There’s just something about reading physical books while visiting or stopping by some great spots that will keep anyone, especially those who had been offering prints to consumers for a long while, to have those printed versions kept on their shelves for more years to come.

It could either be of several reasons. Perhaps it’s the transcendental beauty that each tome offers that bonds the reader to the manuscript—from the knowledge or awakening that it imparts to the physical lure that each volume provides. Maybe, the emotional connection that it shares with the reader that makes one want more time with either a paperback or a hardcover, and be its companion for several hours at any moment that time allows. Or possibly the fact that a book can be a part of one’s collection.

There will always be a chance that someone’s writings will be read by others. That’s the reason why special places where they could be found abound. Now if you happen to visit Sydney, you can also add to your timetable to visit the best places in Sydney to find books.


1. Gertrude & Alice Bookstore

Location: 46 Hall St, Bondi Beach

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The names Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas had been associated with each other for more than a century now. Both came from Jewish families and had rich history in art and literature.  For their influences on modern art, writing as well as cooking, they continue to inspire readers, writers, scholars, visual scholars, and even those who have an inclination in cooking.

Once you step into the premises of the bookstore, you will see countless number of books from ceiling to floor, interposed with shared tables. Gertrude & Alice provide a haven for the surfers as well as backpackers of Bondi Beach.

The place that was named after Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas likewise boasts of a Hemingway room that is more tranquil and also lined with reference books—an appropriate nook for the bookworm.


2. Kinokuniya

Location: Level 2, The Galleries, 500 George Street, Sydney

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Kinokuniya has the greatest collection of books in Sydney, with an extensive compilation of more than 300,000 titles in English, Japanese, Chinese, French as well as German.

Situated at the heart of Sydney CBD, Kinokuniya also stores an excellent range of manga, graphic novels, art and design, travel as well as cookbooks. It also features an in-store art gallery which displays work from both local and international artists.

With its spacious and tranquil environment, sufficient natural light and also receptive and very informative staff, anyone visiting Kinokuniya will definitely find a haven in every corner of the bookstore.  Moreover, The Kinokuniya Café situated within the premises of the bookstore offers readers more space to relax and enjoy the atmosphere within the establishment.


3. Dymocks

Location: 424 George St., Sydney, NSW

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Considered as one of Australia’s most established bookstore and had been in the business for more than 135 years. The company was established in 1879 by William Dymock and now has been determined as the oldest Australian-owned bookstore), Dymocks boasts of well over 300,000 book titles to choose from, along with an extensive range of stationery, an ABC Centre, SBS Shop as well as Lonely Planet hub, all in-store.

Since 1986, Dymocks has been offering a franchise system that allows people to have their own piece of this great bookselling tradition.



4. Berkelouw Bookstore

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A long history of trading books had been Berkelouw’s footing for what it had accomplish through six generations doing the business. Today, the company is deemed to be Australia’s largest and longest established new, secondhand as well as rare bookseller with bookshops located in Sydney, Melbourne and also Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast.


5. Abbey’s Bookshop

Location: 131 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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Abbey’s Bookshops includes three establishments: Abbey’s Bookshop, Galaxy Bookshop and Language Book Centre. The company has been an independent bookseller in Sydney since 1968 and has since fostered a strong standing for providing a huge collection of books coupled with outstanding customer service. It also offers a global ordering system that can be accessed through its unique URL.

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Most Read Books of 2013

There have been a lot of good book releases this year that have had its fair share of buzz and have been discussed in length among literary circles. Here is a quick roundup of those new books in 2013 that have been read extensively this year – so far.

1. Inferno by Dan Brown

Par for the course when reading a Dan Brown novel, this book features a mix of allusions to church-issues and a little bit of literary references. Fans of Dan Brown will surely enjoy this new outing. Despite the trail of implausible plot twists and scientific jargon mentioned in the story, this book still takes its reader on a roller-coaster ride of thrill and spills.

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2. All That Is by James Salter

This is the first novel by this literary legend in thirty years – and it was definitely worth the wait. A great introduction to his literary style for those unfamiliar with him and a dazzling cap to a prominent career should this be his last outing as an author; this novel is an old-school type of novel.

3. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Great buzz was generated when it was finally revealed that this new book by an unknown author was actually written by none other than J.K. Rowling. Yes, that J.K. Rowling – the one who wrote that series of books about a young wizard. The book was universally acclaimed but hasn’t been doing so well in the sales department – until the big reveal that is.

4. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

This final instalment in the Wheel of Time series left many fans with a feeling of melancholy. After all, it is not usual to have a 14-part cycle series – a fact that makes Lord of the Rings seem brief. Based on the sales records, it seems like the fans of the series came out in droves to support this final outing to a lengthy series.

5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

By the response it has been getting, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is an excellent outing by an author that is most probably the most adored living writer in recent memory. This open expression of love for the author by his fans –borne out of his constant and sincere communication with them – is probably a major factor as to why this book is one of the most read books of the year.

While most people read a variety of genres, it is important to note that they also have preferred ones. This lists some of the more popular genres that have captured the imaginations of most people.

1. Mystery, Thriller and Crime

Making up about 48% of the Fiction market, this genre is also synonymous with detective fiction as it usually involves an investigation of a crime mystery. In some cases, mystery books may also be non-fiction with retellings of actual crimes. Probably contributing to this genre’s popularity is the rise of authors like Dan Brown.

2. Science Fiction

With 26% of the market for fiction, science fiction is very popular as well. It is a genre that deals with imaginative visualizations like futuristic settings, advanced science and technology, travel in space, parallel universes, life on other planets and paranormal capabilities. One underlying topic of science fiction is the exposition of the consequences of scientific advances. It is usually used by authors as a method to examine ideas on philosophy such as identity, morality, social structure and even desire.

3. Romance

Currently experiencing a renaissance of sorts with the rise of the subgenre of erotica through the wildly popular Fifty Shades series, this genre holds 21% of the fiction market. The main focus of this genre is the relationship and romantic love between two people that must have a satisfying conclusion. Reading of this genre is often times looked down upon due to it being viewed as a pedestrian type of literature. However, as indicated by its popularity, this fact doesn’t seem to matter to most people.

4. History

Comprising about 31% of the non-fiction market, History has long been the most popular genre in the non-fiction category. Often dealing with wars and important events this genre is reliant on facts derived from real accounts by people and actual documents. Accuracy is often emphasized but liberties in terms of storytelling are often taken by authors to make it more interesting to read.

5. Biography

With 29% of sales in the non-fiction market, Biography emerges as the second most popular book genre. Biographies are detailed description of a particular person’s life. More than just stating facts, a well-written biography would recount a person’s experiences of a particular event presenting it as an exposition of the subject’s life story and highlighting important parts of his or her life. This may include details that are intimate to the subject as well as an analysis of the person’s personality.


Famous Authors

Most authors create their names or brand by landing on the bestsellers list – and maintain such popularity by consistently doing so. However, the exceptional few take it a notch higher by landing a movie deal or by embracing social media. On this list are just some of the more popular authors that have achieved a high level of popularity that made them household names.

1. Neil Gaiman

A well-loved author due to his hands-on approach in communicating with fans, Neil Gaiman writes through a variety of medium like short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. Some of his most popular works are the widely acclaimed graphic novel The Sandman, and novels such as American Gods, Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book, Coraline and Stardust. His list of awards includes the Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards. He has also won Newbery and Carnegie medals, both of which he won for The Graveyard Book – the first one to do so for the same book.

2. Stephanie Meyer

Made popular by her vampire romance series Twilight which has sold over 100 million copies worldwide, Stephanie Meyer was the bestselling author in 2008 and 2009. She was even ranked #49 on Time Magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in 2008” and #26 in Forbes Celebrity 100 list of the world’s most powerful celebrity in 2009.

3. Dan Brown

Made popular by his widely-read and hugely controversial novel, The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown is one of the most recognizable brands in the world today. His novels often have elements of cryptography, keys, codes, symbols and conspiracy theories, and have sold over 200 million copies worldwide. Two of his most popular novels – The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons – have been adapted into movies.

His most popular character, Robert Langdon, is featured in most of his novels – all of which coincidentally have similar historical and Christian themes. The latter is often the source of controversy from and censure by the Catholic Church.

4. E.L. James

E.L. James is the pseudonym of British author Erika Leonard. Her bestselling trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed have all combined to sell over 35 million copies in the United States and 70 Million copies worldwide – holding the record as the fastest selling paperback of all time. She was also listed in Time Magazine’s “The World’s 100 Most Influential People in 2012.

5. J.K. Rowling

Joanne “Jo” Rowling is the real name of author J.K Rowling.  As the British author of Harry Potter series, she has become one of the most recognizable authors in the world today. With 400 million copies of her novels sold and a lucrative movie deal for the Harry Potter series – the highest-grossing film series in history – she was named as the 12th richest woman in the United Kingdom by Sunday Times Rich List having amassed an estimated fortune of $798 million in 2008.