School supplier The Booklegger to close its print distribution business
Australian school supplier The Booklegger will close its print distribution business at the end of June ‘due to a monumental decline in school library purchasing’, managing director Rick Susman has told Books+Publishing.
Susman began the business in 1978 to supply school libraries with nonfiction titles to complement school curricula. He said the biggest factor in the decline of the business has been the closure of school libraries and the loss of teacher-librarians.
Susman is currently selling his remaining stock ahead of the closure of The Booklegger’s Melbourne warehouse at the end of June. He is also donating books to various literacy charities, including the company’s not-for-profit The Book Bank Initiative in Cambodia.
Susman said he will continue to work with school libraries on database subscriptions and will ‘fight for the survival of school libraries’.
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