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Bound Words Secondhand Bookstore

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by Stephanie Riordan (subscribe)
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Published August 26th 2014
It is a sad reality that the traditional paper book is sure to face extinction in the coming years. The likes of Kindles and other eBooks are slowly taking over. I must admit, they have their benefits. I mean you can carry hundreds of books around with you as well as saving a few forests. But I still feel a sense of nostalgia and emotional connection to the real thing.

There is nothing quite like holding a book in your hands and flipping through the pages. So it saddens me to know that sooner or later bookstores will become non-existent. The first to go will have to be the second-hand bookstores. Already I have seen three shut down in the city in the past year. Seeing one of those stores in Melbourne now is almost like spotting a unicorn. Nonetheless, there is still hope!

Bound Words, located on Hampton street in Hampton, is still open for business. The store features a modest shop front but it is well worth the trip inside. The grand wooden bookshelves and smell of dust add to the atmosphere of this quaint bookshop. Out the back you will find a room filled with classic children's books from nursery rhymes to Enid Blyton and even Harry Potter. In the front of the shop you will find everything from Australian history to maritime collectibles.

But my particular favourite is the classic literature section. Here you can browse the beautiful hardcover leather-bound books from authors such as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Even better, some of these classic hardcovers are no more than $7. If you don't end up reading them all, at least they will look pretty in your bookshelf. And if you are just stumped for a present for that picky book worm friend, this is the perfect place to pick up something nice that won't break your bank account. Even if you find that you do not purchase anything, half the fun is browsing the shelves and wondering which part of history each book has seen.

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Why? Nothing can replace the real thing
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My favourite indulgence is leafing through a bookstore - they are precious places - when you can find them. I used to send my kids to the movies at Village just to give me an excuse to hang out in Borders cavernous wonder of pages upon pages, but I also love musty second hand bookstores too - the one in Daylesford is my all time favourite.
by Julie Mundy (score: 3|1744) 2906 days ago
I'm with you Stephanie, I love the feel of a book and the thrill of turning the page but those ding, dang Kindles are taking over. Thank you for such a lovely article I felt as though I was in the bookstore - nothing better. Regards, Tony
by Tony Dyer (score: 2|511) 2906 days ago
I'd love to go but you haven't told me the exact address or opening hours.
by jdefe (score: 0|2) 2898 days ago
The end of the traditional book? I don't think so. As long as there are real readers, it will survive.
by milica (score: 0|2) 2547 days ago
Just looking at this article. Luckily it didnít come true. Evidence is the continual growth in the thousands that line up for the Lifeline book fair in Canberra twice a year. People come from all over Australia and the records keep being broken.
by sdana (score: 0|2) 1108 days ago
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