Boomerang Books applauds this initiative by the Australian Booksellers Association to provide publicity for local bookstores. Although we’re an online bookstore, we wholeheartedly support the future prosperity and longevity of Australian bricks-and-mortar booksellers, both chains and independents. These stores enable Australians to access books – a critical requirement in our community. Unfortunately most Australian bookstores have been doing it tough over the past 12 months and we hope that the the National Bookshop Day will give these stores some of the attention that they deserve.
About National Bookshop Day
On Saturday 20th August 2011, in hundreds of locations across Australia, bookshops will be holding their very first National Bookshop Day. Individual shops will be focusing on their uniqueness, inviting local authors and all members of the community to participate in readings, conversation about books, book busking and a wide range of other activities.
Supported by the Australian Booksellers Association, bookshops will promote the 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 the books. They care about the customer, the reader, and the books they want to read.
In 2010 66.2 million books were sold in the Australian retail book trade representing $1,257 million*. Based on US research, for every $100 of this spent locally, $68 of that stays in the community. Just under a quarter of all books sold in Australia are children’s books.* (Nielsen BookScan)
“Bookshops have always been an anchor for the cultural and retail communities within Australia. National Bookshop Day is a time when we can celebrate the unique role of bookshops within the community, and highlight the many ways in which bookshops contribute to the local community and to Australian literature, culture and society.” Joel Becker, CEO, Australian Booksellers Association
So come together at your local bookshop on Saturday 20th August, and celebrate.