD tops because I'm a cheapskate; while I like the idea of eBooking it there frankly aren't enough books I like in eBook format nor access here (things like how the Kindle can download books wirelessly if you're in the US but here you have to load it from a computer) for me to get a reader.

Also, I just pimped this out on three social networks :)

Edited at 2011-06-19 03:04 pm (UTC)
Jun. 19th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
Non-NZ (Australian, but living overseas for the past few years): I can't think of any kiwi authors whose books I've read, though it's likely that I have read stuff by them and just didn't bother looking up their nationality. I'd be happy to read books by NZ authors, but it's unlikely I would seek them out specifically (unless a specific book or author was recommended to me). I'd probably pay the usual amount books cost. Preferably around $20-30 Australian dollars, but it depends on the book.
Jun. 20th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
Have you ever read a book by an NZ author? Yes.
Why/why not? Because I am an English major and a teacher, so it kind of becomes mandatory. Because we have some fantastic writers. Because it is pleasant to be able to read about situations and experiences that reflect my own.
Who? So many. I have studied Margaret Mahy and Maurice Gee in depth. I am big Fleur Beale fan. I enjoy Emma Neale, Emily Perkins, Lloyd Jones, CK Stead, Kate di Goldi and Witi Ihimaera. I also enjoy New Zealand poetry, such as Karlo Mila Glenn Colquhoun and Jenny Bornholdt.
How did you hear about it/them? Recommendations. Bookshops.
What would you want to read? I enjoy reading young adult literature and contemporary female writers, in particularly.
How much would you pay? I pay between $20-30 for a novel, depending on how much I want it. This doesn't change from New Zealand to overseas books.
How would you want to access it? I am opposed to ebooks and like using bookshops.
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