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Koorong is a Christian bookstore chain operating across Australia. It is the largest retailer of Christian books and media in Australia.


Koorong is a family-owned company that began over 35 years ago[1] in Marsfield, Sydney, in the garage of the Koorong Street home of Bruce Bootes - a retired veterinarian and Reformed Baptist pastor - and his wife Olive.[2] In 1978, their son, Paul began the management of his family’s bookshop business.[3]

Koorong opened their first Sydney store in Ryedale Road, West Ryde in 1978, moving to larger premises in West Parade, West Ryde in 1995.[4] In August 2005, Koorong took over the three Church Army bookstores at Newcastle, Tamworth and Gosford.[5]

The Blackburn store in Melbourne

Koorong now operates 15 stores across Australia,[6] including Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart, Fyshwick, Toowoomba and Launceston, with approximately 400 staff, Australia-wide[7] and a brochure mailing list of about 120,000.[8]

Koorong was described in 1994 as theologically conservative in terms of the books it sold, which was consistent with its Reformed Baptist roots.[9] Since that time, Koorong’s product range has expanded[10] to a broader coverage of the diverse sub-groups and movements associated with contemporary evangelical Christianity, including, for example: Church Growth movement, Charismatic Movement, Progressive Christianity, neo-Calvinism, Emerging church, and the Missional Church movement. Denominational streams represented include Reformed/Presbyterian, Baptist, Anglican, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Anabaptist, and Wesleyan.

In addition to a comprehensive range of Bibles, the subject categories and themes of Koorong's product range include: practical guidance on Christian living; popular devotionals; apologetics; academic theology and biblical studies; ministry resources; romance, suspense, and historical fiction; inspirational giftware; classic authors; Bible reference works and commentaries; contemporary worship music.[11] It has been asserted that most of the titles sold at Koorong are by North American authors.[12]

In December 2009 Koorong purchased UK based book publisher Authentic Media and Paternoster Publishers from IBS-STL.[13]


  1. ^ ASIC. "Company Name Search". Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  2. ^ See the Koorong General FAQ webpage. Retrieved on 8 May 2009.
  3. ^ See a brief profile of Paul Bootes on the Gospel Music Association Board Profile webpage. Retrieved on 8 May 2009.
  4. ^ See the Koorong History page for these dates.
  5. ^ See the Church Army August 2005 newsletter. Retrieved on 7 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Koorong: Store Info". Retrieved 2 December 2008. 
  7. ^ As reported on 2 August 2005 in a Mitel Press Release. Retrieved on 7 May 2009.
  8. ^ As at November 2004, the Australian Prayer Network thanked Koorong for mailing out its prayer newsletter in Koorong's monthly catalogue, with a size of 120,000. Retrieved on 11 May 2009. The August 2005 Mitel case study also gave a figure of about 120,000. Retrieved on 12 May 2009.
  9. ^ See the Association for Research in Education 1994 paper by Robert Long. Retrieved on 11 May 2009.
  10. ^ Koorong advertises on its website that it has 150,000 Christian products.
  11. ^ See [1]
  12. ^ See Charisma Magazine article entitled "What's Happening Down Under" dated 27 July 2007. Retrieved on 12 May 2009.
  13. ^ "STL Distribution: IBS-STL UK Trade Announcement". 

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