Aaron Caelli of Ingham was at Angus and Robertson store Mackay in search of a bargain.
Aaron Caelli of Ingham was at Angus and Robertson store Mackay in search of a bargain. Peter Holt

Bargains for bookworms

FOR a store that would normally house hundreds of books, to witness the shelves become increasingly bare was a strange sight indeed.

Mackay's Angus and Robertson book store in Caneland Shopping Centre joins 96 others across Australia that are closing down.

In preparation and to bid a good farewell, the Mackay store is holding a 50 to 75 per cent off storewide sale this month – and to Mackay bookworms, it was music to their ears.

It wasn't just Mackay residents who took advantage of the heavily discounted goods, Ingham resident Aaron Caelli was on holiday in the region and couldn't go past the book sale.

“I just like reading, my mum and I used to read all the time,” Aaron said.

The empty shelves could confirm physical books were becoming obsolete, but Aaron disagreed.

“It's good because everything's gone and it means that people are still reading – not many people (that I know) read anymore,” he said.

“I don't think (it's a trend that will disappear), you can now get those little e-books on your iPod, but it's not the same as holding a book in your hands.

“A book just feels right in your hands, I think it's just the whole atmosphere it gives,” he said.

Mackay residents have until July 13 to grab themselves a bargain.

Aaron said he could go back home to Ingham happy with his single purchase in hand, but with the sale's inviting nature, another purchase was definitely on the cards.

“Sometimes you come in (to a book store) with a little bit of money and can only buy two (books), but here I could buy three or four and that would keep me happy for a week or two,” he said.

He said his purchased book would keep him occupied during his travel home by bus today.



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