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Published March 5th 2017
Bookshops didn't die, they just evolved
I don't like to be wrong. But occasionally I jump for joy when I am. I thought bookshops were dead. I thought it was only a matter of time before the remaining ones were forced out of business. Then along came Harry Hartog and I knew I'd gotten it wrong. Bookshops weren't a dying breed, they just needed to evolve.
When you enter a Harry Hartog store you feel like you are walking into the library of a grand old house complete with dark walls, rugs and brown leather chairs. If you are familiar with Berkelouw Books then you will experience a sense of déjà vu when you enter a Harry Hartog Bookseller. Harry Hartog has an independent book shop vibe which will delight any booklover and shopper alike.
Harry Hartog is a store for serious booklovers. You'll find books here that will never make it to the book section of Big W. The isles contain many special editions - if you are after a hardcover edition of a favourite book to give as a gift then this store should be your first port of call.
Harry Hartog has an extensive range of children's books from baby books through to young adult books. In fact I've not seen a larger collection of children's books before. Harry Hartog seems to know there will always be a market for a lift the flap book or a crinkly cloth baby book that eBooks will never take away. Narellan, Miranda, and Macquarie stores hold a storytime for little ones on Tuesday's at 10:30am where picture books are read by staff members.
Harry Hartog has been popping up all over Sydney and can now be found in five Sydney locations including Bondi Junction, Macquarie, Miranda, Narellan and Warringah.
Perhaps the only thing missing from Harry Hartog is a well-made in-store coffee but I can't hold that against them. In the end there isn't a lot to distinguish Harry Hartog from Berkelouw, but I'm sure book lovers won't think more quality bookstores are a bad thing.