People wanting to borrow the 2013 Man Booker Prize-winning
novel The Luminaries from Dunedin Public Libraries may
be out of luck unless they pay to jump the queue.
There are 124 holds registered on the libraries' 18 copies of
New Zealand author Eleanor Catton's murder mystery novel,
meaning up to a 10-month wait on regular borrowing.
Dunedin Public Libraries marketing co-ordinator Kay Mercer
said 10 months was a fair estimate based on the number of
copies and holds, but it really depended on how long
borrowers kept their copy, and whether they returned it at
Dunedin Public Libraries fiction specialist Tracey
Milne-Pledger said more copies would be bought only if the
number of holds increased.
Mrs Mercer said the alternatives to waiting were paying $5 to
borrow a ''hot picks'' edition of the title for two weeks -
if one was available - or downloading an e-book copy, for
which there was a two-week wait, from the Dunedin Public
- Nick Bosma.