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Published August 23rd 2015
A Magnificent Melbourne Institution
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Paperback Books, 60 Bourke St, Melbourne CBD


Paperback books is a great Melbourne institution. True many find themselves drawn to buying books online or via Kindle - and this review is not looking to condemn that - instead just seeking to showcase a rare place in Melbourne.

This is not a store as concerned with aesthetics or optics - the weathered stone faced outside the store is strong testament to substance comes before style - but Paperback is in indeed a place in which the substance of what's on offer is substantial.

Walking on in you'll soon feel surrounded by paperbacks of every kind, for this is a store that very much trades off an overload'' aspect of works.

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Browsers among one of the many nooks of Paperback


While the store does indeed have a specialisation in literary fiction, it also proudly features a strong showing of travel guides, biographies and classics; seeking to cater to all interests across the store and wider city.

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Some of the classic works for sale in Paperback


While one would be forgiven - given the density of the works on offer - for thinking this collection has been assembled with some randomness about it, the care and craft shown in setting up the store in little-detail proves otherwise. Clear example of this comes with the charming children's section in a dedicated alcove with little chairs and more. Here's a store that has put much thought into its whole audience (as well as perhaps providing a nifty spot to keep younger readers amused with some shorter reads while mom and dad grab a 1000-pager).

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The children's section at the store


While the range at Paperback is diverse, it should also be declare it features a solid and very niche array of niche and hard-to-find titles; making it a solid port of call for those who are looking for a particular work but had little luck elsewhere.

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Paperback also has a number of rare and eceltic volumes alongside the more well known works.


With this, it should be said too: a key draw of the store is its late hours across the weeknights. Open from 9.30am weekdays till the later hours of the evening, it a great stop for those post-dinner in the Paris end of Melbourne looking for something to read on the 10pm tram home.

A store with just one of the virtues aforementioned here would be a good one. To have so many things to recommend it means Paperback is surely a standout. While indeed other good bookstores - like Corner Lamp Books in Moorabbin - come with a similar style and ethos; Paperback very much stands apart at the top end of the Melbourne CBD. A great place to call by if yet to.

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Why? A Magnificent Melbourne Institution
When: Monday to Thursday, 9.30am-10.00pm, Friday 9.30am-11.30pm, Saturday 11.00am-11.30pm, Sunday 12.00pm-7.00pm
Phone: 9662 1396
Where: 60 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: varies
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There are so few places now to peruse real books. I've walked past ot so many times but now it is a rarity I must go in.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|5681) 788 days ago
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