Booktopia turns 12 today. Nearly a teenager! To celebrate, we open the photo album and take a look at the early years, right up to today!
Our very first website! A screenshot from the 7th of February 2004, the day that we sold our very first book!
The green has arrived! The website at 6 months old.
Fun Fact: The photo of the fern in the top right was taken by Booktopia’s CEO and co-founder Tony Nash, on the day he came up with the name Booktopia!
Three years later, and by March of 2007 we had a new and improved website and had moved into our very first warehouse space, wondering how on earth we were ever going to fill it!
August 2008 and we were very excited about Michael Robotham (you know, before he started beating J.K. Rowling in international prizes and all that), and riding the Eat, Pray, Love express. Ah, the memories…
By 2012 we had not only filled our warehouse, but outgrown it, and were looking for more space for all our beautiful books!
And, tada, we started selling DVDs. As you can see, we were pretty excited about it. But what happened next was even more exciting…
Look at that pretty new website! That’s right, the website you see today, pictured here in 2013.
Just a few months earlier we’d moved into a 10,000 square metre HQ and taken out Best Online Bookstore at the 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards, and were voted Australia’s Favourite Bookstore by readers. 2013 was a big year!
And here we are today. 12 years to the day after starting on a $10 a day budget, and 4374 days after selling our first book.
Still Australian, still independent, still here for Australian readers!
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About the Contributor
Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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