Angus & Robertson Bookstores – in voluntary administration

February 22nd, 2011

A lot of surprise has been expressed about the demise of A & R bookstores and by association, Australian Borders bookshops (also owned by REDgroup retail).  Voluntary administration is the slippery slope to bankruptcy. I’m actually surprised they didn’t go broke a few years ago – to me that’s the astonishing part.   And I was mourning […]

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New book available soon – ‘Life as an Australian Horseman’

October 11th, 2009

The soon-to-be-released sequel to the best-seller ‘A Million Acre Masterpiece’ is called ‘Life as an Australian Horseman’. These two authentic Australian coffee-table style books are designed to complement one another. The second does not include the 8 page glossary, in order to leave more room for photographs, and many of the captions are a bit […]

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Dymocks – ‘Supporting Australian Authors’ (not)

August 26th, 2009

I’ve just had a good laugh this morning, on reading the annual Dymocks Book franchise Father’s Day catalogue. Books by a number of authors in this year’s catalogue appear with a little green & gold book symbol with the words ‘Supporting Australian Authors’. Well I’ve sold thousands of books, and as at today’s count the […]

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The survival of Australian books written & illustrated by Australians

June 3rd, 2009

The Australian Productivity Commission has been asked to review the 1968 copyright act which restricts the parallel importation of books, with a view to ditching this restriction. This would have a severely detrimental effect on the Australian publishing industry – resulting in thousands of poor quality, irrelevant importations being dumped here and a huge drop […]

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Angus & Robertson Book Retailers, and REDgroup Retail

May 27th, 2009

The book selling business that became Angus & Robertson was started in Sydney by Scotsman David Mackenzie Angus, in 1884. A & R published many famous writers and poets that have greatly enriched Australian cultural heritage, including Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson. Unfortunately A & R publishing no longer exists. Angus & Robertson has been […]

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