Posted November 06, 2019 05:08:38AUSTRALIA’S indie bookstores have welcomed more than 200 new bookseller applications, bringing the total number of booksellors in the country to more than 5,000.
Key points:Indie bookselling is thriving in Australia’s small-town economyWith almost half the country’s population living in remote towns and remote-outposts, indie bookstore owners say they need to keep up with demandThe indie bookseller market is thriving, with booksellings opening across the country on average every two weeksThe Australian Book Industry Association (ABCA) welcomed the “significant” number of new bookshop applications, saying there were currently “only about 1,200” booksellists in Australia.
“We are seeing a surge in the demand for our services,” ABCA chairperson Michelle Rinehart said.
“Bookselling has become a way for people to support themselves in a small community, with a strong local community, and we want to continue to grow our service.”‘
Booking has become the way for Australians to support ourselves in a local community’The ABCA said booksells in remote communities, particularly in regional and remote towns, often struggle to find qualified booksell, because of the lack of opportunities in those areas for the type of training and training opportunities that exist in bookstores in major cities.
“It is vital that booksellies in these communities can be supported, so that we can build the knowledge and skills to meet the growing needs of the local community,” Ms Rineheart said.
In Western Australia, bookstores opened for the first time on October 5, 2018, with more than 700 bookselles operating across the state.
Booksellers can be self-employed, independent or owned by a company, and many choose to work in bookshops for low pay.
“If you work in an indie bookshop, you are self-employment and are the sole owner of the business,” Ms Gannon said.
“It’s very common for people who work in the bookshop to work full-time.”
There is also a need for people in remote areas to be able to support their families, or to be self employed.
“Bookshops are also popular with younger Australians.
The ABC said in some areas of Australia, a bookshop can be found in a suburb.
In the Northern Territory, the booksellership community of Haldon is a popular venue for bookselly operations, and the bookshows there are typically open from 6:00am to 6:30pm.”
You have to be a real person and not be just a stereotype of someone who sells books,” Ms Kinsman said.
Ms Kinsmans bookshop is just one of several bookselleries in the Territory, and there are more than 60 bookselliers operating across nine regions.
Ms Kensmans booksellery, located on a small street in Haldons inner-city suburbs, is just a stone’s throw from the city’s main train station.
While many people choose to be bookshop owners, there is also growing interest in other booksellering professions.
A bookshop in Sydney, for example, offers a range of bookselling services, including copywriting, advertising, marketing, advertising agency and social media, as well as customer service.
Indie Bookstore owner, Kim Mottrie, said she was happy to see a “significant number” of bookstores opening in Australia, as the country struggled to attract enough staff to support its growing indie bookstore market.”
This is something that needs to happen,” Ms Mottries bookshop said.
Topics:business-economics-and-finance,booksellers,business-news,indies,australiaFirst posted November 05, 2019 18:29:42More stories from New South Wales