Booktopiaby Mel Feb 13, 2021 | 0 Votes | 72 Bought | 0 Reviews - rate Selling over 2 million books a year, Booktopia is Australia’s number one online bookstore and is currently Australia's Favourite Bookstore as voted by the Australian public. Also into the publishing and book distribution business, Booktopia has put key focus on promoting Australian authors and titles. Buy Now Similar Brands Bought
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Selling over 2 million books a year, Booktopia is Australia’s number one online bookstore and is currently Australia's Favourite Bookstore as voted by the Australian public. Also into the publishing and book distribution business, Booktopia has put key focus on promoting Australian authors and titles.
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The popularity of national chain bookstores in the 1990s followed by the rise of Amazon.com (which some may remember originally started out as an online bookseller) in the aughts resulted in the quick demise of independent brick-and-mortar bookstores. After the widespread availability of eBooks and online selling quickly became the primary method of buying books, however, independent bookstores experienced a resurgence, particularly with those who started missing the thoughtful curation of titles as well as the cosy, physical intimacy of browsing, flipping pages, and simply enjoying the hallowed atmosphere of reading in an environment with like-minded people.
But then black swan-like events like the Covid-19 pandemic happened, and bookstores are now back to shifting operations into the complicated territory of online sales. And in cases like these, established bookstores like Booktopia, with the capacity to launch and sustain the logistics of an online platform yet retain its independent charm at the same time, tend to weather crises in the long haul.
This is mainly because Booktopia has been successful at maintaining its focus on a targeted, often very loyal, audience. A 100% Australian-owned and operated online-only retailer based in Sydney that sells Australia-wide (as well as on a lesser scale to New Zealand), Booktopia offers over 6 million physical, eBook, and DVD titles from their database which covers all popular subjects.
Today, Booktopia is the Number One online bookstore in Australia, beating out giants such as Amazon as well as traditional Australian bookstores like Angus & Robertson and Dymocks. It has garnered multiple awards and recognitions, including AFR/BRW's Fast 100 eight times, the only company to ever achieve this feat, and the 2018 NSW Telstra Business of the Year award and the Australian Telstra Business Award People's Choice Award.
Apart from its bookselling business with 100,000+ titles in-stock and ready to ship instantly, Booktopia also offers its Booktopia Publisher Services (BPS). This is a book distribution business where publishers appoint BPS to be its distributor for over 600 bookshops and businesses in Australia and New Zealand. Some of the publishers that have appointed BPS as its ANZ distributor are Sage, Corwin, Human Kinetics, Kogan Page, Rebel Girls, O'Reilly, New Harbinger, Oxford University Press, SPCK, Moody Publishers, Chelsea Green Publishing, Thieme and many others.
Meanwhile, Booktopia is also renowned for being robustly dynamic in its support of Australian titles and authors. Through its Booktopia Publishing division, Booktopia has acquired the rights to publish works from Australian and international authors though its Booktopia Editions imprint such as Patricia Cornwell, Joanne Harris, Jane Harper, Dr Howard Chilton, Tim Ash, Hanny Alston, Brian Smith, and Carly & Seb Moone.
And to add even further to its library of 6 million physical books, Booktopia recently launched a joint venture with Rakuten Kobo to provide eBook and downloadable audiobooks through the Booktopia/Rakuten Kobo app. The retailer previously only sold audiobooks as physical CD sets and did not have them available for digital download. But now, Through the Booktopia by Rakuten Kobo app, readers will have access to Kobo’s five million eBook and audiobook titles. Kobo’s eBooks, audiobooks and e-readers will also be sold via the Booktopia site.
To start finding out the Booktopia difference for yourself, simply go to Booktopia.com.au and sign up for an account. Then from the homepage, use their Search Bar to find what you’re looking for using keywords for Title, Author, or ISBN. You can also browse according to their main categories for Books, eBooks, Audiobooks, DVDs, Magazines, Stationery, and Gift Ideas. Under Books major sub-categories include Fiction, Non-fiction, Children, Australian Stories, Education, Uni Textbooks, Academic, and Bargains.
One of Booktopia’s more popular sections is their 25% Off Top 100 Bestsellers in which the store offers a wide range of the hottest selling titles from biographies and cookbooks to YA fiction and Booker Prize winners all at 25% off regular price. Snap up your favourites fast, though, as the list changes each and every week.
Another website page to check out is Booktopia Exclusives which has a great selection of Signed Book Copies from mostly top Australian authors, Limited Editions, Prizes & Giveaways, and Current Promotions & Competitions for such things as book signing event invitations, gift cards, vouchers, and more.
Loyal customers and fans of the store can make the whole Booktopia experience even more holistic by visiting their dedicated Booktopia Blog, a newsletter for subscribers with links to their Facebook, Twitter, Google, and YouTube pages featuring exclusive author interviews, reviews on upcoming titles, and competition results.
When ordering on Booktopia.com.au, they accept the following payment methods: Visa, Mastercard and American Express Credit and Debit Cards; Visa Checkout (available only with a Visa Checkout Account); PayPal, Afterpay (eligible for purchase orders totaling at least AUD $80 worth of products from their website, excluding Gift Certificates); and Bank Transfer/Cheque/Money Order (by selecting “Other Payment Methods” on the final page of checkout after which you will be guided through the process on-screen).
As for shipping, Booktopia charges a flat-rate of AUD $7.95 per order to be sent to any Australian delivery address, or $9.95 for any New Zealand delivery address, for as many items as you'd like to order. All shipments will have full tracking available. Even if you are overseas but delivering to an Australian address, the charge will still only be AUD $7.95, making it a great way to send gifts to loved ones back in Australia when you’re stuck abroad.
Express Shipping for $14.95 per order is also available for orders that contain “In Stock” items only, to be delivered to an Australian address.
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With great customer service, over 6 million titles in combined physical, eBook, and audiobook formats, and the most extensive offering of local Australian authored and published titles; it’s no wonder why the multi-awarded Booktopia is Australia’s number one online bookstore. If you’re in Australia and you’re looking for the best place for books shipped quickly and domestically to you, there’s no need to shop anywhere else but Booktopia.