More fairy killing, Angus & Robertson closures, the future of bookshops, ebook readers love a heaving bosom

More fairy killing, Angus & Robertson closures, the future of bookshops, ebook readers love a heaving bosom

We read books. We love vampires. We kill fairies. -- Thingo ads

If you’re an ARRA member, you may have seen our brand spanking new ad. Huge thanks to designer Jennifer Wu. You like? It’s a bit blurry in the ARRA newsletter and the text is a little small, but hopefully we’ll get that sorted for the next issue.

I love that squashed fairy. Love.

42 A&R stores to shut by mid-July

The administrators of REDgroup Retail announced yesterday that 42 Angus & Roberston shops would close by mid-July or earlier if stock is sold before the deadline. Click here for the press release and the list of shops to close.

In the meantime 19 A&R stores may still survive, pending negotiations, and 48 A&R franchise stores remain open.

Bricks and mortar bookshops extinct in five years

Or so Neil Sherry, Minister for Small Business, predicts: ‘I think in five years, other than a few specialist booksellers in capital cities we will not see a bookstore, they will cease to exist.’ Twitter went ballistic over this article, with many a bookseller angered by the minister’s lack of, well, tact.

Personally, I think it’s probably not an unreasonable prediction. I would, however, have expected him to be a bit gentler with his words, especially given the constraints that Australian booksellers have to operate in: parallel import restrictions (often with local editions costing up to double their overseas counterparts), shipping costs, GST and lack of distribution channels for ebooks. That said, if I were a bookseller, I’d be using Sherry’s gloomy prediction to lobby hard to ease some of these restrictions.

Heaving bosoms boost ebook sales

Fox News published this article on how ‘salacious chick lit’ is driving the ebook market: The Real Force Behind Ebook Sales: Heaving Bosoms. It makes some pretty broad assumptions.

I’d love to know what you guys think—positive or condescending? It’s a fine line for romance readers sometimes. Also, do you think bricks and mortar bookshops will still be here in five years? Which bookshops would you hate to see closing down?


  1. Marg says:

    I was going to say that I was sad that my local A & R is one of the ones that is closing down, but the fact is that I haven’t bought a book there in years, and really disliked going in there to look for books anyway!

    As to the article there were a couple of lines in it that irritated me, but for the most part it doesn’t really tell us anything that we don’t know!

  2. Anna Cowan says:

    the article is kinda lame… as Marg says, we know all that already! It’s kinda annoying when news sites run pieces on romance and all their info is old news, but they present it like – here’s this whole new world none of us well-read (men) people know about! 

    Also, I love that they’ve lumped Cotillion in with the heaving bosoms. That’s some lazy reporting, right there.

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