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Should bookstores really be an essential service?

Image of QBD Books CEO Nick Croydon
Nick Croydon is one of several major players in publishing pushing for an exemption. Image: Supplied
Even as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has flagged the possibility of lifting some Melbourne restrictions ahead of schedule this week, the chief executives of the country’s biggest bricks-and-mortar bookshops are urging him to go further and classify their stores as an essential service.  Both Nick Croydon, CEO of QBD Books, and Mark Newman, CEO of Dymocks, have written letters to the Premier in recent weeks, calling for bookstores to be allowed to trade during Stage 4 restrictions, alo