On Saturday 11th August 2012, Australian Booksellers ask you to support your community by joining with your local bookshop to celebrate National Bookshop Day. Boomerang Books will join in the festivities by running a special 20% Discount Day on that day.
“We’re not a physical bookshop, but we try and set ourselves apart as an ‘Australian online independent bookstore’ – in that way, we’re different from the big boys, the Amazons and Book Depositories of the world” explained Clayton Wehner, Managing Director of Boomerang Books. “So hopefully that qualifies us to take part in National Bookshop Day despite the lack of a customer store-front”.
In locations all across Australia, bookshops will be celebrating. Buoyed by the success of the inaugural National Bookshop Day in 2011, individual shops will showcase their place in the community by inviting local authors and all members of the community
to participate in readings and conversation about books, with a wide range of other activities.
Supported by the Australian Booksellers Association, bookshops will be reinforcing their message that local bookshops are an integral part of the Australian way of life. They are the first point of contact between the reader and books. They care about the customer, the reader, and the books they want to read. In 2011 60.4 million books were sold in the Australian retail book trade representing $1,078 million (Nielsen Bookscan) . Children’s books made up a quarter of the sales with fiction books at 27% and non-fiction at 48%.
“Even if you choose not to visit Boomerang Books on 11 August, I’d strongly urge you to visit your local bookshop, to support the local bookselling industry, and to embrace the rich diversity of Australian books, written by Australian authors and published by Australian publishers”.
“The future of bookselling in this country is very much in the hands of consumers – can we afford not to have a vibrant local publishing and bookselling industry? We hope that you will do your bit on 11 August”.