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Amazon Australia makes Farrow book available for sale

21 October 2019

Amazon Australia has reversed its decision not to stock investigative reporter Ronan Farrow’s book Catch and Kill (Hachette), with the book available on its Australian store as of Sunday, reports...

Owners of The Hobart Bookshop to retire

16 October 2019

The owners of The Hobart Bookshop, Christopher Pearce and Janet Grecian, have decided to retire after almost 30 years of owning the business. In the early 1970s, after graduating with...

The Co-op loses Australian Geographic brand

10 October 2019

Textbook retailer The Co-op has lost the rights to use the Australian Geographic brand, reports the Sydney Morning Herald, with a total of 64 former Australian Geographic stores set to...

Lindfield Bookshop & Children’s Bookshop to close 

30 July 2019

Lindfield Bookshop & Children’s Bookshop in Sydney’s North Shore will close at the end of August after 46 years of operation. Owner Scott Whitmont said it’s with ‘considerable sadness’ that...

Four NZ bookshops to receive Puffin grants 

31 May 2019

Penguin Random House (PRH) NZ has announced that four New Zealand bookshops will each receive NZ$5000 (A$4707) in funding for children’s reading programs as part of its Puffin bookshop grants...

54 bookshops to receive Puffin grants 

29 May 2019

Puffin has announced the 54 Australian bookshops that will receive a share of $100,000 in funding for children’s reading programs. The winning bookshops each receive funding between $500 and $5000...

New Dymocks store opens at Point Cook, VIC 

28 May 2019

Chain retailer Dymocks has opened a new shop in the outer Melbourne suburb of Point Cook, about 30 kilometres west of the CBD. The Point Cook store is the second...

The Paperback Bookshop celebrates 50 years

8 April 2019

The Paperback Bookshop in Melbourne's CBD is celebrating its 50th anniversary in April. Current co-owner Rosy Morton, who has owned the shop since 2000, said that she’s heard differing accounts...

Thirty Big W stores to close

2 April 2019

Woolworths will close approximately 30 Big W stores over the next three years, following a review of the chain’s 183 stores, reports ABC News. Two distribution centres in regional Queensland...

Report says up to 60 Big W stores could close

21 March 2019

Up to 60 Big W stores may be forced to close according to a recent Macquarie Wealth Management report, first reported in the Australian. Woolworths Group, which owns the discount...

Dymocks launches Wiggles shop

25 January 2019

Chain retailer Dymocks has become the new retail partner for children’s entertainment group the Wiggles, offering a range of books and merchandise via a dedicated online store. Dymocks negotiated a...

HEDS hires 20 new warehouse staff to address delays 

29 November 2018

Australian booksellers have been experiencing slower than usual order turnaround times from HarperCollins Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS), as the Christmas retailing period gets underway. In an email dated 27 November,...

Four UK bookshops nominated for Britain’s Best Small Shop

24 October 2018

In the UK, four independent bookshops have been nominated for Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2018, reports the Bookseller. The annual competition, managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation, celebrates ‘entrepreneurial...