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ArtsHub launches online bookshop with Bookworld

Arts website artsHub has launched an online bookshop in partnership with Bookworld.

The artsHub bookshop opened to the public on 6 December, offering 200,000 titles divided into three main categories: nonfiction, fiction and children’s books. To buy a book, readers click on a link that directs them to the Bookworld website.

ArtsHub chief operating officer Fiona Reid told Books+Publishing the decision to launch the bookshop was part of ‘a natural progression’ from the website’s book content. ‘ArtsHub has traditionally provided our audience with book review content—which they consistently had a good appetite for,’ said Reid. ‘Our audience is highly educated and well read so it makes sense from an audience engagement perspective we provide our members with a service we know they will enjoy and benefit from.’

The shop has launched a Book of the Month program, which Reid said will have ‘a very heavy arts focus’. ArtsHub subscribers can purchase the Book of the Month at a reduced price, which makes them eligible to win a monthly book pack valued at $200. ‘In addition, all new members who sign up will receive special discount coupons that they can redeem in their first four weeks of membership,’ said Reid. This month’s Book of the Month is Holy Fool by Michael Leunig (A&U).

Reid told Books+Publishing the site ‘absolutely’ plans to start selling ebooks. ‘But not until uptake of ebook reading increases substantially from where it is today,’ said Reid. There are also plans for the shop, which Reid said has been ‘well received’ so far, to expand its range of titles in 2014. ‘If all goes to plan we will provide the opportunity for our customers to search and access the top one million sellers in the Australian market,’ said Reid.

To visit the artsHub online bookshop, click here.



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