The Independent Booksellers Network (IBN) has awarded $48,000 to support the work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Formerly the Independent Booksellers Victoria, the IBN has closed its offices, along with its Charitable Trust and decided to award all funds to the national book industry charity. Ian Horton, Farrells Bookshop, Mornington said:
"We felt that we wanted to do something useful for the community with the money we had in our account, and under the terms of our charter and the Trust Deed, any surplus funds upon winding up are to be donated to a suitable entity associated with the development and promotion of literacy and reading".
Chris Harrington, Books in Print, Malvern, said that the significant donation was made possible through the collective efforts of many dedicated independent booksellers over many years. "Some of these booksellers are no longer wiht us or have retired from the industry, as well as many who continue to actively serve the community".
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation wishes to acknowledge and thank the bookshops involved in the Independent Book Network including:
• Antipodes Sorrento •Ballarat Books • Beaumaris Books • Black Mask Bookshop
• Books in Print Malvern •Cosmos Books & Music St Kilda • Devonport Bookshop Tasmania
• Farrells Bookshop Mornington • Sandy Bay Bookshop Hobart • Thesaurus Bookshop Brighton
• The Little Bookroom Melbourne • Jeffreys Bookshop Malvern • Lorne Beach Books
• Lygon Books Carlton • Mary Ryan Brisbane •Metropolis Bookshop St Kilda • Pages Bookshop Kew
• Readings Bookshop • Robinsons Bookshop Frankston • Sunflower Bookshop • Wyndham Books Werribee
• Emerald Hill Bookshop South Melbourne