Best Bookstores in Canberra?

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.

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29 Responses to Best Bookstores in Canberra?
farnarkler farnarkler 10:39 am 18 Sep 10

Alexander Fax is my favourite.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 9:09 am 18 Sep 10

Kindle + bittorrent

Sshhh – they’ll all want one.

Don’t forget the first rule of IRC Club…

Jim Jones Jim Jones 3:15 pm 17 Sep 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Kindle + Amazon.

Kindle + bittorrent

astrojax astrojax 3:05 pm 17 Sep 10

there are many excellent libraries in canberra… 🙂

the co-op is usually pretty good (esp anu one), and membership gives you discounts in all uni campuses australia wide… wonder no-one has rated this a mention.

keep hearing about this curtin bookshop – must check out.

canbe canbe 6:59 am 17 Sep 10

Beyond Q has everything. Great, broad selection of books, a cafe…

CHW CHW 5:53 pm 16 Sep 10

Canty’s on Molongolo Street in Fyshwick has rather astonishing variety in non-fiction, fantasy and scifi; and an especially large childrens’ section, with both fiction and nonfiction.

Plus, Gaslight (secondhand and also new titles) books, also on Molongolo Street, is a specialist in fantasy/scifi, supernatural (or whatever vampire/werewolf/demon stuff is called) fantasy, and crime.

Both of the above bookshops have pleasant, helpful staff, and I rely on them to keep me reading!

toriness toriness 5:25 pm 16 Sep 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Kindle + Amazon.


landcat landcat 4:18 pm 16 Sep 10

Smiths Alternative Bookstore in Civic!

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 4:15 pm 16 Sep 10

Kindle + Amazon.

Jethro Jethro 4:15 pm 16 Sep 10

Snarky said :

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.


Definite second to that. A very easy place to spend $40 or $50 and come out with 3 or 4 good quality hardcover books. Plus he is open late on Friday nights, so you can bookshop while drunk.

There is also that second hand bookshop out at Bungendore. Huge.

Deref Deref 2:46 pm 16 Sep 10

KateKarnell said :

Kate Karnell is back baby!!!


fgzk fgzk 2:10 pm 16 Sep 10

++++ Beyond Q in Curtin shops. Downstairs.

and I really like the airport bookshop.

switch switch 2:04 pm 16 Sep 10

Another vote for Beyond Q.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:03 pm 16 Sep 10

The bookshop at the National Portrait Gallery is not too bad. I guess it depends on the type of book you are looking for.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 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 ThatGuy 1:51 pm 16 Sep 10

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

Bosworth Bosworth 1:48 pm 16 Sep 10

Beyond Q in Curtin shops. Downstairs.

Jim Jones 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 enrique 1:37 pm 16 Sep 10

Plus one for booko. =)

Aurelius 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.

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