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All the secondhand, used, pre-loved etc books on the shelves at Gaslight Books can be searched by author, title and keywords - there are examples on the search page.

Prices are in Australian dollars. All prices include the GST. For overseas readers only, we exclude the GST.

Orders can be placed via the shopping cart, by email, phone, fax, or call in. Mail orders (including overseas orders) are very welcome.


Using the Shopping Cart

The shopping cart can be used or order one or more books from our secondhand range. Local customers can use it to reserve a book. There are a few stages to go through. 

Click on the Order button to add a book to the cart. You will then see a screen which lists the book, plus postage charges (more about postage later). To return to your search, click on Click Here to Continue Shopping and then on another Order button or the Search Again? link. Each time you click Order, the cart will display the list of books you have chosen. You can delete a book or books, or empty the cart completely from this screen. 

Click on the Send Order button to continue. The next screen asks for your contact details plus how you want to pay. Most of the information is required, even if you are a local customer, as it is too easy to omit the information we need. Use the comments: for example if you are a local customer, enter "Please hold for collection" (we'll hold the book(s) for two weeks) or to ask for a postage quote. 

Payment: For local customers, and existing mail order customers where we already have your payment method on record, click on the Use existing cc details option. If you are are first time credit card user with Gaslight Books, you can submit the details here via a secure connection, or phone or fax it to us, or ask us to call you. We do not retain card or personal  information on a computer server. It will be deleted once the order is processed

Click on Send Order Now. This will take you to the screen that asks you to choose the shipping method. (Even if you are collecting the books from the shop the default postage charge will be selected as this is a cart requirement)

Click on Confirm Order. The next screen will display your order number and the order is on its way.


Postage Charges

A word about postage charges: if you are paying by credit card, or an established customer paying by cheque, we will charge the exact postage (no handling charges), which will be less than the rate shown in the cart. Otherwise if paying by cheque or international bank draft please use the cart rates. 



Payment Methods

Gaslight Books can accept Visa, Mastercard, Bankcard, Australian Money Orders, personal cheques (Australian account only), and bank cheques. We also have EFTPOS for shop visitors

Personal Cheques from overseas cannot be accepted unless you are prepared to add the bank conversion fee, approximately $A10.00. Please check with us first.


Our Secondhand Books:

The condition of the books ranges from very good to OK, and most have our barcode label. If you want pristine first editions, these not for you

As well as author, title and price, other details which may appear include:

  • Date of original publication (this is not the edition date, but the date the title was first published, to give you an idea of its age)
  • A summary of the book. These come from the books, publishers lists, booksellers catalogues and reference books. The observant among you will notice typographical errors, variant spellings and examples of creative grammar

We will add to the details over time.

Abbreviations used:

Cloth - a hardcover
Trade - large paperback
Ex-lib - from a library. Usually a very worn hardcover, with library stamps etc.
ndj - a cloth edition with its dustjacket missing
tpm - someone has torn out the title page
BC, book club - a book-club edition, usually cloth

Everything else is an ordinary paperback.


Waiting List

If you miss out on a book that you would like, please ask to be added to the waiting list for the next available copy. Please indicate any conditions, for example no ex-library or cloth editions.


Contact Details

gasbooks@gaslightbooks.com.au

Phone/Fax Australia 02 6239 3633

Post: PO Box 267, Fyshwick, ACT 2609 Australia

Your private information is not retained on a computer server. If you are a regular customer you can ask us to hold it for re-use. Information about our customers is kept private and is used only to process orders placed with Gaslight Books or to distribute our newsletters and is not disclosed to any other people or organizations. 

Our thanks to Seamus Campbell of Boldacious WebDesign for setting us up for shopping!