Till recently, booksellers were usually shopfronts or advertisers in magazines. Most people bought locally. While it was possible to get books from overseas, it took a lot longer than today. There were some specialist booksellers, but nowhere near the present options. Certainly there was little direct access to overseas and no online booksellers.
This page provides access to a range of Australian booksellers. These include international groups who link into the Australian market. There are also specialist groups - academic, technical, used, audio and more. As with many other areas, it would be impossible to attempt a complete listing.
In the same way, you can access online booksellers. Some link to shopfront businesses, some are based overseas, some are entirely separate.
There are also comparison sites. If you want to buy, you should be able to do so at the best possible price ! These will assist you to find this. Be sure to factor in delivery costs as part of the final price.
There is also a general information section covering other topics that may be of value.
Australian booksellers, some purely shopfront, others with shopfront and online options.
- Abbey’s Bookshop
This is a major book shop [online as well] in Australia. Has links to the Language Bookshop and the Galaxy Bookshop.
Academic & Technical Booksellers
- 2nd Hand University Books
Save money by buying good quality second hand rather than new.
- Bookery Education
‘Bookery Education is Australia’s largest online and retail specialist for teachers and students of English as a second language [ESL, ELT, TESOL and TEFL] linguistics and foreign languages. We have the largest range of textbooks, teacher and student resources and language materials in Australasia’.
Academic books plus lifestyle and humanities books. Modern fiction a specialty. Has a second hand store.
- KBS Knowledge Books and Software
Learning resources for all educational levels, business, dental, pathology professionals.
- Temple Books
Educational bookseller in New South Wales. Free quotes, discounts for schools and for large orders, Free re-inforcing, more options. Free delivery in NSW. Extensive, detailed listing for all levels, areas.
- The Co-Op. Bookshop
50+ shops. Linked to education and higher education materials - books, software, etc..
‘Provides educational goods to meet the needs of schools, teachers and students]’.
- University of New South Wales Bookshop
Discounts on books. Academic also general books, computer software.
- Books & Collectibles
‘A wide range of collectible books, maps, prints from our huge online bookstore, backed by an online database that is constantly updated. Sophisticated book search engine. We source rare, used and out of print books from all over the world. Our service offers you the opportunity to search online book stores and sites worldwide’.
- Clouston & Hall
Large seller of books found in the Remainders category.
Similar to both Angus & Robertson and Dymocks.
One of Australia’s largest booksellers with a very good range in all genre.
- Federal Publishing
Information on all Commonwealth Government publishing.
- Foreign Language Bookshop
‘With tens of thousands of titles in over 125 languages, Foreign Language Bookshop is one of the largest and oldest language bookshops in the world. Staff will expertly advise you in your language learning requirements and help you achieve your goals faster and with greater success’.
- Scribbly Gum Books
‘The great team at Scribbly Gum Books is still here to serve you.
- Galaxy Bookshop
‘Australia’s oldest Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror specialist bookshop’.
The Australian site for one of Asia’s biggest booksellers. If you are looking for other Kinokuniya sites visit Kinokuniya Book Stores Home Page.
- Language Book Centre
‘Australia’s premier foreign language bookshop’. Fiction and non-fiction. Geared to all levels of learning.
- Leura Books
‘Specialises in Australiana, Penguin and Puffin books, other books including all categories of Fiction and Non-Fiction, with some 40 000 titles available’.
- Lilydale Books
‘Lilydale Books has been operating for 25 years, specialising in educational books for primary and secondary schools. We are one of few booksellers that offer a second hand book service to customers. We also stock a wide range of stationery including calculators and software’. Operates both as a shopfront in Victoria and also online.
- National Library of Australia
Australian books of all kinds and levels. [Canberra]
- Pitstop Bookshop - Aviation and Motoring Books, DVD’s and
Perth. Said to be one of the largest bookshops of this area in Australia. Worth a visit if interested in these areas.
- QBD : The Bookshop
Based in Queensland. Order online or visit one of their shops.
Second Hand, Out of Stock & Antiquarian
- Adelaide Booksellers
‘Quality Secondhand & Antiquarian Books’.
- Berkelouw Books
Paddington, Leichhardt, Berrima [New South Wales]. New and used books. ‘Antiquarian books since 1812’ is the claim. Now also online shopping.
- Books out of Print
Based in New South Wales. Find books from many genres that have gone out of print.
- Elizabeth’s Bookshops
‘One of Australia’s largest second hand bookshop operations with six stores on both sides of the Australian continent’. Carry more than 250 000 books. Available resources listed under topic areas.
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Mr Pickwick’s Fine Old
‘Antiquarian, rare, collectable books now on sale. If you can’t find the book you are looking for you can Leave A Request’. More than 60 000 books. Other sections covering art, collectables, … . Linked to AbeBooks.
- Nicholas Pounder Bookseller
Antiquarian books. 16 catalogues. Search by author, title, keyword, subject.
- Serendipity Books
Second hand, antiquarian, out of print books a specialty.
Claimed to have the largest audio-book collection in Australia.
- The Children’s Bookshop
Part of Gleebooks in New South Wales. Access by clicking on Children then Don’t leave childhood without …. Has also absorbed Shearers Bookstore.
‘Unibooks is South Australia’s leading academic and professional bookseller’.
- Angus & Robertson
This was one of the big Australian chains. Less technical bent than Dymocks and others. Now only operating online.
- Australian Online Bookshop
Fiction, non-fiction, including Australiana, computing, science fiction and fantasy.
- Berkelouw Online
- BiblioQuest International
Finding antiquarian, rare, out of print books.
Through Dymocks. A book search wizard described as ‘a magical portal to millions of out-of-print books’. If looking for something that is possibly out of print, this is a good Australian starting point.
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‘Specialising In Books On Australian Subjects’. This page opens to the Australian History section with individual topics listed on the left.
‘Booktopia is an Australian bookstore with over 1 million book titles to choose from. We offer every book at a discount’. With available live chat help if needed.
- Boomerang Books
‘Small Adelaide-based business that aims to provide books at discounted prices, with a particular emphasis on Australian books’.
- Cokahama Books
‘Independent, Australian owned secure bookstore selling fiction, non-fiction books at competitive prices. We have over 1 million titles to choose from’.
- Collins Online Bookstore
Online section of this well known Australian bookseller.
‘Australia’s leading online bookstore dedicated to all the cooks in the world who enjoy creating wonderful food for you and friends to enjoy’.
‘Australia’s biggest online bookstore’.
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Particularly strong in the area of spiritual books about and for all ages.
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Online section linked to bookstores of the same name in Melbourne.
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Online bookstore for new, secondhand textbooks. Big discounts, small-fee post and packing in Australia. You can sell to them. 100s of titles in multiple subject areas.
- The Bookshelf of Oz
‘Online bookshop based in Adelaide. New, used, out of print, collectable books worldwide. Specialising in Carter’s Price Guides to Antiques, Vintage and Collectables in Australia, biographies, cookbooks, finance, investing, children’s, parenting books, used travel guides, Inkstone Press titles’.
- The Nile
‘The widest range of titles in Australia. We source books from all over the globe. If the book is in-print and available, we can get it to you in a matter of days, or weeks at the most’. Fiction, non-fiction, staff picks, top ten, corporate sales, a link to Textbooks4u. Worth considering
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The Reading Nest
‘At The Reading Nest, we help find new homes for books in need’. New site about to be uploaded at time of checking.
- Thrifty Teachers
‘We stock a continually changing range of quality second hand books for teachers, relief teachers, homeschools and caregivers. These include teacher reference books, educational books, workbooks and more. In addition to this we also stock quality second and and some new teacher resources, classroom materials, educational games and much more’.
- Time Booksellers
‘Specialising in rare and collectible books. In 1995 we moved from being a traditional street level retail bookseller to an Internet only business, one of the first in this country’.
- 1st Books Library
Virtual books online. Many are Free.
- Abebooks - 40 million books
Among the best options if looking for rare, unique, used or out of print books. If they haven’t got it they will search for it, but with the numbers available this is probably not needed. Their Australian page is found here.
Portal to a database of book inventories of rare and secondhand books around the world.
Probably the best known and biggest of the online booksellers.
- New ! Audio Books Online Free
- Barnes & Noble
One of the big overseas groups, now also selling online. 1 000 000+ titles available.
- Better World Books
‘Collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. More than two million new and used titles in stock’. Extensive options, listings.
- Biblio - Inspiration in Volumes
British version of Abebooks’. Link with the actual seller rather than work through other people.
International online bookstore. Also in German and Dutch.
- eTextShop [Sell Books]
‘Buy and sell college textbooks and get instant quotes for textbook buyback’.
- MX Bookfinder
Search among millions of out of print books across a number of online bookstores.
- New & Used Textbooks
‘Biblio has millions of college and high school textbooks at an average of 40% less than retail textbook prices’. Other sections for antique & rare books, gifts, author biographies, FAQs, more.
- Taylor & Francis
Books from linked publishers. For Australia, prices are in British pounds and are dispatched from England.
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The Book Depository
Free delivery worldwide on all books. Huge range of books at extremely competitive prices. Well packed for delivery, Very responsive to any concerns. Able to supply a wide range of difficult to access books.
- The House of Oojah
‘Audiobooks that are really in Stock’.
- The Internet Bookshop
British online bookstore. WH Smith.
- AddALL Book Search and Price Comparison
‘Book search engine that allows you to comparison shop more than 40 online bookstores including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders’. Find delivery cost and all in Australian dollars.
For used and out of print books use AddALL Used and Out of Print Book Search.
Price comparison between 25 of the online bookstores.
‘A site with a very simple goal - to find the cheapest place to buy books in Australia. It goes out to the Internet and looks up book prices for you and figures out the shipping costs. For international sites like the Amazons [.com and .co.uk], prices are converted into Aussie dollars’.
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‘GetPrice is Australia’s leading online comparison shopping site’. Covers both books and DVDs.
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Top 9 Sites to Buy Books Online Australia
‘From classic literature to the latest bestseller, find the perfect places to buy books online and check out the discount codes below to help cut costs’.
- American Booksellers Association
- Book Industry Communication
UK bookstores and publishers.
Links to 40 000+ booksellers around the world. As well as new books, used and out of print books are a specialty.
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‘Bookseller+Publisher is also the only magazine to review Australian books before they are published, as well as providing industry bestsellers lists, information on literary awards, bookselling and regular special features, analysis and reports’.
Information from authors to publishers, articles, a newsletter, new book information, booksellers, comparative pricing, books in specific genres, more.
Through Bowker’s Books. Access a vast array of information.
- Literary Resources on the Net [Lynch]
Directories covering specific periods/types of literature. Basic presentation, good information.
- ORION books, audio-tapes and CDs
‘Over 3 500 books, audio-tapes and CDs, pre-publication extracts, author interviews, events, competitions, more’.
- Powell’s Books
Claimed to be the ‘largest new and used bookstore in the world’. Portland, Oregon. A real experience to visit.