Our search has the following Google-type functionality:
If you use '+' at the start of a word, that word will be present in the search results.
eg. Harry +Potter
Search results will contain 'Potter'.
If you use '-' at the start of a word, that word will be absent in the search results.
eg. Harry -Potter
Search results will not contain 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between 2 words, then both those words will be present in the search results.
eg. Harry AND Potter
Search results will contain both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
NOTE: AND will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use 'OR' between 2 single words, then either or both of those words will be present in the search results.
eg. 'Harry OR Potter'
Search results will contain just 'Harry', or just 'Potter', or both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
NOTE: OR will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, that word will be absent in the search results. (This is the same as using the minus symbol).
eg. 'Harry NOT Potter'
Search results will not contain 'Potter'.
NOTE: NOT will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use double quotation marks around words, those words will be present in that order.
eg. "Harry Potter"
Search results will contain 'Harry Potter', but not 'Potter Harry'.
NOTE: "" cannot be combined with AND, OR & NOT searches.
If you use '*' in a word, it performs a wildcard search, as it signifies any number of characters. (Searches cannot start with a wildcard).
Search results will contain words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er', such as 'Potter'.
Our store upstairs at Abbey's Bookshop in York Street, Sydney, has over 40,000 books and resources on display for you to browse...
A: We do not list every available title on our web site. Telephone (02) 9264 3111 Fax (02) 9264 8993 Abbey’s Bookshop Telephone +61 2 9264 3111 Fax +61 2 9264 8993 Abbey’s Bookshop
However, if you give us as much detail as you can, we'll research it and get back to you as soon as possible.
(usually within 24 hours!)
1800 4 BOOKS (1800 426 657)
(freecall outside Sydney and within Australia)
Reply Paid 66944
Sydney NSW 2000
(no postage stamp required)
131 York Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9264 3111
(02) 9264 8993
+61 2 9264 3111
+61 2 9264 8993
A: We only list those items that:
Are currently in stock;
Are currently on order with any of our many Australian or overseas suppliers;
Have been received by us during the past 12 months.
A: This function enable's you to find those books and other items that have been received by us for the first time.
You can select time periods of 7 days, 14 days, one month, three months, six months or 12 months for any product category listed on the left hand side of this page.
Some titles may be re-issues of old books, or the paperback edition of a hardback that has been around for a while, or simply a book (or edition) that we have never had in store before, (including some fairly esoteric special orders!)
A: Every effort is made to keep prices current, however the prices quoted are subject to change.
Books that are “In Stock and Ready to Ship” are on our shelves in York Street, Sydney and the price should be accurate, providing we have sufficient copies in stock to meet your requirements.
When the book status is “We can order this in for you”, it is possible that the price will have changed when we order it. We regularly update these prices, however they are subject to change.
If the new price is greater than that quoted on our site, we will confirm your order with you before charging or sending.
A: Abbeys takes the issue of customer security very seriously. Any information you give us is treated with the utmost care and is not disclosed to third parties for any reason. All customer information is considered confidential and will never be sold, rented or shared. Your payments are processed via an industry standard 128-bit SSL secure connection, ensuring that your payments to Abbey's are safe and secure.
The SSL server is certified by Geotrust.
Abbeys takes the issue of customer security very seriously.
Any information you give us is treated with the utmost care and is not disclosed to third parties for any reason. All customer information is considered confidential and will never be sold, rented or shared.
Your payments are processed via an industry standard 128-bit SSL secure connection, ensuring that your payments to Abbey's are safe and secure.
A: On the basket page, click on the Checkout button. Then either enter your login name and password (if you have previously ordered) or enter your name and address details.
A: You can place orders through our store even if you don't have a credit card. In the last step of the order process, select your preferred option. Either send us the order (with a cheque) by post or pick it up in the store and pay by cash or EFTPOS.
A: Your search will indicate availability for each title.
In stock and ready to ship - the book was in stock when the site was last refreshed (daily). If the book is no longer available when your order is received, we will advise you accordingly. If at that time we have been unable to confirm with our supplier when it will become available, we will advise you as soon as we find out.
We can order this in for you - the book is not in stock in our store. We will order it immediately for you and notify you of its expected arrival date. If we discover the item is no longer available, we will notify you and suggest a possible replacement edition.
E-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A: This search finds items with a Title or Author that matches any word/s, or the first part of any word/s, that you enter.
"America note" will find American Notes, as will "note America". "dicken" will find Dickens, but "ickens" will not.
The more words you enter, the narrower the search. If unsure whether the title is America Notes or American Notes, only enter "America Notes".
A: Author Searches (not case sensitive)
Author names can be input in whatever order you like, but do not enter full stops or commas.
|Patrick White||White Patrick|
|pat white||patrick w||or even p w|
You would not find Patrick White titles if you entered:
|rick wh||pat ite|
You may get some unusual responses, because the Author field often contains information about the author that is searched by your query.
eg. A search for p d james will give you all the P D James titles but also a book by Fredric Jameson (Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, Duke University, North Carolina, USA). eg.
If you know the category in which the book belongs, you can use the Advanced Search to narrow the search.
In the Author field, insert p d james
From the dropdown category box, select Fiction.
Almost all the titles not written by crime writer P D James will be eliminated.
A: Author-the same as the search function.
Title/Keywords (All Terms)-the same as the search function. Every word, or stem of a word, that you enter must be found for the title to be displayed. eg "America Note" will only find titles with both those words in them; it would find American Notes as well as Noteworthy Americans.
Title/Keywords (Any Terms) finds titles with any of the word/s, or stems of word/s, that you enter. eg"America" finds any title with that word in it. If you enter "America" and "Note", you will get titles with either of those words in it, so this search may produce a large number of responses.
Title/Keywords (Phrase) finds the phrase anywhere within a title. However, the order in which the words are entered is paramount. "Bound Feet and Western Dress" could be found easily if you just entered "Feet and Western".
This search is also useful for one-word titles, especially if the word is short, since you narrow the search to only those titles that have the word entered as a stand-alone word. eg A Phrase search for the Spanish text "Ya" finds only 12 titles, whereas the All Terms search finds almost 100.
If you wish you can include information in as many of the advanced search fields as you wish to narrow the search.
A: When you believe a word in a title should have an apostrophe you will get the best results by not entering the apostrophe or the letters in the word following the apostrophe.
Title: Shackleton's Way
Title: I'm OK - You're OK
Search: Shackleton Way
Search: i OK you
A: If unsure about a hyphen in a Title, leave a space where the hyphen should be. This will find the two separate words, regardless of whether the hyphen is in the database. If unsuccessful, delete the space and search for one word.
Author names must have the hyphen, although you could use the first part of the hyphenated name (without the hyphen), together with the christian name or initials.