Although the evidence is only anecdotal, recent post-stocktake murmurings at several independent bookstores around Australia suggest a recent spike in book thefts, reports Andrew Fuhrmann.
Reforms proposed by the Book Industry Strategy Group are long overdue but don’t go far enough and may be difficult to implement, according to industry players and authors.
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.