About Us

Paperback Books

The Paperback Bookshop is an independent, general bookshop that was established in the early 1960s at the top of Bourke street. The original charter of the shop was to stock paperback editions of books that were not commonly available in Australia. We still stock such books, many of which have become classics but our interest is in good writing, wherever it's to be found. We have a particular focus on Australian writing and source new as well as established authors. 


We stock an extensive selection of new release and backlist titles that cover a wide range of genres including; fiction, Australian non fiction, history, poetry, classics, music books, Philosophy, Politics and Current Affairs and Natural History. We are more than happy to source books that we don't keep in stock.