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Welcome earthling

We sell quality second hand books and bring people together who are interested in words and creativity. Come take a wander through our seven rooms of shelves, use the Wifi for book research, and enjoy your find in our sunny garden.

Our bookstore is a work in progress. We want to restore it to sufficient commercial success to sustain its future in the Ponsonby community. Spread the word. Come find yourself a thing or two to read. Attend our events. Snag yourself some books selected for you or for your business on subscription. Or hire out the space (non-commercial things we can sometimes do just for a koha). Keep up to date on how we are going with the wider project on the blog.

We accept good books of any sort by donation. If you are near the store, sing out and we can arrange pickup.


The 2019 Geometry | Open Book National Poetry Contest

Thanks to all the entrants in our competition, bigger and better in its second year. And special thanks to all those who came for the reading on Sunday August 25.

Kudos to Janis Freegard (winner!) and Jordan Hamel, Rebecca Hawkes, Hannah Lees, and Dadon Rowell (Judges’ List)

Read the winning poems and the Judges’ report


Books by the metre

We can assemble a beautiful second-hand book collection for you by subject, genre, style or colour. For sale or for rent. Check out some ideas and indicative pricing.

If you are running a business, we have a specific service to keep your reading up to date.


Ears Wide Open

Our occasional literary podcast, available here and wherever you get your podcasts. Interviews with writers, musicians and bookpeople, hosted by Anna Livesey, the Open Book's curator-at-large.

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I have books to sell

We are not buying books at the moment. We do gratefully accept donations of all sorts dropped off at the store. If you are near the store and want to talk about a pickup, give us a ring.

I am looking for a particular book

Give us a call or send us email or Facebook message. If we don't have it, we can keep an eye out for it for you.

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Books by subscription

Here's a few of your favourite things. A parcel of two or three books handpicked to your preferences and delivered to your door. For $35 including delivery anywhere in New Zealand. My Book Bag we call it.




Contact details

201 ponsonby road, auckland
(opposite Prego, near the intersection with Franklin Road)

open every day 10am-5pm

except Christmas Day, Boxing Day
Good Friday, Easter Sunday
and the morning of Anzac Day
09 360 1741