Australia has a variety of bookshops for readers to choose from, including chains and independents. We are lucky to have robust independent booksellers who make up a higher proportion of our bookshops than can be found in other countries, and publishers and authors know how important these bookshops are when it comes to breaking new authors, in particular, and in supporting Australian authors in general.
National Bookshop Day on 9 August is an initiative from the Australian Booksellers Association to encourage readers to visit their local bookshop. At bookshops such as Pages & Pages, Australian authors will be ringing up your purchase – and, of course, helping you with a recommendation if you need one … just don’t be surprised if they recommend their own books!
If you’re not sure where your closest bookseller is, visit www.aba.org.au and use the ‘Find a Bookshop’ tool on their home page.