With more than 500,000 copies sold of the Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook, Ian Brodie was an inaugural winner of the prestigious Platinum Award from Booksellers NZ, along with the Edmonds Cookbook and the Yates Gardening Guide, both of which having had significantly longer periods to amass qualifying sales.
The extended version of his original guidebook was released in August 2004 and has since received the Booksellers NZ Gold Award, with both formats of the guidebook continuing to sell steadily, nine years after the first movie in the trilogy was released.
In November 2005 HarperCollins released Cameras in Narnia, an educational book aimed at the YA market, on the basics of modern film-making, featuring the Walden Media / Disney adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. With a New Zealand publishing record for the largest ever single print run (800,000 copies) the book went on to sell more than 850,000 copies, with simultaneous publication in New Zealand, Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom) and a special edition was issued with the Extended DVD of the film in the USA. In New Zealand, it was named a Notable Book by Storylines and was a finalist in the LIANZA Awards and the NZ Post Book Awards, where it recorded the most votes for a non-fiction book in the prestigious Children's Choice Award.
In 2006 he released A Journey Through New Zealand Film, showcasing New Zealand’s films and their locations, along with comments from national and international directors and actors, such as Tom Cruise, Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson and Roger Donaldson.
Ian Brodie’s New Zealand was released in November 2008, a photographic journey through his favourite parts of the country, to critical acclaim for its images and text.
In addition, Ian Brodie has ten aviation books to his credit, including the history of the Hurricane and still regularly writes articles and contributes photographs to aviation magazines worldwide.
He released The Hobbit Motion Picture Film Trilogy Location Guidebook in 2014 and Middle-earth Landscapes in 2015.
In the last two years Ian has released four titles to his own imprint, On Location Guides. Three of these are enhanced ebooks and are available for Apple, Android and Adobe platforms.