Australian bookshops respond to Covid-19
Australian booksellers, like many retailers, are facing a big challenge right now. At this stage some shops have moved to online only, but many stores remain open and are trying to operate as if it is business as usual.
In a time of social distancing and self-isolation, and with most bookshop events cancelled, readers still want to make use of the extraordinary service and expertise that booksellers are providing in these exceptionally trying times.
We are collating a list of bookshops across the country to share how booksellers are responding to the crisis. Please email email@example.com to add your shop to the list.
- Dymocks Belconnen is offering free delivery to customers in the ACT and Murrumbateman
- Dymocks Canberra is offering free postage in the ACT until further notice (Dymocks City store only)
- Robinsons Bookshop is currently open except for late night trading, online ordering available
- Beachside Books (Avalon Beach) is offering free local delivery, free shipping Australia-wide on orders over $50 and lots of car-park pick-ups outside their two shops
- Better Read Than Dead (Newtown) is offering free shipping to anywhere in Australia until the end of March
- Constant Reader (Crows Nest) has put together a list of reading suggestions
- Gleebooks (Glebe) is offering free postage to anyone in the Inner West, or Australia-wide for orders over $50
- Harry Hartog (all stores) remains open for business and is curating individual reading lists via an online form; introducing a live chat function its website; and inviting customers to call to chat to booksellers about what to read next. They’re also encouraging pick-ups via GoFetch and Airtasker for those who can’t make it in-store
- Kinokuniya is currently trading to adjusted hours, they have opened their phone lines for book recommendations from their staff and they’re offering free shipping for phone & webstore orders over $25.
- Lost in Books (Fairfield) has temporarily closed its physical store, but is offering its creative programs digitally, while its online shop will remain open
- Oscar and Friends is offering free delivery in Surry Hills, Redfern, Double Bay and Bellevue Hill
- Potts Point Bookshop will be doing free local delivery for orders on its website or placed over the phone.
- Book Bazaar (Umina Beach) is offering local delivery
- The Bookshop Bowral & Kiama is offering home delivery to local customers
- Candelo Books (Bega) is offering to drop off or post out books bought online
- Collins Booksellers Orange is offering free delivery in Orange plus free online shipping for orders over $50
- Harbour Bookshop (Ulladulla) taking orders via phone, email and social media messaging, deliveries are via Australia Post and to anywhere in the Ulladulla area for a flat $6 rate
- The Little Lost Bookshop (Katoomba) is offering free delivery to Katoomba for phone, web and email orders
- Megalong Books (Leura) is offering free home delivery for the upper mountains on purchases of $30 or more, either by phone or by adding the note ‘delivery’ at checkout online
- Reader’s Companion (Armidale) is offering free local delivery to customers in Armidale, Uralla, Guyra district, delivering in their orange and white Kombi
- The Sitting Wombat (Forster) is currently trading as usual
- The Wandering Bookseller (Katoomba) is offering free delivery Australia-wide on all books bought over email.
- The Bookshop Darwin is offering three books for the price of two across its range.
- Red Kangaroo Books (Alice Springs) will deliver books purchased via phone or email.
- Avid Reader (West End) is offering free shipping on all orders in surrounding suburbs and free shipping nationally for all orders over $50
- The Book Merchant Jenkins is still posting books ordered online, over the phone or email, and offering quarantine book boxes for sale or free of charge to locals already in quarantine with no income
- Books@Stones (Stones Corner) is offering free delivery to anywhere in Australia for all purchases, until 8 April
- Dymocks Brisbane is offering free shipping on orders over $75
- Folio Books (CBD) is offering free postage on two or more books within the Brisbane area
- Riverbend Books (Bulimba) is donating a total of 30 copies of select books to the elderly and those at risk. Now offering tap ‘n’ go drive-through books—simply order over the phone or online and collect your books from the car park without even getting out of the car!
- The Book Tree (Toowoomba) has a $2 home delivery service to the 4350 postcode, and is looking at expanding this service to more neighbouring postcodes in the following days
- Collins Booksellers (Smithfield) is offering free delivery to the local area, no late night shopping on a Thursday.
- Dymocks Toowoomba is offering free delivery to people over 70 and $2 shipping in the local area. Some customers might even get their books hand-delivered by franchise owner Janelle Fyson by motorbike!
- Mary Who? (Townsville) is offering free local delivery for orders over $50 to the inner Townsville area. Delivery is made each afternoon and arranged over the phone.
- Imprints Booksellers is offering free postage anywhere in SA for orders of $50 or more, and free home delivery (within 2-3 days) extensively within the Adelaide region: from the beach to the foothills, and Bedford Park to Port Adelaide
- Matilda Bookshop (Stirling) is offering same-day delivery to local areas.
- Jeff’s Books (Strathalbyn) is offering delivery over the phone, English studies advice and free cookbooks with the aim of helping people use their imagination with limited supplies at the one local supermarket in the district.
- The Raven’s Parlour (Tanunda) will deliver books to local residents in quarantine or self-isolation.
- Fullers Bookshop will be running a daily guided reading of the Sonnets – details here and a $5 flat-rate shipping within Tasmania
- The Hobart Bookshop is offering free delivery within the Hobart metropolitan area as well as continuing to use Australia Post for deliveries further out. The store has also had a few elderly customers express discomfit at the idea of coming into the shop, so they are offering a ‘Park and Run’ service: if they park nearby, they will run out to meet them.
- Robinsons Bookshop is currently open except for late night trading, online ordering available.
- Petrarch’s Bookshop is delivering to Launceston.
- The Devonport Bookshop is offering free delivery in the Devonport area for prepaid phone orders.
- Avenue Bookstore (Richmond, Albert Park, Elsternwick) is offering free delivery locally for orders of $30 or more
- Brunswick Bound (Brunswick) is offering free delivery for surrounding suburbs
- Dymocks Melbourne (CBD) is offering free delivery on orders of $50 or more, and 25% off purchases of two or more selected fantasy titles until the end of March
- Fairfield Books is offering free local delivery to Fairfield, Northcote, Thornbury, Alphington and Ivanhoe
- The Grumpy Swimmer (Elwood) is offering free delivery on orders over $25 to Elwood and surrounding suburbs
- Hill of Content (CBD) is offering free online shipping for orders over $50
- The Leaf Bookshop (Ashburton) is offering delivery within a 5km radius of the shop
- Metropolis Bookshop (CBD) is offering free delivery for orders over $50
- Neighbourhood Books/The Little Bookroom (Northcote, Carlton North) are offering free delivery for surrounding suburbs
- Readings is offering free delivery in local areas and free delivery elsewhere in Australia for orders of $150 and over
- Robinsons Bookshop is currently open except for late night trading, online ordering available
- The Sun Bookshop/The Younger Sun (Yarraville) are offering free delivery locally
- Top Titles Bookstore (Brighton) is offering free delivery locally, call the shop to arrange details.
Kill Your Darlings editor Alan Vaarwerk has created a coverage map showing which Melbourne booksellers deliver to where.
- Antipodes Bookshop & Gallery (Sorrento) is offering twice-weekly free delivery to surrounding areas
- Blarney Books and Art (Port Fairy) is offering free local delivery and a 10% discount on all books
- The Book Bird (Geelong) is offering free local delivery to surrounding suburbs by vintage bike
- The Bookshop at Queenscliff (Queenscliff) is putting together curated Covid Care Packages and offering free delivery for online orders within the postcode 3225
- Farrell’s Bookshop (Mornington) is offering a free home delivery service to most of the Mornington Peninsula on orders over $25, with set delivery days and windows for particular suburbs
- Galapagos Bookstore (Apollo Bay) is currently open & online, will deliver free to the lovely locals & those hesitant to be out & about.
- Ink Bookshop (Mansfield) is offering free delivery in the town and surrounding areas
- Intext Book Company order via website postage is now free for orders over $50 including GST.
- Just Books (Bairnsdale) are offering free home delivery to customers in Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and everywhere in between.
- Red Door Books (Lancefield) happy to take orders, deliver, post, & meet by appointment.
- Squishy Minnie (Kyneton) is hosting online storytime for a week (beginning Thursday 19 March) and offering free delivery of online orders within the Macedon Ranges
- Torquay Books trading online with free delivery to local homes
- Turn the Page (Cowes) will be taking phone and email orders and through face book if closed, currently trading
- Verso Books (Healesville) is offering free local delivery to local customers.
- Beaufort Street Books (Mount Lawley) is offering free delivery within a 5km radius
- Crow Books (East Victoria Park) is offering free delivery to the local area, currently on normal trading hours
- Paperbird Books (Fremantle) is offering free delivery to Fremantle and surrounding suburbs
- Planet Books (Mt Lawley & Northbridge) is offering free local delivery, and operating standard trading hours
- Rabble Books & Games (Maylands) is offering free delivery to surrounding suburbs.
- Collins Bunbury is offering free home delivery on purchases over $30 to the Bunbury/Eaton/Australind/Dalyellup region
- Dymocks Busselton is offering free home delivery within the South-West, with same-day delivery for in-stock books ordered before 2.30pm.
- New Edition (Fremantle) is offering free delivery to the local area, currently on normal trading hours