About BWB Texts

About BWB Texts

BWB Texts are short books on big subjects from great New Zealand writers.

Read on smart phones and e-readers, tablets and as snappy paperbacks, BWB Texts is fast becoming one of New Zealand's most influential platforms for discussion, ideas and critical analysis. 

Over 35 Texts are now available and we're releasing more every month. The latest list can be viewed here: www.bwb.co.nz/books/bwb-texts

BWB Texts is a non-profit programme made possible by the BWB Publishing Trust and with support from Copyright Licensing New Zealand and Creative New Zealand for selected titles. 


‘An invaluable resource for anyone looking to educate themselves on New Zealand’s past, present and future without breaking the bank … I only wish that Australia had something similar (the closest thing I can think of is the Quarterly Essay), but I’m going back to New Zealand at Christmas so I’ll stock up on more BWBs then.’ Dani St Clair, Romancing the Social Sciences

‘Smart people talking about their area of expertise … [Texts] are one idea, fully developed, which is a real treat … reading multiple editions of them feels like a conversation between writers.’ Louise O’Brien, New Zealand Books, on Radio New Zealand, Nine to Noon

‘All the book-length essays in the BWB Texts series are worth examining. Out of the Vaipe is one of the richest and most rewarding’, Iain Sharp, New Zealand Listener

‘Remember the depth of NZ’s political debate before the @BWB_NZ short reads? No neither can I’, Bronwyn Hayward, @BMHayward

‘They are a great asset to the New Zealand publishing stable … it’s creating a different sort of ripple.’ Tilly Lloyd, Radio New Zealand

‘They are thought-provoking and discussion-making … they are truly interesting books.’ Doris Mousdale, NewstalkZB

‘BWB supplies a forum for our best writers to contribute not as practitioners of their especial genre, but as citizens, voicing a point of view about life in this country at this point in its history.’ Fiona Farrell

‘Our impoverished public sphere needs more writers like Andrew Dean (and more publishers like Bridget Williams Books).’ Morgan Godfery, Your Weekend

‘Small but perfectly formed.’ Christchurch City Libraries

‘Intelligent thinking and serious writing forms the backbone of BWB Texts and there is something for everyone.’ Unity Books

‘Lovely, not much bigger than a small poetry book … but they’re not as small as you think.’
‘This is smart reading, this is nifty reading, they’re approachable … they’re compelling. I think the series really appeals … Points of relatability everywhere – please buy them!’ Mary McCullum, Radio New Zealand

'BWB Texts are billed as ‘short books on big subjects’. They are providing an increasingly important service to both the country’s social science community and a general readership.' Steve Matthewman, New Zealand Sociology

'This is a really interesting little series, a series of small books, punchy about a specific area of study and giving you information on it. They’re called the BWB texts.' Graeme Hill, Radio Live

‘Publisher Bridget Williams Books provides a valuable service with its pocket-sized polemics in which experts tackle their specific areas of expertise.’ Nevil Gibson, Unlimited

Who is behind BWB Texts?

Tom Rennie is the publisher for BWB Texts, working closely alongside roving commissioning editor Geoff Walker and director Bridget Williams. David Hall completes the team as a contributing editor. 

For any sales or other enquiries please contact us at info@bwb.co.nz. For ebook sales assistance please see our FAQs, our Quickstart Guide, or contact us at support@bwb.co.nz.