IndieBound movement coming to Australia

The Australian Booksellers Association has reached an agreement with the American Booksellers Association to bring the IndieBound movement to Australia.

Meg Smith, the Membership & Marketing Officer for the American Booksellers Association, delivered part of the keynote address at last year’s conference. She spoke about what IndieBound was and the benefits it provides booksellers and their local communities.

ABA Chief Executive Officer, Joel Becker said, “It is very encouraging to see booksellers working collaboratively across borders to support independent book retailing  Our hope is that Australian booksellers can replicate the passion and enthusiasm that American indie booksellers have for IndieBound. Independent booksellers are an important part of the whole book industry and we would hate to see any decline in the market.”

Jon Page, ABA Vice-President added,  “I am personally really excited about IndieBound coming to Australia. I have been really envious of all the wonderful things the American Booksellers Association has been able to do for their members with IndieBound and to have our version in Australia is fantastic.”

The Australian Booksellers Association will announce details of the Australian IndieBound program at this year’s conference in Brisbane.

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Clayton Wehner

Clayton is the founder and managing director of Boomerang Books. In a past life, Clayton worked for 12 years as an intelligence officer in the Australian Army and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon and holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and a Master of Management Studies (Human Resource Management) from the UNSW. He is also a trained Indonesian linguist and served with the United Nations in East Timor as an interpreter/translator.