Stocking self-published and small press books at Readings

At Readings, we consider supporting small publishers and self-published authors to be an important responsibility, and we offer the opportunity for titles to be left on a consignment basis at our shops.

What does consignment mean?

Selling titles on a consignment basis means that authors leave books with us for an agreed period and we put the stock on our shelves to sell on their behalf. At the end of the agreed period, we pay the authors for any copies that we sell, and we return any unsold stock to them.

Is your self-published or small press title right for Readings?

Staff at each of our shops curate a selection of books kept under the above terms, with attention to the specific customer base in each location. We also take into account subject matter, author profile, market trends, planned publicity, and book design. Please be aware that we are offered many, many more titles than we are able to stock. We only take around 5-10% of the books offered to us, so don’t be disheartened if we decide not to stock your book.

Please note, we do not accept any unsolicited stock.

How do I contact a specific Readings shop?

Before approaching one of our shops with your book, please consider which one is the best fit. For example, perhaps it’s your local shop, and you’ll send prospective buyers our way? Then, get in touch with the shop as outlined below.

Carlton: Email buyer Julia Jackson (Please note that Readings Carlton only considers consignment requests between 1 March and 30 September, and does not stock any children’s titles on consignment.)

Readings Kids: Email buyer Tye Cattanach (Please note that Readings Kids only accepts submissions twice a year, in February and July.)

Hawthorn: Email buyer Danielle Mirabella for adult titles and buyer Alexa Dretzke for children’s titles (Please note that Readings Hawthorn only considers consignment requests between 1 March and 30 September.)

Malvern: Email buyer Bernard Vella (Please note that Readings Malvern only considers consignment requests between 1 March and 30 September.)

St Kilda: Email buyer Kim Gruschow (Please note that Readings St Kilda only considers consignment requests between 1 March and 30 September.)

State Library: Email buyer Claire Atherfold (Please note that Readings State Library only considers consignment requests between 1 March and 30 September.)

Doncaster: Email buyer Kate McIntosh (Please note that Readings Doncaster only considers consignment requests between 1 March and 30 September.)