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Pukpuk Publications has a dedicated website – check it out

Pukpuk PublicationsPHIL FITZPATRICK

TO A large extent digital publishing through Amazon’s CreateSpace solved the problem of producing the Crocodile Prize anthologies at a reasonable cost.

It also led to the creation of Pukpuk Publications to publish books by Papua New Guinean writers. We have 37 titles now and still more in the pipeline.

There are still a few annoying problems however. The biggest is finding an efficient distribution system.

There are no wholesale networks for books in Papua New Guinea that we can easily tap into and we have had to fall back on direct deliveries using the unreliable postal service and a couple of freight companies.

This is a fraught process because our books have to run the gauntlet of inefficient, incompetent and occasionally kleptomaniac staff in these organisations.

We can get the books quickly and efficiently as far as Port Moresby but after that it is in the lap of the gods whether they make it to their intended recipients. At the moment one in five shipments goes missing.

That is a huge cost for a non-profit publisher being run on half a shoestring.

For those Papua New Guinean authors who buy bulk copies of their books and are lucky enough for them to survive the incompetents and thieves they still have no way of distributing them within their own provinces and wider into the country at large beyond doing it themselves.

How the problem of distribution might be solved is still an enduring mystery. Companies that distribute other goods countrywide are not interested in helping and neither is the government.

We are, however, taking another small step towards improving the system.

A new website has been set up dedicated to Pukpuk Publications using another bit of our battered old half a shoestring. The link is

We know this will make it easier for people outside Papua New Guinea to find our books and we are hoping it might also help people in Papua New Guinea too.

We also hope it might lift the profile of Papua New Guinean literature a half inch or so. We’ll see how it goes.

If you want to check out our new website try the link here and maybe order one of our books from Amazon.

We are also interested in what you think of the site and whether you encounter any glitches or problems.


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Jordan Dean

Great work. How can I get in touch with Keith Jackson or Phil to review my book? Any email address?

It's been forwarded to you, Jordan - KJ

Philip Fitzpatrick

We are currently developing an affiliate author page on the website Daniel. On this page PNG authors who have published books elsewhere will be able to list their books with a link to where they can be purchased.

The sole reason for the creation of Pukpuk Publications is to promote PNG literature, not to make a profit.

Daniel Kumbon

This is a great site Phil. At last books by PNGeans published through Pukpuk publications are presented here together.

I wish it were possible to have all other books on PNG published elsewhere be also marketed here as for those who wish to seek general information on the country.

I recently ordered a book ‘From Ghosts to God in England’ by late Dr Otto Carl Hintze Jnr, through an individual but it hasn’t arrived yet.

There is no distribution network in PNG and nobody appears interested to sell books on PNG or books written by PNGeans except the well-stocked University of Papua New Guinea Bookshop.

My advice to PNG authors that no matter if our books are not selling, are not distributed within our country or recognised by even our own government – I urge that we keep producing books.

I hold the strong view that PNG will be inhabited by a literate society one day and they will search for historical information about their country. The digital copies held by Pukpuk Publications will help.

We no doubt are contributing draft copies on the history of our country by writing down our experiences and feelings in poetry, essays, short stories, books etc.. which might become invaluable one day.

Rashmii Bell

Well done, Phil. The website looks terrific and informative.

Francis Nii

A another great step forward. Well done done, Phil.

Paul Oates

The site looks great Phil. Well done.

I've just received my copy 'Fighting for a Voice' from Amazon. It didn't take log to arrive after the order was placed on the 21st of June.

Chips Mackellar

Excellent website, Phil. Well done.

Ed Brumby

Looks great and works well, Phil. Another laudable step in the development of PNG literature. Well done!

Philip Fitzpatrick

As I said, we are still tinkering with the site.

We have now published the website, Google+ page and Facebook page at the following links:

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