A start-up headed by an American wedding celebrant with close to zero knowledge of New Zealand literature has been given a massive $500,000 grant from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage to “help Aotearoa audiences access books”, Newsroom reports. But the start-up links recommendations to Amazon and iTunes, with no information on how to buy the books in New Zealand. Massey University Press publisher Nicola Legat calls it “a shocking undermining of the New Zealand books sector which works so hard to support authors and publishers. For that amount of money to leave the New Zealand economy and go to Amazon is just completely shocking.”