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Best Bookstores in Canberra?

By mesmermojo - 16 September 2010 29

I was wondering if anybody can recommend any good bookstores around town?

I have been shopping at the same one for years now and need some variety.

What’s Your opinion?


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Best Bookstores in Canberra?
colourful sydney rac 2:01 pm 16 Sep 10

KateKarnell said :

Deref said :

Beyond Q in Curtin shops. Downstairs. Not only a brilliant second hand and antiquarian bookshop, but a superb cafe and live music venue.

I second Beyond Q.

Also QBD in Woden Plaza always has some good deals on books.

Borders in Civic for EVERYTHING.

Kate Karnell is back baby!!!

Far Carnell – you haven’t been missed.

ThatGuy 1:51 pm 16 Sep 10

Plus another for Booko and another for Depository (as Booko often directs me there).

Bosworth 1:48 pm 16 Sep 10

Beyond Q in Curtin shops. Downstairs.

Jim Jones 1:45 pm 16 Sep 10

Canty’s is the best secondhand bookstore IMHO. They know their stock extremely well and are great for recommendations, wishlists, etc.

For anything new booko is great, but let’s face it, it almost always points you to the Book Depository.

enrique 1:37 pm 16 Sep 10

Plus one for booko. =)

Aurelius 1:36 pm 16 Sep 10

Most of the second hand bookstores now have a pamphlet floating around which lists the 10-15 second hand bookstores in the district. Some have their specialties (like Alex Fax Books in Mawson which specialises in military history) but most are generalists.
A few people here have mentioned Cantys in Fyshwick. There’s another 3-4 doors up from them in the same court which is worth a look too. There’s some in Civic, Lyneham, Curtin, Belconnen. Not sure about Manuka though? I don’t think there’s any second hand bookstores in Queanbeyan, but there’s a large one in Bungendore – Winch Books – which has just moved. It’s owner is a gruff old bloke but loves his literature.
With new books, there’s a lot of variety too – not every bookstoore is a Borders (thank god!). I like Smiths (is it still run by Andrew?) in the city, but there’s several hidden away stores in Civic with their own market niches.

Snarky 1:29 pm 16 Sep 10

+1 for all ceges suggestions @#5. And if your a political tragic you’ll often bump into a few pollies at Papercahin too (K. Rudd and N. Minchin on my list so far).

You can also find a very good range of new but remaindered books at The Book Grocer in Kingston. All new books, but at half or less RRP. Plus, the guy behind the counter knows his stuff and can help point potentials out to you quite quickly – I went in with a brief to find an Australian stage or screen entertainer’s biography for Mum. Spent a pleasant 10 minutes browsing and finding one or two, then asked the owner and had another half a dozen to choose from in a matter of minutes.

🙂

KateKarnell 1:29 pm 16 Sep 10

Deref said :

Beyond Q in Curtin shops. Downstairs. Not only a brilliant second hand and antiquarian bookshop, but a superb cafe and live music venue.

I second Beyond Q.

Also QBD in Woden Plaza always has some good deals on books.

Borders in Civic for EVERYTHING.

Kate Karnell is back baby!!!

motleychick 1:25 pm 16 Sep 10

cegee said :

new: paperchain in manuka, Coop bookstores at ANU and UC.
second hand: canty’s bookshop in fyshwick.
internet: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/ (free shipping!)

+1 for the Book Depository – best find I ever made! Don’t buy my books from anywhere else now.

Thoroughly Smashed 1:17 pm 16 Sep 10

There’s a Lifeline Bookfair next weekend.

cegee 12:57 pm 16 Sep 10

new: paperchain in manuka, Coop bookstores at ANU and UC.
second hand: canty’s bookshop in fyshwick.
internet: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/ (free shipping!)

zenpuck 12:54 pm 16 Sep 10

Canty’s Bookshop in Fyshwick has a great range of second hand books. There is another next to Tilley’s in Lyneham which is pretty good.

Mr Waffle 12:50 pm 16 Sep 10

Well, if you want variety, the internet is the place to be…

http://www.booko.com.au

(I’m so thankful to whoever posted that here ages ago, saved me hundreds of dollars on textbooks for uni!)

Deref 12:40 pm 16 Sep 10

Beyond Q in Curtin shops. Downstairs. Not only a brilliant second hand and antiquarian bookshop, but a superb cafe and live music venue.

colourful sydney rac 12:27 pm 16 Sep 10

new or secondhand?

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