Bookshops Around the World
Wherever I travel, I scope out the best bookshops in that town. For me, the excitement of walking into a new and undiscovered bookstore is invigorating. I am always on the lookout for books that I haven’t read before and rare, older books. I love to read although the hundreds of books on my bookshelves at home can attest that I tend to buy books faster than I read them. Here are some of my favorite bookshops around the world that I’ve found. Let’s start in my backyard:
Read It Again Books
Read It Again Books is my mainstay book supply here at home. I love this shop for many reasons. The super friendly staff that personally greets me every time I walk through their door. The numerous selections of books they have. The ability to request old & new books which they set aside for me to pick up when they show up. And the capacity to trade in books I’ve read to get discounts on new books. Read It Again Books located at 39733 Grand River, Novi, MI 48375. (248) 474-6066
John K. King Used & Rare Books
John King Books is the largest used bookstore in Michigan. Where four stories filled with books piled high and on shelves are waiting for you to find a gem. Over a million books to choose from including a large selection of rare books. I recently picked up the American Annual of Photography from 1909 and a 1968 Boston: International Visitors’ Guide that has an interesting section on Etiquette. Oh, how we have changed! John King Books located at 901 W. Lafayette Blvd. Detroit, MI 48226. (313) 961-0622
The Book Loft
The Book Loft is a whole city block long filled with so many books you need a map to figure out how to get out of the building. If you are looking for a particular book, this shop will probably have it and will be loads of fun trying to find it. I explored every one of the 32 rooms and left with more than a handful of books. Book Loft located at 631 South Third St. Columbus, OH 43206. (614)464-1774
The Strand is the largest bookstore in New York City boasting 18 miles of new, used, and rare books. The rows of $1 books outside the store are what first grabs your attention. Inside there are stacks and stacks of books in which anybody can find something they’ll like here. Each time I visit New York I swing by here to see what is new in the travel section. I still haven’t gotten to the Rare Books section. Next time. The Strand located at 828 Broadway, Manhattan, NY 10003-4805. (212)473-1452
Leakey’s Bookshop is one bookstore that I could have spent hours and hours here. I love old leather bound and hard covered books. Leakey’s is the mecca of old books! I bought two but, could have easily bought more. Although that is all that would fit in my luggage. Leakey’s Bookshop located at Church Street, Inverness IV1 1EY, Scotland. +44 1463 239947
Fred’s Ambleside Bookshop
Fred Holdsworth Books is a neat little bookstore in the Lake District of England. Opened almost every day of the year. The shop has an excellent collection of maps and guidebooks of the area. Come in and chat with the staff, they are a wealth of knowledge. Fred’s Ambleside Bookshop located at Central Buildings, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9BS. 015394 333 88
Commonwealth Books is a narrow little bookstore tucked away down an alley which happens to be the oldest street in Boston. There are piles of books everywhere you look and also old prints, manuscripts, and hardcover classics. I could have spent hours browsing through the shelves but, I only had a short time and limited space in my luggage so, definitely have to do a return trip. If you are looking for a unique book, you can contact them or even view their online selection of books. They are also part of Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers and should be part of the best bookshops around the world. Commonwealth Books can be found at 9 Spring Ln, Boston, MA 02109.
The Yankee Bookshop
I found The Yankee Bookshop while wandering through Woodstock, Vermont. This is Vermont’s oldest independent bookshop since 1935. Browsing their shelves I found “The Photographer’s Guide to Vermont”. Lucky me! Now I need to go back and explore Vermont some more to find all the places this book recommended. The Yankee Bookshop is at 12 Central St., Woodstock, Vermont 05091.
As I continue my travels I will add more bookshops to this list. Have you been to any of these bookstores? What did you think of them? Have you been to any other bookshops around the world that you would recommend visiting?