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Brisbane Better Bookshops. Best Bookstores in and around Brisbane.

Updated on March 29, 2014
Author Jessica Rudd with her Mother Theresa Rein & Father,  Federal MP Kevin Rudd.
Author Jessica Rudd with her Mother Theresa Rein & Father, Federal MP Kevin Rudd.

Brisbane Better Bookshops

Brisbane just like many other Cities in the world and in around Australia has a selection of truly great bookshops. When I mean great bookshops I mean really good ones, that have dedicated staff, that want to provide you with excellent service. The recent Brisbane Writers Festival with its record attendances shows how writing and books are still strong pastime for so many Australians.

Folio Books

Amid the now growing number of launches of e Books & e Readers including the IPad, Kindle, and others there is much speculation at the demise of the bookshop especially the Independent Bookshops. I say no there are too many book lovers that want to go to these Independent stores and buy good books for good reading. People really like the easy practical aspect of being able to pick up and put down a book any time they want rather than scrolling though pages on a shiny screen. For me I hope this does not change.

Avid Reader is one of Brisbane's favourite Boutique bookshops an up to date carefully selected array of good reading is held at the store.As the name suggests the owner and staff are avid readers and as such this is reflected in the customer service that is delivered. On a regular basis they have guest speakers and authors along to conduct forums on a variety of topics related to books fiction and non-fiction. Located in the main street of West End it is a short bus ride or good stroll from the CBD.

Coaldrake's Bookshop carried a great range of books and has the advantage of being right next to a line of great coffee shops in Park Road, Milton.

Folio Books Albert Street Brisbane CBD.This is my and many others favourite Brisbanites Bookshop. in central Brisbane, it has an extensive range of current international titles especially on Politics and biography's. The variety and vast array really exceeds all expectations. As well Folio has an array of Art books and Architecture that you just wont see anywhere else. The staff are very knowledgeble and can help you get any book your after.

American Bookstore another great bookshop in the Central Brisbane CBD in Elizabeth street opposite the Hilton hotel. Great range of text books and books on vintage cars. Lots of other topics.

Borders- This is one of the larger chain type multi-floor better bookshops in Brisbane. It contains books Magazines and DvDs. It has a very comprehensive Crime Novel sections as well as a lot of useful Language learning and travel sections. Situated in the centre of the CBD at the corner of Albert and Elizabeth Streets. Very popular Gloria Jeans Coffee Shop attached.

Archives Books is a popular longstanding second hand bookstore with lots of second hand book on every subject. Some of them fairly new as many a student has sold a book or two to put bread on the table. It contains lots of book on English Literature, Philosophy as well as many other text books from university.

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The Bookshop's discussed are with 1 kilometre walk of the Brisbane CBD Coaldrake's books is 10 minutes bt taxi of the CBD asis Avid Reader at Westend

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Albert St, Brisbane QLD, Australia
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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia


      Indeed yes I have yet to go into The Really Good Book Shop I have been past when it was closed. After having a look I will add to this site.

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      Christina 7 years ago

      I can't believe they left out The Really Good Book Shop at Hillcrest on the Southside. It is the best bookstore I have ever been to. I can't say enough good things about this store. You have to go there.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I think hope they will ethel I for one do not want to read any book on a computer screen !

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Interesting Barry. I wonder if they will survive the Internet?