second-hand books | peace and quiet | ponsonby


Welcome earthling

We sell quality second hand books and provide a stage for culture. Come take a wander through our 20,000 volume collection, or sit about and enjoy our free Wifi and sunny courtyard.

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 to our events, snag yourself some books selected for you or for your business on subscription, give someone cool a gift voucher, or hire out the space (non-commercial, book-related things are probably free).


Ears Wide Open

Our new weekly podcast. Interviews with artists reading at the store and other interesting folks, with your host, Anna Livesey, the Open Book's curator at large. Here, and wherever you get your podcasts, every Thursday. 

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I have books to sell

We are not buying books at the moment (because we have too many ourselves). We do accept donations of all sorts dropped off at the store.

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 $29 including delivery. My Book Bag we call it.




Contact details

201 ponsonby road, auckland
(opposite Prego, near the intersection with Franklin Road)
09 360 1741