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The Bookshop (founded in 1971) is in the Administration area of the University of Papua New Guinea's
Waigani Campus in Port Moresby, close to the Post Office, and ATM (Automated Teller Machine).
UPNG Press and Bookshop 2012 report on main events
The Major Change
Despite being the foundation of Univentures when that was set up mid-way through 2007 UPNG Press and Bookshop Management has never had the opportunity to report - whatever reports that have eventuated have been tacked on at UPNG Management level.
As such the main event of 2012 must be realising that mature businesses that had been with the university since the beginning could not be put at risk by too close a linking to much more risky ventures. Thus UPNG Press and Bookshop has now been registered as a company in its own right. This was effected at the end of 2012. There have been significant - if not fatal - problems with university business in Papua New Guinea. Hopefully the present company has sufficient experience to avoid further problems and make progress.
Many of the past difficulties will remain with Univentures and developments there will need to viewed with concern. As there are various other documents that will be provided to the Board these need not be duplicated here. These are the headlines!!
This is I think the sixth structural change for the Bookshop over some 40 years - all of them a result of some negative movements finally identified by the university. If there had been sustained growth. however limited, throughout - the UPNG Press and Bookshop would be the major player in the region.
We hope future changes will come about as swift reactions to real opportunities rather than collegial sleepwalking.
The main threads in 2012 are:-
Bookshop - Income this year will exceed 4 million - up from 700,000 in end of 2005. A strong niche area has been developed in the Last Unknown Book Nook an area specialising in New Guinea and Pacific books. This marks the only expansion in space available since the Bookshop began operating in this area.
UPNG Press - We now have a list of well over 300 titles - there were none available in 2005. A strong list of titles is under development. Many of the titles are print on demand and this do not involve storage issues.
Agency titles - There are in excess of 3000 of these as a result of a agreement with Sterling Publishers India. This wider range has enabled us to bid successfully for the READ PNG project.
Staffing - A graduate - Greg Bablis - was appointed in March with a view to strengthening the editorial side as well as the niche area. He has subsequently received training at the Institute of Book Publishing in India. A link with the student group the Voice is also being developed with a view to engaging some of their people and two were employed over 2012.
A new structure will be in place in 2013 and all positions will be advertised.
Partnerships in publishing
As to the web - Neal Chan in Canada has for many years assisted us at no cost (to date!) - in arranging the hosting of electronic documents and catalogues on the pngbuai website. We have been quite pioneers as a result.
New initiatives from OHE
There is no doubt we were slow to respond effectively to the minimart idea - lack of space being critical. There has not been helped by confusion internally and also a different visions institutionally.
The main issue is to improve retail offerings here - which have gone down well - and to sell documents that could be used elsewhere (Internet cards, IPI and Brian Bell) for basics that dont really fit in with plans / space. This will occur in 2013. We do have experience from other institutions to draw from and the observations of the OHE staff on that.
2013 funds will be by sales to students only and no re-imbursements.
Outside participation - APPA
Book fairs - Owing to limited time only one book fair was attended at Frankfurt - this allowed for planning in association with the bid mentioned above under Sterling - UPNG Joint Venture. This was combined with leave arrangement to save money.
The Association should be a main driver for the organisation of a PNG book fair and issue related meetings.
Donations assisted and made From External sources
University Book Shop
Availability in Bookshop - to be updated
Some useful books-publications reference catalogs: UK, USA, Australia, International Antiquarian Bookseller
UPNG PRESS PUBLICATIONS
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