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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...

Borders to reopen in Singapore

1 August 2013

Borders bookstore will reopen in the Singapore suburb of Jurong by the end of the year, reports Yahoo News. Book retailer Popular Holdings recently announced that it had acquired the...

Bookworld launches with new loyalty program 

22 August 2012

The Borders Australia online business has been rebranded and the new Bookworld website is now live. Among the features of the new site is a new ‘citizenship’ membership program, which...

The recent boom in the remainder book trade 

20 April 2012

It’s an aspect of the industry that’s rarely discussed, but the remainder book trade in Australia is booming, reports Eloise Keating. When Angus & Robertson and Borders stores began to...

Rakuten to acquire Kobo 

8 November 2011

Ebook platform provider and online retailer Kobo is to be acquired by Japanese internet service company Rakuten. Rakuten confirmed in a statement its ‘definitive agreement' to ‘acquire 100% of total...

Bolitho appointed AllBooks4Less CEO 

2 November 2011

Discount-focussed bookselling chain AllBooks4Less has announced the appointment of David Bolitho to the position of CEO. Bolitho will be responsible for ‘both the retail casual leasing business (shops) and the...

Borders Singapore placed under judicial management 

7 September 2011

Borders Singapore has been placed under judicial management for six months, reports ChannelNewsAsia.  Judicial management is a form of administration in which a court-appointed officer takes on management of a business in...

REDgroup administration: New Zealand DOCA 

2 August 2011

As reported in a Weekly Book Newsletter Special Bulletin on 27 July, REDgroup administrators Ferrier Hodgson will hold a 'watershed' creditors' meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, on 4 August to...

Reader’s Feast bookshop to close 

1 July 2011

Reader's Feast bookshop in Melbourne, a company-owned REDgroup Retail store run by Mary Dalmau, is set to close in four to five weeks. Administrators Ferrier Hodgson have released a statement...