Every year at the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) gala dinner, booksellers from all across Australia come together in their glitziest attire to sip cocktails and celebrate the achievements of their hardworking peers. The ABA Bookseller awards recognise booksellers for their exceptional performance at the bookshops they work, as well as their contribution to the book industry and the local and wider community.

Feeling guilty for buying yet another new book?

Toss those feelings aside because here are the reasons why shopping at your favourite bookshop is for the greater good. 

1. You Keep Dollars in the Community

When you shop at your local bookshop, the money you spend stays in the community, benefiting other local businesses, schools and hospitals.

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There were balloons and cupcakes galore as the book industry came together on Sunday for the official launch of Love Your Bookshop Day 2017.