As much as I love reading and buying books, sometimes forking out $25 or more on a few hundred pages seems a bit much. On the other hand, borrowing books from the library can be unsatisfying because if it's a really good book, chances are you will want a copy of your own (and libraries don't take too kindly to people holding onto their books). The obvious solution is second-hand books, but Brisbane isn't New York. There aren't funky second-hand bookshops on every corner, with tables and tables of good quality bargains. So where are all of Brisbane's second-hand books hiding?
I love Bent Books in West End – they have a great selection and the staff are super friendly and knowledgeable, but the books just aren't that cheap. For cheap books that are also good for the conscience, there are the Cystic Fibrosis Bookshops and the Lifeline Bookfest.
But there must be more book bargains out there somewhere; leave a comment and help me find where.
Marriot's Bookstore - Lawnton.
Large floor to ceiling stacks of books, all in organised categories and all reasonably priced. Marriot's will also take your second-hand books and reduce the price of any books you purchase in return.
By Anonymous Wednesday, 6th of July @ 02:39 am
Boswell's Books, 207 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove. And you can get a great coffee next door while your browsing!
By kahad - reader Monday, 11th of July @ 02:02 am
There is a fantastic Book Exchange in Carrara Street Mt Gravatt East. Great selection and easy to browse. Well worth a visit
By Anonymous Thursday, 7th of July @ 07:53 am
The "Really Good Book Shop" at Shop 4, 1-3 Central Court, Hillcrest (near Browns Plains) lives up to its name. They have a huge selection, and what they don't have they will try to source for you. You can also trade in your old books for store credits. What more could a bookworm want?
Other second-hand bookshops in Brisbane include Archives in the city, Recycled Reading in the Toowong shopping centre, Clarence Corner Bookshop at Woolloongabba, Charing Cross Books at Annerley, as well the UQ Alumni Bookfair every two years (next one will be in 2013), and many charity shops such as St Vinnie's, Endos and Lifeline.
By Anonymous Thursday, 7th of July @ 01:15 am
I'm not sure what it's called but there's a second hand bookstore in Burpengary that's incredible - cheap and a good variety.
By Carly Ogborne - senior reviewer Saturday, 2nd of July @ 04:50 am
Looking for old hym books.?
By Anonymous Monday, 12th of March @ 03:26 am
Bayside Books on Bay terrace in Wynnum is fantastic and very reasonably priced secondhand books
By meow_580 - reader Friday, 10th of February @ 01:19 am
There is no choice - it is Archives Bookshop on Charlotte Street.
By kesar - reader Wednesday, 15th of February @ 08:07 am
The Book Cafe at Garden City - some new, lots of 2nd hand books to buy or exchange. Good coffee..something a bit different for a shopping centre
By Anonymous Friday, 27th of April @ 04:01 am
looking for books for teenagers (Robert Muchamore (Cherub series), Kathy Reichs(seizure series)) any where i can find these?