After 40 years in the book trade, David and Meryl Bartak, owners of Lorne Beach Books are planning on retiring. Nearing their seventies, David and Meryl have decided that it is time to pass the torch to a new generation and are looking to sell their iconic bookshop.

The couple have played an integral part in the evolution of the book industry in Australia and were among the early members of the independent buying group, Leading Edge Books. It is rare these days to find an independent Bookseller in Melbourne who has not heard of or even had direct dealings with David and Meryl.

They have been an inspiration to all of us, and I am sure you will join me in wishing them a speedy sale of the business and all the best for their retirement.

You can read a more detailed story and interview with Meryl in Books + Publishing.