Book sale proves popular again

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Cromwell Rotary’s annual book sale is gaining a reputation as the place to be on Queen’s Birthday weekend with people coming from throughout Central Otago and the Queenstown Lakes districts to support the event that organisers say has been part of the holiday weekend calendar for at least 10 years.
About 500 banana boxes of books had been on offer this year, sale co-ordinator and Rotarian Lindsay Wilkie said.
‘‘We achieved our target and raised about $15,700, up on the $14,000 raised last year. People came from throughout the district including Glenorchy, Wanaka and Alexandra.’’
Mr Wilkie said the Cromwell Bowling Club rooms provided the perfect venue.
He believed readers were returning to books as their preferred medium.
‘The popularity of electronic devices such as Kindle seems to be on the wane,’’ he said.
This year children’s books had been ‘‘blitzed’’ and hardcover novels had also increased in popularity. New Zealand history was one of the favourite non-fiction genres.
An amusing anecdote had been the sale of a book on deer stalking.
‘‘It went for $20 and the chap who bought it said it was actually valued at around $200.
‘‘It is swings and roundabouts really. We did quite well selling other items online so it all works out in the end.’’
Funds from the sale will be used to support community projects.