Book Industry Advocate Aotearoa New Zealand Booksellers is celebrating its 100th anniversary today.
First annual conference of the Association of Booksellers, 1921
At a time when things have been extremely difficult for any business, the book industry has seen positive spinoffs. The demand for books has increased and there has been a growth in bookstores across the country, with new stores in Wellington, Timaru and Wanaka.
“We are delighted to celebrate our centennial and are very proud of all of our members and our accomplishments,” said CEO Dan Slevin. “The centenary was an opportunity to reflect on the past and look to the future. Bookstores Aotearoa New Zealand is focused on the changing world of books and is committed to ensuring the continued success of book sales in New Zealand. ‘
Over the past 100 years, booksellers have undergone many changes and the association has adapted over the years. The original version of the association 100 years ago was incredibly conservative and restrictive. It was about keeping people out of the business to preserve sales from existing booksellers rather than inviting people into the industry.
Today, Aotearoa New Zealand booksellers see themselves as having a much broader mandate in terms of the sector as a whole. “We are constantly evolving, trying to find ways to support our members. As many of our members are small and under-resourced, we are working to create new products or services that will either attract customers to them or support their business in some way. ‘
“We are increasingly seeing that even our small freelancers are doing a lot more of their business online, so one of our main goals for this year has been to find ways to support their digital efforts.”
“We are committed to a vision for the next 100 years and we are committed to supporting members and increasing book sales across all channels. We want everyone to sell more books and we stand up for members in any way we can. We have strengthened collaboration across the sector, including working closely with other international bookstore associations. So there was a lot of advice and help from all of us.
Aotearoa New Zealand booksellers are ambitiously and imaginatively thinking about what the work of a trade association like theirs will look like in the 21st century and how they can continue to evolve and remain relevant. They continue to focus on the need to develop the market and the number of their members.
“100 years marks a milestone for us in the industry. We are very proud to look back on our accomplishments and the people we have helped over the years. We are proud to be a part of the book industry and would like to thank everyone who has helped us achieve 100 years of success. ‘
About Aotearoa New Zealand booksellers:
Founded in 1921, Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand is the association of booksellers in New Zealand. A national non-profit trade organization, Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand strives to help independent bookstores and chain bookstores grow and succeed. They provide education, information, business products and services; create relevant programs; and engage in public policy and industry advocacy.
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