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The Bookplate Book Shop

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by Leslie Ashburn (subscribe)
Leslie is perpetually on the prowl, always hoping to hit upon an esoteric eatery, out of the way oasis or atypical amusement. She as also a fervent fan of her spirited sundry subscribers and of amazing abounding alliterations.
Published July 9th 2013
Short on cash but high on IQ? Check out The Bookplate
For bibliophiles, few things make a heart beat faster than a fabulously quirky bookstore, except perhaps a fabulously quirky used bookstore.

Source: The Bookplate Book Shop


The scent of pre-loved books is like catnip to those with more curiosity than cash, but unfortunately, while others are spoilt for choice, the North Shore has very little in the way of these eccentric bastions of scholarly entertainment. 


However, just a short walk from the Hornsby station, tucked away between a noodle shop and a laneway, is a wonderful surprise, The Bookplate.

Source: The Bookplate Book Shop


While small, it's loved by many holdouts to the paper age. With over 35,000 books in stock, most ranging in price from $2.00 (yes, $2.00!) to $20.00, and organised by topic, you are sure not to walk away empty-handed. If you have a bit more money to burn, there are also a fair number of rare and collectable books such as a first edition collected works of Shakespeare from the early 1800's. 


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If you have any questions about the books, just ask the boss-lady, Tanya Natalie. She first worked at the shop before purchasing it from the former owners four years ago. She's slowly bringing about an online book selling presence and promises some fun events in the future.

Source: The Bookplate Book Shop


She is also the go-see person for reselling your own books, particularly high-school texts between September and January. When you go, don't miss the great wall of quotes in the back room. It's hard not to love a place that cites Douglas Adams: "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish", and Harper Lee: "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb inside his skin and walk around in it." Then, as you are walking out of the door, it reminds you that "Not all those who wander are lost".
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Why? Because cheap books are awesome!
When: Mon-Fri 10-6 Sat-Sun 10-5
Phone: 61 2 9482 3454
Where: 173, Pacific Highway, Hornsby 2077, NSW, Australia
Cost: Free to browse, Cheap to buy
Your Comment
If you can get rare books for 13 there, then it is an excellent bookshop indeed.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12075) 1959 days ago
I would love to visit this place. Sounds brilliant.
by barba (score: 0|2) 1959 days ago
I live nearby. I should go and check it out!
by jellyware (score: 0|6) 1955 days ago
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