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06 February 2011 @ 01:15 pm
Address: Skindergade 23, Copenhagen

This store is made out of awesome. No really. It's got everything you could possibly want in the field of humanities, and fifty per cent of the stock is English. Large selection of English paperbacks as well, if you're only on the look out for cheap reading material. These paperbacks usually range in price of 10-50 Danish kroners, which is exceptionally cheap. Antiquities can also be found.

What I think is pretty cool is how the owner of the store has collected books with only one letter for title - and having thus managed to collect the entire Danish alphabet in books this way. They're on a special shelf in the store.
21 August 2010 @ 08:11 pm
Address: Puutarhakatu 23, Tampere (up near Anttila), Finland

If the picture cannot explain why this is my favourite bookstore in town, I don't know what can... the picture shows about a fifth of the basement, btw. Right above the entrance to the basement there's a drawn map over the basement to help you to not get lost find the sections you're looking for. All the sections are enormous.
Most books are in Finnish, but within the various sections there are random titles in another languages. There's a rather big English section that exceeded my expectations for the store. The Swedish section is limited to one shelf, however.
There's pretty much everything you desire, including a sci-fi/fantasy section in two languages. The English sci-fi section is in the basement, next to the English lit section, while the Finnish sci-fi section is upstairs. What amused me was a tiny UFO section...it was in a cardboard box on the floor.

There's also a small comics sections, CD, LP and VHS/DVD. The store does trading as well.

The standard price for books seems to be about 5€ (4€-7€), but prices can be as low as 1€ and as high as 20€, although that would be mainly for new books. All books I've purchased have been 3-5€. Even old and fancy books from the 1800 go for cheap (I keep petting my find of H.C. Andersen's fairytales in a Swedish version from 1870 that I got for mere 5€...).

If you stop by, I hope you enjoy your visit as much as I enjoy mine :D
07 July 2010 @ 11:44 pm
Address: Stora Nygatan 23 (Gamla Stan), Stockholm

As the name of the shop says, it's a bit of a comic heaven for comic lovers. :D I stumbled upon it by chance and had a long long visit in there...without buying anything, but that was because I couldn't choose. :P
There's comics in Swedish but the main selection is in English. There's also a rather large manga/yaoi section (biggest I've seen so far). Also, there's new and second hand...prices vary from 25SEK for the cheapest secondhand comics to 100+ SEK for first editions and other rarities. The manga/yaoi seemed to range 130-190SEK.
The shop also carries merch such as t-shirts and action figures and stuffs.
02 July 2010 @ 01:50 pm
Address: Scheelegatan something, Stockholm, Sweden.
It's located on the corner of Scheelegatan and Kungsholmsgatan, next to Rådhuset (the city hall). Access from the metro is easy, get off at T Rådhuset and take the exit to Kungsholmsgatan and turn left. It's also just round the corner from City Hostel where I stayed.

Opens at 12 and I believe it's closed on sundays? not sure. They take only cash, but if you have none, they're nice and will hold the books for you while you run for the nearest cash machine.

Not the biggest place I've seen, but they have ceiling high shelves <3 and many many sections, non-fiction and fiction. Literature in other languages than Swedish is available, but can be hard to find. Nice findings in there, though! And it's cheap, if the book isn't rare or anything.
15 March 2010 @ 08:53 pm
Rathauspassage unter dem Rathausmarkt
Postfach 11 34 16
20434 Hamburg

In front of Hamburgs townhall is a large square, the Rathausmarkt, often populated by tourists, locals and whatever special event is currently going on. Underneath, it gets even more interesting. Take the stairs to the underground (on the right side of the building (near Bucerius Kunst Forum), or if you come by train exit Jungfernstieg station (lines S1, S3, U1)and follow the signs towards Rathausmarkt/Reesendamm. You will find a small restaurant, a fair trade & secondhand clothing shop, a public restroom, a kiosk and a tourist information but most importantly: the used book store.
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15 March 2010 @ 12:54 pm

My humble first post on one of my favourite bookshops in London.

Quinto Bookshop
48a Charing Cross Road,
London WC2H 0BB
Tel. 020 7379 7669
Website: Quinto Bookshop

Language: Majority English and a great selection of books in major European languages
Genre: Wide selection of naval and maritime, military, history, art, literature, science, natural history and social sciences.

Charing Cross Road is arguably the most famous street of second-hand bookstores but unfortunately, many have closed due to the rising rental over the years. Quinto is one of the few remaining second-hand bookshops which still stands after three decades there. The shop has been a bookstore for more than a century. In the bookshop, houses Francis Edwards Antiquarian Booksellers and Quinto's general selection of second-hand books which take up the ground and basement levels of the building.

picture source: pfig on flickr

One of my favourite hunts when I was in London. A charming little place which never fails to lure me to a 10-minute walk from my workplace during lunch to explore their labyrinthic bookshelves.

06 March 2010 @ 01:51 pm
MMy time spent working in a secondhand bookshop in London gave me plenty of opportunity to witness human behaviour at its strangest. To preserve the memory of some of these, shall we say, 'distinctive' characters, I've created Bookshop Irregulars, an illustrated collection of some of the weirdest individuals ever to step over the threshold of that musty old word cave. More coming soon...

Thanks to Jenny for her graphix.

Ballroom Blitzer

Ballroom Blitzer only came in a few times but I feel he's worth including. Despite being a portly man with miniature feet he had a penchant for Latin dancing which he would bang on about for hours to any available member of staff. Like many Bookshop Irregulars, he also stank. He usually wore navy blue ankle-swinging trousers with suspcious looking stains caked down the front, a baggy black leather jacket and a dingy grey-white shirt... read more and comment.
21 February 2010 @ 08:59 pm
Indian Valley Public Library
100 E. Church St.
Telford PA 18969

Used Book Sale

The books are all donations from the community- antique books all the way through to the newest best-sellers. There is fiction, non-fiction, kids' books, comics... Plus, if you get a book at the sale, you can always donate it right back and let someone else have a turn!

There is a sale about every two weeks (though, this can sometimes change) but the schedule can be found at the library website, here:

21 February 2010 @ 02:11 pm

The French Bookcafe
Fiolstræde 16, Copenhagen (not far from Nørreport station)

I don't speak a word of French, but nevertheless I think this is a very nice shop. It may possibly be the smallest café in Copenhagen as it has only something like 6 tables - but there is free wireless internet and of course you can sit down and read while you enjoy your coffee.
Their books are in four categories: bestsellers, big names, crime novels and easy-read. They also have French comics (Asterix and TinTin come to mind).
You probably won't find secondhand books here, but you'll find a nice atmosphere and good French coffee and a small variety of French food.

There are also quite often some kind of arrangement - French authors are invited for bookreadings and/or signings, etc. Check the website for further info.
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09 January 2010 @ 04:49 pm

It looks quite grim, but it's nicer on the inside!

Open: weekdays 10-17, Saturdays 10-14 and Sundays...I don't know. never been there on Sundays.
Address: Skindergade 34, København K (this street runs parallel with the famous Strøget shopping street)
Website: http://www.antiquabooks.dk

This store focuses mainly on antique books - of all sorts (but they do have a rather large history section). I have seen there books from 1700 and 1800, plays, novels, history books, etc. The books are mainly in Danish, but there is also a large section with English books and even German. There is also a large selection of antique maps and portraits.

The prices vary depending on rarity - in a showcase there is an old translation (Danish) of Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida" that was only printed in 250 copies...and as guessed, it is very expensive. On the other hand, you can also get some books for just 10 danish kroners (~1,3€).