Newsagents, Stationary and Books
Book retailing covers fiction and non-fiction books - including audio books, educational texts and children's books. Stationery retailing includes pens and paper; art supplies, greeting cards; envelopes; business forms - and equipment such as rulers, erasers, scissors, highlighters and sticky notes. Newsagents sell newspapers, periodicals and hobby magazines.
About 2,300 South Australians are employed in the sector - although more than half the bookstores, stationers and newsagencies have fewer than 20 employees.
Outlets in this sector can be very small, selling only one of these ranges; larger, with a mixture; or 'superstores' with a broad selection. Bookstores, stationers and newsagents compete with department stores and websites selling books; supermarkets and post offices selling stationery - and newspapers or magazines are found almost anywhere!
In response, some stores now stock technology products as well as gifts and packaging and offer copying, printing and other services. Major booksellers also now sell on-line, while stationers and newsagents have formed large buying groups of up to a thousand members.
Australians spend almost $8 billion a year on books, newspapers, magazines and stationery in 9,500 businesses.