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18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit At Least Once
Business Insider - H/T The Ace of Spades http://ace.mu.nu/ ^ | Feb 5,2014 | ASHLEY LUTZ

Posted on 02/16/2014 9:56:37 PM PST by expat1000

Have a look!

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8. El Ateneo, Buenes Aires, Argentina.

This bookstore is housed in an ornate theater building from the 1920's. Customers can sit in still-intact theater boxes to relax and browse their books.

"While the selection of books on offer is standard chain store fare, bibliophiles will find the staggeringly opulent display of books to be reason enough to pay El Ateneo Grand Splendid a visit," according to Atlas Obscura.

1 posted on 02/16/2014 9:56:37 PM PST by expat1000
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To: expat1000; GeronL

Business Insider again.

Is City Lights in San Fran on this list?


2 posted on 02/16/2014 9:58:40 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

Does BI ever cover..... business?


3 posted on 02/16/2014 10:05:12 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: expat1000
Houston used to have one like that. It's a junky Trader Joes now.

The majesty is gone and so is the sloped floor.

I met Mickey Mantle there once and Gene Kranz too.

4 posted on 02/16/2014 10:05:48 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: expat1000
How could they miss Baldwin's Book Barn in West Chester, PA?


5 posted on 02/16/2014 10:06:15 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: a fool in paradise

No, but ...

16. Prairie Lights, Iowa City, Iowa.

... is


6 posted on 02/16/2014 10:07:20 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: GeronL

4. BookPeople, Austin, Texas.

In the 1990s, I read a magazine that took delight in prank calling the clueless yutes who worked at BookPeople to ask them when the Jack Kerouac signing was coming up or if they were going to have J. D. Salinger on his signing tour.

“Uh, yeah, I think it’s coming up, hold on, I’ll check the list...”


7 posted on 02/16/2014 10:11:06 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: GeronL; Revolting cat!
6. Livraria Lello & Irmao, Porto, Portugal.

This gorgeous, 100-year-old bookstore is known for its stunning architecture and “stairway to heaven.”


But I don't READ Portuguese!

8 posted on 02/16/2014 10:12:39 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: dr_lew

I’ve bought from Powell’s online using Bookfinder.com (price/condition search against a lot of booksellers). I have no reason to visit.

And architecture is “pleasing” but no reason to plan a trip to some far off land.

Little diversity in the politics of the celebrated writers too.


9 posted on 02/16/2014 10:18:12 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

lol


10 posted on 02/16/2014 10:21:04 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: expat1000; Drumbo

Ah, the places I’d love to browse - like if I had an extra couple million burning a hole in my pocket, LOL.


11 posted on 02/16/2014 10:25:42 PM PST by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: a fool in paradise
In my mind bookstores died with Borders. It was just in the 1990's that they burst on the scene, seeming to usher in a new utopian age. I used to go up to the Oakbrook Borders, first at their original location at The Oaks on the other side of rte. 83. It's true they were very lefty. In fact they had kind of a shtick going where the clerks commented on your purchases. I bought Lehman's book, SIGNS OF THE TIMES there, and I well remember the hippie-type clerk harumphing over it.

They moved across the street to a location at the base of the Oakbrook tower. I love this building, and it provides many striking views from the various nearby locations. I always imagined myself as Charlton Heston, holed up in the penthouse. Here is the view I used to get approaching the store site on my many visits, although usually after dark, when the view was quite striking.

Then Borders expanded, and there were several locations closer to my home, but I still went up to Oakbrook on occasion to the "Big Borders", as I called it.

Then ... nothing! The end! Bookstores mean nothing to me now.

12 posted on 02/16/2014 10:54:36 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: expat1000
They have Boulder Books which is OK, but not Tattered Cover which is spectacular. It is three (or maybe even four) floors of books in Denver.

They're even famous for denying the feds a look-see at a customer's book buying habits.

I've been to Powell's, Boulder Books, and Shakespeare & Company. Just 15 more to go!

13 posted on 02/16/2014 10:59:06 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: dr_lew

Cody’s. Berkeley. Site of the first muslim attack on US soil.


14 posted on 02/16/2014 11:00:38 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: dr_lew

Bookstop was a better chain before Barnes & Noble took it over.

In the mid to late 80s, there were all sorts of books (that had been published as others had in the past) that just did not get the same shelf space consideration when primarily there were B.Dalton, Barnes & Noble, and small independent shops (that might even focus to one subject like mysteries, history, technical, local flavor...).

They lingered on for decades but in later years, the inventory was the same as the other big box bookstores (50 books or less per category, same titles everywhere you went).

Virgin Megastore and Tower Records both still stocked other titles but I didn’t have those in my city.

Now Half Price Books gets many new titles unopened in less than a year of publication for roughly 1/3 of cover price (or even less). Then there is Amazon which offers up to 50% off new titles.

The old retail market can’t compete with the low price expectations of consumers and the wider selection offered at the competitors (Amazon/HalfPrice/Bookfinder) to the few big chains remaining.


15 posted on 02/16/2014 11:01:43 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: dr_lew
Pining for Borders is akin to those folks that pined for the K-Marts that were displaced by the Walmarts.

Remember Waldenbooks? B. Dalton's?

We still have a Vroman's nearby in Pasadena which is hanging tough, but the days of the independent bookstore are numbered.

Barnes & Noble is OK. They are starting to fill up more store space with toys and such. But they seem to have a pretty smart shelving policy. They have one of a lot of the less popular books, rather than having a large number of fewer book titles. So if you're a discriminating buyer there is a better chance that the book you're looking for is in stock and doesn't need to be put on order.

16 posted on 02/16/2014 11:03:19 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
They're even famous for denying the feds a look-see at a customer's book buying habits.

Yeah and I despise retailers who profile such customers to begin with. They don't NEED that info any more than the feds do. A receipt is all that is needed for a return.

17 posted on 02/16/2014 11:03:33 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Thanks for posting, I erroneously cited B&N as B.Dalton’s competitor, it was Waldenbooks. And malls sometimes had both of them.


18 posted on 02/16/2014 11:04:40 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: expat1000

How did FOYLES and BLACKWELLS in London not make this list? You can spend days there without eating and not even notice that you are hungry!


19 posted on 02/16/2014 11:10:52 PM PST by punchamullah
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To: a fool in paradise

bump for later


20 posted on 02/16/2014 11:24:55 PM PST by ransomnote
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Yeah there’s a B&N at the Oakbrook mall, which I’ve been to. I called them some months ago to ask if they had THE SWERVE, which I’ve mentioned here. Because I’m perfectly willing to drive a few miles to scratch an itch, but they said no they didn’t have it, but they could order it. What the hey! I can order it too! So I did.

Boy, then there’s this Nook business. I know people who have them and like them, so B&N ditches them ... in favor of bookstore sales? What the heck?


21 posted on 02/16/2014 11:25:31 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: a fool in paradise

Would that have been `Spy` magazine?


22 posted on 02/17/2014 2:48:39 AM PST by bt_dooftlook (Democrats - the party of Amnesty, Abortion, and Adolescence)
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To: expat1000; All

OT perhaps, but does anyone else use alibris.com for buying new/used books from around the world?


23 posted on 02/17/2014 2:53:01 AM PST by bt_dooftlook (Democrats - the party of Amnesty, Abortion, and Adolescence)
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To: punchamullah

Foyles is wonderful. I remember when it was more like NYC’s Strand - a complete mess! Finally, Foyles got smart and cleaned up. I miss the bookstores on Charing Cross Road; almost all gone. Helene Hanff would cry.


24 posted on 02/17/2014 3:50:15 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: bt_dooftlook

I use alibris sometimes. But ABE books is very good, too.


25 posted on 02/17/2014 3:51:06 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: dr_lew

Nook was and is a huge failure. B&N does much better selling real books; it just does it better than creating technology. And they need to get rid of the lousy “plush” toys, games and soap!


26 posted on 02/17/2014 3:53:34 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: bt_dooftlook

It was more of a Texas produced zine or an alternative weekly/monthly music publication from Austin. I don’t recall which category. Read once and filed away the detail in my mind.


27 posted on 02/17/2014 4:52:36 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: bt_dooftlook

I used Alibris many years ago but I think Bookfinder.com taps into those search results as well. At least it did at one time I think.

And used bookstores were always much better at communicating with one another to locate an out of print title (some bookstores would offer a booksearch for $5 or even free, as I found, to locate a decades old requested title). These search engines have been active on the internet since the 1990s.


28 posted on 02/17/2014 4:56:00 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: miss marmelstein

I just did a simple search and looked at the results. Bookfinder displayed results and where they came from. Both Alibris and ABE are included in the amalgam.


29 posted on 02/17/2014 4:59:52 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: punchamullah; Revolting cat!

Since this list cited numerous liberal websites for the content, I doubt that the author has been to all of these bookstores.

“No, but I read about it once!”

Today’s bozo journalists (as opposed to the old “alternative media’s” gonzo journalists) think google searching and watching youtube videos is akin to doing actual research in books and on foot. You’ll find evidence of it in click bait articles from New Times publications “Top 10 videos about...”.


30 posted on 02/17/2014 5:04:08 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: reed13

for later perusing


31 posted on 02/17/2014 6:58:03 AM PST by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

I have a B&N near me. I went in at Christmas time to look for a book on the Tudors for my daughter, who loves everything Henry VIII. I typed key words into the search bar on their computer and came up with a long list of books about the Tudors - and absolutely none were carried in stock. I found that very frustrating.


32 posted on 02/17/2014 7:51:09 AM PST by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: expat1000

Powell’s was my first store when I ventured into digital books, download to my laptop then link to my palm pilot. The forerunner to my kindle.


33 posted on 02/17/2014 12:50:31 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (waiting for my Magic 8 ball to give me an answer)
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To: Conservative4Ever

Went to Powell’s to sell some Conservative books....no deal, not interested in those kind.

P.S. Powell’s is doing a huge remodeling.


34 posted on 02/17/2014 1:55:23 PM PST by WHATNEXT?
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To: melissa_in_ga
One of the things I like about B&N is that I can have them order a book and keep it in the store for me to pick up later.

I live in a place where some packages left on my porch while I'm at work might not stay there until I get home.

Being able to order any book I want and know that I can get it soon works for me, but then my B&N is walking distance from me.

35 posted on 02/17/2014 2:31:16 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Titan Magroyne
I'd add Betts to the list, if for no other reason, my pics are featured on their facebook page.
36 posted on 02/21/2014 7:39:21 AM PST by Drumbo ("Democracy can withstand anything but democrats." - Jubal Harshaw (Robert A. Heinlein))
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To: Drumbo

Shoot, I think I have to be a Facebooker to see them.


37 posted on 02/24/2014 3:30:42 AM PST by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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