Ryan, S. & Been, C. (2013). Bricks-and-mortar: Bookselling and supermarket philosophy. International Journal of the Book,10(2), 55-66. United States of America: Common Ground Publishing. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.acu.edu.au/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=hlh&AN=91761692&site=ehost-live
The closure of Australia's most iconic and prolific bookselling chain, Angus & Robertson, reduced access to bricks-and-mortar bookstores for many readers. This paper examines the attempted importation of supermarket retail strategies into the relationship between the A&R group and publishers. The Tower Books affair began as a demand to publishers from the retailer for up-front fees for their product to be stocked. This caused a public controversy which counterposed commercial power with 'soft' cultural power.
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