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Celebrate National Bookshop Day on August 10!

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Bookshops are an integral part of our society: they connect authors and publishers with readers and facilitate the cross-fertilisation of ideas – the production, sale and distribution of books across Australia is an important part of the Australian creative economy. According to recent figures, the total value of books sold in Australia during 2010 was $2.3 billion. However 54% of these were bought online.

No wonder the book industry and bookshops in particular are in a state of flux. Local bookstores have to compete not only with their rivals down the street, but also the likes of Amazon and Book Depository, which offer massive discounts and frequently a much larger choice.

Digitisation has also challenged the book industry, producing downloadable eBooks that shift our view of what constitutes a physical, traditional book. Australians purchased some $35 million eBooks in 2010 and the market in Australia is projected to reach between $150 million and $700 million in 2014, representing between 6% and 24% of total estimated book sales.

Recognising this, the Australian Government has established the Book Industry Strategy Group (BISG) to develop a comprehensive strategy for securing Australia’s place in the emerging digital book market, while making the Australian book industry more efficient and globally competitive. We await to see how effective these strategies are. In the meantime, you can support your local bookshops by celebrating National Bookshop Day next Saturday.

Have a look out for events in your state. In Victoria, a number of activities are planned, and I include a few of them here:

Hill of Content – 86 Bourke St, Melbourne. Bob Graham: 12pm, drawing class with Debra and Marco Luccio at 2.30pm.

Reader’s Feast – 162 Collins Street, Melbourne. Raffles throughout the day for $50 book vouchers.

Readings – various locations.  Visits from Wally (of Where’s Wally fame) and Spot the Dog.

The Sun Bookshop – 10 Ballarat Street, Yarraville. 10am, William McInnes announces the winner of “Australia’s favourite bookshop” poll.

Or you could simply pop into your local bookshop and buy a book…..

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Author: Dina Ross

Dina is a writer, reviewer, journalist and broadcaster. It goes without saying that she loves books. Her blog, Books Now! can be viewed on www.dinaross.com.au and offers news, reviews and interviews with writers from around the corner to across the world.

8 thoughts on “Celebrate National Bookshop Day on August 10!

  1. I had no idea about this Aust. govt incentive – great to think they actually bother. Pardon me, but I just didn’t think they bothered!

    Since I’m in Australia (Melbourne) this is relevant to me – thank you 🙂

    • Initiatives are great when they work! Bookshops all over the world are having a bad time, but especially here in Oz when books are so much more expensive in the first place. Let’s keep our fingers crossed this programme delivers. In the meantime, enjoy NBD next week!

  2. It is so important to support bookshops. I do buy books online but I like to support my local indies as well. You’ll have to let us know if you go to a bookshop event and how it goes!

  3. In the US, bookshops have been disappearing–much to my dismay. I only have one very small used book store in my little town. I really miss going into those bookstores and browsing the shelves. Scrolling Amazon is not the same thing. Not at all…

    • Unfortunately, the disappearing local bookshop is a world-wide trend. I appreciate the ease and convenience of online bookstores, but they don’t have the friendliness and interaction of my local bookshops. All we can do is support them – here in Australia, they are doing a fantastic job of marketing themselves and organising events such as author interviews, readings and book clubs. Let’s hope this effort pays off. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to some of the events this coming weekend in Melbourne.

  4. Bookshops are like small paradisiacal islands that ought to be protected, like some architecture, woods, and rare species of wildlife. When cash flow allows, I order books through my local bookshop, even if it means waiting a few days for the order to arrive. What’s the point of life if I don’t support what I truly value?

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