The 14th Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced in Sydney on Friday in front of Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister for the Arts George Brandis with Pages & Pages Booksellers being named Independent Book Retailer of the Year! The award was shared with iconic Melbourne bookshop Readings with a judging panel of experts from across the book industry unable to split the two bookshops.
Pages & Pages were also awarded the book industry’s Innovation Award for our Kindle Amnesty campaign which aimed to highlight the fact that customers could purchase eBooks from their local bookshop and educate them on what eReading device they could purchase. The campaign also highlighted some of the things Pages & Pages did that Amazon didn’t including:
- support local schools and charities
- pay taxes in Australia
- employ local people
- give Mosman Village character
- respect readers privacy
It was a massive surprise to win the awards. The Bookshop of the Year award is really for my mum, Chris. Opening a bookshop was her dream and she dragged my Dad and I into the business. And now I couldn’t think of anything else I rather do than recommend books to people everyday.
I would like to thank and acknowledge all of the fantastic staff at Pages & Pages; Ian, Danica, Jan, Robert, Andy, Kat, Angie & Helen who all help to make Pages & Pages the bookshop it is. I would also like to thank all the authors who visit our store and publishers for all their support. I’d especially like to acknowledge our wonderful customers for supporting our local business who can now say they buy their books from the best bookshop in Australia!
Last, but definitely not least, I’d like to thank my wife and two children. Bookselling is not a 9-5, Monday to Friday job and they put up with all the ups and downs of running a small business.
The Book Industry is such a wonderful industry to be a part of, full of so many passionate and generous people. To receive the industry’s acknowledgement for the work that we do in our bookshop is such a great honour and to share the award with Mark Rubbo and his team at Readings only makes the award more special.