About Us


Readings is an independent retailer of books, music and film, with seven shops operating in Melbourne at Carlton, Doncaster, Hawthorn, Malvern, St Kilda and the State Library of Victoria – as well as a speciality children’s and young adult bookshop, also in Carlton.

We run a lively website, where you can get the latest news on our blog, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and purchase a range of titles online, with a $5 delivery rate anywhere in Australia on all orders under $100. We’re pleased to offer free shipping on orders $100 and over being sent within Australia.

Our shops have long been at the centre of the local literary scene, both as meeting places and via our exciting calendar of events, which showcases a range of in-conversations, panels, author signings, special in-store performances and book launches throughout the year. If you are interested in holding a book event at Readings, please refer to the list of frequently asked questions attached here (as a PDF download).

As a cornerstone of the Australian literary landscape, Readings takes seriously its role in growing and sustaining local industries. 10% of our annual profits go towards The Readings Foundation, which was established by managing director Mark Rubbo in 2009 in order to support individuals and organisations wishing to further develop literacy, community and the arts.

In 2016 Readings was awarded both the Bookstore of the Year Award at the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, and the Independent Book Retailer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards.

For many, the staff of Readings are its most worthwhile assets – whether you’re getting recommendations from a staff member, reading a book review by us or even having a chat with Mark on the shop floor, it’s all about sharing our love of good books with those around us.