Despite the rise of the eBook, I've found it hard to let go of purchasing physical, real copies of books. To be clear, I have absolutely no problem with eBooks, Kindles, or any other electronic reading device; I use them myself and find them practical for a multitude of reasons. I just can't see myself ever making the switch to 100% electronic reading, though. The feeling I get when walking into a bookshop is pure euphoria, I become giddy with the possibilities of books I could buy and read.
This feeling is perfectly exemplified when entering Readings, an independent Melbourne bookshop that has been around since 1969. They have since opened a number of stores around Melbourne, however the Carlton store is well and truly an institution in the city.
The selection of books available here is really incomparable to any other bookshop in Melbourne. The sheer diversity of titles combined with the wealth of knowledge from the staff means I always leave with at least one purchase in my bag (although let's be real, it's usually more like four). Indeed, the quality of the shop was explemified brilliantly when Borders came along and opened up quite literally on the opposite side of the road, then eventually closed its doors a number of years later. Readings remained, and is still offering Melbournians a quality selection of literature from both Australian and international markets.
I've been coming to Readings practically my entire life. My mother would buy books for me here when I was a child, then as I grew older I purchased some of the most life-changing books, music, and film from here. I still pop in at least once a month to pick up something new (and add about 20 books to my 'to read' list).
/ 309 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053
/ Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am - 11pm, Sunday 10am - 9pm