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Christmas delivery deadline

Please place your online orders by 5pm (AEST) on Friday 11 December to ensure delivery by Christmas.

This deadline only applies to in-stock items being delivered within Australia. We cannot ensure delivery of items that aren’t currently in-stock.

Don’t forget — we offer free gift-wrapping when you order online! Just tick the box in checkout.

Our shipping charges have recently changed

For the past four years, Readings have been proud to offer our customers free shipping for all online orders within Australia. Over this time postage costs have continued to rise, and shipping has become a cost we are no longer able to absorb. Consequently we have introduced a small delivery fee on all orders. We remain committed to offering our customers the best value possible, so we’re keeping our shipping fee to an absolute minimum.

As of Wednesday 18 November, Readings charges a $3 flat rate on all online orders being sent within Australia. This flat rate remains the same no matter how many books you are ordering, or the total cost of your order. Overseas and express post rates remain unchanged.


Orders of in-stock items will be shipped in 1-2 business days. This means in-stock items will be packaged and sent out in the post within 1-2 business days of your online order being placed; delivery times will vary depending on the location the package is being sent to (it will typically take 2-5 days to reach most locations within Australia.)

Orders of items that are not in-stock will be shipped once the item arrives from the supplier. Please see an item’s product page for shipping time estimates. They can range from 2-15 days.

Readings makes every effort practical to ensure that delivery time-frames provided are accurate. However the delivery times stated for products on this site assume that the stock availability information provided by our suppliers is accurate and that delivery times are not adversely affected by unforeseen events.

Our stock data is updated on the website every day, but availability may change throughout the day for in-demand items. If you are visiting one of our shops for a specific item, please call the shop for the most current stock information. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Once items are lodged with Australia Post Readings cannot be responsible for lost or delayed packages but will endeavour to track orders where possible. If delays are experienced please check in with your local Australia Post office and if your order hasn’t arrived after 3 weeks please contact us. For more information about deliveries visit Australia Post.

By placing an order online, you agree not to hold Readings liable for any loss or damage directly or indirectly arising out of or in connection with any delay or failure to deliver within the estimated time frame.


  • Australia, $3 flat rate
  • New Zealand: $13 flat rate
  • China/ Japan/ Hong Kong: $22 flat rate
  • India/SE Asia: $22 flat rate
  • USA/Canada: $22 flat rate
  • Pacific: $22 flat rate
  • UK/Western Europe: $22 flat rate
  • Eastern Europe/Scandinavia/Turkey: $22 flat rate
  • Rest of the World: $25 flat rate

Please note, we do revise quotes for large orders. If we need to revise your international freight quote, we will contact once your order is placed.

Readings delivers worldwide via Australia Post. Please visit Australia Post for global delivery estimates.

Readings does not accept cash or cheques for the payment of items online. Readings accepts no responsibility for the theft, loss or otherwise non-delivery of mailed cash or cheques.

Gift Wrapping

We will gift-wrap your online order for free! Simply check the ‘Is this a gift?’ box in checkout, then check the ‘Gift wrap your order’ box. There is also the option to include a message to the recipient that can be written on a Readings gift tag.

Redeeming gift cards and online gift vouchers

When redeeming Readings gift cards or online gift vouchers, simply enter the barcode on the back of your gift card or the barcode on your online voucher into the ‘Gift card code’ field in the checkout. You will still need to enter your credit card details, but we will only charge you if your order exceeds the amount of money your gift card is worth.

Libraries and schools

We offer Australian libraries and schools a 20% discount off full price books for online orders. To set up an account, head to our Schools and Libraries page and fill in the enquiry form. One of our staff will then be in touch.

Once your account is set up, you can log in and access your discount on all orders.

Bulk rates (recommended for book clubs and corporate organisations)

Readings offers the following discounts on orders for multiple copies of the one item:

  • 5 to 9 copies – 10% discount
  • 10 to 19 copies – 15% discount
  • 20 plus copies – 20% discount

Please get in touch with our online shop manager in order to arrange this discount before you place your order.

Bargain books and remainders

Bargain books (found on our bargains page) are made available at heavily discounted prices and although we strive to supply them in the best quality possible, they may occasionally be received in slightly less than mint condition.

More questions?

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.