Meanland: The Evolution of the Bookshop
In partnership with Meanjin and Overland, we continue this series in 2011. With Amazon.com, ebooks and print-on-demand, are we seeing the end of the traditional bookstore? Are we facing a new generation of readers free from a nostalgic attachment to retail space, or are our expectations of literary consumers too simplistic?
Jo Case, Chris Flynn, Michael Webster, Corrie Perkin and Sally Heath discuss the complex relationships that occur between writers, publishers, online bookstores, local retailers and readers. They also consider the way in which blockbuster purchases affect nascent Australian writers.
Jo Case is the Program Manager at Melbourne Writers Festival. Before this, she was the Wheeler Centre’s senior writer/editor. Her first book, Boomer and Me: A memoir of motherhood, and Asperger’s is published by Hardie Grant in Australia and the UK.
Chris Flynn is author of the novels The Glass Kingdom and A Tiger in Eden.
Michael Webster is a senior lecturer in publishing at RMIT and principal consultant, Nielsen BookScan.
Corrie Perkin is a Melbourne journalist and bookseller. In 2009 she opened My Bookshop in Hawksburn Village.
Sally Heath is editor of Meanjin and a former Fairfax journalist.