Best 17 Sites For Buying Books Online in Australia in 2018

Best 17 Sites For Buying Books Online

There's never been a better time to buy books online in Australia - sales are frequent, there are cheap shipping options, and competition between stores continues to grow.

So, what are the best stores for buying books online?

Our top 17 online bookstores are listed below, and by using them as a guide, you'll be able to keep up to date with the bestseller list all year 'round - without spending a fortune!

Happy reading!


1. Booktopia

Booktopia is one of Australia's favourite online stores, and it has well over 600,000 titles in its Sydney distribution centre ready to ship. Booktopia has frequent sales events, and runs free shipping offers many times throughout the year.

  • Shipping: flat-rate $6.95 per order
  • Returns: store credit issued if you notify Booktopia within two days of delivery
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2. Big W

Big W is often the place to find the hottest deals on new release books in Australia. Sales on books occur often, so it's worth keeping an eye on the weekly catalogues.

2. eBay Australia

eBay is Australia's biggest marketplace, and needless to say, it's the place to find more than a few book bargains! From brand new releases to pre-loved titles, there's something for everyone at this store.

Best 15 Sites For Buying Books Online in Australia in 2018

3. Book Depository

Book Depository is arguably the most popular international bookstore, and it has around 18 million books on offer. Prices are hard to beat here, and there is no minimum spend required.

  • Shipping: free worldwide shipping
  • Returns: full refund if sent within 14 days of return notification
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4. Amazon Australia

Australians have been enjoying Amazon Australia's enormous range of books for years, but now with Amazon Prime available here (which entitles members to free shipping), it's even more popular. In addition to physical books, you can also choose from thousands of Kindle Books that can be downloaded and enjoyed on any eReader immediately.

  • Shipping: free for Amazon Prime, free over $49, or else $5.99
  • Returns: full refund within 30 days of delivery
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5. Dymocks

Dymocks has been around for 135 years, and is often top of mind when we think of traditional Australian bookstores. Now a popular online retailer, it's the place to find a huge selection across all categories, and have them delivered to your door fast.

  • Shipping: $5.99 for regular shipping, $9.99 for express shipping
  • Returns: full refund if returned within 60 days of purchase
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Best 15 Sites For Buying Books Online in Australia in 2018

6. Angus & Robertson

Like Dymocks, Angus & Robertson is a long-standing Australian bookstore that offers customers the convenience of shopping its massive range of titles online. Make sure you sign up to the Angus & Robertson newsletter - big sales are common!

  • Shipping: $7.50 for regular shipping, $14.50 for express shipping
  • Returns: refunds possible within 30 days of purchase

7. Wordery

Wordery is similar in many ways to Book Depository: it's based in the UK, it's an online-only store, and it offers free shipping worldwide. Better still, there are over 10 million books to choose from, most of them discounted.

8. Boomerang Books

Boomerang Books is an independent online bookstore, and it has over 1.5 million titles in stock, many of which are discounted. There is a focus on Australian publishers and authors at this store.

  • Shipping: flat-rate $7.95
  • Returns: refunds available for books returned within 21 days of purchase

Best 15 Sites For Buying Books Online in Australia in 2018

10. Collins Booksellers

Collins Booksellers is another iconic Australian bookstore, which offers a massive library of competitively priced titles to online customers, especially since partnering with eReading leader, Kobo.

  • Shipping: free over $50, or else
  • Returns: generally accepted, but assessed on a case-by-case basis

11. Readings

Readings is an independent Melbourne-based bookstore with a user-friendly online store and a big focus on supporting local arts industries. In fact, 10% of all profits go directly to The Readings Foundation. Online orders can be gift wrapped.

  • Shipping: $5 or free over $100
  • Returns: credit note issued for change-of-mind returns

12. Abbey's Bookshop

Abbey's is Sydney's favourite independent bookshop, and it's been running since the 1960s. While somewhat basic, the Abbey's online store has a well-sized selection of titles, and shipping is quick and cheap.

  • Shipping: flat-rate $6.50
  • Returns: credit note within 14 days

Best 15 Sites For Buying Books Online in Australia in 2018

13. Catch

Catch (previously Catch of the Day) has a great collection of discounted kids' books, and it's particularly excellent for buying popular box sets at a great price. Most titles are discounted, and some marketplace books ship free.

  • Shipping: Standard shipping starts at $6.95 / some titles ship free
  • Returns: store credit within 28 days of purchase
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14. Mighty Ape

Mighty Ape is based in New Zealand, and prides itself on being one of the largest online sellers of entertainment and pop culture products in Australasia. There's a massive selection of discounted books on offer here, including pre-orders and bestsellers.

15. ABC Shop Online

The ABC Shop Online is a favourite destination for kids' licensed and educational books, but it also stocks new-release fiction, magazines and audio books.

  • Shipping: $7.50 or free over $100
  • Returns: possible on new or faulty items within a reasonable time frame
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Best 15 Sites For Buying Books Online in Australia in 2018

16. Gumtree

Gumtree is one of Australia's biggest marketplaces, and it's the place to find excellent deals on both new and used books online. You'll need to set up an account to be able to purchase books on Gumtree.

  • Shipping: varies depending on the seller
  • Returns: may be acceptable at the seller's discretion

17. Fishpond

Fishpond partners with suppliers around the globe to stock over 25 million products, many of which are books! From bestselling new releases to obscure nonfiction titles, you're sure to find what you're after at Fishpond.


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