Skip to comments.18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit At Least Once
Posted on 02/16/2014 9:56:37 PM PST by expat1000
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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.
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Is City Lights in San Fran on this list?
Does BI ever cover..... business?
The majesty is gone and so is the sloped floor.
I met Mickey Mantle there once and Gene Kranz too.
No, but ...
16. Prairie Lights, Iowa City, Iowa.
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...”
This gorgeous, 100-year-old bookstore is known for its stunning architecture and “stairway to heaven.”
But I don't READ Portuguese!
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.
Ah, the places I’d love to browse - like if I had an extra couple million burning a hole in my pocket, LOL.
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.
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!
Cody’s. Berkeley. Site of the first muslim attack on US soil.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for posting, I erroneously cited B&N as B.Dalton’s competitor, it was Waldenbooks. And malls sometimes had both of them.
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!
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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?
Would that have been `Spy` magazine?
OT perhaps, but does anyone else use alibris.com for buying new/used books from around the world?
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.
I use alibris sometimes. But ABE books is very good, too.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...”.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Shoot, I think I have to be a Facebooker to see them.
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