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Future Bookselling: More Like Yesterday than Today

Kev Guy.

Throughout history reading technologies share a number of common aspects; they have evolved over time; they have challenged the existing dominant culture; they have been met with resistance; they have improved the immediacy of information and they have contributed to humanity's greater knowledge of ideas.

Over the past 500 years the role of the bookseller has declined from the all-purpose stationer to one of retailing books and associated stock. To succeed in a new knowledge economy independent booksellers must adopt new technologies and reinvigorate old roles and traditions through new business models.


Kev Guy  (Australia)
Co-owner, Avid Reader Bookshop

Better Bookshops of Brisbane Australian Bookseller's Association

At the age of eight Kevin Guy was classified as a remedial reader. This had a major impact on his sense of identity. From then, he has grown to be a student editor of two university newspapers, an editor of a national environmental magazine and a social justice newspaper. In 1997 Kevin, with his partner Fiona Stager, established Avid Reader, an independent bookshop in West End, Brisbane, Australia. For over a decade Kevin has worked with Queensland's Indigenous peoples on land rights and native title mediation. He continues this work today along with postgraduate studies in Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

  • Creative Communities
  • Printing Traditions
  • Knowledge Economy
  • Independent Booksellers
  • Digital Technologies
  • Print on Demand

(30 min Conference Paper, English)