Bookshops and The Big Issue A Match Made in Reading Heaven

20 March 2018 Magazine

Bookshops and The Big Issue A Match Made in Reading Heaven

Bookshops and The Big Issue go together like strawberries and cream, Holmes and Watson, reading and writing.

You'll often spot a friendly Big Issue vendor standing out the front of bookshops and libraries. Vendors like Ted, pictured above, who often sells outside Avid Reader in Brisbane. 

For many people, buying a Big Issue magazine after visiting a bookshop is the perfect way to add to their (new) reading pile - and give back to the community by supporting a vendor.

With the current magazine focusing on literacy and empowerment through reading - and sporting that big bold WHY BOOKS MATTER catchcry on the cover - we thought we'd take the opportunity to plug some of the bookshops where you can frequently find Big Issue vendors selling magazines out the front.



Booked at North Adelaide 
North Adelaide Village
81 O'Connell Street
North Adelaide

Dillons Norwood Bookshop
160/166 The Parade



The City of Perth Library and History Centre 
573 Hay Street



Mary Ryan's Bookshop 
85 Merthyr Road
New Farm

Avid Reader 
193 Boundary Street
West End

Brisbane Square Library 
266 George Street

State Library of Queensland 
Stanley Pl
South Brisbane

Dymocks Brisbane (across the road) 
177 Albert Street



Readings Bookshop 
309 Lygon Street

State Library of Victoria (across the road) 
328 Swanston Street


We highly recommend buying/borrowing many books from these bookshops/libraries. And - of course - buying a Big Issue from a vendor on the way out.

If we've missed any bookshop or library locations that you frequently see Big Issue vendors selling at let us know – on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or via email.

Photo of Ted courtesy Barry Street. 

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