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Fair Work approves BRTD EBA

11 July 2022

The enterprise bargaining agreement between staff and owners at Sydney bookshop Better Read Than Dead (BRTD) signed earlier this year, has been approved by the Fair Work Commission. Conditions under...

Lindsay opens The Book Nest Mudgee 

1 February 2021

Portia Lindsay, a former bookseller at Better Read Than Dead and Potts Point Bookshop who now runs the Mudgee Readers’ Festival in Mudgee, NSW, has opened a new bookstore in...

The Turning Page Bookshop to become co-op 

30 September 2020

The owners of the Turning Page Bookshop in the Blue Mountains suburb of Springwood, NSW are in the process of transforming the business into a co-operative, after putting the shop...

The Book Grocer celebrates 20th anniversary

12 June 2020

The Book Grocer is celebrating 20 years since establishing its first store. In a letter to staff and customers, founder Karl Slotte described opening the first of the chain’s stores...

Nicky Stevens: Real issues in book retailing 

2 April 2014

Nicky Stevens, owner of Manning Valley Books in NSW, says her bookshop is in danger of closing this year. She believes the Australian publishing industry ‘is on self-destruct’, citing department store discounting and poor...

Business smarts: Bill Liddelow of Boffins Bookshop 

15 July 2013

Boffins Bookshop in Perth has won Specialist Bookseller of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards for six years running. Owner Bill Liddelow shares his bookselling wisdom—with a nod...

Online-only children’s bookshop launched

9 January 2013

An online-only children’s bookshop has launched in Australia. The Kids’ Bookshop launched ‘softly’ in November 2012 and made its first sale a few days later, owner Graham Gill told Bookseller+Publisher. Based...

Specialist bookshop for sale 

28 November 2012

Specialist online and bricks-and-mortar bookseller Pitstop is for sale. The bookseller, which specialises in motoring books and media, is currently based in Perth. However, owner and general manager Peter Lyster...

Riverbend Books launches new website with Circle Soft 

14 August 2012

Riverbend Books has launched a new website, featuring live inventory information alongside other title information. Riverbend Books owner Suzy Wilson told Bookseller+Publisher that updating the website was a necessary step...

Discovery and the art of bookselling 

4 July 2012

Australian author and literary agent Virginia Lloyd travelled to Book Expo America last month, where everyone was talking about ‘the problem of discovery’. The more some things change in book...

Get Reading! drops free book incentive 

30 May 2012

Following the news that the '50 Books You Can’t Put Down' list will be all-Australian for the first time this year, Get Reading! has revealed that this year’s campaign will...

The social network: technology and bookselling 

22 May 2012

From social media ‘evangelists’ to technophobes, booksellers are a mixed lot—but social media is a learning process for everyone, writes Matthia Dempsey. Using social media to drive community engagement with...