Bookseller opens new chapter

MOVING 4000 books across town is no small feat, as bookseller and former journalist Martin Stevenson discovered.

``Now I've just got to get them back in order,'' he said, surveying the shelves of his new store.

Trading as MW Stevenson - Bookseller, Secondhand and Antiquarian Books, Mr Stevenson is now settled in at No. 24 in the Quadrant Mall, and opens today, ahead of tomorrow's Crazy Day sale in the CBD.

He previously operated from 236 Charles Street, until the building was sold by the owners.

``I do like the buzz in the Quadrant,'' he said.  The Examiner  columnist said in spite of the rise of online shopping, he had sold around 15,000 books in the seven years at his previous location.

``I just love books, really,'' he said.

``It speaks volumes about why I keep on going. I've got no ideas about chucking it in.''

Cooking, gardening and Tasmanian history books were among his bestsellers, he said.

``Some people come in for a $9 conversation, but I enjoy that,'' he said.

Mr Stevenson said he was also pleased to be a stone's throw from local bookstores Petrarch's and Fullers.

With the help of wife Sue and daughter Emma, the store is open from 11am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

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