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Book Merchant Bookstore

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What our Readers Say

I have purchased a number of times now from The Book Merchant via the website, and so wanted to share how happy I have been with the service I have received. The books I have bought have been all been second hand and in great condition, some of which have been hard to find elsewhere. Miriam has been extremely helpful in recommending other books on topics I have asked about and is timely in her email correspondence. I give a 5 star rating and a note of many thanks to The Book Merchant for service, quality and uniqueness in the range they offer. — Melanie G I am very happy with all the books I recently purchased from The Book Merchant and the prompt service receiving them. I was very excited to discover your website and the range of books available. Sue B Wonderful service thanks Miriam. Charley N You did good,very happy with book and service 👍 - Tony R Very good. Easy to order, book in good condition, friendly communication, quick turnaround, and timely delivery. Recommended. Denise M I ordered this book from the Book Merchant from their intuitive and easy to navigate website. I got an immediate confirmation with order # within minutes and the book arrived - well packed - 5 days later. I was impressed with the ease or ordering and payment as well as the well packed and prompt delivery. - Trish F
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We reward our loyal readers and newbies, especially history buffs * 10% discount - Every 6th order * 10% one-off discount if you Like Us on Facebook * 10% one-off discount for members of any historical society, family history group, professional historians and oral historians. Oh and watch out for many promotions!
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About Us

Greetings, my name is Miriam Mortimore, and I am The Book Merchant.
I have spent over 20 years as a professional librarian managing specialist collections for government and large corporations. As a librarian, I know how difficult it is to track down books that are published independently by local historians or were published long ago and are now out of print, mostly languishing in rubbish dumps. These books don't always come up on a Google search and can't be bought from large online booksellers like Amazon or Booktopia. There might be a copy in your local library but you want your own copy that you can read many times. I wanted to bridge this gap and make these treasured history books available again. So I set up my own company and online bookstore. The books I choose to sell satisfy a Librarian’s compulsion to curate collections. All books are well researched and written, often award-winning. They are books that I would read and select if I were building a library collection. The Book Merchant specialises in Australian and Western Australian history and heritage, and Australian social and cultural diversity. These are topics that I feel passionately about as I believe that our history profoundly influences our present. I also know that much of Australia’s history has not been told or reached a wide audience. True stories of hardship, resilience and surviving in harsh environments. True stories of how communities formed and the attitudes they had towards “outsiders”. It is compelling reading and incredibly relevant to our society now. Please enjoy browsing through my books. If you know of a book that I should consider selling or perhaps you’re a writer about to publish a new book? Please talk to me. Contact me via email or mobile. Best regards Miriam

Company Info

The nuts & bolts
Miriam Mortimore is a registered sole trader. Her ABN is 28 641 583 174. Miriam owns The Book Merchant, Book Merchant Bookstore, Book Merchant Publishing and Knowledge Habit business names. Please note we are not registered for Australian GST. Our Tax invoice will clearly state this in addition to providing our business registration details.
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Our address (Admin only)
14 Clare Row College Grove WA 6230 Australia
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Open hours
The bookstore is online 24 hrs Contactable : Daily 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM (we are not a physical bookshop)

Secure Payment

We accept Visa, MasterCard®, PayPal
Your payment details are safe. We are McAfee secure certified. That means our site is regularly checked for malware, viruses, phishing attacks, and other malicious activities. Payment safety is really important to both your and our peace of mind. That's why we chose two of the biggest players in the online payment industry - Square and PayPal. Both meet Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. If you want more information on their security, please go to PayPal's and Square's Australian security policy statements. Our e-commerce solution is Ecwid. Ecwid is a PCI DSS validated Level 1 Service Provider. This is the highest international standard for secure data exchanges for online stores and payment systems.

Free Shipping

We use Australia Post
We offer free standard Australia Post parcel post. You'll know exactly how much you need to pay for an order before you check-out. We also offer an additional express post service via Australia Post for a flat fee of $4.00. You will have the choice of express post at check-out. In COVID 19 times, Australia Post doesn't guarantee delivery in two business days but it is quicker than standard parcel post. We can provide you with a quote for a courier service before you commit to buying. Just email or phone us. We use Australia Post for deliveries to the UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, and New Zealand. We are happy to ship to any destination and can provide you with a quote for shipping before you commit to buying. Please email us.

Personal Information

Your information is safe
We are McAfee secure certified. That means our site has been thoroughly checked for malware, viruses, phishing attacks, and other malicious activities. Your personal details are safe. Under the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act), The Book Merchant is considered a small business and does not technically have to comply with the Act. That doesn't matter to us because we embrace the Australian Privacy Principles and will take every care with your personal information. 1. We will not disclose or sell your contact details to a third party such as a marketing company. 2. What information we keep for regulatory purposes, we keep very secure at our premises. 3. If you say yes, we will use your contact details to update you on new book titles and promotions. If you tell us to stop contacting you, we will. 4. Our online payment providers PayPal and Square are legally required to comply with the Privacy Act. More information is available on PayPal and Square's websites.

Terms and Conditions

How it works
All prices are listed in Australian Dollars The customer confirms that they are ordering the correct title, format, edition and quantity. The customer understands they have a cooling-off period of 24 hours for physical books and that after this period expires, this purchase is non-returnable. The Book Merchant is an online bookstore and we mainly communicate with our clients via email or phone. It is your responsibility to provide the correct email and phone contact details. We will not be held responsible for any missed communication due to the incorrect email address and/or phone number being provided. Any postage bag returned to us by Australia Post or our chosen courier due to incorrect delivery information will incur an additional delivery charge of $9.20.
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Returns Policy

New Books Books that are faulty, unsafe or do not match their description will be refunded or exchanged if accompanied by proof of purchase. We are also happy to provide a refund where the book/s are returned 60 days from purchase if in unused original condition with proof of purchase. Secondhand Books Yes, we will refund your purchase of any secondhand book as long as it is in the same condition that is indicated in the photos and description in our bookstore. Book/s must be returned 60 days from purchase. eBooks Once a Customer accesses or downloads any digital content purchased, they no longer have the right to cancel their purchase. Our ebooks are in the international standard EPUB format that works on all PCs, Macs, Tablets, Devices that have an EPUB format reader. These are readily available. EPUB are typically not readable in a Kindle reader. It is not our responsibility to ensure you are technically proficient to download digital content. We will provide general instructions on our website for downloading and are happy to speak to you and guide you as much as possible over the phone. Digital Content may not be copied, shared or otherwise distributed without permission from the publisher. Use must be within all applicable laws including copyright. Cooling Off Period If you change your mind and no longer wish to purchase a book/s we offer a 24 hour cooling off period in which you may cancel your order.