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Spend your Bookstore Vouchers - Quick

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WITH popular Australian booksellers Angus and Robertson and Borders bookstores' parent company Redgroup Retail in receivership, it's time to spend your vouchers.

Both Borders and Angus and Robertson will continue trading as usual while administrators assess Redgroup Retail's financial status.

And with some underperforming stores expected to shut down as a consequence, it might be a good idea to get in quick.

Redgroup Retail cited an enormous drop in sales for its collapse; if recent news reports are any indication, the spending is shifting online.

And so, for those of us who take great delight in browsing books by turning the thick, glossy pages, breathing in their pristine perfume and sampling from similar subjects on the nearby shelves, it's the end of an era.

If you, like me, could squander hours in the aisles of a bookstore, I'd embrace the experience now.

If online shoppers have their way, the bookstore will become a relic from a bygone era. As will the physical presence of a book.

By Emma D'Agostino
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