Why is it hard to find an Australian bookseller?
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A bookseller in Sydney’s inner-west says he’s not sure if he will ever return to his job.
Key points:A bookseller living in Melbourne’s inner west is not sure about the future of his job and is considering moving to BrisbaneA bookshop owner says he can’t find an English-speaking staff to work for him in MelbourneA book buyer says he has no intention of returning to his roleA book seller says he is unsure if he’ll ever return.
The bookseller lives in Melbourne in the inner-western suburbs.
He is currently on leave and will be in the Brisbane area for about two weeks to start a new job.
“I’ve been in the book business for over 30 years, I’m a loyal customer,” he said.
“But I think I’ve found a little bit of time to look at the future and see if I want to stay.”
The book seller said he could not find English- speaking staff to do the work for a couple of months at a time.
“We’ve got about 10 or 12 of us on the books and the rest are just doing it in our native languages, which is a bit strange,” he explained.
“It’s pretty frustrating.”
He said he was frustrated that he could find no English-language books available in the area.
“If I’m not able to do my job in English I’m going to be out of a job,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“So I’ve had no reason to leave and I just feel like I have to.”‘
There are no English speakers’In the meantime, he said he would be leaving bookshop customers frustrated.
“There are quite a few people who are quite frustrated that I can’t sell their books because they’re not English-speakers,” he lamented.
“The ones that have English books I think are probably the ones that I’m the most likely to sell.”
The author said he found the bookselling business difficult to work in.
“When I started, I had a very small staff and I would go into the shop and get the books in, pick them up, put them in the back of the van, put it on the shelf and leave.”
And then it’s just a very frustrating business.””
I guess it’s more of an industry that’s been in decline for a number of years.
“Mr Hogg said he is not averse to taking on new roles if it brings a better pay package.”
You know, the books are a bit of a luxury item.
If you’re a good enough bookseller and you get to the end of your contract, and you have a good reputation, and there are a lot of other things going on, then I would love to be able to take on another role.
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