Love reading? You should buy books from your local independent bookstores because they directly serve the community and the individual. In this post, we’ve featured 10 top bookstores in Queensland for your review.
1. The Really Good Book Shop (Hillcrest)
The Really Good Book Shop is an Australian bookseller and family-operated business based in Hillcrest, QLD. They offer both new and used titles and have many books that are difficult to find or out-of-print and not stocked in most bookstores. Since first opening their doors in 2006, they have developed a large collection of over 100,000 books – you’re bound to find something you love!
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The Really Good Book Shop is open six days a week (closed Sundays) and their extensive catalog can be browsed 24/7 on their website. Their book categories include adult fiction, Australiana, biographies, non-fiction titles (history, arts, business, cooking, etc.), children’s literature, and more. As well as books, they also stock calendars, diaries, gifts, and games. Contact The Really Good Book Shop for more details.
2. Pulp Fiction (Brisbane)
Pulp Fiction is a specialist bookstore located in Brisbane, QLD. They almost exclusively stock sci-fi, crime, fantasy, and mystery titles and are open six days a week (closed Sundays). Their catalog can be browsed online or in-store, and new titles are coming in every week.
The team at Pulp Fiction is more than happy to order books for you, either for titles that are no longer in stock, or pre-release orders if your favourite author has a new release coming up. They also offer shipping across Australia (Australia Post rates are charged). Contact Pulp Fiction to learn more.
3. Riverbend Books (Bulimba)
Located in Bulimba (a short drive from Brisbane), Riverbend Books is open seven days a week from 8:00 am until 5:30 pm. Riverbend Books was first established in 1998 and has worked hard to create a store with a relaxed, inviting atmosphere where customers feel comfortable browsing books for as long as they like.
Riverbend Books is more than just a bookstore – they are focused on community events (book clubs, author readings, book fairs for schools, and more. There’s also a café on-site where you can enjoy a coffee while you sink your teeth into your new book. They have everything from new, award-winning fiction to children’s classics, cookbooks, non-fiction titles, and everything in between. Contact Riverbend Books to learn more.
4. Nobby Beach Books (Mermaid Beach)
Nobby Beach Books is a bookstore and book exchange in Mermaid Beach, QLD. They are open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, seven days a week (closed on public holidays) and have an enormous selection of books for browsing.
Once you’re done with a book purchased from Nobby Beach Books, you can return it for store credit if you don’t want to keep it. You can also donate books, and sometimes (when not overstocked) they accept book exchanges – bring in your existing books for store credit towards a new read. While their catalog can’t be browsed online, you can always contact Nobby Beach Books if there’s a specific title you’re looking for.
5. Archives Fine Books (Brisbane)
Archives Fine Books is a large bookstore located in Brisbane’s city centre. All of their books are used and their enormous catalog covers a diverse array of topics – new fiction releases, political non-fiction, Australiana, sci-fi and fantasy, biographies, and numerous non-fiction topics. The bookstore first opened their doors in 1985 and has been a Brisbane staple ever since.
Archives Fine Books also sells gift vouchers, and in many cases will buy books from you, either for money or for store credit. Archives Fine Books is open six days a week (closed Sundays) from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. For more details, contact the team at Archives Fine Books.
6. Big B Books (Burleigh Heads)
Big B Books is a bookstore in Burleigh Heads, QLD, that sells both new and used books. Their friendly team members are all avid readers who will happily suggest titles for you or help you find what you’re looking for. While they stock a wide range of genres, they specialize in books relating to spirituality and spiritual wellbeing.
Big B books also accepts your used books for store credit, assuming your books are in good condition and deemed saleable by their staff. They also host events from time to time, including author readings, releases, and signings. Big B Books is open seven days a week – contact them here to learn more.
7. Bent Books (Brisbane)
Bent Books is a household name throughout Brisbane’s West End neighborhood. This enormous secondhand bookstore has over 40,000 titles, all arranged to make it easy to find what you’re looking for. They also buy used books and can offer cash or store credit for books you are finished with.
Bent Books is open seven days a week (10:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am until 3:00 pm Sunday) and their team is always happy to help you find just what you’re looking for. Contact Bent Books to learn more.
8. Harry Hartog (Maroochydore)
Located in Maroochydore, QLD, Harry Hartog is a bookseller dedicated to providing books that are ethically and sustainably sourced. They stock both new and secondhand books, as well as a great selection of gifts (and gift vouchers) and cards. If they don’t have the title you need in stock, you can place an order and their team will have it to you as quickly as possible.
While Harry Hartog stocks books spanning a wide range of genres, they specialize in showcasing local authors. In the store, you can find a great selection of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, educational titles, cookbooks, biographies, and much more. Contact Harry Hartog for more information.
9. Noosa Book Shop (Noosa Heads)
Noosa Book Shop has two locations – one in Noosa Junction and one in Noosa Heads. Both stores have a great selection of fiction and non-fiction titles (all of which are secondhand), and have been providing great books to local Noosa residents for over three decades.
Noosa Book Shop has art books, antique books, Australiana, biographies, business books, children’s books, literature, and so much more. If you’re looking for a specific title, contact the Noosa Book Shop team to see if it’s in stock.
10. Annie’s Books on Peregian (Peregian Beach)
Annie’s Books on Peregian is located at Peregian Beach, QLD. They have a great selection of best sellers and love to showcase local authors and their works. What’s more, they also have a special “Book Detective” service, where they can help you find rare, out-of-print, or just out-of-stock books that are hard to source.
As well as their great selection of fiction and non-fiction titles, Annie’s Books on Peregian also regularly hosts events, including book releases, signings, and readings. The bookstore is open seven days a week – contact Annie’s Books on Peregian for more details.