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The Book Bird opens in Geelong West

A new bookstore, The Book Bird, has opened in Geelong West in Victoria.

Owner Anna Tweed opened the Pakington Street store in October after previously working as a bookseller at Otago University Bookshop in New Zealand and the Book Grocer in Melbourne.

Tweed told Books+Publishing the community feedback on the new store has been overwhelming positive. ‘The collective vibe is one of delight and relief that a bookstore has opened in their neighbourhood, which is a wonderful response,’ said Tweed.

The Book Bird specialises in hand-picked remainders, however, Tweed is also experimenting with backlist titles, particularly children’s books. ‘[At] the Book Grocer I experienced firsthand how great remainders are and how well it can work providing the books are carefully selected,’ said Tweed. ‘The great thing about remainders is the freedom to stock an eclectic range of titles at really great prices. By doing this we can make books much more accessible to a wider audience.’

Tweed said customers are keen to take a gamble on an unknown title or author when the price is affordable. ‘By keeping the stock fresh and well organised, it’s a bit like a never-ending treasure hunt which customers love.’

For more information visit The Book Bird Facebook page here.


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