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A local bookshop is part of a community, working with schools and families and all nearby readers to link them with books they might come to love, connecting with its customers and bringing a human kind of expertise whenever it’s asked for. It is a hub for bookclubs and author events and the chance encounters that lead to the discovery of an unfamiliar writer who becomes a lifelong favourite. It remains far better than an algorithm when suggesting what book your eight-year-old niece or granddaughter might like for her birthday.

Paper books and the people in our neighbourhoods who sell them to us have not faded into the past and will not be going away any time soon. 

Nick Earls, 'All Hail the Bookshop'
The Conversation, 11 August

From the CEO
National Bookshop Day – Saturday
I recently had a meeting with Tanya Plibersek to talk about book industry issues. In the course of the conversation I invited her to visit one of the many bookshops in her electorate on National Bookshop Day. Her response was just the sort of thing we love to hear. She said that she doesn’t need a special reason to visit a bookshop. She is drawn into bookshops and buys books throughout the year.
Well that’s terrific! I celebrate my kids’ birthdays 365 days a year, but it is still fantastic to have a particular day where we acknowledge their existence. And with bookshops, to announce to the world what exciting, interesting and important places bookshops are, and the role we serve in the community.
And Saturday is that day!
Whether you’re having a ‘book doctor’ prescribing books; having visiting authors; putting on a party; presenting readings, or offering cupcakes (I always make sure I visit my local, Fairfield Books, for some home baked goodies served up by one of the many authors who visit the shop), National Bookshop Day is an opportunity to highlight your business, and have a party with your customers.
From our end we are doing our utmost to get publicity to promote the day.

ABA Conference 2017
As you may be aware Leading Edge Books has informed the trade that they will be holding their conference as a standalone event in the first quarter of 2017. As a result the ABA will be moving our annual Conference and Trade Exhibition to the middle of the year. We are currently in the process of determining the precise dates and location based on the feedback that we received from our members.
We appreciate the extraordinarily positive feedback and constructive comments we received from membership regarding the Canberra conference, and we anticipate that the 2017 Conference and Trade Exhibition will be a great success.

Joel Becker
National Bookshop Day 2016: Media update

To help spread the word we have secured stories in Melbourne's Herald Sun, Brisbane's Courier Mail and in NSW The Sydney Morning Herald's Spectrum section, as well as a plethora of local newspapers.
Join in the fun using social media
Tell everyone why you love bookshops, and why they’re important. Here’s an example:

“Wherever I go bookstores are still the closest thing to a town square.”

Gloria Steinem from My Life on the Road.
On the big day itself pop in to your local bookshop to take part in the celebrations. While you’re there you could:
·        Tag/check in on Facebook with @LoveYourBookshop
·        Tag @NatBookshopDay on Twitter
·        Take a selfie with your local bookseller / bookshop
·        Hug your local bookseller!
·        Tell your social media followers why you love your local bookseller, posted with #LoveYourBookshop
·        Film a short video of yourself and upload to your social media pages, tagging @LoveYourBookshop
Here's a great example of the media attention some of our members are already receiving. Well done Libby and the team at Beachside Books and best wishes for your first National Bookshop Day!
From The Daily Telegraph

Bookshop offers fun remedy for those frustrated about what to read this weekend
A clinic for frustrated book worms will open it’s surgery on Saturday to mark National Bookshop Day.

Beachside Bookshop in Avalon will have big-name local authors on hand to prescribe specially-suited tomes for those short of reading material.

Owner Libby Armstrong has lined up writers including Kirsty Eagar and Helen Thurloe, Sophie Hardcastle and Louise Park as doctors.

While the shop specialises in young adult books, older readers and children are also invited.
From the ABA President: Management Committee meeting report
The ABA Management Committee had their first board meeting for the new year welcoming new board members Robbie Egan (Readings) and Jay Lansdowne (Constant Reader) as well as returning board members. 

Jane Seaton (Beaufort Street Books)
Leesa Lambert (The Little Bookroom)
Laura Herft (Dillons Norwood Bookshop)
Kerstin Brown (Collins Booksellers Smithfield)
Peter Strong (COSBOA)

The board and the ABA office are currently:
  • Working to increase our membership,
  • Exploring addiing additional ways to improve the ABA’s sustainability and relevance
  • Reviewing & improving our member benefits
  • Continuing to lobby government (in partnership with the APA and the ASA) for our preferred outcomes on PIRs and the book industry generally
  • Exploring new ways to deliver ABA vouchers
As part of these efforts, we have have a guest at most board meetings from related or relevant associations to allow us to explore potential partnerships and relationships. This month we were very pleased to welcome Michael Gordon-Smith, the CEO of the APA. Over lunch we engaged in a positive and robust discussion about the book trade and what we can do to work together for our industry. As a result we will be holding regular discussions and meetings with the APA about important issues such as TitlePage, supply chain, promotions and much more. We expect to be able to share more news over the coming weeks and months.
Our board features broad representation from all segments of our industry, both in terms of size and location as well as specialty. All our board members are volunteers continuing a strong tradition of contribution from our members. At the end of the day however, we are here to represent our membership. And to do that we need you to engage and contribute. If you have ideas, concerns, issues or just want a chat please do reach out to your board or the ABA.

Tim White
Welcome to our new ABA members

I am sure you will all join me in welcoming our new ABA members. 

Christmas Press, an independent children's picture book publisher

Bookface Erina, a new addition to the Bookface group of bookshops, opening in Erina Fair Shopping Centre

The Bright Newsagency, located in Bright, VIC, with a large book section inside dubbed 'The Alpine Bookstore.'

Mathew Jose, an Individual member who will be opening a bookshop in Victoria later in the year.
And three new Harry Hartog stores:
  • Harry Hartog Miranda
  • Harry Hartog Macquarie Park
  • Harry Hartog Narellan
Bookshop for Sale - Brisbane

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For more information on this excellent business investment, please call Lions Business Brokers on 1300309094 or 0449298989.
Benefits of reading include a longer life, claims study
From The Bookseller 

Books may help you to live longer, according to a new study, linking reading with longevity in the elderly. 
Results in Elsevier journal Social Science & Medicine, reported by the New York Times, found bookworms live an average of almost two years longer than people who don’t read, regardless of gender, wealth, education, or health.

The study was based on 3,635 people over 50 years of age, who were participating in a wider health study, and were divided into three groups according to their reading habits. Those who read books for up to 3.5 hours a week were 17% less likely to die within the next 12 years compared with those who didn’t read at all. Those who read for more than 3.5 hours a week were 23% less likely to die.
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Want to watch an 11 minute award-winning documentary on a bookstore?
Grab a cup of coffee and settle in to watch this lovely video on The Last Bookstore in LA.

A terrific interview with the Last Bookstore owner who created a massive retail space that’s a mix of Victorian drawing room, sci-fi spectacle and artist loft bohemianism. 
No pressure: suggesting vs recommending a book
What’s the difference, you ask? While some people might say this is just a silly semantic distinction, I think the argument in favour of using “suggest” is pretty compelling, and it addresses a lot of my issues with what I call the pressure or burden of being asked to recommend books to people, sometimes people you don’t even know! (People who work in bookstores and libraries know my pain, right? When patrons or customers ask you to recommend a book to give to their Grandma for Christmas or simply say they want a “good book.”)
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9 benefits of reading with your kid, according to science
In case your customers need convincing, you can now share this scientific proof with them that reading to their children is beneficial.

Some of the benefits are obvious. Kids who are read to frequently from a young age often have better language skills, for instance. But reading together may also help your kid develop logic skills, emotional recognition, and even higher math abilities. Basically? There is no downside to reading with your child.

1. They develop a richer vocabulary
Books can introduce your kids to words that they may not otherwise encounter. "In books, newspapers, and magazines, the language is more complicated, more sophisticated," educator Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, told Huffington Post. "A child who hears more sophisticated words has a giant advantage over a child who hasn't heard those words." Even a children's book probably includes some rich language that you normally wouldn't use in everyday speech.
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The best cities in the world for people who love to read - Part 2
Last week I ran the story about Sydney ranking as the 7th best city for people who love to read and commented that whoever had compiled the list had obviously not included Melbourne in the calculations. In response I received a lovely email from Michael at Lamdha Books who related a conversation he'd had with a Melbourne book dealer who once described a secondhand book as being in "Sydney condition". When he asked what that was, the dealer said "Unread."  Michael did include the line that "Sydney people, incidentally, find this very funny"!

Thanks Michael. 
Favourite bookish item of the week: the knitted book sleeve

A free knitting pattern for a bookish drink sleeve to wrap around your sweet tea in warm weather and your latte in cool weather. Send out your bat signal and let the world know what a big nerd for words you really are! 

WORD nerd drink sleeve free knitting pattern

You must solve a puzzle to turn every page in this beautiful wooden book

The only downside to finding a really good book to read is that it will be over before you want it to be. But that won’t be the case with puzzle designer Brady Whitney’s Codex Silenda. Even though the wooden book only has five pages, you’ll need to solve a complex mechanical puzzle on each one before you can turn to the next.

Made entirely of laser-cut wood, the Codex Silenda is half book and half mind-boggling challenge. Within its pages is a short story about an apprentice in Leonardo Da Vinci’s workshop who stumbles across a similar tome, except the version they find is actually a trap created by the artist that you’ll need to help them solve in order to escape. But don’t worry, the only thing truly at risk is your own sanity as you work through the Codex’s five unique puzzles.
10 book and publishing podcasts

Those of you who have been reading the enews for awhile may have worked out that I have a bit of a thing for podcasts. Its great to catch up on book reviews, author interviews and find out about new releases while you are doing the ironing or stuck in traffic or swimming endless laps.

So here's another list of recommendations from The Bookseller to get you through the household chores like - 

The Vintage Podcast
Hosted by journalist Alex Clark, the Vintage Podcast features writers from across the Penguin Random House division’s output. A fairly formal podcast – the episodes could easily fit on to BBC Radio 4 – this is one for those who enjoy literary fiction, and it also features some great behind-the-scenes insights – a recent episode saw author Julian Barnes and his cover designer Suzanne Dean talking about their relationship and work together.
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Customer service in the age of social media

Part of the deal with running active social accounts is that people – your customers – are going to use these channels to ask questions, make suggestions, review your products and services, and complain.

It’s not all sweetness and light, either. Some people get very pissed off with bad service and they will let you and the rest of the world know about it.

Things go wrong in 99% of businesses and you have to be there to placate and make things right. Being there now usually means engaging with someone, at least initially, on the very public forums provided by social channels such as Facebook and Twitter.

Here’s five pitfalls to watch out for.

1. Don't engage in public slinging matches
Depending on the nature of the complaint or query, you might be better served suggesting that the conversation take place either by phone or email. 

There’s no harm in resolving something quickly and politely via social media if you think that’s possible, as this shows your organisation’s willingness to engage, listen and act.

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What questions should you be asking your accountant

Once you’ve found the right accountant it’s time to put them to work. From finding out about your cash flow to managing your debt ratio and investments, a trained professional accountant should be your trusted advisor, so what should you be asking them?

Once you’ve found the right accountant it’s time to put them to work. From finding out about your cash flow to managing your debt ratio and investments, a trained professional accountant should be your trusted advisor, so what should you be asking them?

Don’t make any financial missteps or potential blunders, don’t miss out on opportunities and new tax saving opportunities. Investing in a good accountant means you shouldn’t miss red flags and you should get the best advice for your business and bottom line.

So find out what to ask and when.

#1. When should I get in touch and how? – Communication is the cornerstone of creating a healthy relationship with your accountant. From the beginning, you need to establish a framework that outlines how you will communicate (Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, email, phone) and how often (weekly, monthly, quarterly).

#2. How can you help me with my taxes and how should I prepare? – Tax help is one of the biggest reasons why small businesses hire an accountant in the first place. Find out what credits and deductions to claim, and how to maximise asset write-offs. So you’re not flustered next June, get your accountant to help you gather all the right documents and data throughout the year.
#3. Can you help me weigh up financial decisions? – From cash flow and investments to debt ratios, you want your accountant to give you their two cents worth on the financial ramifications of the decisions you are considering making.

#4. How can I scale or grow my business? – Your accountant can help you hone in on areas of growth and identify spots that will accelerate your business’ development. On the flip side they can also help you scope out what’s holding you back and where to focus your efforts on improvements.

#5. How can you help me with my cash flow? – An oldie but a goodie. Ask your account to help you create a cash flow model so you can better respond to shortfalls and manage your receivables and accounts payable.

The Awards Cabinet
This week's favourite award sponsor - Golden Beer.

National Biography Award 

Mannix by Brenda Niall has won the 2016 National Biography Award

This is an annual award for a published work of biographical or autobiographical writing aiming to promote public interest in these genres. 

The Alice Literary Award

The Society of Women Writers have awarded historian and author Clare Wright the biennial Alice Literary Award for ‘distinguished and long-term contribution to literature by an Australian woman’.

Voss Literary Prize 2016 Longlist
The winners of this year’s Territory Read Awards and Northern Territory Literary Awards have been announced, with two authors taking out the top prize in the Chief Minister’s Book of the Year award for the first time.
  • The Blessing (Adrian Caesar, Australian Scholarly Publishing)
  • Coming Rain (Stephen Daisley, Text)
  • The Life of Houses (Lisa Gorton, Giramondo)
  • A Guide to Berlin (Gail Jones, Vintage)
  • Leap (Myfanwy Jones, A&U)
  • The World Without Us (Mireille Juchau, Bloomsbury)
  • The Waiting Room (Leah Kaminsky, Vintage)
  • The Wonder Lover (Malcolm Knox, A&U)
  • Skin (Ilka Tampke, Text)
  • The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte Wood, A&U)
The Voss Literary Prize is a new award dedicated to the memory of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss (1930-1963), an historian and lover of literature from Emu Park in Central Queensland who studied History and Latin at the University of Sydney and modern languages at the University of Rome. His will stipulated that a literary award be established to reward the best novel from the previous year. The executors of the estate have appointed the Australian University Heads of English, the peak body for the study of English at Australian Universities, to oversee and judge the award. The award for the best novel from 2014 will be announced on November 24, 2015 at the annual meeting of the AUHE.
2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

“Simply stunning, with gold-standard production values,” say the judges of the winner of this year’s Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award in the prestigious New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. ANZAC Heroes is also the winner of the Elsie Locke Award for the Best Book in the Non-Fiction category. 
Maria Gill’s book ANZAC Heroes, illustrated by Marco Ivancic and published by Scholastic New Zealand, is a collaboration between writer and illustrator at its best. From nurse and pilot to soldier and spy, this book offers a beautifully arranged cast of ANZAC heroes from World War I and World War 2, and includes lifelike illustrations with maps, a medal room, fact boxes, index and a glossary. Each hero has a personal story and timeline.

For all the other winners: 
2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Adults
Wainwright Golden Beer Award
The 2016 winner is The Outrun by Amy Liptrot.

The Wainwright Prize is awarded to the work which best reflects Wainwright’s core values of great british writing and culture and a celebration of the outdoors.
Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016 Shortlist
Celebrating "outstanding popular science books from around the world and is open to authors of science books written for a non-specialist audience."
This year's shortlisted titles are:
  • The Most Perfect Thing by Tim Birkhead 

  • The Hunt for Vulcan by Thomas Levenson 

  • Cure by Jo Marchant 

  • The Planet Remade by Oliver Morton 

  • The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee 

  • The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
An Olympic Bookathlon anyone?
Robert Gray writing for Shelf Awareness

In the spirit of the Olympics and their long, if occasionally stumbling-at-the-starting-line, history, I thought I'd officially propose adding a Bookathlon competition for booksellers to the 2020 Tokyo Games, with the following events:
Weightlifting (stacks of books)

Precision Shelving (timed event)

High Jump (for books on top shelves)

Staircase Sprint (with an armload of books)

Sales Floor Speedwalking (dodging customer hurdles)
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