Kiwi books as e-books

cover of Blue smokeA recent announcement from Auckland University Press alerted me to the fact that they are publishing their lists as e-books. What is more – some are available  free through our OverDrive collection. A quick look at OverDrive revealed other New Zealand publishers also getting in on the act  like Random House New Zealand.

So e-book readers can get a taste of Paul Cleave (Blood men) or some really great non-fiction like Chris Bourke’s Blue smoke or the Marti Friedlander autobiography.

Other goodies include Fiona Farrell’s The broken book, Barry Gustafson’s biography of Rob Muldoon His way and the Jean Devanny classic The butcher shop.

Whatever you think of e-books, they are here to stay and it is great that our OverDrive collection can provide free access to some great New Zealand books, as well as the many best selling overseas titles we have.

S. and A. Luttrell architects: 1902

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Sidney and Alfred Luttrell, architects, were known for work like this:

Photo of King Edward Barracks, corner of Cashel and Montreal Streets, Christchurch [1905]

This photograph shows the King Edward army barracks under construction in 1905. Sidney Luttrell (1872-1932), who is pictured in the right foreground with his brother Alfred on the left, designed 21 latticed, curved steel girders to span the 36.5m width as economically as possible and to support the curved, corrugated iron roof.

They also designed:

The Roman Catholic church at Mount Magdala, near Halswell

Photo of The opening of the Roman Catholic church at Mount Magdala, near Halswell  [1912]
The opening of the Roman Catholic church at Mount Magdala, near Halswell
Manchester Courts

A  New Zealand sky-scraper  [1906]
A New Zealand sky-scraper [1906]
The Bandsmens Memorial Rotunda

The opening of the Bandsmens Memorial rotunda, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch
[19 September 1926]
The Majestic Theatre
The Majestic (and its potential demolition) is currently in the news. The article Majestic Theatre to be demolished was published on 8 December 2013.
The Majestic

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We have digitised a rather splendid 1902 publication Tourists’ guide to Canterbury.