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Leading Edge Books members, Kathryn Bancroft and Scott Whitmont, share their member experience

from our loyal members and suppliers

"BooksPlus has been an enthusiastic member of Leading Edge Books since it began in 1999. We feel that Leading Edge Books has given us a voice in the book industry and due recognition of the importance of independent bookstores.
It has helped create a vital community of booksellers and publishers working together. We appreciate the flexibility of the services it provides and how smaller bookstores are equally as important as larger ones within the group."

Kathryn Bancroft and Jenny Barry

BooksPlus, Bathurst

"Following our choice to become independent booksellers after the demise of the Redgroup it seemed logical to join the Leading Edge Group. That we are still in the business three years later is an indication of the wisdom of that decision.
The help, and friendship from other members and staff has been instrumental in keeping us feeling confident and focused in fairly trying times. Being part of a respected group and the financial benefits of our membership have been crucial to our business continuing."

Graeme Bowden

The Bookshop at Caloundra

"Leading Edge Books brings together a very valuable and eclectic part of the book industry – independent booksellers.
They provide a gateway for publishers to reach a huge group of passionate and committed hand sellers and working with them has helped launch incredibly talented writers like Hannah Kent and grow some of our biggest authors like Matthew Reilly and Andy Griffiths. The annual conference is a particular highlight and gives us the opportunity to showcase our authors and books each year, plus the chance to meet with and talk to an hugely diverse range of booksellers."

Jane Philips

Snr Key Account Manager, Pan Macmillan

"We are fortunate in Australia to have such a healthy book trade and our key independents play a really important part.
The Leading Edge Group is such a powerful collective of our Australian Independent Booksellers, they are a tight knit community who are constantly striving to innovate and improve our industry. They are the life blood."

Clare Meldrum

Key Account Manager, Allen & Unwin

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