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2012-07-11 12:07:14 AM
My favorite was Newport Bookstore. It was a tiny place with classical music and the owner smoked a pipe, so it always smelled... booky. Classic books, Americana, Military History...

Closed because no one f*cking reads that sh*t anymore. Well, not enough to justify a storefront and the associated rent.

Kind of depressing. I went to sell some books at the only other bookstore in town a few years ago. The owner was so depressing and poor. He wanted most of what I had but was offering so little for them. I just gave the 5 boxes to him for $20 and bought a few hot dogs for lunch at Ben's Chili Dogs. I spent the rest on heroin to take the pain away.

Those places (in the article) are really beautiful and I'm glad they still exist. If you have a bookstore you love, cherish it and buy things from them as often as you can. Because, one day, it might be gone.
 
2012-07-11 12:47:42 AM
I've been to Bart's Books (on the list, and located in Ojai, CA). It's nowhere near as glamorous or beautiful as being on this list may imply. It does have about nine billion books, but it's kinda dumpy. And this is coming from a guy who loves books.
 
2012-07-11 01:19:26 AM
Holy crap, some of those look awesome, however after #11 they all start to look kinda meh.
 
2012-07-11 01:20:13 AM
But perhaps we shouldn't be judging them by their cover.
 
2012-07-11 01:54:42 AM
Bookstores are great to find books I'm interested in. Having the book in my hands and flipping through and getting an idea of how much I think I'd like it are invaluable.

But as for buying, Amazon is where I spend my money.

That's not true. I'll sometimes buy a tall coffee at Starbucks if it's nearby (or attached to!) the bookstore.
 
2012-07-11 02:04:25 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Bookstores are great to find books I'm interested in. Having the book in my hands and flipping through and getting an idea of how much I think I'd like it are invaluable.

But as for buying, Amazon is where I spend my money.

That's not true. I'll sometimes buy a tall coffee at Starbucks if it's nearby (or attached to!) the bookstore.


I'm the opposite.

I browse Amazon, then go get the book from a local bookstore. It's worth the little extra to keep money in the local economy just a little bit longer. Plus I rarely buy enough books to qualify for their free shipping.

I even have a Kindle, and I've got a lot of books on there, but all of them have been free books. I haven't bought a single book for it, and have not pirated any either.
 
2012-07-11 02:25:41 AM
 
2012-07-11 02:49:54 AM
The Chapters at Runnymede in Toronto:

images.ourfaves.com

Converted from a movie theater. It was where I'd first seen Raiders so I'm a bit partial.
 
2012-07-11 03:01:50 AM
Monroe's Books in Victoria:
munrobooks.com

Though I personally find used bookstores with densely-packed narrow aisles to be the most alluring.
 
2012-07-11 03:03:52 AM

NewportBarGuy: My favorite was Newport Bookstore. It was a tiny place with classical music and the owner smoked a pipe, so it always smelled... booky. Classic books, Americana, Military History...

Closed because no one f*cking reads that sh*t anymore. Well, not enough to justify a storefront and the associated rent.

Kind of depressing. I went to sell some books at the only other bookstore in town a few years ago. The owner was so depressing and poor. He wanted most of what I had but was offering so little for them. I just gave the 5 boxes to him for $20 and bought a few hot dogs for lunch at Ben's Chili Dogs. I spent the rest on heroin to take the pain away.

Those places (in the article) are really beautiful and I'm glad they still exist. If you have a bookstore you love, cherish it and buy things from them as often as you can. Because, one day, it might be gone.


Used bookstores are always the best, because where else can you find weird selection and read it before buying? I mean, Amazon has the self-publishing wing that is filled with crap and there is even a new category of SPAM for crappy, hastily assembled e0books, but the books in a bookstore at least had an editor or two.
 
2012-07-11 03:07:58 AM
List fails without most beautiful bookstore ever.
 
2012-07-11 03:33:38 AM

Makh: Holy crap, some of those look awesome, however after #11 they all start to look kinda meh.


Not to be that guy, but so much this. Most of them are lazily using an above average character building with cool furniture and have given fark all thought as to how it goes together.
 
2012-07-11 03:36:06 AM
Maybe not the most beautiful, but I'm glad to live in a city with possibly the largest:

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www.sheistoofondofbooks.com

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68,000 square feet of bibliophilial goodness.
 
2012-07-11 03:38:11 AM
Shakespeare and Co is absolutely fricking awesome. The picture doesn't begin to do it justice. Literally every inch of that place is covered in books and at first glance, they don't seem to be in any particular order. It's just aisle after aisle of books from floor to ceiling, some on racks, some on piles in random places. If you go to Paris, I'd recommend seeing that bookstore before I'd recommend seeing the Eiffel Tower!
 
2012-07-11 03:56:25 AM

NewportBarGuy: My favorite was Newport Bookstore. It was a tiny place with classical music and the owner smoked a pipe, so it always smelled... booky. Classic books, Americana, Military History...

Closed because no one f*cking reads that sh*t anymore. Well, not enough to justify a storefront and the associated rent.

Kind of depressing. I went to sell some books at the only other bookstore in town a few years ago. The owner was so depressing and poor. He wanted most of what I had but was offering so little for them. I just gave the 5 boxes to him for $20 and bought a few hot dogs for lunch at Ben's Chili Dogs. I spent the rest on heroin to take the pain away.

Those places (in the article) are really beautiful and I'm glad they still exist. If you have a bookstore you love, cherish it and buy things from them as often as you can. Because, one day, it might be gone.


CSB, keep shooting that smack. Books won't save you.
/hot dogs (greater than) heroin
//choose life
 
2012-07-11 04:13:18 AM

twomutts: Shakespeare and Co is absolutely fricking awesome. The picture doesn't begin to do it justice. Literally every inch of that place is covered in books and at first glance, they don't seem to be in any particular order. It's just aisle after aisle of books from floor to ceiling, some on racks, some on piles in random places. If you go to Paris, I'd recommend seeing that bookstore before I'd recommend seeing the Eiffel Tower!


Craig Ferguson did his Twitter/e-mail segment outside of it with the owner during his trip to Paris. Musical number/bikini girls at the beginning of the video, segment starts at 7:27.

Of the bookstores I've physically entered, my favorite is McLean & Eakin in Petoskey, MI. Fantastic store, great selection and great atmosphere. It got a very nice writeup in this New York Times article.
 
2012-07-11 04:15:19 AM

twomutts: Shakespeare and Co is absolutely fricking awesome.


Which reminds me, I saw, for the first time this week-end, "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" back to back. "Before Sunset" starts at "Shakespeare and Co."I never thought I'd be that impressed with "chick movies".

Anyway, I should have a look at this store, one day.
 
2012-07-11 04:36:18 AM

fusillade762: Maybe not the most beautiful, but I'm glad to live in a city with possibly the largest:

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[www.sheistoofondofbooks.com image 400x256]

[0.tqn.com image 640x458]

68,000 square feet of bibliophilial goodness.


Thank you for mentioning Powells, I worked there for a bit. Fantastic place and I love going back and getting lost for a couple hours.
 
2012-07-11 05:01:13 AM
nimg.sulekha.com

This is what my book store looks like. My 6000 or so volumes are intertwined within the shelves of a facility such as this. I don't have to live with them, I don't have to keep them in order, I don't have to pull orders. I love outsourcing. I hate the idea of dirty filthy customers rifling through my inventory.
 
2012-07-11 05:30:14 AM
Why are all of my local book shops so terrible?

Seriously - I WANT to support local, awesome book stores but the used book stores just sell crap university students traded in and anime DVDs, and the new stores have almost no selection and the prices are inexplicably 5$ higher than the listed price on the book (which is the Canadian price and 10$ higher anyway).

And all the employees are pothead 26 year old hipster farks who make actually going into the stores physically painful.
 
2012-07-11 05:37:28 AM
I just sit down and read the books off the rack at Barnes and Nobles. Pretty good looking girls as staff. I just sit back and enjoy the view..reading and drinking tea or free water..cant beat that..
 
2012-07-11 06:15:33 AM

rkane1: The Chapters at Runnymede in Toronto:

[images.ourfaves.com image 300x254]

Converted from a movie theater. It was where I'd first seen Raiders so I'm a bit partial.


Chapters ruined that amazing theatre space. it was a damned shame the building wasn't declared historical.
 
2012-07-11 07:09:41 AM
I'm not shocked that the list doesn't mention Kyobomungo in Seoul, as it's not a very pretty tore, but it's still a great place. I think it's the largest book store I've ever seen in person.
 
2012-07-11 07:38:46 AM

NewportBarGuy: My favorite was Newport Bookstore. It was a tiny place with classical music and the owner smoked a pipe, so it always smelled... booky. Classic books, Americana, Military History...


You ever make it out to the Book Barn in Niantic, Conn.? The downtown bookstore is nothin special, but the actual bookbarn's well worth a long drive. (We used to come from Boston.)
 
2012-07-11 07:42:14 AM
[...] book stores are where adults go to get reading materials

So that's what they mean by "adult bookstore." Silly me, I thought it was a euphemism for something dealing with porn.
 
2012-07-11 07:46:11 AM
Let me just say that the internet has taken the sport out of book hunting.
 
2012-07-11 07:49:01 AM
Subby sounds incredibly old.

I haven't been in a bookstore in over 5 years, but read more now than ever. However, that might be because in a city with a population of 80K+, there is a single Barnes and Noble and all the other book stores closed long ago.
 
2012-07-11 07:52:12 AM
Don't know if any of you have ever been to the Book Loft in Columbus, but it's pretty cool. 32 rooms packed wall-to-wall-to-ceiling, with really narrow corridors, doorways, and stairways. It's easy to get lost in there (thankfully they have maps and signs all over the place) and I start feeling claustrophobic after a while, but their prices, variety, and selection are pretty nice. I'd definitely recommend checking it out if you're ever in the area.
 
2012-07-11 08:10:55 AM
i46.tinypic.com

Simply stunning on the inside. And supported by the local church.
 
2012-07-11 08:14:11 AM
www.rclol.com
 
2012-07-11 08:14:56 AM

pkellmey: Subby sounds incredibly old.

I haven't been in a bookstore in over 5 years, but read more now than ever. However, that might be because in a city with a population of 80K+, there is a single Barnes and Noble and all the other book stores closed long ago.


We must live in the same town. Although our Borders just closed last year. I did score 100 books on their going out of business sales, but then again, because I shop regularly at Amazon (33% off Borders prices) is why Borders was closing. But we do have a couple used book stores.
 
2012-07-11 08:15:07 AM

Capt. Sparkles: Don't know if any of you have ever been to the Book Loft in Columbus, but it's pretty cool. 32 rooms packed wall-to-wall-to-ceiling, with really narrow corridors, doorways, and stairways. It's easy to get lost in there (thankfully they have maps and signs all over the place) and I start feeling claustrophobic after a while, but their prices, variety, and selection are pretty nice. I'd definitely recommend checking it out if you're ever in the area.


YES! A great place to kill an hour or two while waiting for Shakespeare to start in nearby Shiller Park!

/Have a post-show drink at Jimmy V's, and it's a perfect summer evening.
 
2012-07-11 08:25:44 AM

ModernLuddite: Seriously - I WANT to support local, awesome book stores but the used book stores just sell crap university students traded in and anime DVDs, and the new stores have almost no selection and the prices are inexplicably 5$ higher than the listed price on the book (which is the Canadian price and 10$ higher anyway).

And all the employees are pothead 26 year old hipster farks who make actually going into the stores physically painful.


I remember our local bookshop closing and some local people were like "oh, it's terrible that it closed down". It wasn't. It was a farking awful shop. No idea of organisation, no way to easily find books to order in. I TRIED to give them business, to keep a local shop, but after a few visits I was like "fark it, Amazon is my homeboy".
 
2012-07-11 08:28:11 AM
If ir wasn't for ebooks I would have been buried in books years ago like those hoarders on tv.
 
2012-07-11 08:28:24 AM

LordOfThePings: fark slideshows


Yeah, going to an outside website to do that is so much easier than just pressing the "View as a single page" link right to the left of the next button.
 
2012-07-11 08:29:23 AM
When I was growing up there was a books store called Trade A Book in my town.You would bring in a box of books and the old guy at the counter would rummage thru it and give you store credit for more books.Sometimes he would grab a book out of a box and put it behind the counter those were the books that were worth money. Nothing in the store was sorted it was all in the boxes that they were brought in or tossed on tables. It was great you would just rummage around through all sorts of books. He made his money out of the occasional rare book he found. The bookstore is still there and his grandson runs it now but it's all organized with shelves and sections.
 
2012-07-11 08:31:54 AM

LordOfThePings: fark slideshows


You do know that you could have clicked on the 'View all on one page' Link right?
 
2012-07-11 09:02:54 AM
For the kids out there on subby's lawn, book stores are where adults go to get reading material

You sure about that? Because the last time I was in a physical bookstore, all they had was paranormal teen romance novels, copies of The Hunger Games, and the biography of Steve Jobs.

I prefer to shop online and get good books.
 
2012-07-11 09:09:12 AM

fusillade762: Maybe not the most beautiful, but I'm glad to live in a city with possibly the largest:

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 500x375]

[www.sheistoofondofbooks.com image 400x256]

[0.tqn.com image 640x458]

68,000 square feet of bibliophilial goodness.


Came here to mention that bookstore...good to see someone took care of that...
 
2012-07-11 09:14:43 AM
Why am I arroused by this??

Grew up in The Remarkable Bookshop.

Old colonial building painted pink.
All the nooks and crannies filled to the brim with books and fascinating little items.

A wonderland for a young boy.
 
2012-07-11 09:17:00 AM
www.thechicecologist.com

Where I go to get all of my reading material.

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.
 
2012-07-11 09:22:11 AM

rogue49:
Grew up in The Remarkable Bookshop.

Old colonial building painted pink.
All the nooks and crannies filled to the brim with books and fascinating little items.

A wonderland for a young boy.


pic
danwoog.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-07-11 09:22:40 AM
I love bookstores.

I can't stand shopping in general, mostly because of the constant harassment from overly eager teenage fashionistas, but the freedom I have in roaming the aisles in a bookstore is lovely.

+1 for fancy ones, too.
 
2012-07-11 09:33:41 AM

rkane1: The Chapters at Runnymede in Toronto:

[images.ourfaves.com image 300x254]

Converted from a movie theater. It was where I'd first seen Raiders so I'm a bit partial.



I grew up around the corner from there. Good ol' Swansea village! We used to go to the old Cinema at Jane though, which I think they've recently reopened as well.
 
2012-07-11 09:55:35 AM
does anyone else still mourn the lost of the Tattered Cover at Cherry Creek? great (huge) bookstore, great memories (was a wonderful place to start or end a first date).
 
2012-07-11 09:58:19 AM
No mention of Black's Books yet?

/Need more wine
 
2012-07-11 10:43:05 AM
Yes, yes. You can take a beautiful building, or some architect's wankfest, and put books in it. We get the picture.

The bookstores I've loved the most have been the ones that most resemble a barn or an old slum warren, heated and cooled enough to keep humidity under control, and filled with bookshelves on every available vertical surface. Bookshelves filled with old, used books, although it's okay to have some new ones as well.

So, yeah. Shakespeare & Co.
 
2012-07-11 11:10:27 AM

jfarkinB: Yes, yes. You can take a beautiful building, or some architect's wankfest, and put books in it. We get the picture.

The bookstores I've loved the most have been the ones that most resemble a barn or an old slum warren, heated and cooled enough to keep humidity under control, and filled with bookshelves on every available vertical surface. Bookshelves filled with old, used books, although it's okay to have some new ones as well.

So, yeah. Shakespeare & Co.


There was a place in Tampa, FL that was just some old guy's house with a LOT of books in it. I don't even think they advertised or were even technically a business.

Some people used to hang out and play jazz on the porch. My friends formed a band just to have an excuse to hang out.
 
2012-07-11 11:42:46 AM
Not beautiful, but King's Bookstore in Detroit is amazing. Largest used bookstore in the state and the employees are incredibly friendly.

/I hate Detroit, but King's is awesome.
 
2012-07-11 12:40:52 PM

twomutts: Shakespeare and Co is absolutely fricking awesome. The picture doesn't begin to do it justice. Literally every inch of that place is covered in books and at first glance, they don't seem to be in any particular order. It's just aisle after aisle of books from floor to ceiling, some on racks, some on piles in random places. If you go to Paris, I'd recommend seeing that bookstore before I'd recommend seeing the Eiffel Tower!


I love that bookstore, too....but calling it "beautiful" is a bit of a stretch.
 
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