Bricks-and-Mortar: Bookselling and Supermarket Philosophy

By Carly Been and Simon Ryan.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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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.

Keywords: Books, Retailing

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.55-66. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 232.804KB).

Carly Been

Postgraduate Student, Arts and Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Carly Been is a postgraduate student at the Australian Catholic University. She is currently completing a thesis concerning the recent history of the bookstore chain Angus & Robertson. She has extensive retail experience in the book industry.

Dr. Simon Ryan

Associate Professor, Arts and Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Associate Professor Simon Ryan lectures in Literature at the Australian Catholic University. I am the author of The Cartographic Eye: How Explorers Saw Australia.

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