139 Years of the Well-Read People of Dymocks
Dymocks is Australia’s leading bookseller, with 59 stores in Australia and over 7 million books sold last year. We aim to inspire more booklovers by delivering the best customer experience through our range and passionately knowledgeable team.
Our locally owned and operated store network actively encourages literacy and a love of books at a local level, with each store cultivating its own community and connecting their customers with great stories.
Dymocks is constantly evolving to keep pace with today’s customer and prides itself on setting the standard in bookselling and leading the way with the same enthusiasm and progressive retail approach that has ensured its business success to this day.
The origin of the Dymocks flagship store on George Street, Sydney – Australia’s greatest bookstore – goes back to 1879 when young William Dymock commenced business as a bookseller in nearby Market Street. In 1922, the Dymock family purchased the site of the old Royal Hotel in George Street upon which was built the historic, Art Deco landmark Dymocks building, completed in 1930.
As his business grew, William moved to larger and grander premises until, in the 1890s, he had a million books in stock. He died in his thirty-ninth year. Unmarried and childless, he left the business to his sister Marjory, who was married to John Forsyth. From that time onwards, the Forsyth family has managed Dymocks.
In 1981, John Forsyth, William Dymock’s great nephew, decided to take over the company, selling his own successful printing and publishing business.
As Chairman of the Dymocks Group of Companies, John Forsyth wished to preserve the company's heritage and great bookselling tradition whilst making sure it constantly reinvented itself and kept abreast of the changing Australian market.
In 1986, the Dymocks Franchise System was set up, allowing people to have their own piece of this great bookselling tradition. Since this time, Dymocks stores have been successfully opened throughout the country. Following the opening of a store in Hobart in 2000, Dymocks opened its flagship store in Melbourne’s CBD in 2001 and in Brisbane in 2002 – completing the line-up of flagship stores in all states.
In 2015 Dymocks acquired Telegram, a wholesale stationery business and owner of luxury brands Lamy and Moleskine. Telegram’s retail business Milligram is home of the world’s best designer stationery, office and lifestyle accessories with a number of retail stores in Melbourne.
In 2018 Dymocks expanded into the education market, launching a new tutoring business Potentia, which offers high school tutoring across a range of subjects. The move into education is a natural next step in achieving Dymocks’ mission of ‘education for life’.
Building a well-read community
Dymocks ‘Booklover’ loyalty program is the industry leader with over 1million members across Australia. It is a tiered, points-based program offering real-time recommendations, incentives and rewards based on what customers love to read. Become a Booklover and be part of the well-read community.
Celebrating Australian and international authors
Dymocks franchise network of stores actively encourages a love of books at a local level - each store cultivating its own community and engaging customers in-store through book events and author signings. The Dymocks Literary Events Club continues to showcase the best of national and international voices. Established in 1988, this unique Club is the longest running literary events program and the only one of its kind in Australia.
Improving literacy through community outreach
Dymocks recognises that literacy is an essential life skill and that learning to read from an early age can have a profound effect on how young lives are shaped for the future. Ensuring that all children reach an appropriate level of literacy remains one of Australia's major challenges, with one in seven Australian kids leaving school unable to read or write well. As a business that puts the community at the heart of everything we do, we empower our customers, staff and communities to help face this challenge.
The Dymocks Franchise System has an advantage which very few franchise operations can offer. We have been booksellers for more than 139 years and over 90% of our store network is franchise owned. It is this good name and our reputation for excellence in bookselling which you will share as a Dymocks Franchise Owner. If you’re looking for the opportunity to write the next chapter in your life, click here.