Books Galore specialise in used books, offering paperbacks at almost half the usual retail price. They also stock new children's books and collectables. Books Galore in Linden offers a vast collection of unique books, worthy of making their home on your bookshelf. Bring the whole family along to find themselves the perfect secondhand book. Kiddies can also join their book club for free. Offering discounts on the latest children's books, birthday vouchers and free sticker books, avid young readers will love this club.
Details: 56, 4th Avenue, Linden, Randburg, Johannesburg | (+27) 011 888 0760
Booklovers Paradise are experts in out-of-print and collectable books. They do not stock 'run of the mill' titles, only the most interesting and rare finds. If you are looking for something not usually found at retail bookstores, then visit Booklovers Paradise. Their passion for literature shines through in their service and knowledge of their fiction and non-fiction books. Inquire with them to find a long lost book or special editions.
Details: Northcliff Shopping Center, Cnr Beyers Naude and Milner Road, Northcliff, Johannesburg | +2711 888 3280 or +27 61 233 2936 | [email protected]
The Corner Shop on 4th Avenue is a treasure trove of trinkets, ornaments, art and books. We discovered it while waiting for a table across the street at the much-loved Whippet Coffee. Begin your book hunt on the pavement outside the store, where they set up trestle tables topped with timeless classics. Then follow the scent of old paperbacks inside, where they have an upstairs reading corner. Here, you can also find teen novels, dramas, plays and poetry. Sit back and page through your finds on their very brightly coloured furniture. The books at the Corner Shop are sometimes discounted too, so make sure to bring a bag or two with you.
Details: Shop 32, Menal Place, Corner 4th Avenue and 7th Street, Linden, Randburg, Johannesburg | 011 782 7496
Tales and Fables is another must-visit Linden secondhand bookstore. Located at Victory Park Centre, the store offers more than just a shopping trip. Rather, they pride themselves on giving their customers a true experience. Tales and Fables also buy secondhand books, so the next time you find your bookshelves looking a little too heavy, take them here. A book is never really owned anyway, but should be passed on to spread joy to other readers!
Details: Victory Park Shopping Centre, Rustenburg Rd & 2nd Ave, Victory Park, Johannesburg | (011) 782 3660 or 084 919 1745 | [email protected]
Bookdealers has been trading in out-of-print, collectable and used books for 30 years. Their collections are extensive, covering everything from history, to psychology, travel, self help and music. Their classics section is equally impressive, boasting a number of hard to find novels and plays. Bookdealers of Greenside is a student hot spot, supplying affordable set books and new novels to read during the holidays. Their Greenside store is one of the larger branches, so visit them as soon as you can.
Details: 39 Gleneagles Road, Greenside, Johannesburg | 011 782 1101 | [email protected]
Serial Thrillers is just outside Linden, at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia. This relatively new bookstore is a wonder world of used books, comic books, vinyl and other curios. The owner is very eager to help new customers find exactly what they are looking for, and has a vast knowledge of classic and contemporary literature. From Enid Blyton to the Adventures of Tintin, there are a number of wonderful children's titles to be found at Serial Thrillers. Adults will find the likes of Stephen King, James Patterson and Tess Gerritsen on the shelves, as well as modern classics to keep them entertained. Stop by here if you are in search of an extra special gift for a book lover.
Details: Olifants Rd, Emmarentia, Johannesburg | 061 448 2933
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