If you were hoping to get your hands on a copy of the homegrown Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries for the long weekend, you could be out of luck.

Copies of Eleanor Catton's hefty 832-page tome have been flying off the shelves in New Zealand since it was awarded one of literature's most prestigious prizes a little over a week ago.

Bookstores up and down the country have sold out of The Luminaries and many are taking pre-orders as they await the next shipment.

Auckland's Time Out Bookstore in Mt Eden is expecting new stock on Wednesday, but it already has a long list of pre-orders.

The delivery of The Luminaries that arrived last Friday morning had sold out by Saturday afternoon.

Unity Books' stores in Wellington and Auckland have also sold out of the book after 28-year-old Catton became the youngest winner of the literary prize.

Victoria University Press publisher Fergus Barrowman says they've got more than 20,000 back-orders, and the next reprint of 10,000 copies will arrive on Tuesday.

"Then we've actually hit the reprint button for another 30,000. I never thought I'd reprint that many copies of a book because we don't publish All Black captains," he told AAP.

Though there's no firm date for those copies to become available, it will be as soon as possible.

That 30,000-copy reprint will bring the total number of copies of The Luminaries in print to 55,000, which Mr Barrowman said is "extraordinary".

"It's unprecendented for everyone, it's just taken off far faster than we hoped for in our wildest dreams," he said.

If you're thinking about skipping the local bookstore and heading online to order The Luminaries from, for example, British website Book Depository, don't expect to get your hands on it any faster.

"I'm sure the quickest means of getting a physical copy is to wait for New Zealand booksellers to be restocked, which will be as soon as is humanly possible," Mr Barrowman said.

Impatient, tech-savvy readers can purchase The Luminaries as an eBook - VUP has already sold more than 5000 eBook copies of the novel in New Zealand alone.

Ms Catton's UK publisher Granta is rushing out an extra 100,000 copies of The Luminaries in the wake of the Man Booker win, the Guardian reports.

The Luminaries is described as a "Kiwi Twin Peaks" - a gold rush murder-mystery set in 1866 Hokitika.

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