Ever since we were born, I think, my siblings and I have received a book for every occasion: birthdays, Easter, and Christmas. The written (and printed) word is one of the most important things in my life, and bookstores (and comic book stores) are my happy place. If you’re looking for new releases, new copies of old favourites, magazines, comics and zines…Brisbane has an awesome range of independent stockists and sellers who are really knowledgeable and can provide great recommendations if you’re looking for the perfect gift.
191 & 193 Boundary Street, West End
One of the first Brisbane businesses I fell in love with, Avid Reader is still a firm favourite. A great range, good prices and super lovely staff. They’ve always got a great selection of literary, lifestyle, and other magazines as well, plus stationery of all kinds. Their lovely notebooks would make a great gift for any writer. They stock local cards and wrapping paper as well as lots of other gifts (mugs, shirts, bags) for the literature lover.
The children’s section of Avid Reader splintered off in early 2015 and has become a beloved bookstore in its own right. They host frequent events including book signings and launches, and also run several different book clubs for all ages and interests. The staff are amazing, and their books range from gorgeous picture books to YA novels. You’ll absolutely find something for your young avid readers.
Shop 4, Level 1, Blocksidge & Ferguson Arcade, Brisbane City
Purveyors of all things sci-fi, fantasy, crime, and mystery, Pulp Fiction is a genre fiction dream, upstairs in an arcade on Adelaide Street. Open since 1995, they also stock a selection of horror, true crime, popular science and media (film/TV/gaming) books, graphic novels, and art books. The staff are great – they really know their stuff, and will be honest with you about whether they liked a certain book (although they only stock what they know and love, and I’ve never had a bad recommendation).
133 Mary Street, Brisbane City
Folio is your one-stop shop for gorgeous coffee table books on every subject (as well as a wide selection of travel guides, and novelty/humour books that would make great gifts). Folio has been in Brisbane for over three decades and I’ve always found their service to be friendly and their recommendations informed and interesting.
193 Oxford Street, Bulimba
Riverbend Books is an award-winning general bookshop in Bulimba, which opened in 1998. If you’re looking for a special gift for a booklover they also offer book hampers, vouchers, and Book of the Month subscriptions, with one new book delivered to you each month if you want to give a gift that goes all year long.
81 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City
Selling Queenslanders comic books for over 25 years, Comics Etc have a huge range of new release comics, trade paperbacks, graphic novels, and manga as well as statues and collectables. They’ve always got a few nifty little things you could use as stocking stuffers, too. Online orders and gift cards are also available.
Annerley Arcade, 18/478 Ipswich Rd, Annerley
Ace stocks plenty of comics and manga as well as roleplaying and other game materials (source books, dice, card decks, etc). They also do gift vouchers if you can’t decide.