If you’re an independent bookseller in Australia at the moment, you probably feel better than anyone else in the industry does, writes Henry Rosenbloom, the founder and publisher of Scribe Publishing.
In 2009, the number of Australian bookshops stood at around 2270. Following the REDgroup administration, and other shop openings and closures, we know that this figure is now around the 2000 mark. Some suburbs and towns are now without a dedicated bookshop, writes Bookseller + Publisher's Elly Keating.
Many book lovers might choose to shop locally rather than on overseas websites if they had the chance to ponder some of the implications of their decisions, says editor-in-chief of Bookseller+Publisher magazine Matthia Dempsey.
Book retailer REDgroup is a victim of online retailers (and the federal government's rejection of recommendations to open up the local market) or simply poor management. Crikey asked publishers and retailers what it means.
Redgroup Retail -- owner of Borders and Angus & Robertson -- has been forced to jack up prices, increase returns and extend trading terms with its suppliers, leaving publishers anxious about the industry's health.
If a week is a long time in politics, then it’s an eternity in book publishing. Last week, then PM Kevin Rudd launched the new Shitstorm book. This week Malcolm Turnbull launched it.
What sets Australia’s book retail environment apart is its variety and the range of books on our shelves, but the latest turn of events in the saga of Australian territorial copyright for books is putting that reputation at risk, writes Steve Robinson.
Australian publishers may not like it, but e-books are not going away. And with the launch of the Kindle in Australia, the industry's going to have to adapt.