Bookshops are not going away. They offer a unique and valuable experience for readers, authors and publishers alike. It doesn’t matter if the book being sold is a hardback, a paperback, an audio CD or an eBook the role a bookshop plays is and will always remain a vital one and a relevant one long into the future
The landscape of bookselling is changing considerably. Music retailers, tech giants and multi-national conglomerates are all selling books now in Australia in one form or another. Many of whom pay little or no tax in Australia.
But the bookshop is still the place where the overwhelming majority of books are sold in Australia everyday. It is the place where Australian stories are cherished, championed and vigorously discussed. Displayed and hand sold. It is where communities gather to meet and talk about books. And where the next star of the the Australian literary scene is being put into the hands of a new reader.
In an Australian first, booklovers all over the country will be able to vote for their favourite bookshop.
As part of the 2013 National Bookshop Day, which is being held on Saturday August 10, the Australian Booksellers Association is running a national competition calling for people to vote for their favourite bookshop – Australia’s Favourite Bookshop.
Everyone who votes will go into the draw for $500 worth of Australian Book Vouchers to be spent at their favourite bookshop.
The winner will be announced on National Bookshop Day, August 10th 2013.
Voting Starts July 13 2013 and ends August 5 2013
The winner of the Australian Book Vouchers will be drawn at 2pm on Tuesday, 13 August 2013. The ABA will announce the winner online and directly via email and by telephone.
So if Pages & Pages is your favourite bookshops please vote early and vote often!