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Andrew Isles Natural History Books

Prahran — ,

Australia's largest natural history specialist bookshop, established in 1981, with comprehensive new and secondhand stock. All natural history subjects are catered for including earth science and the history of science.

Now primarily mail order, but has a showroom in Prahran (see instructions on the website to find this).

Andrews Books

Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe —

Sells fiction, non-fiction, art, technical books, paperbacks, stationery, CD-ROMs and cards in Australia and online. [employee, July 2001]


Melbourne, Potts Point — , ,

The bookshop of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Artisan Books

Fitzroy — , ,

A major resource for artists and artisans of all mediums for 17 years, Artisan Books offers books, periodicals and exhibition catalogues relating to art, craft, design and culture.

Australian Institute of Management Business Books

St Kilda, Hobart — ,

Belgrave Book Barn

1630 Burwood Hwy, Vic —

Books and art supplies in the Dandenongs.

Beograd Serbian Bookshop

Dandenong, Fitzroy — ,

Boat Books Australia

Crows Nest, Brisbane, St Kilda —

Books, charts, navigation instruments and software, etc.

Shops in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Books for Cooks

Fitzroy — ,

New and second-hand cookery books. Over 28,000 new, out-of print, second-hand & antiquarian cookery books & food & wine related titles in stock (five rooms, floor to ceiling jam-packed).

Bound Words

Hampton —

We stock a wide range of fiction and non-fiction secondhand books. Our knowledgeable staff are happy to help and we are located close to Hampton railway station. [owner, 05/2009]

Brunswick Street Bookstore

Fitzroy —

Specialises in quality literature, the arts, and general books.

BSP Gallery

Malvern East — ,

Out of print and rare books. Over 65,000 titles. Areas covered are: Australian history, aviation, literature, first editions, art, Australian art, Shipping history, children's books, memorabilia, postcards and many other subjects.

Burning Books

We stock a wide variety of quality fiction and non-fiction secondhand books. We are building speciality in Japanese language books, politics, philosophy, sci-fi and australian literature. [owner]

Continental Bookshop

Melbourne Australia’s one-stop shop for foreign language learning and material. Specializes in language books for learning/novels in languages other than English...and more.

Foster's Little Bookshop

Foster —

Greville St Bookstore

Prahran — ,

Specialists in graphic & product design, architecture, interior design, fashion, photography, art, & contemporary literature, music & culture. We order extensively from Europe & America, have excellent research skills, send out informative e-newsletters, and provide a reliable mail-order service. [owner]

Hill of Content Bookshop

Melbourne —

Since 1922.

Kay Craddock - Antiquarian Bookseller

Melbourne —

Includes Pilgrim Books, which has an extensive range of books covering all aspects of Special Forces units and other covert services and activities, e.g. espionage, intelligence and security services.

Fairly good selection of antique books. These books are in VERY good condition, and the store itself is worth visiting just because it is beautiful. However, for all this you are expected to pay a price -- a little high, but worth it if you are looking for old books that will look nice on your coffee table. (AL)

Map Land

Bentleigh — ,

The oldest travel bookshop in Australia, going back to 1870. We carry Lonely Planet guides and more, plus maps worldwide. [owner]

Melbourne University Bookshop

Carlton — ,

An extensive collection of academic titles; medicine, economics, law, languages, education, social, technical and applied sciences, computer books and software, literature, fine arts, agriculture, history, architecture, philosophy, music, anthropology and more. Plus a wide range of general books, stationery and multi-media cd-roms, with a special order service.

Monash University Student Cooperative Bookstore

Monash University Clayton —

Sells stationery and second-hand books. The books are mainly titles on reading lists or general fiction with very large collection of English literature. A member of the co-op gets a 10% discount on stationery. Does not seem to be affiliated with the `official' book store at the other end of the Union building.

Disclaimer: I have been a member of the co-op for many years, and I still browse there for interesting titles. [h.soh(AT)trl.telstra.com.au]

Nusantara Indonesian Bookshop

Books on Indonesian language, history, art, culture, etc.

O. P. Books

Eaglemont — , ,

I am an antiquarian and secondhand bookseller dealing from private premises by mail and appointment. I have been in the business for 25 years. I specialise in academic and research books, with emphasis on Australian, Pacific, Antarctic, literary works in general, and fine and rare books, and early printed books. My stock is approximately 15,000 titles. [owner]

Polyester Books

Fitzroy —

Polyester Books specialises in hip cyberpunk like books. It has books on everything from Tank Girl to Kurt Cobain to drugs to suicide to grunge music. The shop is tiny, and the atmosphere suits the subject matter. (Brendan.Hills@.dit.csiro.au)

QBD The Bookshop

Originally a Queensland chain, but now has shops in NSW, Victoria, Canberra and Darwin as well.


Carlton, Hawthorn, Malvern, Port Melbourne, St Kilda, Melbourne —

Victoria's largest independent bookseller.

Sinbad Books

Carnegie —

Deals in second-hand books, and has quite a large collection. [donlhumphries]


Glen Iris —

Soundbooks has the most comprehensive range of audiobooks in the whole of Australia. Both on cassette & compact disc. Abridged & unabridged recordings. For all age groups. [owner]

Swinburne Student Bookshop Co-Op

Prahran, Lilydale, Hawthorn — ,

Primarily we serve the academic market, however we do have a selection of general books, general computer books, academic software, design materials, office supplies, general stationery, Swinburne Memorabilia, Personal Development books etc.

Sybers Books

Windsor , Caulfield South —

Penny and David Syber each run a second-hand book shop. The Chapel Street store is at number 38, opposite the Windsor Railway Station, near the corner of Dandenong Road and Chapel Street.
It has a very large collection of SF&F and other genre books. Penny is quite approachable and the 3 large cats in her store are always a talking point, with many visitors taking photographs.

Disclaimer: bought too many books from Penny. [h.soh(AT)trl.telstra.com.au]

The Club Secondhand Bookshop

Swifts Creek —

The main book business is secondhand books and we specialise in Gippsland and the Australian Alps, Aborigines and Collectables. We issue mail order lists each month and these are posted to our web site which is updated the first week of each month.

We also publish a small number of titles of local interest and currently have over 20 titles in print. [owner]

The Paperback Bookshop

Melbourne —

We are a small general bookshop at the top end of Bourke St in Melbourne with a wide and interesting range of both new release and backlist titles. Subject areas include fiction, history, biographies, poetry, Australian current affairs, travel, music and film books, classics and more. We do a lot of special orders and are happy to answer any enquiries. Every two months we put out a newsletter of new releases and we have a mailing list. Open late most nights. [owner]


Crows Nest, Surry Hills, Fitzroy, Norwood — , ,

A mix of books, CDs and DVDs.

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