About Jason Books

Jason Books deals in quality secondhand books

Jason Books is a ‘real’ bookshop. The store is housed in a character building in the centre of Auckland city and has a wide-ranging stock covering most areas of interest. The shop works mainly to sell books to walk-in customers who can browse what the store has to offer. We are happy to sell by mail order, but it is not our primary focus.

New books arrive daily.

Specialist collections include New Zealand, Maori, Pacific, Nautical, Art, and Literature

We stock a good range of contemporary paperbacks

including non-fiction titles as well as literary, crime, popular fiction, and classics.

You can search our catalogues here. The catalogues are on the abebooks website. We do not catalogue all our books, so if you are looking for something in particular, it is best to contact us. The books that appear in Maud’s Journal are dated blogposts, so they are books in stock at time of posting. You can email and check availability or look on the catalogues to see if a book is still available.

Shop History

Jason Books was established in 1969 on High Street and moved to Lorne Street in 1999. In February 2011, the store relocated to the present site at Chancery Chambers, 16 O’Connell Street.

The shop is owned and operated by Maud Cahill with the assistance of Pearl Little, Bruce Ross and Roger Parsons.

Buying Books

If you are not able to visit the store, you can order books directly by email or telephone and pay by internet banking or credit card. Orders may also be placed through abebooks.com when searching our catalogues. However, due to the high cost of selling through abebooks, we offer lower prices for direct purchases.

Finding Books

Not all the books in the shop are listed in our catalogues but if you contact us directly we can tell you whether we have a title in stock.

We are happy to take note of your book wants and help you find a desired title. We will also let you know if books in your area of interest come in to the shop. We do not generally offer a book search service, but will keep an eye out for books for you.

For inquiries about books for sale or titles you are searching for, please use the Jason Books contact page. Please don’t use the comments option for general inquiries.

Yes, we do buy books

Please contact Jason Books if you are interested in selling quality books.

You are welcome to bring your books in for assessment. The store is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Please be aware that there is no parking in O’Connell St. Before 11 am you can unload for up to five minutes so 10 – 11 am is a good time to come if you need to off-load a lot of books. I can also arrange for you to off-load in the loading zone on Chancery St if I have prior warning.

Usually I can look at your books straight away, but there are times when I may ask you to leave them for later assessment.

If you have a lot of books, I may do a house visit to see them. There needs to be over about 200 books for this to be feasible. I am not usually able to travel outside Auckland to see books.

I do not buy textbooks, sports books, computer books.  Most fiction I take for store credit only. Otherwise I will choose books based on my stock at the time and what I think will sell.

Payment is based on the resale value of the book and I will make an offer on your books as a group.  I cannot estimate value without seeing your books. I also offer a higher rate if you opt for a store credit instead of cash for your books.

All books need to be in very good condition



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