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Image credit: My Little Bookshop, Rockingham WA

Buying and Margin


Achieve extra discount with all major book suppliers. Leading Edge negotiates the best deals on titles that are perfectly suited to independent bookshops. 

New releases and a range of bestselling backlist titles are available to order through our online ordering system with most offers also available when ordering direct. Improve your overall margin and take advantage of even better discounts for volume orders.

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Benefit from our marketing program and professional support.


Catalogues - Autumn, Spring, Summer and a specialised Children's Catalogue - featuring all the best new releases. Stores also receive full point of sale kits, including posters and shelftalkers to bring the campaign to life in store.

Monthly newsletters and Gift Guides are also provided in both printable and digital versions. A digital marketing platform containing ready-to-use email templates is available to members to send email campaigns to their customers. Use the available template or create your own emails using the easy editor.

Central Billing
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Access overseas wholesalers, gift, game and stationery suppliers via a centrally billed Leading Edge account. This means you pay only one account regardless of how many suppliers you deal with, reducing the administrative burden of dealing with multiple suppliers and extending your payments.

The Leading Edge payment portal allows you to manage your account online and in real-time - view statements, make payments or query invoices. Features a complete set of reporting options and the ability to export records to popular accounting packages.

Online Services
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Leading Edge can help bring your online presence to life with an e-commerce website that can deliver extra revenue to your business. With various optional services, our e-commerce specialists work with members to create engaging websites, a great user experience, provide analytics and search engine optimisation. Our e-commerce services also include training and one-on-one support to help you to sell online.

Cost-saving Benefits



Leading Edge has negotiated some of the best rates on popular business services, plus Members can access hundreds of discounts via ELLE - our Member advantage program. 

Some of the most popular benefits include:

  • Discounted merchant fees

  • Freight rates - domestic and international

  • Business and Health insurance

  • Savings on travel and hotel bookings

  • Motor vehicle corporate offers

  • Discounted rates for foreign exchange

  • plus discounts and cashback from hundreds of outlets, including Woolworths and Coles.



Join a community of like-minded independent retailers. Through our dedicated communication channels you can access the latest industry information, product updates and supplier offers. You can even use the collective knowledge of booksellers across the country and use our Noticeboard for instant contact and feedback from other members of Leading Edge.

Group Events


Our Member events are designed to inspire, motivate, educate, build relationships and share real-life successes.


Leading Edge runs virtual events, town halls and conferences. Discover upcoming titles and new products, develop skills through training and best-practice sessions and network with other independent retailers.

The state roadshows held each year are free of charge to members of Leading Edge. Hear from the publishers on the best new Christmas releases perfect for independents, helping you make purchasing decisions for this most important trading period.

National Retail Association


Leading Edge has partnered with the National Retail Association, the retail body that provides an equitable voice to retailers across Australia, large and small. 


Leading Edge membership includes membership to the National Retail Association, valued at $550 per year. Access a full suite of practical services including employment, industrial relations and HR advice, retail training and courses, industry advocacy and more.

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