Welcome to BabelBooks, the Australian online bookstore for pre-loved books

We want to help Mother Earth:

Let's reuse books! Stretch your budget a little further and reduce the need for additional paper - saving trees, water and CO2 emissions. Our books are sourced from Australia (that means no transport from overseas :-) ) and delivered 100% carbon neutral thanks to our shipping partner Sendle. And our packaging is recyclable.

We support multi-cultural Australia:

We provide books in several languages, with English, French and Spanish in our Babel Corner. Our dream is to have multiple languages (including First Nations ones).

We care about Australia's unique heritage:

We give 10% of our revenues to Magabala Books, a leading Indigenous publisher based in WA, to support publications in First Nations languages. Because perpetuating a language is essential to preserve a culture.

BabelBooks sells donated books:

If you have made the (hard) decision to donate part of your books, get in touch with us. We are really keen to provide affordable books to the Australian community.

If you want to learn more about us, take a few minutes to read our story.

Testimonials

I was so happy with my books, beautiful condition, they arrived so quickly from interstate. I am so very pleased. Eccentric topics that I thought would be impossible to find. Thank you Babel Books, keep up the great work, we love you and so does our planet.

Jane

So thrilled to find an old classic for my young 6 year old son. Thank you Babel Books for giving me and others in the community an opportunity to purchase such books.

Mike

Beautiful books from Babel arrived today. Great condition, excellent pricing and efficient service. My weekend is filled with joy to be reading these books. I am also impressed by the philosophies underpinning Babel Books. Thank you.

Trish

Great selection of books, in excellent condition and shipping was fast. A great way to find some pre-loved books for my children as well as something for myself! Thanks BabelBooks!

Victoria

Very impressed by the quality and efficiency of products and service!
We will definitely purchase from BabelBooks again.

Joanne

I was very happy with how easy it was to order online, and to find a book which would have been impossible to find elsewhere in Australia. It’s great to be able to buy second hand French books, and at a reasonable price too! Thank you Babel Books!

Pauline

Testimonials

I was so impressed with the range of affordable French books available and how quickly the books arrived. The service is excellent and even better to know that we’re part of the circular economy. It’s an excellent initiative. Thank you!

Evelyn

J’ai commandé un lot de livres très tard un mercredi soir et ils m’attendaient quand je suis rentrée du travail le lundi suivant ! Des livres intéressants, autrement difficiles à procurer, bravo !

Barbara

It’s great to have access to some French books, especially for the kids. The service was impeccable and very quick. I’ll be buying more in future, and am spreading the word around me.

Thierry

Amazing service, well done! I was looking at buying books through Recyclivres and this is so much better! The books are in great condition, the delivery was super fast. Highly recommended.

Virginia

So great to have affordable french books and so easily accessible. The service is really good and books arrived quickly. Thanks BabelBooks !

Karine

Thank you so much for making it possible for my little mum (who is in her nineties) to enjoy the French novels which I ordered as a gift for her. They arrived promptly and in very good condition. Also the tracking was so good, giving me reassurance that they were safely in transit. I wish I had known about you long before this. I will be ordering more very soon. Best wishes to you and the team at Babel Books.

Huguette

Hesitating to buy pre-loved books online?

Buying second-hand books online can be a little scary and we strive to make it a great experience for you.

To manage Corona-virus contamination risk, we leave books in quarantine too: they remain untouched for at least 14 days after receiving them. Then books are sorted and become available online. Deliveries are contactless via our shipping partner Sendle.

To help you form a view on a book content, you will find a synopsis as well as information on prize shortlisting and awards when relevant.

You can leave book reviews too if you have a little more time!

To understand the book condition, our book condition guide will help you in the decision process.

To compare prices and delivery timeframes, you will find our shipping policy here: most customers enjoy the ability to buy affordable books ... and fill up their cart with a few books (4, 5, ... up to 10 or more sometimes). This means we cannot offer a flat rate as most parcels are well above 1kg!

To check what customers think about BabelBooks, their feedback is available here.

And you can reach out anytime of course, for further questions or suggestions, at customercare@babelbooks.com.au