12th Birthday Treat – Booktopia’s Website Through the Years

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!


2004

Our very first website! A screenshot from the 7th of February 2004, the day that we sold our very first book!

Our very first website! A screenshot from the 7th of February 2004. Why this date? Because on this very day Booktopia sold its very first book!


2004

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!

The green has arrived! The website after operated for around 6 months. 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!


2007

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!

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. We were very keen about our bestsellers, their covers...not so much.


2008

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…

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...


2012

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…

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...


2013

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!

Look at that pretty new website! That's right, the website you see today, pictured here in 2013. In this month we also moved into a 10,000 square metre HQ. We also won Best Online Bookstore at the 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards, and were voted Australia's Favourite Bookstore by readers. Big year!


2016

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!

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!


Love Australian books?

Visit Australia’s Local Bookstore, Booktopia, with over 100,000 titles in stock, ready to be shipped to your door.

The winner of a print signed by Philippa Nikulinsky is…

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To help celebrate January, our month of Australian Stories, we had a print signed by Philippa Nikulinsky, the author of Firewood Banksia, to give away.

All you had to do to win this beautiful print,  worth $220, was buy a copy of his beautiful book Firewood Banksia

…and the winner is:

R.Knight,Terang, VIC


Congratulations to the winner!
Not a winner? Don’t worry, we have plenty more prizes to giveaway! Check them out here.

 

The winner of our exclusive Bryce Courtenay signed First Edition pack!

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Recently we gave Bryce Courtenay fans the chance to win a First Edition pack signed by the late great author.

The pack included 9 limited edition bookmarks and a signed First Edition of his books Jessica, Sylvia and Fortune Cookie.

All you had to do to enter was buy a copy of The Silver Moon

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…and the winner is:

I.Stojkovski, Calamvale, QLD


Congratulations to the winner!
Not a winner? Don’t worry, we have plenty more prizes to giveaway! Check them out here.
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Are you a winner of 1 of 2 original artworks?

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We had 2 original artworks during December and January to giveaway. These pieces were created by Cheralyn Darcey and Sofan Chan. They themselves are the authors of Australian Wildflower Reading Cards and Buddhism Reading Cards, respectively.

All you had to do to enter was buy a Rockpool Reading Card Set. Check out if you are a winner below….

Artwork by Cheralyn Darcey 

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And the winner is…

M.Bartle, Werribee, VIC

Artwork by Sofan Chan

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And the winner is…

J.Walkden, South Hobart, TAS


Congratulations to the winners!
Not a winner? Don’t worry, we have plenty more prizes to giveaway! Check them out here.
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Two big prize announcements from Booktopia’s Summer of Cricket!

Cricket_ball_on_grassWe don’t like cricket.

No.

We love it.

And it seems plenty of Booktopians do as well. We had a huge response to a couple of big competitions we’ve been running to celebrate the summer of cricket.

A beautiful limited edition of Adam Gilchrist’s memoir and a brand spanking new Kaboom cricket bat signed by Australia’s master blaster David Warner! But the big question is, are you a winner?


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We had a signed leatherbound limited edition of  Adam Gilchrist: The Man. The Cricketer. The Legend. in celebration of the 17 centuries Adam made at test level, to give away. All you had to do to enter was order a copy of Adam Gilchrist: The Man. The Cricketer. The Legend.

And the lucky winner is…

A.Hinze, Buderim, QLD


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We had a Gray-Nicolls bat signed by David Warner, to give away. Worth $249.99!  All you had to do to enter was order a book from The Kaboom Kid series.

And the lucky winner is…

J.Davidson, Quinns Rocks, WA


Congratulations to the winners!
Not a winner? Don’t worry, we have plenty more prizes to giveaway! Check them out here.
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Did you buy a book from our Holiday Haven Collection? You might have won a book pack worth $415!

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During December and January we threw some of our favourite holiday reads together to make our Holiday Haven. You could find thousands of books handpicked for our sections:

New Year, New You
Beach Reads
Australia Wide
Summer Reading
Boredom Busters
Back to School

And if you ordered anything in our Holiday Haven range, you went into the draw to win a book pack worth $415! Are you the winner? Find out below……


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And the lucky winner of a book pack is…

H.Toohey, Kinross, WA


Congratulations to the winner!
Not a winner? Don’t worry, we have plenty more prizes to giveaway! Check them out here.
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Have you won a Dinner for Two at Quay Restuarant, a North Face backpack, or a bat and ball signed by Glenn Maxwell?

During November and December we gave you the chance to enter a bunch of competitions to give you a stellar start to 2015. We had a North Face backpack, a ball and mini cricket bat signed by Glenn Maxwell and dinner for two at Peter Gilmore’s award-winning restaurant Quay, valued at $520, up for grabs.


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All you had to do to enter was order Walking Home by Sonia Choquette.

And the lucky winner of a North Face backpack is…

V.Judd, Tarneit, VIC. 3029. AU


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All you had to do to enter was order a book from the Glenn Maxwell series.

And the lucky winner of a Kookaburra ball and mini Kookaburra cricket bat signed by Glenn Maxwell is…

R.Chapman, Rupanyup, VIC


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All you had to do to enter was order Organum by Peter Gilmore. The dinner, at Peter Gilmore’s award-winning restaurant Quay,  includes a 4 course menu with wines to match, valued at $520!

And the lucky winner of dinner for two at Quay is…

A.Cardenzana, Eight Mile Plains, QLD


Congratulations to the winners!
Not a winner? Don’t worry, we have plenty more prizes to giveaway! Check them out here.
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