Beattie & Forbes Books and Post

Beattie & Forbes Books and Post
Beattie & Forbes Books and Post
72 Bridge Street
New Zealand
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About Us

Beattie and Forbes Booksellers started life as The Office Supply Company, Napier. Opened by Tom Sullivan in 1924 on the corner of Hastings and Tennyson Streets. When the Earthquake struck in 1931 the shop was open. Tom and one of his assistants, Aline Buckley, got out, but tragically his other assistant, Nellie Rolls, was killed. Aline then worked in the store (by now on the opposite corner) for about 50 years. When she finally retired the store had become Beattie and Forbes Booksellers, so named by Graham Beattie and Barry Forbes in 1968.

Since then the shop has changed hands a couple of times and is now owned by James and Megan Landon, both bibliophiles and from retail, (James) and academic (Megan) backgrounds.  

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With a reputation for great service and still Napier’s only Independent Bookseller we hold a broad range of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. We specialise in Art, Art Deco, Fashion and Architecture as well as having an extensive range New Zealand History and Culture. We also carry a comprehensive selection of New Zealand fiction and poetry. We have recently partnered with KOBO and are able to offer both the e-reader and a link thorugh our site for you to download e-books onto a variety of readers including iPads and Sony e-readers. Follow the links from our site to Kobo and register today!

We have the most generous loyalty scheme on the high street and a lay-by service and free quality gift wrapping year round. 

Services and Categories

  • New Books
  • Used Books
  • Kobo eBooks
  • Kobo Readers
  • Sell Tokens
  • Redeem Tokens
  • Sells Giftcards
  • Redeems Giftcards
  • Online Bookshop
  • Have Bookclub
  • Post Shop
  • Hawke's Bay