Another way for a bookstore to thrive is to nestle. Bookstores at government-funded national institutions, says Lynda Carmody, retail program manager at the National Library of Australia, provide a source of revenue while reflecting the content and themes of their locations, including exhibitions. In progress. The biggest seller during the Carmody era was the Australian pocket constitution from the Parliamentary Education Office: “Thousands have been sold,” she says. Go figure – but this is Canberra, after all.