2011 National Bookshop Day – Support romance-friendly bookshops!

2011 National Bookshop Day – Support romance-friendly bookshops!

Free books at Ultimo LibraryToday is National Bookshop Day, celebrating the contribution of local booksellers and suppliers to the community and to literacy. Although most romance readers probably won’t have a romance specialist in their local area, most Australian romance bookshops are pretty great at taking orders over the phone or online.

I’ve put together a list of Aussie bookshops that are romance-friendly. I’ve highlighted those that have been particularly supportive of Australian romance readers by sponsoring reader and author events and conventions and the ARRA newsletter. If you’re thinking of buying a book today, I encourage you to support them.

Did I miss your favourite romance-friendly shop? Let me know!

ARRC and RWA convention and award sponsors

234 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9663 0900

Ever After
Shop 2, 8 Kenny Street, Wollongong NSW 2500
(02) 4225 7704

Galaxy Bookshop
Level 1, 131 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9267 7222

Love Books
38 Montgomerie Street, Gayndah QLD 4625
0427 467 393

Romance Direct
PO Box 499, Bundoora VIC 3083
0403 203 437

Romantic Reflections
PO Box 59, Hurstville South NSW 2221
0411 043 475

Rosemary’s Romance Books
Upstairs Blocksidge & Ferguson Arcade
144 Adelaide Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
(07) 3229 0088

Temptation the Romance Bookstore
Lot 13, Crossways Shopping Centre
Cnr Rokeby and Bagot Roads, Subiaco WA 6008
(08) 9388 8535

ARRA newsletter advertisers

Girrlit’s Books
Online shop based in Melbourne.

Just Romance
PO Box 325, Dingley VIC 3172
Specialises in rare, out-of-print romance books.

Second Chance for Romance
Visit the website for contact information and catalogue.

Other romance-friendly bookshops

Book Express
Shop 4, Woodvale Boulevard Shopping Centre
931 Whitfords Ave, Woodvale WA 6026
(08) 9309 2662

30 Whiting Street, Artarmon NSW 2064
02 9954 1080

Burwood Book Exchange
3a Burwood Road, Burwood NSW 2134
(02) 9745 2040

The Great Book Escape
PO Box 229, Narre Warren VIC 3805
0400 210 799

Intrigue the Romance Bookstore
Shop 6, Level 1, Garema Centre
70-86 Bunda Street, Canberra ACT 2600
(02) 6257 4833

359A Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9600 3466

Siren Books
PO Box 3282, Wheeler’s Hill VIC 3150
(03) 9560 3281

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  1. Kat says:

    Sean — Most generalist independent bookshops in my area don’t stock standard romance genre books. Maybe the paranormal and YA crossovers, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a Mills and Boon category or Avon historical in most of them. I buy mine from a (largeish) Dymocks or places like Kmart and Target. After that, I go online to a romance specialist or Book Depository. I could probably persuade a bookshop to order a romance book for me, but then what’s the point? I might as well buy it online—it would be cheaper and most likely will arrive sooner!

  2. Kat says:

    This is my guess only, but assuming there’s no snobbery involved (and bear in mind, I don’t think this is always a valid assumption) a lot of romances are probably imported books, and that might have implications on how much profit they get or even whether or not they can return unsold books. But it’s a vicious cycle, because if I know my local independent bookshop doesn’t sell romance, I never go there to buy/order romance and so they’ll never discover there’s a market for romance. But like I said, this is just my guess.

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