Booktopia

Announced today that Booktopia is entering administration.

Booktopia had taken over smaller booksellers - an example here

I began to see problems from March when books and jigsaws in my Booktopia order that were supposed to be 7-10-35 days were still outstanding months later. They were usually very good at delivering on time, but I now have 3 orders with outstanding items now way overdue.

Booktopia was good for difficult to get and specialist items, text books and overseas books. Although I now doubt I will see the books & jigsaws I have ordered. I hope they survive. I don’t know if there is another on-line bookshop of similar size, range and reputation.

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Thats a shame… its probably the Amazon effect, which has seen most B&M stores close, too. I still patronise a local independent if I want hard copies (which is rare these days) or to buy for friends. MacLeans is my go-to for browsing.

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I have been avoiding buying from Amazon for several years now - pretty much ever since I stopped using a Kindle. I’ve used Booktopia for ebooks whenever they have the ebook I want, rather than buying from Amazon or directly from Kobo.

Booktopia has nearly always had these items at the same price as Amazon, too.

I hope they can be rescued, but that doesn’t usually happen once a business goes into administration. :worried:

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We do to and they provide many things which an online bookstore can’t offer. Our local one we use is Petrarchs.

Online bookstores are only good if you know exactly what you are after. They are hard to browse or find the perfect book when one is looking form something, but not sure exactly what. Going to a book store it is easy to browse the shelves, open books, read some of the content and quickly determine what books may be of interest.

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On that note, I use Fantastic Fiction as one browseable source of book information. A salesperson in Dymocks pointed that site out to me years ago when I was looking for books for then-teenage son.

They seem to have an association with Amazon - or at least, their links to buy the books or to read a preview always go to Amazon (I’ve just been going to Booktopia once I find something I like the look of), but they do claim to be independent:

Fantastic Fiction is privately owned and operates independently of any author, publisher or bookshop.

GoodReads is another source of book inspiration:

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I had a huge order ready for Booktopia, but will be holding off for now. I still have a few items outstanding from a previous order, that are due for delivery this month, so fingers still firmly crossed as they are coming from Europe.

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Let us know how you get on, since Booktopia’s demise is recent.

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Thanks for sharing that

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And here. One book outstanding on a larger order. Not optimistic but …

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I always used the Book Depository in Ireland to purchase music books etc . After Amazon took them over they were shut down . The Book Depository would often source books from Booktopia . I often wondered if Amazon had an interest or part ownership of them as well .

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I too am waiting for two of the three books I’ve ordered with no response to my queries about them before the news hit. I doubt that I will receive them.

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I too avoid amazon. While I was in the US I often bought from barnes and noble, who for many years - I’m not sure if it’s still the case - was the 2nd biggest bookseller after amazon and nearly always a few $ more expensive. My logic was that if I and others pay that small extra cost, then BN will stay in business and that will stop amazon raising prices in the absence of competition.

Price rises by amazon were clear to me when it took over bookdepository.com and the latter’s prices increased. Smart folk at amazon, for some time they did not broadcast their takeover. In time they closed it down.

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They close everything they take over, eventually. I had a favourite epub reader on my iphone some years ago, it was caled Stanza. It was perfect for my use, just reading for enjoyment. They bought it out and briefly employed the coders. Then, they dumped all… Stanza and the coders, leaving those of us that loved it without a suitable replacement.

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Hi Pamela, Perhaps the info at the link hereunder can assist you

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Thank you. I’ll contact my bank to find out.

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I’m also waiting on some books that I ordered in June. I’m hopeful at least one will arrive (it’s due next week) but I’m not sure about the other one. It’s a shame that it’s come to this as, like others, I found they were a good source of hard to find books.

I have just over $400 in outstanding orders over 5 months, including texts, jigsaws, puzzles, interesting books. I am hoping I will see some. I had ordered good quality jigsaws to donate to the local Library.

I feel sorry for the students who ordered texts for this coming semester. It will be a quandary as to whether to wait, or try through another source. Hoping for some news soon.

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Contact the administrator. It’s in Administration, not closed down. Supply of orders will be up to the administrator.

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Many thanks.

It looks like orders won’t be fulfilled. Details can be found here. Booktopia Group | Creditors | McGrathNicol

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