Therese Appleby sees an end of a chapter at Collins Booksellers in Kawana Shoppingworld.
Therese Appleby sees an end of a chapter at Collins Booksellers in Kawana Shoppingworld. John Mccutcheon

The internet killed the local book store

THE owners of a Kawana bookstore which will close down in three weeks are imploring residents to buy local and support their community.

Collins Booksellers at Kawana Shoppingworld will close because it can no longer compete with big department stores and internet retailers.

Therese Appleby and her family bought the business three years ago and have seen it dwindle from 15 staff to no longer being viable.

Ms Appleby said businesses such as hers could not compete with big retailers, who can offer heavy discounts due to bulk buying power, and large online stores, such as Amazon.

She said while buyers could often buy books cheaper elsewhere, there was a bigger picture and local jobs were at stake.

Ms Appleby said she had become increasingly frustrated with people asking for information before turning around and saying they planned to use it to purchase elsewhere.

"I had one man come in and ask for a printout of a list of all of Lee Child's books," she said.

"I said I could order them in for him and he said 'no, I'm not buying off you, you're too dear'.

"Yesterday I had someone come in and ask for a book, I handed it to him. He told me he had already purchased it online, he just wanted to read the first page."

Ms Appleby said that as local retailers dwindled, the expertise of their staff would go with it. She said buyers should also consider that money spent in locally owned businesses would also be spent within the local community.

Ms Appleby predicted that book retailers would survive, specifically small independent and discount outlets.

Duporth Book and Record Exchange owner David Howard said his store had survived for 22 years simply because it had built up a strong, loyal clientele.

Mr Howard and his wife Diane established the second-hand store in Ocean St, Maroochydore, in 1991 and have been there ever since.

"We just built up the business," he said.

"It's all about how you treat people."



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