Benefits of Membership

Whether you are an established bookseller or a newcomer to the book industry, becoming a member of Booksellers NZ can help you run your business more effectively, provide money and time-saving deals, keep you informed and connected to peers, and represent your interests to the book trade and wider retail community.  Below are some key benefits of belonging to Booksellers NZ:

Find your nearest bookshop

Use our handy map to find out where you can buy and redeem Booksellers Book Tokens. 

Blue flags indicate shops that both sell and redeem Booksellers Tokens and red flags indicate shops that redeem only.

Biography: Gil McGahey and His Life in Publishing, by his daughter Kate McFlinn

Gil McGahey came to New Zealand as a young man from Belfast, Ireland. 
His life in publishing began when Whitcombe and Tombs employed him to sell books around New Zealand. 
From there, he became Managing Director for Pitman Publishing and grew a successful business in the New Zealand tertiary sector. 
Gil went on to buy his own publishing company, Price Milburn – a children’s educational publisher that produced the famous PM Readers. 


Join Booksellers NZ now to gain access to many different membership products and services that will save you money, keep you informed about industry news and developments, and enable you to run your bookstore more effectively and efficiently. Download our membership booklet now
Booksellers NZ represents over 70% of New Zealand's booksellers, including independents and chain stores. We are the manager of Booksellers Tokens, the most prominent book voucher in New Zealand. We also administer the new Booksellers NZ Gift Card, a convenient electronic option that can be stocked alongside the paper tokens. 
Key Membership Benefits
The benefits of our membership touch every aspect of running your bookselling business.
Our main services include:
  • Sell and Redeem Booksellers Tokens
  • Sell and Redeem Booksellers NZ electronic Gift Card.
  • Subscription to the weekly industry e-newsletter The Read, including the Nielsen Bestsellers charts and the Indie Top 20
  • Preview of Reviews: An advance list of the books reviewed in the papers and on radio. 
  • Participate in the annual conference and networking opportunities.
  • Advocacy on key issues affecting the industry to government, agencies and other book industry bodies.
  • Expert advice and information in a multitude of areas, from book prize winners to price marking legislation. 
  • Unlimited use of IndieBound marketing materials.
  • Opportunity to sell Kobo ebooks through your website and sell Kobo devices
  • Reduced rate for membership of  the NZ Retailers Association
  • Purchase merchandising bags at competitive prices
  • Money saving affinity deals with Westpac (including EFTPOS machines), Courier Post, Z Energy, Crombie Lockwood Insurance and Southern Cross Healthcare.   
  • Marketing opportunities and support to help drive sales – Book Awards, Children’s and Young Adults Book Awards, VERB formerly known as NZ Book Month, Indiebound Marketing toolkit, Christmas Catalogue, advance notice of The NZ Listener Top 100 and Kids Top 50 books.
Our members are booksellers, publishers, and industry friends. We are focussed on the changing world of bookselling and publishing. Join us.  

Bookstores benefits and fees

All New Zealand bookshops are welcome to join Booksellers NZ, the book trade's industry association.

Read our membership benefits.

Our current members range from major retail chains to small independent bookshops and encompass campus, second-hand and online retailers.

Top Token Booksellers

Eight bookstores are top sellers of Booksellers Tokens in this country, four independent book stores: University Bookshop Otago, University Bookshop Auckland, Books A Plenty and Page and Blackmore. Four are from the PaperPlus group: PaperPlus Merivale, Take Note Pukekohe, PaperPlus Coastlands and PaperPlus Masterton.

What makes them so successful?
There’s no magic bullet,” says Books A Plenty’s Warren Baskett.