About Us

The Hobart Bookshop is a proud independent bookshop.

The proprietors, Christopher Pearce and Janet Grecian, have a long history in bookselling. Christopher’s father, Cedric Pearce was one of Hobart's best known booksellers from the 1940s to the early 1980s. Christopher began his bookselling career in the early 1970s, ran the University Bookshop in Port Moresby (PNG) during the 1980s, and opened the Hobart Bookshop in 1990.

Christopher Pearce

The Hobart Bookshop moved from its Criterion Street shop to our current Salamanca Square home in the historic Salamanca precinct.


The shop is a short walk from the city centre; is close to the wharf where visiting tour ships often moor; and on Saturdays we are surrounded by the buzz and the energy of Salamanca Market.

Our shop is warm, well-lit, has wheelchair access, is filled almost to overflowing with books, and is a vibrant part of Tasmania's literary community. We actively support the local arts and literary scene, hosting events, sponsoring competitions and opportunities, and offering discounts to members of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre, as well as to teachers and librarians, members of the Playgroup Association, and to our own Members.

Our staff are a small and friendly group who love books, and are always happy to help you find something new to read. We can help you choose a book for yourself or a gift for a friend, and we offer complimentary gift-wrapping. We do special orders for books, either in person, on the phone, or online.

We are also a member of the Leading Edge Books independent booksellers’ group.