The closure of Australia’s most iconic and prolific bookselling chain, Angus & Robertson, reduced access to bricks-and-mortar bookstores for many readers. This paper examines the attempted importation of supermarket retail strategies into the relationship between the A&R group and publishers. The Tower Books affair began as a demand to publishers from the retailer for up-front fees for their product to be stocked. This caused a public controversy which counterposed commercial power with 'soft' cultural power.
Postgraduate Student, Arts and Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Associate Professor, Arts and Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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