My new favourite bookshop

Many Canberrans were heartbroken this year when Borders closed. But late last year I entered the magical realm of the Beyond Q bookshop. CJ and I descended the stairs into a giant basement, greeted before we entered by some live jazz and the smell of coffee. There was a sign in the front entrance asking if anyone had seen the parrot that usually resides inside the shop.

Various antiques were scattered here and there among the shelves – rumour has it the shelves would stretch over a kilometre if placed end to end.

I was quite lost, and perfectly content. And then I found the young adult section and – oh, *swoon*. So many of my friends were there, waiting to be bought.

It was a good day.

Where is your favourite bookshop, and why do you love it so?

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6 thoughts on “My new favourite bookshop

  1. Hmmm, may have to pay them a visit!

    Haven’t got much of an excuse really, seeing as they’re just up the road from work πŸ™‚

    Got a Kindle for Christmas, so I am now delving into Amazon’s plethora of free ebooks. (You can also get a Kindle app for your PC/iPad/iPhone/Android) Some of them are good, but I have to admit, that genuine paper is just nicer πŸ™‚ For books that I think I will want to keep, ebooks just seem too ephemeral. And I have seen some publishers insist on charging the same for an ebook as a real book….. really, there’s no competition, an ebook is portable, but a real book is universal – anybody can use them, you can sell them, lend them, and they have presence on your book shelf. πŸ™‚

    1. Stu: So far, I much prefer paper books too – especially when ebooks can’t be lent to friends like ordinary books can.

  2. I can’t believe you didn’t know about this place! Apparently the resturant upstairs is very good too πŸ˜‰

  3. Anywhere books can be bought is good, but my favourite is probably “Dirt Cheap Books”. It’s a healthy 20-30minute walk from my house and they have an awesomely wide selection of books of all different types, and there was NOTHING more than $4.99 πŸ˜€

    I’m pretty sure they went into liquidation and are shutting down though πŸ™

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