Top List Curated by Listnerd
  • Public list
  • Nov 27th 2012
  • 1.298 views
  • 460 votes
  • 460 voters
  • 7%
Best Bookstore of All Time

More about Best Bookstore of All Time:

Best Bookstore of All Time is a public top list created by Listnerd on rankly.com on November 27th 2012. Items on the Best Bookstore of All Time top list are added by the rankly.com community and ranked using our secret ranking sauce. Best Bookstore of All Time has gotten 1.298 views and has gathered 460 votes from 460 voters. O O

Best Bookstore of All Time is a top list in the General category on rankly.com. Are you a fan of General or Best Bookstore of All Time? Explore more top 100 lists about General on rankly.com or participate in ranking the stuff already on the all time Best Bookstore of All Time top list below.

If you're not a member of rankly.com, you should consider becoming one. Registration is fast, free and easy. At rankly.com, we aim to give you the best of everything - including stuff like the Best Bookstore of All Time list.

Get your friends to vote! Spread this URL or share:

Items just added

    1

    Lambiek

    Lambiek is a comic book store and art gallery in Amsterdam, founded in 1968 by Kees Kousemaker (1942–2010). The name Lambiek originated as a misspelling of the name of the character Lambik, from the popular Suske & Wiske comic book series created by Belgian artist Willy Vandersteen. The Lambiek website features online exhibitions of art and a history of Dutch comics. Kousemaker's Lambiek Comiclopedia is an illustrated compendium of over 11,000 international comic artists. The store has held exhibitions of art by comic creators, including Robert Crumb, Daniel Clowes, Erik Kriek, André Franquin, Tanino Liberatore and Chris Ware. The shop and the informational website both have a strong focus on underground comics, graphic novels and autobiographical comics. The exhibitions can be profit or non-profit, depending on the subject of the exposition. Kousemaker also published books about Dutch comic culture. He died April 27, 2010.
    8.43
    7 votes
    2
    Powell's Books

    Powell's Books

    Powell's Books is a chain of bookstores in Portland, Oregon and its surrounding metropolitan area. Powell's headquarters, dubbed Powell's City of Books, claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. Powell's City of Books is located in the Pearl District on the edge of downtown and occupies a full city block between NW 10th and 11th Avenues and between W. Burnside and NW Couch Streets. It contains over 68,000 square feet (6,300 m), about 1.6 acres of retail floor space. The inventory for its retail and online sales is over four million new, used, rare and out-of-print books. Powell's buys around 3000 used books a day. Powell's was founded by Walter Powell in 1971. His son, Michael Powell, had started a bookstore in Chicago, Illinois, in 1970 which specialized in used, rare, and discounted books, primarily of an academic and scholarly nature. In 1979, Michael Powell joined his father in Portland, right after his father lost its lease; within a year, they found the location that became its current headquarters. Michael bought the bookstore from his father in 1982. In 1984, Powell's opened its first branch store, in a suburban shopping center named
    9.20
    5 votes
    3

    Thornton's Bookshop

    Thornton's Bookshop (locally known as Thornton's) was the oldest university bookshop in Oxford, England. It was founded in 1835 by Joseph Thornton (1808–1891) in Magdalen Street. From 1870 the bookshop was located at 11 Broad Street (opposite Balliol College), continued as a family business by five generations of the Thornton family and from 1983 by the Meeuws family, but closed on 31 December 2002. The business continues to sell via the Internet and mail order from Faringdon, about 18 miles from Oxford. The shop premises on Broad Street were frequently used for television adaptations like Brideshead Revisited and the last Inspector Morse episode The Remorseful Day..
    7.67
    6 votes
    4

    BiblioQuest

    BiblioQuest International is a specialist search service for books, primarily used books and rare or out-of-print titles. The company is based in Bowral, New South Wales Australia and is registered with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission ACN 109 499 265 ABN 88 109 499 265. It owns Australian trademark 723201. BiblioQuest began as a partnership in 1994 eventually incorporating in 2004. The company also owns and manages the BibliOZ.com website, which launched in early 2001. This website began as a reseller program with Abebooks. In 2005 BiblioQuest did not renew its contract with Abebooks and instead created a strategic alliance with Biblio.com and Alibris, as well as commencing its own inventory listing service focused on Australia and New Zealand. The company has helped foster Australia's first booktown project and in 2002 founder, Paul McShane, was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in recognition of that work. BiblioQuest International maintains a traditional booksearch service offering telephone and mail order options, as well as online purchasing. It also provides out-of-print booksearching for major bookshop chains and many independent stores throughout Australia
    8.60
    5 votes
    5

    Renaud-Bray

    La librairie Renaud-Bray is the largest chain of French-language bookstores in North America, and the largest bookstore chain in Canada after Chapters/Indigo. The chain was founded in 1965 by Pierre Renaud and Edmond Bray, with the opening of its first store on Côte-des-Neiges Road in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The chain began its expansion in 1978, opening other branches in Montreal (on Laurier Avenue, Saint Denis Street, Park Avenue, and Peel Street). At the same time, it began computerizing its inventory, becoming one of the first bookstores to do so. In 1995, Renaud-Bray opened a large store on Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario. This store was a major failure, and in 1996 Renaud-Bray entered bankruptcy protection. The chain survived, however. In the summer of 1999, Renaud-Bray purchased two of its competitors in Quebec: Librairie Garneau and Librairie Champigny giving it 23 outlets across the province. It now has 25 locations.
    8.60
    5 votes
    6

    Kepler's Books

    Kepler's Books and Magazines is an independent bookstore in Menlo Park, California. It was founded on May 14, 1955 by Roy Kepler, who had previously been a staff member of the Berkeley listener-supported radio station KPFA. It "soon blossomed into a cultural epicenter and attracted loyal customers from the students and faculty of Stanford University and from other members of the surrounding communities who were interested in serious books and ideas." John Markoff in his 2005 text, What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry referenced Kepler's as an important meeting point for the Counterculture of the 1960s. The Palo Alto Weekly also noted that, "through the 60s and 70s, the culture of Kepler's began to evolve into a broader counter-culture. Beat intellectuals and pacifists were joined by "people who worked for Whole Earth, hippies into the rock and roll and recreational drug scene, politicos, and people with an interest in ethnic groups." The Grateful Dead gave live shows there and "folk singer Joan Baez, members of the Grateful Dead, and many local leaders remember sharing ideas, political action, music, and danger in the cramped
    6.43
    7 votes
    7
    Booksmith

    Booksmith

    Founded in October 1976, The Booksmith is an independent bookstore located in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. When first opened, the store was located at 1746 Haight Street, below the former I-Beam nightclub. In 1985, the store moved to its current location at 1644 Haight Street at Belvedere, about a block and a half from the intersection of Haight and Ashbury. Other neighborhood businesses include the Persian Aub Zam-Zam, Recycled Records, Amoeba Music, and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. Also located nearby is the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic. The Booksmith caters to neighborhood residents as well as tourists seeking the counter-cultural ambiance of Haight Street. The Booksmith is general interest shop, and is a member of both the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) and the American Booksellers Association (ABA). In June 2007, The Booksmith was sold by its founder Gary Frank to married couple Christin Evans and Praveen Madan. The original business was closed, and a new business, Haight Booksmith LLC, opened in its place. According to media reports at the time, the new owners plan to take the store in a different direction. In May 2011, SF
    7.00
    6 votes
    8

    Stanfords

    Stanfords is a specialist bookshop of maps and travel books, and was established in 1853 by Edward Stanford. The store on its present location on Long Acre in Covent Garden, central London, first opened its doors in January 1901. In 1997 a second store opened in Bristol. As having a reputation for its extensive collection of maps it is claimed to be "an essential first port of call for adventure and armchair travellers alike". Customers past and present include names as David Livingstone, Scott of the Antarctic, Ernest Shackleton, Florence Nightingale, Ranulph Fiennes, Bill Bryson, Michael Palin, and Sherlock Holmes.
    9.25
    4 votes
    9

    Crossword Bookstores

    Crossword Bookstores Ltd. is a chain of bookstores in India based in Mumbai. Crossword has stores in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Nagpur, Nashik, Vadodara, Pune and Ahmedabad. The most recent outlet opened in Durgapur. Crossword is a wholly owned subsidiary of Shopper's Stop Ltd. Advertising Age magazine named Crossword one of the Marketing Superstars for 1994. The Bookseller has described it as "being on the cutting edge of retailing" in India. Crossword founded and sponsors the Crossword Book Award.
    7.80
    5 votes
    10

    Murder One

    Murder One was from 1988 to 2009 a well known bookshop in the Charing Cross Road, "catering to readers interested in hard-to-find and collectable crime, mystery, romance and science fiction literature". It was the first UK bookshop to specialize in the crime and mystery genres, and at its opening in 1988 the largest specialist “genre” bookshop in Europe. It was owned by the novelist Maxim Jakubowski. The bookshop's closure upon the owner’s retirement in January 2009 was reported nationally and internationally. The bookshop still exists as a mail order business - Murder One UK, and is owned by the previous employee of the Murder One shop, Tanya Stone. www.murderone.co.uk
    6.67
    6 votes
    11
    Hay-on-Wye

    Hay-on-Wye

    Hay-on-Wye (Welsh: Y Gelli Gandryll), often described as "the town of books", is a small market town and community in Powys, Wales. The town lies on the east bank of the River Wye and is within the Brecon Beacons National Park, just north of the Black Mountains. The town is situated just within the Welsh side of the border with Herefordshire, England, which is defined by the Dulas Brook at this stretch. Where the brook joins the River Wye just to the north of the town, the border continues north along the river. Hay has approximately 1,900 inhabitants. The village of Cusop lies on the other side of the Dulas Brook and is in England. The nearest city is Hereford, county town of Herefordshire, some 22 miles (35 km) to the east. The town was formerly served by Hay-on-Wye railway station by the Train services known as the Canney Creeper, which closed in 1963 under the infamous Beeching Axe. Hay-on-Wye is a destination for bibliophiles in the United Kingdom, with over thirty bookshops, many selling specialist and second-hand books. Hay-on-Wye, like Builth Wells, has two Norman castles within a short distance of each other. It seems likely that Hay was fortified by William Fitz Osbern
    7.60
    5 votes
    12
    Harvard Book Store

    Harvard Book Store

    Harvard Book Store is an independent and locally owned seller of used, new, and bargain books in Cambridge's Harvard Square. Harvard Book Store was established in 1932 by Mark Kramer, father of longtime owner Frank Kramer, and originally sold used textbooks to students. Family-owned for over seventy-five years, the store was sold in the fall of 2008 to Jeffrey Mayersohn and Linda Seamonson of Wellesley, Massachusetts, and remains an independent business. Though often confused with the Harvard Coop, the store has no affiliation with Harvard University or the Harvard Coop bookstore, which is managed by Barnes & Noble. With a focus on an academic and intellectual audience, the store's selection and customer service is repeatedly honored by local publications and surveys. Forbes named the book store as its top bookshop in its "World's Top Shops 2005" list. In 2009, the store introduced an on-demand book printing service called the Espresso Book Machine, produced by New York firm On Demand Books, using books in the public domain available through Google Library. In recent years, a well-attended author event series has hosted Al Gore, Salman Rushdie, Haruki Murakami, John Updike, Orhan
    7.40
    5 votes
    13

    Jongro Seojuk

    Jongro Seojuk, or less known as Jongro Book Center, was the main center of book shopping in Seoul, Korea for many book fanatics over the decades. It opened in 1907 and declared bankruptcy in June 2002. With a 95 year old history, it was the place for university students, highschool students, anyone, looking for an opening of the mind came to Jongro Seojuk for solace. Jongro Seojuk became a famous rendezvous place for many people, where by the term "meet in front of Jongro Seojuk" became as commonplace as "meet in front of Seoul Station" It became the center of the literate and intellectually minded young people. It was even a famous meeting point among the non-literate. It was started by the Churchof the Message of Christ, in 1907, who bought a timber-built tile-roof house, first started off by selling books relating to Christianity, over the years it changed its name from Kyomoon Seogwan, Jongro Seogwan and in 1963, by adopting the name "Jongro Seojuk Center", it became the leading bookstore of Seoul. Slowly over the 90s, the 300 strong employee base dwindled to a meager 50, and finally in 2002, not being able to reverse its $11.5 million deficit, it declared bankruptcy. It
    7.40
    5 votes
    14

    Word

    The Word bookstore is a chain of nineteen Christian bookstores in Australia, plus telephone, internet and mail order. Word is the second-largest Australian Christian book seller after Koorong. Word Australia is the wholesale distribution arm of Word, meaning that a number of Word's smaller competitors are re-sellers of Word merchandise. The Gospel Film Ministry Ltd was founded in the 1940s by Raymond Moulton as a family-run not-for-profit evangelistic Christian ministry showing films and preaching the gospel. In the 1950s it expanded to distributing music, and established the Word retail chain in the 1970s. In July 2004, Word bought the seven Keswick bookshops in Victoria (giving it 14 shops in total). In 2004 and 2005 new stores were opened in Adelaide (SA) and Alderley (Queensland). In 2007, Word took over the Bible Society Bookshop in Lilydale, Vic, and opened a store at Sunshine in Melbourne’s western suburbs. As Word had historically been largely Victorian-based, an attempt was made to increase its Sydney presence in 2006 by opening a shop in Angel Place in the Sydney CBD. However, that shop has since closed and another Sydney shop has opened in West Pennant Hills,
    7.40
    5 votes
    15
    Internationalist Books

    Internationalist Books

    Internationalist Books and Community Center, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a volunteer operated infoshop, non-profit collective, and community center for local activists. The store name is a reference to the political philosophy of internationalism. Often, the center is called "The Internationalist" or merely "iBooks" by its volunteers, members, and supporters. Internationalist Books sells new and used books, alternative magazines, local and small press materials, Fanzine/zines, and sidelines. Since its founding, the Internationalist has grown into a center of activism, political discussion, creative grassroots organizing, and a space which brings together people of all ages, sexual orientation, ethnic background, political beliefs and gender identity. Bob Sheldon founded Internationalist Books in 1981. Opened as a small reading room above a bar on Henderson Street near the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sheldon aimed at providing alternative information during the anti-apartheid movement in the 80s as well as a place to share Marxist literature. When the bookstore was opened, Sheldon described the store's mission as follows: We are
    7.20
    5 votes
    16

    Bowes & Bowes

    Bowes & Bowes was a bookselling and publishing company based in Cambridge, England. It was established by Robert Bowes (1835–1919), a nephew of Daniel Macmillan (1813–1857 — the founder, with his brother Alexander, in 1843, of Macmillan & Co., another successful bookshop in Cambridge). The company became known as ‘Bowes & Bowes’ only in 1907, following George Brimley Bowes’s (Robert Bowes’s son’s) becoming a partner in the firm in 1899. The firm continued as a family business until 1953 when it was acquired by W H Smith, who continued to operate it under the original name until 1986. In that year the business’s name was changed to Sherratt & Hughes. The Bowes & Bowes site at 1, Trinity Street, Cambridge has a claim to be the oldest bookshop in the country, books having been sold there since 1581. Since the closure of Sherratt & Hughes in 1992, the site has been the home of the Cambridge University Press bookshop. In its heyday the firm’s backlist included the names of Erich Heller, who was also the general editor of a series of books published by Bowes & Bowes (‘Studies in Modern European Literature and Thought’, some of which were printed in the Netherlands) and by far their most
    8.25
    4 votes
    17
    Joint Publishing

    Joint Publishing

    Joint Publishing (Chinese: 三聯書店) is a book store chain and publisher founded at Queen's Road Central in Hong Kong in 18 October 1948. It is one of major book store chains in Hong Kong. Currently a subsidiary company of Sino United Publishing (Holdings) Limited. The book store was merged from three leading publishers and book stores, (生活書店), (讀書出版社) and (新知書店) , at Shanghai in 1948. The newly merged book store was closely related to the communist government at that time. Many intellects stayed in Hong Kong and publishing in Hong Kong was its main business. It moved its headquarters to Peking with many key staff in March 1949. Joint Publishing (HK) was its subsidiary. After the establishment of People's Republic of China in 1 October 1949, the book store located in Hong Kong was mainly responsible for publishing materials from mainland China. While the main branch in mainland China was nationalized. After the coming of Cultural Revolution in mainland China in 1966, the publishing business in mainland China was seriously damaged and the book store in Hong Kong earned its survival by republishing old books. With several re-locations, it finally settled in current premises in Queen
    8.25
    4 votes
    18

    Schuler Books & Music

    Schuler Books & Music, formerly known as simply Schuler Books, is a small Michigan chain of bookstores. Along with books, DVDs, and music CDs, the stores also sell food and beverages at its in store cafes. The first store was founded in 1982, by Bill and Cecile Fehsenfeld in Grand Rapids, Michigan due to their love of books. The original store was located at 2975 28th Street SE, and predominately sold new books and newspapers. It did not have a cafe though served espresso drinks via a kiosk cart. A much larger store opened in 1995 a few blocks east of the original location. The current flagship store at 2660 28th Street SE introduced The Chapbook Cafe and expanded offerings with music among other items. Schuler Books provides access to print on demand books via the Espresso Book Machine. They currently have five locations, the most recent opening in downtown Grand Rapids.
    7.00
    5 votes
    19
    Broad Street Independent Chapel, Reading

    Broad Street Independent Chapel, Reading

    Broad Street Independent Chapel is a former nonconformist chapel dating from 1707. It is situated in Broad Street, now the principal shopping street of the English town of Reading. The building has been sympathetically reused as a branch of the Waterstone's chain of bookshops. The building is a Grade II listed building. The main building was built in 1707 and is set back from Broad Street. The interior is roughly square with encircling galleries, and a domed ceiling with modillion cornice. Later additions were made to the side and rear of the original building. In 1892 a separate frontage building was built along the building line of Broad Street, with an arch surmounted by a tower, itself capped by octagonal turret, and flanked by two shops. Waterstone's now occupies both the chapel building and most of the frontage building (one shop unit being independently occupied). The frontage building has been linked to the main chapel by a lightweight modern glass-roofed conservatory. The galleries of the main chapel now form part of the shop, with a sweeping staircase in the centre linking the two floors. Details of baptisms and marriages at the church between 1720 and 1837 are available
    6.80
    5 votes
    20

    Gourmet Guides

    Gourmet Guides was a San Francisco cookbook store started by Jean Bullock in 1973 that was turned into an on-line store by Sarah Bullock. Gourmet Guides bought closeouts, over-stocks, remainders and damaged books on cooking related books, for resale. They went out of business in 2008.
    6.80
    5 votes
    21
    Popular Holdings

    Popular Holdings

    Popular Holdings (Chinese: 大众书局) (SGX: P29), commonly called Popular, is a Singapore-based company that publishes, distributes, and retails books for the local education market. It has subsidiaries in countries such as Canada, the People's Republic of China, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In the financial year 2011, it had a turnover of S$522.4 million. The first Popular Bookstore was set up in 1936 by Chou Sing Chu in North Bridge Road, focusing on retailing Chinese books and stationery. In March 2006, Popular Holdings was the main organiser of BookFest@Singapore, the first Chinese-language book fair ever held outside of China. In May 2006, Popular Holdings staged the inaugural BookFest@Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. It is a platform for established publishers to showcase their latest publications and renowned authors to meet and interact with the readers. The inaugural BookFest@Hong Kong was organized in 2008. By 2009, the annual BookFest has become a major event of the book industries in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Popular was founded in 1924 as the Cheng Hing Company, established by Chou Sing Chu in 1924, in the port of Tanjong Pagar in Singapore. In 1934, Mr Chou Sing Chu
    6.80
    5 votes
    22

    Sanders of Oxford

    Sanders of Oxford is an antique print shop situated on the High Street of the city of Oxford, England. Although stores trading in prints were once common in the country, there are now only a handful left, Sanders being one of the largest and longest running outside of London. The building, Salutation House, has traded in books and prints since at least the 1840s, when it was registered as a 'Bookseller and Auctioneer & appraiser' by its then propriator Charles Richards. In the 16th and 17th centuries the building housed the Saluation Inn and Thomas Wood was the proprietor of the Inn. Sanders possesses a token issued by Wood in 1652. The design shows a racket, a reference to the real tennis court at Oriel College. The tavern later became a coffee house kept by James Houseman. Sanders of Oxford was owned until his death in 2012 by Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd, second son of Conservative politician Alan Lennox-Boyd. People who have worked at or been part owners of Sanders include:
    6.80
    5 votes
    23

    Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, Inc. operates bookstores at more than 650 U.S. colleges and universities. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers is a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc., which acquired it in 2009. It was formerly a separate company, and Barnes & Noble chairman Leonard S. Riggio owned a controlling interest in the company and is its chairman. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers is headquartered in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers also operates the self-proclaimed "world's largest bookstore," located on Fifth Avenue and 18th Street in New York City. This flagship store carries a large variety of textbooks, medical books, and medical supplies in addition to the various trade titles carried at Barnes & Noble's main stores.
    7.75
    4 votes
    24
    W H Smith

    W H Smith

    WHSmith plc (known colloquially as Smith's) is a British retailer, headquartered in Swindon, Wiltshire, England. It is best known for its chain of high street, railway station, airport, hospital and motorway service station shops selling books, stationery, magazines, newspapers, and entertainment products. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. It has been innovative over the course of its history, being the first chain store company in the world and was responsible for the creation of the ISBN book catalogue system. In 1792, Henry Walton Smith and his wife Anna established the business as a news vendor in Little Grosvenor Street, London. After their deaths, the business — valued in 1812 at £1,280 —(about ~63764 in 2012, adjusted by inflation) was taken over by their youngest son William Henry Smith, and in 1846 the firm became W H Smith & Son when his only son, also William Henry, became a partner. The firm took advantage of the railway boom by opening newsstands on railway stations, starting with Euston in 1848. In 1850 the firm opened depots in Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. The younger W H Smith used the success of the firm
    7.75
    4 votes
    25
    Dymocks Booksellers

    Dymocks Booksellers

    Dymocks booksellers is a bookstore chain found in Australia. It currently has 73 stores in Australia, 1 in New Zealand and 13 in Hong Kong. Its first bookstore was opened in Sydney by William Dymock in 1879, in Market Street. As his business grew over the years, he moved to larger premises, and eventually had a million books in stock. As he had died childless and unmarried, the business passed to his sister, Marjory, who was married to John Forsyth. Since then, the Forsyth family has managed Dymocks. In 1922, the Dymock family purchased the site of the old Royal Hotel in George Street, and built the historic, Art Deco landmark Dymocks building, completed in 1930. In 1986 the bookstore chain was established as a franchise chain, and has since opened stores in every mainland Australian state, and also internationally in New Zealand and Singapore. In 1999, Dymocks Booksellers entered into a joint venture with South China Morning Post (Holdings) to set up Dymocks Franchise Systems (China), in order to expand the Dymocks chain into Hong Kong. As at end of 2009, there are 13 stores in Hong Kong. Dymocks is a privately owned company which has been a part of the Australian retail
    6.60
    5 votes
    26
    Foyles

    Foyles

    W & G Foyle Ltd. (usually called simply Foyles) is a book seller known for its flagship store at 113–119 Charing Cross Road, London, England. Foyles was once listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest bookshop in terms of shelf area (30 miles/50 kilometres) and number of titles on display. In the past, it was famed for its anachronistic, eccentric and sometimes infuriating business practices, so much that they made it a tourist attraction. It has since become more modernised, including the establishment of an online store. The business was founded in 1903 by brothers William and Gilbert Foyle. After failing entrance exams for the civil service, the brothers offered their redundant text books for sale and were inundated by offers. This inspired them to launch a second-hand book business from home. Flushed with success, they opened a small shop on Station Parade in Queen’s Road, Peckham, where they painted "With all Faith" in gilt letters above the door. In 1904 they opened their first West End shop at 16 Cecil Court and a year later were able to take on their first member of staff (who promptly disappeared with the weekly takings). By 1906 they were at 135 Charing
    6.60
    5 votes
    27

    Nicholas Hoare

    Nicholas Hoare is a small chain of Canadian independent bookstores specialising in British books. Nicholas Hoare currently operates two locations: one on Greene Avenue in Westmount, Quebec (near Montreal) and one on Front Street in Toronto, Ontario. Two Nicholas Hoare bookstores have closed. In December 2006, the Nicholas Hoare bookstore in the basement of Ogilvy's department store on Saint Catherine Street in Montreal closed its doors. On April 30, 2012, the Nicholas Hoare bookstore on Sussex Drive in Ottawa closed. In addition to books, Nicholas Hoare also offers a selection of CDs, primarily jazz and classical.
    9.00
    3 votes
    28

    Book Rack

    The Book Rack is a chain of independently owned used book stores that sells and trades used books, mainly paperbacks but also some hardcovers and audiobooks. Many Book Racks also sell new books. Most Book Rack stores sell used titles at half of the original cover price. There are over 100 stores in the United States and Canada.
    7.50
    4 votes
    29
    Independent bookstore

    Independent bookstore

    An independent bookstore is a retail bookstore which is independently owned. Author events at independent bookstores sometimes take the role of literary salons. The bookstores themselves, "have historically supported and cultivated the work of independent authors and poets. Chances are if it were not for bookstores like McIntyre’s, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg would not enjoy the celebrity they did." This relationship with authors is referenced in the 1988 film, Crossing Delancey which stars Amy Irving. City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco was founded in 1953 by Peter D. Martin and Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Ferlinghetti became its sole owner in 1955, and started City Lights Publishers that same year. Among the writers it publishes are the Beat poets, including Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, and Allen Ginsberg. In 1956 City Lights published Howl & Other Poems as number 4 in its City Lights Pocket Poets Series. Ferlinghetti and the bookstore manager, Shigeyoshi Murao, were arrested on an obscenity charge for publishing and selling the book. The now defunct Cody's Books in Berkeley, California opened in 1956 on Euclid Avenue in Berkeley, California.
    7.50
    4 votes
    30
    Iron Rail Book Collective

    Iron Rail Book Collective

    Iron Rail Book Collective is an volunteer-run radical library and bookstore in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Iron Rail's main focus is as a lending library featuring a wide selection of books ranging from Anarchism and Socialism to Fiction to Gardening to Philosophy to name a few. The Iron Rail also sells records, zines, local CDs and some miscellany. Movie nights are held every Tuesday night at 8 PM, and free coffee is available during store hours. Events held at the Iron Rail include workshops and art presentations. The Iron Rail also contains the Above Ground Zine Library with a selection of thousands of zines, some very rare. The Iron Rail features a section of political and underground books for sale. Categories include Feminism, Anarchism, Ecology and Primitivism, Prisons and Police, Native American Studies, Labor Struggles, Globalization, Capitalist Exploitation and Subculture. There is also a selection of cheap used fiction. The Library contains an extensive collection of radical books including Feminism, Anarchism, History, Race Relations, Ecology, Labor Struggles, Cultural Studies, Protest and Activism as well as a wide array of other interesting topics like Philosophy,
    7.50
    4 votes
    31
    Renaissance Books

    Renaissance Books

    Renaissance Books is a large independent bookstore in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, specializing in used books. Founded in the early 1960s by George John and Erwin Just, it is now owned by Robert John, George's younger brother. The store's main building (a former furniture warehouse) is five stories high (plus the two-story building next door and another down the block) housing somewhere from 350,000 to 600,000 volumes. The New York Times described it as "like a book collector’s attic, with boxes of used books lining the floor of this century-old former furniture store. But it’s more organized than it looks, with about a half-million books parceled among dozens of categories ('animal husbandry' 'theater practices and problems')". The local Milwaukee Journal Sentinel described it as, "bursting at the seams with used books... easy to get lost among the mazelike shelves." Renaissance also operates a branch at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport, which opened in 1979. With strong aviation, history, cooking and genre fiction sections, plus rare books, it is believed to have been the world's first used book store in an airport. It holds about 60,000 volumes. In June 2011
    7.50
    4 votes
    32

    Spartacus Books

    Since 1973, Spartacus Books is a non-profit, volunteer and collectively run bookstore and resource centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and only one of its kind in the city. Located right on the edge of Vancouver's Eastside, Spartacus sells new and used books, zines, comics, magazines, CDs, videos, T-shirts, patches, pins, posters and cards. Spartacus books is one of the longest running collectively run bookstores in North America. The building it was originally located in completely burned down on April 25, 2004. On February 12, 2006, the store was once again open for business at 319 West Hastings Street, immediately adjacent to the old location. However, due to the increasing cost of real estate in Vancouver, the store was forced to move again to its current location at 684 East Hastings Street. Spartacus Books was originally started at Simon Fraser University by Roger Perkins, who worked at the SFU bookstore. It was initially called the Spartacus Socialist Education Society, however over the years it has become a meeting place for people of widely divergent political views. However, they all agreed that they needed to get books and other educational materials that
    7.50
    4 votes
    33

    Thriftbooks

    Thrift Books, headquartered in Auburn, Washington, is a large web-based used booksellers. Thrift Books sells used books, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, video games, and audio cassettes. Thrift Books' business model “is based on achieving economies of scale through automation.” Thrift Books was founded in the summer of 2003 by Daryl Butcher and Jason Meyer. The two created software which allowed them to organize and list thousands of book titles per day. Thrift Books also operates a number of subsidiaries including Green Earth Books, the Atlanta Book Company, Motor City Books, Blue Cloud Books, Yankee Clipper Books, Silver Arch Books, Books Squared and Free State Books.
    7.50
    4 votes
    34

    Librairie Raffin

    Librairie Raffin is a chain of bookstores in Quebec, Canada. It has six branches, mostly in the Montreal region. It specializes in French-language books.
    7.25
    4 votes
    35

    Rex Bookstore

    Rex Bookstore, Inc. (RBSI) is a bookstore chain in the Philippines. It was incorporated in 1950 and established branches in Cebu (1986), Shaw (1989), Makati and Davao (1991), Iloilo (1993), Cubao (1994), Cagayan de Oro and Urdaneta (1997), Legaspi City (1998), Rockwell and Cavite (1999), General Santos City (2000), Cabanatuan and Pampanga (2001), and Tacloban (2002). It is one of the pioneers in the educational publishing industry in the Philippines. It has books for all levels from basic education (preelementary, elementary, and high school), tertiary, law, professional books, references, and children's books making it the most comprehensive education provider in the Philippines. Since books are not enough, RBSI also comes with supplementary materials. It also publishes Teacher's Manual. It has interactive materials like activity posters, charts, and other paper-based materials for remedial and enhancement learning. It develops audio CD for books where it is necessary. The latest addition to its products is the online book support materials that teachers and learners can get from its website, rexinteractive.com
    7.25
    4 votes
    36

    In Other Words Women's Books and Resources

    In Other Words Women's Books and Resources is an independent non-profit feminist bookstore in NE Portland, Oregon. It is believed to be one of the last non-profit feminist bookstores in the country. Founded in 1993 by the Women's Community Education Project, it sells books on the topics of feminism, queer studies, and transgender studies among others. The store is also a community center and hosts a variety of study groups and classes. The store is staffed primarily by volunteers. The store was originally located on SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland and moved to the NE (near Alberta) in 2006 due to the high cost of rent in the Hawthorne district. At the end of 2008 the store faced severe financial hardship, however raised the funds to keep the doors open.
    8.33
    3 votes
    37

    Librairie de France

    Librairie de France was a famous French bookstore at Rockefeller Center in New York City. The store, located at 610 Fifth Avenue on Rockefeller Center Promenade, was opened in 1935 by Isaac Molho, though the company itself was founded in 1928. Molho had studied in Athens at a French school and come to the United States in 1928, but before leaving Europe, become acquainted with officials from Paris' Hachette publisher. The Rockefeller family were eager for some retail space in the new center to be filled by Europeans, and invited Molho to open shop as one of its first tenants. The store closed on September 30, 2009 as a result of a spike in its annual rent from $360,000 to $1,000,000. The store continues to operate as a mail-order outlet.
    8.33
    3 votes
    38
    Lambda Rising

    Lambda Rising

    Lambda Rising, an LGBT bookstore that operated from 1974 to 2010 in Washington, D.C.. Founded by Deacon Maccubbin in 1974 with 250 titles, it was known for its wide selection of books, ranging from queer theory and religion to erotica, as well as DVDs, music CDs and gifts. The bookstore was originally located in 300 square feet (28 m) at 1724 20th Street NW. It moved to a 900-square-foot (84 m) retail space at 2001 S Street NW in 1979 and, in 1984, moved to a 4,800-square-foot (450 m) space at 1625 Connecticut Ave NW Connecticut Avenue, N.W., in Dupont Circle, one of Washington's neighborhoods popular among the gay and lesbian community. A second store in Baltimore, believed to be the only gay bookstore in Maryland, opened in 1984 and closed in the spring of 2008. Director John Waters declared that store's closing "very, very sad". Waters, a long-time customer, said the Baltimore shop was "a seriously good bookshop, with the added touch of porno. ... I always went in there to find books that I didn't know about and couldn't find anywhere else." A third store in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware opened in 1991 and closed in December 2009. A fourth store in Norfolk, Virginia, opened in 1996
    6.00
    5 votes
    39

    Better Books

    Better Books was an independent bookstore. It was founded by Tony Godwin and was located at 94 Charing Cross Road, London. It was founded by British publisher Tony Godwin who took over the premises at 94 Charing Cross Road, London, in 1946. In 1964, Tony Godwin visited San Francisco and the City Lights Bookstore. He met Lawrence Ferlinghetti and suggested a work exchange, whereby Ferlinghetti would send "one of his Beats over in exchange for an English salesman who needed some education". City Lights store manager, Dick McBride, moved to the United Kingdom for six months to help "bohemianize" Better Books. Better Books had a string of influential managers including Bill Butler, Bob Cobbing and Barry Miles, who set about ordering a large quantity of books from City Lights and Grove Press. Better Books was more than a mere bookshop. Once described as a ‘mini Arts Lab’ it served as stage, cinema and gallery. Its cross-disciplinary approach welcomed new art forms like assemblage, performance art, and radical poetry. Together with other alternative galleries such as 26 Kingly Street and Miles' Indica Bookshop, Better Books was one of the hot spots of the London underground scene. It was
    7.00
    4 votes
    40
    Book Off

    Book Off

    Book Off (ブックオフコーポレーション, Bukku Ofu Kōporēshon) (TYO: 3313) is Japan's largest chain of used bookstores. Founded in August 1991, the company has had explosive success, expanding to 866 stores throughout Japan and eight overseas locations (as of August 2006). In addition to books, its chains also sell manga, CDs, DVDs and video games. The stores are distinguished by their large surface area, cleanliness and bright illumination. As stores are larger it is easier for shoppers to find what they are looking for. Browsing is encouraged, shown with a typical scene of high-school students who read through entire series of manga standing quietly in the aisles. Another innovation cited for its success is the practice of shaving the edges off the pages of books using a special machine in order to make them appear newer. By offering a wide selection of books that appear like new at reduced prices, Book Off has aggressively targeted conventional bookstore chains, which since 1953 have been unable to discount new and near-new books and other media due to government regulations which enable a publisher's cartel. Book Off is frequently cited as a rare example of a corporation that was able to grow
    7.00
    4 votes
    41

    Foreign Language Bookshop

    Foreign Language Bookshop is the oldest and largest language bookshop in Australasia, established in 1938 as a free lending library by William Bernard (WB) Wigston. WB opened the doors to Foreign Language Bookshop in Bourke Street, Melbourne in 1938. The primary aim of the business was to reduce migrant isolation; particularly for European migrants from Germany, France, Italy, Czechoslovakia and Austria, disembarking from ships into Australia. Over time, increasing immigration from many other countries sparked the need to expand into new languages—a trend which continues today. Wigston was subsequently elected to the position of Mayor of the Bourke Street Traders Association. Winston Bernard (WB) Wigston was born and raised in Ashtead Surrey, England, and was an entrepreneur who spent time in South Africa with his younger brother Nigel, managing mining operations in the late 1920s. He migrated to Australia in the early 30s. A well-to-do gentleman, when Foreign Language Bookshop was started in Bourke Street it started as a library and he mainly spent his time as a share trader, using “library” staff to help keep his share records. WB lived in a Toorak mansion with a live-in maid and
    7.00
    4 votes
    42

    Gay's the Word

    Located at 66 Marchmont Street in the Bloomsbury district of London, Gay's The Word is the only specifically lesbian and gay bookstore in the UK. 2012 marks the 33rd anniversary of the founding of the store, which first opened its doors on 17 January 1979. Inspired by the emergence and growth of lesbian and gay bookstores in the States, a small group of people from Gay Icebreakers, a gay socialist group founded the store in 1979. Various locations were looked at including Covent Garden which was then being regenerated before they decided to open the store in Marchmont Street. Initial reluctance from Camden Council to grant a lease to the bookstore was overcome with help from Ken Livingstone, then a Camden councillor, later Mayor of London. From the very beginning, the shop has been used as a community and information resource for lesbians and gay men. A large seating area at the back where friends could have tea or coffee or check out the free noticeboard detailing various gay organisations and forthcoming events was very popular. There was a piano that could be used for musical evenings and on the piano, sat the score for the musical which inspired their name - Gay's The Word by
    7.00
    4 votes
    43
    Cody's Books

    Cody's Books

    Cody's Books (1956–2008) was an independent bookstore based in Berkeley, California. It "was a pioneer in bookselling, bringing the paperback revolution to Berkeley, fighting censorship, and providing a safe harbor from tear gas directed at anti-Vietnam War protesters throughout the 1960s and 1970s." The first store opened in 1956 on Euclid Avenue in Berkeley, California. It was founded by Fred and Pat Cody. It moved to a larger location on Telegraph Avenue in 1960 and moved to another Telegraph Avenue location in 1965. In 1968, "Cody's served as a first-aid station [...] when anti-war protesters were tear gassed and clubbed just outside its Telegraph Avenue doors [...] the store's employees were tending the wounded - anti-war protesters teargassed and clubbed by the police and the National Guard as protests broke out on Telegraph Avenue." In 1977, the Codys sold the store to Andy Ross, who owned it until 2006. Cody's was best known for its extensive selection of literary, political, and scholarly titles. On February 28, 1989, unknown persons threw a firebomb through the window of the store. It was thought that this was in response to the prominent display of Salman Rushdie's The
    9.50
    2 votes
    44

    Prairie Avenue Bookshop

    The Prairie Avenue Bookshop was an architectural bookstore located in Chicago, Illinois, a city known for its rich architectural history. It has been called "the best architectural bookshop in the world," by the Financial Times. The bookstore closed for good following their last day of operation Monday August 31, 2009.
    9.50
    2 votes
    45
    Strand Book Store

    Strand Book Store

    The Strand Bookstore is an independent bookstore located at 828 Broadway at the corner of East 12th St) in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, near Union Square. The Strand advertises that it has "18 Miles of Books", and is well-known among New Yorkers for its collection of publishers' overstock, used, rare, and out-of-print books, as well as the chaos on and around its shelves. The store houses the city's largest collection of rare books, and is also a contender for the title of world's largest used bookstore, its major competitor in this regard being Powell's Books of Portland, Oregon. The Strand occupies 55,000 square feet of space while Powell's flagship Burnside location has over 68,000. A family-owned business with more than 240 employees, the Strand was opened by Benjamin Bass in 1927 on nearby Fourth Avenue, in what was known as "Book Row", which was established as early as 1890, and which had at the time 48 bookstores. Bass's son Fred took over the business in 1956 and soon moved the store to the present location at the corner of East 12th Street and Broadway. Fred's daughter Nancy is co-owner of the store, and is also married to U.S. Senator Ron
    9.50
    2 votes
    46

    Weiser Antiquarian Books

    Weiser Antiquarian Books is the oldest occult bookstore in the United States. It specialises in books on Aleister Crowley and his circle, magic, mysticism, eastern religions and alternative spirituality. Its earlier New York incarnation, The Weiser Bookshop, was described by Leslie A. Shepherd as "perhaps the most famous occult bookstore in the U.S." The original Samuel Weiser Bookstore was started in New York City's famous "Book Row" area by Samuel Weiser in 1926. It moved several times within the "Book Row" before relocating to 117 4th Avenue, where it remained for a number of decades. To start with Samuel Weiser Books sold general used books, but with an emphasis on the occult and comparative religion. In 1949 Samuel Weiser was joined by his brother Ben who had worked with him for a few years in the 1930s. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s they increased Weiser Books' specialist focus on the occult at a time when many bookstores refused to handle such subjects. One of the customers of the shop was Karl Germer, successor to Aleister Crowley as head of the Ordo Templi Orientis. After Crowley's death, most of his papers and other possessions were shipped to Germer including the
    9.50
    2 votes
    47

    NewsLink

    NewsLink Pty Ltd (or LS travel retail Asia Pacific - formerly known as Lagardère Services Asia Pacific) is an Australian company responsible for providing convenience items and travel products in airports and train stations in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Fiji. NewsLink began in 1990 when its founder, Roger Wood obtained the rights to operate the newsagency concessions at railway stations in Sydney, Australia. In 1994 NewsLink expanded into its first airport operations. The growth and potential of the business was soon recognised, and Newslink became the first company chosen by R. M. Williams and Australian Geographic to represent their brands in travel retail. In 2000 NewsLink joined Times the Bookshop and opened the first TimesNewsLink store at Singapore Changi Airport in Singapore. NewsLink became part of Hachette Distribution Services (HDS) in 2001. HDS is a worldwide company that operates an international network of media and entertainment stores and is owned by French conglomerate Lagardere. Newslink now falls under the Lagardere Service corporate umbrella. NewsLink operates a number of chains of retail outlets, including:
    8.00
    3 votes
    48

    Collins Booksellers

    Collins Booksellers Pty Ltd is an Australian book store chain founded in 1922 by Frederick Henry Slamen. The name Collins is from the original location of the first store, 622 Collins Street, Melbourne . The company remained family owned until 2005, when it was placed into administration resulting in a franchisee buyout of company owned stores. The company consists of 70 franchised outlets under the brand name "Collins", located in VIC, NSW, SA, WA and QLD. .
    5.80
    5 votes
    49

    Title Wave Books

    Title Wave Books is the largest independent bookstore in Alaska, and one of the largest new-and-used bookstores in the entire country. Title Wave is located in mid-town Anchorage, with a second location in downtown Anchorage opening up by the end of May, 2007.

    Title Wave stocks a half-million titles, plus discounted audiobooks, music CDs, and movies. Title Wave offers an events calendar filled with author appearances, live music, readings and presentations.
    5.80
    5 votes
    50
    Fnac

    Fnac

    Fnac (originally Fédération Nationale d’Achats des Cadres, or National Shopping Federation for Managers ) is an international entertainment retail chain offering cultural and electronic products, founded by André Essel and Max Théret in 1954. It is a subsidiary of PPR. Fnac is the largest retailer of its kind in France. Its head office is in Le Flavia in Ivry-sur-Seine near Paris. The company's founders, André Essel and Max Théret were both part of France's Young Socialist movement. Fnac was founded to provide affordable products to the worker, who had increasing purchasing power. As a result, it has remained true to its socialist beliefs. Today, the company prides itself on offering a diverse range of products, impartial advice from their employees, ensuring their products are up to standard by being checked in an independent test centre and blacklisting those that do not meet a minimum set of requirements. Fnac also holds multiple "forums" throughout the year, which are opportunities for customers to have open dialogue with people such as Pedro Almodóvar, George Lucas, and David Cronenberg, discussions with authors including Paul Auster, Pierre Bourdieu, and Françoise Giroud in
    6.75
    4 votes
    51

    Hudson Group

    The Hudson Group is an East Rutherford, New Jersey, based retailer which operates a chain of newsstands, bookstores, fast food restaurants, and other retail stores chiefly at airports and train stations in the United States. The company's holdings includes Hudson News, the world's largest operator of airport newsstands. It was founded in 1918 by Ike Cohen as a newspaper distributorship in Bayonne, New Jersey, and formally incorporated in 1926. In 1975, the company opened its first retail store, in Newark Liberty International Airport. Hudson Group opened more outlets throughout the New York City area in the 1980s and 1990s, later expanding nationally. In 2001, the company expanded into Canada, and in 2004, it acquired W H Smith's North American airport retail operations. Since September 2008, Hudson Group has been a wholly owned subsidiary of international duty-free travel retailer Dufry AG (DUFN.SW) of Basel, Switzerland, a public corporation traded on the Swiss Stock Exchange. The company's retail locations operate under the following brand names: Hudson Group operates retail outlets at 59 airports in the U.S. and Canada. Reflecting its Northern New Jersey/New York City roots,
    6.75
    4 votes
    52
    Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium

    Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium

    Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium, also known as Little Sister's Bookstore, but usually called "Little Sister's," is an independent bookstore in the Davie Village / West End of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, a predominantly gay community. The bookstore opened in 1983. The bookstore is famous for being embroiled in a legal battle with the Canada Border Services Agency over the importation of what the agency has labeled "obscene materials". These materials, nearly all dealing with male-male or female-female sexuality, are routinely seized at the border. The same publications, when destined for mainstream booksellers in the country, have often been delivered without delay or question. Glad Day Bookshop, an LGBT bookstore in Toronto, has faced similar difficulties. Its travails were fictionalized as a subplot of the film Better Than Chocolate. A feature length documentary film, Little Sister's vs. Big Brother (2002), has also been released about the bookstore.
    6.75
    4 votes
    53

    Naiin

    Naiin (read Nai-in) is a Thai local bookstore chain developed by Amarin Printing and Publishing Ltd., a major publisher in Thailand producing pocket books and magazines. Its first branch, located at Tha Phra Chan near Thammasat University, has been operating since 1994. As of February 2005, there are 71 branches (including franchise ones) of Nai-in bookstore all over Thailand plus one franchise branch in San Francisco, USA. The bookstore also provide a website in Thai language.
    6.75
    4 votes
    54
    Barnes & Noble

    Barnes & Noble

    Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the largest book retailer in the United States, operating mainly through its Barnes & Noble Booksellers chain of bookstores headquartered at 122 Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District in Manhattan in New York City. Barnes & Noble also operated the chain of small B. Dalton Booksellers stores in malls until they announced the liquidation of the chain. The company is known for large, upscale retail outlets, many of which contain a café serving Starbucks Coffee, and for competitive discounting of bestsellers. Most stores also sell magazines, newspapers, DVDs, graphic novels, gifts, games, and music. Video games and related items were sold in the company's GameStop retail outlets until October 2004, when the division was spun off into an independent company. Barnes & Noble is also known for selling the Barnes & Noble Nook, as well as various incarnations of its mascot, a teddy bear named "Barnsie". The company operates 705 stores (as of April 30, 2011) in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia in addition to 636 college bookstores that serve more than 4.6 million students and faculty members across the country. Barnes & Noble originated in
    7.67
    3 votes
    55
    Green Apple Books & Music

    Green Apple Books & Music

    Green Apple Books & Music is an independent bookstore in the Richmond District of San Francisco, California. Green Apple Books was founded by Richard Savoy in 1967 in a pre-1906 building at the corner of Clement Street and Sixth Avenue. In 1996 Green Apple Books acquired its long-time neighbor, Revolver Records. The store houses over 250,000 titles, as well as 60,000 available online. After 30 years Richard Savoy set up a ten year buy-out for Green Apple Books & Music with three long-time employees. Green Apple Books & Music is regularly voted best Used Bookstore and Best Independent Bookstore in the Bay Area by readers of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. and the SF Weekly. In 2001 Green Apple was voted "Best Independent Bookstore" in the Bay Area, this time by San Francisco Chronicle readers.
    7.67
    3 votes
    56

    Joseph-Beth Booksellers

    Joseph-Beth Booksellers is an independent bookseller with four stores in the United States. It formerly operated a total of seven under the Joseph-Beth name and two under the Davis-Kidd Booksellers name. The name "Joseph-Beth" derives from the middle names of its two founders, Neil and Mary Beth Van Uum. They opened their first store in Lexington, Kentucky in November 1986. In 1989, they were recognized by the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce as the "1989 Small Business of the Year". In 1997, the company absorbed 3 Davis-Kidd Booksellers stores in Tennessee in Nashville, Memphis, and Jackson. The Nashville and Memphis locations remained open and continued to operate under the Davis-Kidd name. On November 11, 2010 Joseph-Beth filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closed the Davis-Kidd location in Nashville, as well Joseph-Beth locations in Pittsburgh, Charlotte, and one of the two locations in Northeast Ohio. In May 2011, the company and three of its stores were purchased by the Lexington, Kentucky store's landlord. The Fredericksburg, Virginia Joseph-Beth and the Memphis, Tennessee Davis-Kidd locations were initially sold to a liquidator. However, Joseph-Beth founder
    7.67
    3 votes
    57

    Mondragon Bookstore

    The Mondragon Bookstore & Coffeehouse is a political bookstore and vegan cafe located in The Old Market Autonomous Zone at 91 Albert Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The name comes from the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation and other organisations in the Basque town of Mondragón Spain that is known for its extensive network of worker's cooperatives. Mondragon is organized as a workers' collective: there is no hierarchy and all workers receive the same wage rate. This is based on the economic structure, Parecon developed by Robin Hahnel and Michael Albert. Mondragon Bookstore carries books related to anarchism, ecology, indigenous issues and resistance, Marxism, feminism, human and animal liberation, queer issues, sexuality, health, vegetarianism, economics, labour, media, activism and social change. Mondragon also carries zines, alternative children's books, political posters and t-shirts. Mondragon also operates a vegan cafe, and catering company. Mondragon also operates a full vegan grocery store entitled Sacco & Vanzetti's, after the two notable anarchists of the 1920s. It specializes in local and organic fare. Mondragon's internal structure, inspired by the participatory
    7.67
    3 votes
    58

    Poetry Bookshop

    The Poetry Bookshop operated at 35 Devonshire Street (now Boswell Street) in the Bloomsbury district of central London, from 1913 to 1926. It was the brainchild of Harold Monro, and was supported by his moderate income. The Bookshop not only sold, but also published, poetry by living poets. Readers were encouraged to browse, and several poets actually made their home there, including Wilfred Wilson Gibson and Robert Frost. The atmosphere was welcoming, and the shop's best-sellers were hand-coloured rhyme sheets for children. During World War I, when Monro was serving in the armed forces, the shop was run almost single-handed by his assistant, Alida Klementaski, whom he later married. Among the works published by the Poetry Bookshop were collections by Charlotte Mew and Richard Aldington as well as Ezra Pound's seminal 1914 anthology Des Imagistes. Penelope Fitzgerald for quite a few years attempted to interest a publisher in a book on the shop. Her letters reveal the amount of work she did, some of which was useful to her when she wrote her biography of Charlotte Mew.
    7.67
    3 votes
    59

    Mellon's Books

    Mellon's Books started as an online bookshop but rapidly outgrew the house the owner lived in. It is now an important bookshop in Eastbourne, Sussex UK. Offering a large stock of new and secondhand books - all mixed up on the shelves as well as access to over 400,000 new book titles. Mellon's has rapidly expanded, from its initial small unit upstairs in the Enterprise Centre next to the station to a much larger unit on the ground floor of the same centre. They have filled a need for somewhere for students to sell and buy secondhand textbooks cheaply in Eastbourne as well as providing an alternative to the chains of bookshops in the town. Mellon's has done some work for charity raising money for charities including NAPAC the National Association for People Abused as Children and is expanding its plans to raise money for charity. Mellon's does not honor its refund policy. Mellon's Books National Association for People Abused in Childhood The Enterprise Centre
    9.00
    2 votes
    60
    Oscar Wilde Bookshop

    Oscar Wilde Bookshop

    The Oscar Wilde Bookshop was the first bookstore devoted to gay and lesbian authors. It was founded by Craig Rodwell in 1967 as the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop. Initially located at 291 Mercer Street, it moved in 1973 to Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, New York, United States. It is named after gay author Oscar Wilde. Despite a limited selection of materials when the bookstore was first established, Rodwell refused to stock pornography and instead favored literature by gay and lesbian authors. In March 1968 Rodwell began publishing a monthly newsletter from the bookshop, calling it HYMNAL. Early organizing meetings for the first Pride Parade in New York City were held at the bookshop in 1970. Rodwell sold the bookshop in March 1993 to Bill Offenbaker, three months before Rodwell's death of stomach cancer. In June 1996 Offenbaker sold the store to Larry Lingle. In January 2003 Lingle announced that the bookshop would close due to financial difficulties. Deacon Maccubbin, owner of Lambda Rising bookstores, purchased the bookstore to prevent the historically significant bookstore from closing. The Advocate story on the scheduled closing failed to note that the founder of
    9.00
    2 votes
    61
    Forbidden Planet

    Forbidden Planet

    Forbidden Planet is the trading name of two separate science fiction, fantasy and horror bookshop chains across the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United States of America, named after the 1956 feature film of the same name. As well as books the shops sell comic books, graphic novels, manga, DVDs, video games, and a wide variety of toys, clothing and other collectible merchandise. Forbidden Planet London is the largest cult megastore in the UK, flagship of a national chain that includes megastores in Bristol and Southampton as well as an online presence. Specialising in movie and television merchandise, the store also retails art toys on the high street and hosts genre signings and events. Forbidden Planet was the third major comics store in London eventually replacing what had been the leading shop, Derek Stokes's Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed, which had started in 1969, and coming after Frank and Joan Dobson's Weird Fantasy in New Cross. Much of FP's growth came after the demise of Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed, which went out of business in 1981. Forbidden Planet had grown out of the Titan Distributors business of Mike Lake, Nick Landau, and Mike Luckman; Titan itself
    6.50
    4 votes
    62

    Reformers Bookshop

    Reformers (Reformers Bookshop) is a non-profit Christian wholesaler and bookseller operating in Australasia, plus telephone, internet and mail order world-wide. Originally set up in 1983 as a faith-based book ministry by a married couple of Stanmore Baptist Church to sell Banner of Truth literature, Reformers expanded its range over the years and in 2007 became a Reformed Baptist/Presbyterian joint venture in partnership with the Theological Education Committee of, and (from July 2009) the Trustees of, the Presbyterian Church of New South Wales. Its stated goal is to make available the best in historic and contemporary Christian literature, and its range reflects the theological stance of its various joint venture partners i.e. evangelical, reformed and conservative i.e. with a high view of the Bible as the ultimate authority in all things of which it speaks. Its senior staff are theologically trained to ministerial level. Since 2007, it has grown to become the largest specialised seller of evangelical, reformed literature in Australasia, with a brochure mailing list stated to be over 20,000 copies. In contrast with the multi-store approach of Koorong and Word, Reformers appears to
    6.50
    4 votes
    63

    Abebooks

    AbeBooks /eɪb bʊks/ (formerly the Advanced Book Exchange) is an online marketplace for books. Most books listed are used, many are rare or out-of-print, and a growing number are new books. The company is based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, with an office in Düsseldorf, Germany. It was incorporated in 1995 and launched its websites in 1996. At present, they list more than 140 million books on sale from thousands of booksellers in more than 50 countries. AbeBooks offers six regional websites: for North America, France, Germany, Italy, the UK and Spain (Iberlibro.com). On August 1, 2008, AbeBooks announced that it had been acquired by Amazon.com. AbeBooks' users can search across the listings of many independent bookstores, thereby allowing small, independent players to compete with bookselling superstores. Some of the member bookstores offer their books online only, while others also maintain a regular storefront. Booksellers upload their inventory data to the AbeBooks database, specifying information about each book including condition and price. Prices are fixed (with US$1 being the minimum) and there are no auctions. Items available range from the extremely common, where
    5.40
    5 votes
    64
    Attic Books

    Attic Books

    Attic Books, one of Canada's largest used books and antiquarian independent bookstores is located in London, Ontario. This company has been in business for over thirty years, and has been in its present location in the heart of downtown London for over ten years. Specializing in used and antiquarian books, along with maps, prints, and ephemera, Attic Books draws a large variety of customers. Marvin Post is the owner of Attic Books. He is a member of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the Antique Books Association of Canada (ABAC), and the Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA). He "appraises a variety of archives, books and other donations for a number of public institutions for insurance and tax purposes". As an established expert in his field, he was recently part of the Canadian Antiques Roadshow. Before Attic Books, Marvin owned a record store in the early 1970s called B-side Records, which used the label from an antiquarian book press for its symbol, a triad of bumblebees. Before opening Attic Books, Marvin Post was a stamp dealer in 1969. He established Attic Books in 1976 and then became a founding shareholder of Canada Book Auctions in 1979. He
    10.00
    1 votes
    65
    Books-A-Million

    Books-A-Million

    Books-A-Million, Inc., also known as BAM!, is a company that owns the second largest U.S. bookstore chain and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. The company operates over 200 stores in the South, Midwest, and Northeast United States. As of 2010, the company had about 5,500 employees. In addition to its flagship Books-A-Million superstore division, the company also operates the stores branded Books & Company and book and greeting card stores under the name Bookland. The company's stores mainly operate within either shopping malls or lifestyle centers. Most Books-A-Million stores feature Joe Muggs cafés. Additionally, there are a few standalone Joe Muggs newsstands. These are located in the Birmingham area. In addition to its primary retail component, the corporation includes a book wholesale and distribution subsidiary, American Wholesale Book Company (AWBC), an e-commerce division operating as booksamillion.com, and an internet development and services company, NetCentral, in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2011, Books-A-Million became the second largest book retailer in the United States, trailing only Barnes & Noble, after the announcement from larger rival Borders Group that it
    10.00
    1 votes
    66

    Globe Corner Bookstore

    The Globe Corner Bookstore was one of the largest travel book and map retailers in North America. It was located at 90 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near Harvard Square. The store provided a full range of travel and outdoor recreation reference materials for a destination: guidebooks, maps, atlases, recreation guides, travel literature, nature guides, photography books, cookbooks, and language products. The company's original store opened in 1982 in the historic Old Corner Bookstore building in downtown Boston, a continuation of the Old Corner Bookstore company, rebranded to focus on travel products. Reflecting the shifting dynamics of Boston's retail districts, the company opened its Harvard Square store in 1988 and a location in Boston's Back Bay in 1993. The combination of high rents and the declining fortunes of downtown Boston retail prompted the company to close the downtown branch in March 1997. The company sold its lease at 500 Boylston Street in the Back Bay to Boston Private Bank in December 2000. In 2010, the store's owner put it up for sale citing the need to retire due to health concerns. After entertaining several bids, none were found to
    10.00
    1 votes
    67

    Americana exchange

    The Americana Exchange (or “AE”) is a website for the buying, selling and collecting of rare and antiquarian books. It was founded in 2002 in San Francisco by rare book collector Bruce McKinney with the aim of offering hard to find information about book collecting to the public. From a start of providing a subscription database of bibliographic records, the company now offers many related services, mostly at no charge. The company at first specialized in the Americana book field, but quickly expanded to all types of antiquarian and rare books. The company’s first product, the AE Database includes listings taken from book bibliography and book auction records. Rather than showing scanned pages from bibliographic books, such as used by sites like Google Book Search, records are entered into numerous independently searchable fields, such as author, title and date, to facilitate the search for data. Starting from 151,000 listings in 2002, the database now contains almost 2 million records. Book sales results from around 150 worldwide auction houses are added shortly after the auctions take place. As the company was already searching and compiling listings from book auctions for its
    7.33
    3 votes
    68

    Coliseum Books

    Coliseum Books (1974-2007) was an independent bookstore that opened in 1974 on the northwest corner of 57th Street and Broadway, near Columbus Circle in the Manhattan borough of New York City. After initially closing its doors in 2002-after a series of financial difficulties and in part due to the increased real estate prices in that part of Manhattan-it relocated to its final location on 11 West 42nd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue, near Bryant Park. In early October 2006 Coliseum's founder-and one of its co-owners-George Leibson announced that by the end of the year Coliseum Books would once again close, most likely permanently. Among the reasons cited for the possible failure of the newest incarnation of Coliseum were an inability to connect with potential book-buyers in its new market, high real estate prices and the decline of independent booksellers within New York City. Coliseum Books' final day of business was Saturday, January 6, 2007.
    7.33
    3 votes
    69

    Lobal Orning

    Lobal Orning was a record and book store located in the mountains north of the Pacific Coast Highway in the small community of Topanga, California. It sold a "unique selection of music and books — a mix of everything from classic literature to pulp",. The store was also described as "one of Topanga’s unfortunately best-kept secrets". The store was run by rock musician Justin Chancellor of the band Tool, and his wife Shelee Dykman, who coined the phrase "lobal orning" which meant "to decorate the mind". The word "lobal" is a reference to the lobes of the brain and ears. The word "orning" is a reference to the word "ornament", in its verb form. The store closed March 1, 2008.
    7.33
    3 votes
    70
    Oxfam bookshops

    Oxfam bookshops

    Oxfam is the largest retailer of second hand books in Europe, selling around 12 million per year. Most of Oxfam's 750 charity shops around the UK sell books, and around 100 are specialist bookshops or book and music shops. A typical Oxfam bookshop will have around 50 volunteers, as well as a small number of full-time staff. Books are donated directly to shops by the public, or through Oxfam "book banks" in convenient locations around the country. The profits of the book sales support the work of Oxfam. Oxfam has been trying to shake off the dusty image of its shops, and the rapid expansion of specialist bookshops has formed part of that strategy. Modern Oxfam bookshops typically boast professional fittings and a wide range of stock, including recent novels, specialist textbooks and out-of-print curios. Charity bookshops, particularly those belonging to Oxfam, have been criticised for forcing traditional bookshops out of business. Small bookshops have complained that Oxfam receives unfair advantages in the form of favourable tax rates and cheaper waste disposal, amongst other things. In response to these criticisms, Oxfam has said that much of the damage to small book retailers has
    7.33
    3 votes
    71
    University of Oregon Bookstore

    University of Oregon Bookstore

    The Duck Store is the bookstore for the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, United States. It is a not-for-profit corporation governed by an elected Board of Directors composed mostly of students. It serves primarily students, faculty, staff and alumni of the University of Oregon. The store is divided into five sections: The first University of Oregon bookstore was organized by the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) in 1916 in a rented house that was on the site of the present store. After World War I, the ASUO found itself in financial difficulty and sold the bookstore to a local druggist. By 1920, it became clear that the university needed a bookstore, and a supporter from Portland, stationer J. K. Gill, set up the University of Oregon Cooperative Store. Stock in a separate corporation, the University Supply Company, was sold to department heads and faculty, including university president Prince Lucien Campbell. By 1933, the bookstore was financially solvent and the supply company was dissolved. The bookstore changed locations several times. In 1959, the Board of Directors voted to buy the College Side Inn, which was located at 13th and Kincaid streets,
    7.33
    3 votes
    72
    Book Soup

    Book Soup

    Book Soup is an independent bookstore located at 8818 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California, and is the largest general interest independent bookstore in Hollywood. The store is "known for its tall, teetering stacks and mazes of shelves crammed with titles that attracted entertainment and tourist industry clientele..." Popular with many in the entertainment industry, the store continues to hosts events featuring a variety of celebrity authors who have so far included Muhammad Ali, Howard Stern, Annie Leibovitz, Chuck Palahniuk, Jenna Jameson, and The Doors. Considered a "cultural fixture" of the Sunset Strip, Book Soup has also been featured as a location in a number of films and television shows. The store was founded in 1975 by Glenn Goldman. Goldman and David Mackler (both in graduate school at UCLA at the time) raised $50,000 and, after doing extensive research on where to locate their store, opened Book Soup on Sunset Boulevard. The rationale for the location, as Goldman explained, was that there "had been a period of upheaval here in the '60s—of thought and ideas—and I felt that the people who lived in the neighborhood would and could really support a bookstore."
    8.50
    2 votes
    73
    Ensign Books

    Ensign Books

    Ensign Books began in 1988 in Upland, California and has grown to become the third largest LDS retail bookstore chain in the world behind Deseret Book and Seagull Book & Tape. Ensign Books is owned and operated by Craig and Beverly Nelson. The bookstore is tailored but not limited to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ensign Books has expanded to include locations throughout Southern California including: Upland, Cerritos, the High Desert, La Mesa, Temecula, Arcadia, and an on-line site. When the Nelsons moved to California, Craig was responsible for leasing stores in the Pomona Valley Center Open Mall in the late 1970s. At that time, he contacted Deseret Book to see if the company had any interest in opening a store in that mall for the LDS market within the Inland Empire. Interest was expressed by Deseret Book but never acted upon. One possible reason for the lack of interest in opening a church bookstore in the area could be because in the 1970s all stake seventy quorums were encouraged to operate bookstores to provide church material to local members. Profits made from these stores went straight to the missionary funds of the stakes. The idea to create
    8.50
    2 votes
    74
    Kyobo Book Centre

    Kyobo Book Centre

    The Kyobo Book Centre or Kyobo Mungo (Korean; 교보문고), is the largest and most famous book store in South Korea. It boasts ten stores in seven cities, the most famous one being its Main Store, or Gwanghwamun-jum in Seoul, which is located right under the Kyobo Building, situated at Number 1, Jong-ro 1 Street. (Seoul CBD) A second book store of comparable size opened in Gangnam and is housed in the basement of the Kyobo Gangnam Tower. It was first established by its founding of the company, "Kyobo Moon-go Corporation", in December 1980. After six months, the first store opened in June, 1981. It was built right under the headquarters of its parent company, Kyobo. The sheer location, being Number 1, Jongro-1-ga, enabled the site to receive much enthusiasm from book fanatics, and its growth was exponential, together bringing much needed life into the recessive book industry. It underwent a major reconstruction in 1991, to enlarge its property underground to approx. 9000m². Its total length of leadways and passageways amounted up to 25km. The Gwanghwamun Store is famous for its entrances, particularly the main entrance that one takes from Jongro-3-ga. Whereby before climbing the stairs to
    8.50
    2 votes
    75
    Mayday Books

    Mayday Books

    Established in 1975, Mayday Books is a volunteer-run, non-profit collective bookstore in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its organizational mission is to provide leftist political books and magazines and a space for political organizing for the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area. Mayday Books carries a selection of new and used political books, magazines, zines, t-shirts, postcards, and select CDs and DVDs. Numerous political organizations use the collective's space for their public meetings. The collective regularly hosts author readings, film screenings, political discussions, organizational meetings, and occasional celebrations. Among the many prominent activist groups that meet at Mayday Books, the Iraq Peace Action Coalition (IPAC) meets in the store space, where in 2008 it planned the permitted anti-war march against the Republican National Convention on September 1, 2008. Mayday Books was founded in 1975 on the corner of Selby and Western in St. Paul, Minnesota. By 1980 Mayday had moved to Franklin and Chicago in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Eventually, in the early 1990s, internal differences over store organization and political program resulted in a split with the breakaway
    8.50
    2 votes
    76
    Mega City Comics

    Mega City Comics

    Mega City Comics is an independent comic book store based in Camden Town, London. The original business was started as a mail order supplier in 1981, and evolved through regular attendance at comic marts and fairs in London and throughout the UK. In April 1987 a shop was opened in London's Camden Town, and still trades from this original location. In December 2002, the megacitycomics website was launched.
    8.50
    2 votes
    77

    Pustak

    Pustak is an online bookstore that specializes in selling US and UK Editions of books as well as any rare and hard to find book. It was formally launched on 27 March 2009 by Kumar Pustak Mall Private Limited. The company is based in Bangalore, India and was founded by Anand Rao, the current CEO. Narayana Murthy, Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies was the Chief Guest at the launch of Pustak.co.in.. At the launch, Mr. Murthy stressed that reading, good conversations & listening to good music go a long way in value education of a person. Pustak.co.in claims to have over 12 million titles in their database. The company specializes in selling books that need to imported from the US and UK and promises free shipping into India. The company aims to tap into the Rs. 1500 crores / year book market and hopes to garner as much of the 3,000 books a day, imported book market.
    8.50
    2 votes
    78

    Schoenhof's Foreign Books

    Schoenhof's Foreign Books is a specialty bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near Harvard Square. Founded in 1856, Schoenhof's claims to be the oldest foreign language book dealer in the United States and to offer the largest selection foreign language books in North America. The bookstore is itself the fourth oldest in the country. Schoenhof's is now owned by MEP, Inc., an importer and wholesaler of foreign language books. MEP bought Schoenhof's from Éditions Gallimard in 2005 but did not rename its existing Europa Books retail store in Chicago as Schoenhof's despite initial plans to do so. Their selection is divided into language learning materials, literature and non-fiction books, and children's books. Over 700 different languages and dialects are represented in the learning section. Literature and non-fiction includes French, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Latin, and biblical studies. The children's section offers works in major Romance, Germanic, Slavic, and Celtic languages.
    8.50
    2 votes
    79

    Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural

    Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural is a non-profit cultural center and bookstore in Sylmar, California. It was founded in 2003 by noted Chicano author Luis J. Rodriguez, his wife Trini Rodriguez, Angelica Loa, and Victor Mendoza (Victor E) of El Vuh. Tia Chucha's provides arts and music workshops and events to the culturally underserved Northeastern San Fernando Valley. Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural was founded in 2003 next door to Tia Chucha's Cafe Cultural, a coffee shop and bookstore owned by Chicano writer Luis Rodriguez, his wife Trini, and their brother-in-law Enrique Sanchez in Sylmar, CA since 2001. The Centro's founders were Luis Rodriguez, Angelica Loa Perez and Victor Mendoza. They began offering workshops in writing, painting, music, dance, film, theater, reiki healing, and indigenous studies. A resident Danza Azteca group, Temachtia Quetzalcoatl, was formed, as well as natural healing circles for both men and women. In 2004 the Centro received its 501 (c) 3 tax exempt status. In 2005, the Centro took over operations of Tia Chucha Press and continues to produce poetry books, distributed by Northwestern University Press. Tia Chucha Press was started in 1989 by Luis Rodriguez in
    8.50
    2 votes
    80

    Koorong

    Koorong is a Christian bookstore chain operating across Australia. It is one of the two largest retailers of Christian books and media in Australia, along with Word book store chain. Koorong is a family-owned company that began over 30 years ago in Marsfield, Sydney, in the garage of the Koorong Street home of Bruce and Olive Bootes, a Reformed baptist pastor and his wife. In 1978, their son, Paul began the management of his family’s bookshop business. Koorong opened their first Sydney store in Ryedale Road, West Ryde in 1978, moving to larger premises in West Parade, West Ryde in 1995. In August 2005, Koorong took over the three Church Army bookstores at Newcastle, Tamworth and Gosford. Koorong now operates 17 stores across Australia, including Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart and Launceston, with approximately 400 staff, Australia-wide and a brochure mailing list of about 120,000. Koorong was described in 1994 as theologically conservative in terms of the books it sold, which was consistent with its Reformed baptist roots. Since that time, its product range has grown and widened to the point that it sells books ranging from Banner of Truth titles by Iain Murray and a
    5.20
    5 votes
    81
    City Lights Bookstore

    City Lights Bookstore

    City Lights is an independent bookstore-publisher combination in San Francisco, California that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics. It also houses the nonprofit City Lights Foundation, which publishes selected titles related to San Francisco culture. It was founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin (who left two years later). Both the store and the publishers became widely known following the obscenity trial of Ferlinghetti for publishing Allen Ginsberg's influential poem Howl and Other Poems (City Lights, 1956). Nancy Peters started working there in 1971 and retired as executive director in 2007. In 2001, City Lights was made an official historic landmark. City Lights is located at 261 Columbus Avenue, on the nexus of North Beach and Chinatown in San Francisco. City Lights was the inspiration of Peter D. Martin, who relocated from New York City to San Francisco in the 1940s to teach sociology. He first used City Lights—in homage to the Chaplin film—in 1952 as the title of a magazine, publishing early work by such key Bay Area writers as Philip Lamantia, Pauline Kael, Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan, and Ferlinghetti himself, as
    7.00
    3 votes
    82
    Half Price Books

    Half Price Books

    Half Price Books, Records, Magazines, Incorporated is the largest family-owned chain of new and used bookstores in the United States. The company’s original motto is "We buy and sell anything printed or recorded except yesterday's newspaper", and many of the used books, music, and movies for sale in each location are purchased from local residents. The corporate office is located in the flagship Northwest Highway location in Dallas, Texas. Half Price Books now operates more than 100 stores in 15 states. Founders Ken Gjemre and Pat Anderson opened the first store in 1972 in a former laundromat in Dallas, Texas, filling the shelves with 2,000 books out of their personal libraries. The founders believed in offering great products at great prices, selling new and gently-used books, magazines, music, movies, collectibles and game software at half the original price or less. Pat Anderson’s daughter, Sharon Anderson Wright, is the company’s current President and CEO. In 2009, Sharon's sister Ellen O'Neal stepped up to the position of Chairperson of the Board in order to become more involved with the family business and carry out the mission of her mother. As committed to employees as it
    7.00
    3 votes
    83

    Rainy Day Books

    Rainy Day Books is an independent bookstore in Fairway, Kansas, a wealthy suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, and one of the leading independent bookstores in the United States. It was founded on November 4, 1975 and is owned and operated by Vivien Jennings. Rainy Day Books is open 6 days a week, every day but Sunday when the staff "spends time with our families." The store has been nationally recognized for its author events, most of which are ticketed events hosted off-site at Unity Temple on The Plaza. Publishers Weekly says that "Rainy Day Books sets the gold standard" for author events. Rainy Day Books began as a used bookstore, offering a paperback exchange program where readers could trade used books for credit and pay a small fee to exchange for other paperbacks. Unlike many other used bookstores, Rainy Day Books never purchased stock from customers. Within a year, the store moved to a new expanded location in the Fairway Shops and added a full line of new books. The store moved again to an anchor location in the same shopping center in 1998. Over the next year and a half, the store discontinued the used paperback exchange program and expanded the inventory of new titles
    7.00
    3 votes
    84
    Chapters

    Chapters

    Chapters is a Canadian big box bookstore banner owned by Indigo Books and Music. Formerly a company in its own right competing with Indigo, the combined company has continued to operate both banners since their merger in 2001. Chapters Inc. was created in 1994 when founder and CEO, Lawrence Stevenson led the buyout and merger of Coles and SmithBooks, Canada's two largest book chains at the time. SmithBooks was acquired from Federal Industries and Coles was acquired from Southam Inc. Canadian General Capital and Pathfinder Capital bought these two chains with the intention of building large-format book superstores comparable to those of the American bookstore chains Barnes and Noble and Borders. The new company was officially created in April 1995 and the first two book superstores were opened in November 1995. The original superstores were located in Burlington, Ontario and Burnaby, British Columbia. Chapters quickly changed the face of the book selling industry in Canada. Previously, companies like Coles and Smithbooks had many small stores. Chapters built large box stores with a much larger product selection. Chapters provided chairs and couches for their customers, as well as
    8.00
    2 votes
    85
    Higginbotham's

    Higginbotham's

    The Higginbotham's is an Indian company of book sellers and publishers based in the city of Chennai. The main bookstore at Mount Road, Chennai has the reputation of being India's oldest bookshop in existence. The Higginbotham's was established by an English librarian named Abel Joshua Higginbotham. It is alleged that he arrived in India as a British stowaway. In the 1840s, he was employed as a librarian with a bookstore named Weslyan Book Shop run by Protestant missionaries. However, the store suffered heavy losses and the missionaries who ran the business decided to sell their shop for a low price. Higginbotham purchased the business and set up his own store and called it "Higginbotham's" in the year 1844. The Higginbotham's is, therefore, India's oldest bookstore in existence. Soon, it gained a reputation for quality. John Murray, in his Guidebook to the Presidencies of Madras and Bombay in 1859, describes Higginbotham's as the "premier bookshop of Madras". In March 1859, in a letter to Lord Macaulay, Lord Trevelyan, the Governor of Madras wrote: Among the many elusive and indescribable charms of life in Madras City, is the existence of my favourite book shop 'Higginbotham's' on
    8.00
    2 votes
    86

    Lorem Ipsum Books

    Lorem Ipsum Books is an independent seller of used, new, and remaindered books in Cambridge's Inman Square. The store's motto is "Useful Books from Inman to the Internet." Lorem Ipsum Books was named after the Lorem Ipsum placeholder text. It opened in February 2004 on 157 Hampshire Street by MIT Media Lab graduate Matt Mankins, who believed that independent stores should embrace the Internet as a sales partner, rather than competitor. Mankins believed that bookstores needed to do two things if they were to remain viable: sell globally and price with market intelligence and not "rules of thumb". In 2010, upon its sixth anniversary, Lorem Ipsum Books relocated to its new home, 1299 Cambridge Street. Lorem Ipsum Books has hosted several Indie rock acts in conjunction with the Cambridge music series known as the Critique of Pure Reason. In recent years this has included Patrick Wolf, John Vanderslice, Woelv, and Soltero.
    8.00
    2 votes
    87
    Oxford Bookstore and Stationery Company

    Oxford Bookstore and Stationery Company

    The Oxford Bookstore formerly known as Oxford Bookstore and Stationery Company is an Indian book store-chain established in 1920. It has no connection with Oxford University Press. Its outlets, on prime locations in the high streets of most of the major cities of the Raj such as Delhi, Mumbai, Meerut, Chennai (2006) and Calcutta, are well known even today. Still known as the 'Oxford Bookstores, the outlets are now managed by the Apeejay Surrendra Group, a Calcutta-based conglomerate, while the book wholesaling business has been merged with India Book House to become Oxford and IBH. The Oxford Bookstore was a landmark in Calcutta during the days of the Raj, along with Whiteaway Laidlaw's famous departmental store. Like most bookshops of the time, the store also stocked fancy leather goods, toys, perfume, albums, photo frames, indoor games, playing cards and silver and electroplated goods. It features in the memoirs of many eminent British and Indian figures of the twentieth century, and has always played a part in the city's life. In the 1970s, during the Naxalite rising, it was used as a message drop-off point by activists, who would slip notes into particular books for other
    8.00
    2 votes
    88

    Paradise Comics

    Paradise Comics is a comic book store located in Toronto, Canada. The owner and proprietor is Peter Dixon. The store's manager is long time comic book fan Doug Simpson. Among other merchandise, Paradise Comics sells silver age, 1970s, 1980s and CGC graded comics and CGC Signature Series (signed and graded) comic books. The store is located at 3278 Yonge Street in Toronto. Paradise Comics also puts on comic book conventions: Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon. In 2009, Wizard Entertainment acquired the Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon, "a show that has been consistently awarded The Best International Comic Book Convention (non-USA) by ComicBookConventions.com, for the last five years." Peter Dixon will still continue to be involved with the Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon..
    8.00
    2 votes
    89
    Waterstone's

    Waterstone's

    Waterstones, formerly Waterstone's, is a British book retailer that operates 296 stores and employs around 4,500 staff in the UK and Europe as of January 2012. Established in 1982 by Tim Waterstone, after whom the company was named, the bookseller expanded rapidly until being sold in 1993 to W H Smith. Bought again in 1998 by EMI, Advent International and Waterstone, the company was taken under the umbrella of HMV Group, which merged the Dillons, and in 2006, the Ottakar's brands into the company. Following several poor sets of results for the group, HMV put the chain up for sale and in May 2010, it was announced that A&NN Capital Fund Management, owned by Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut, had bought the chain and appointed James Daunt as managing director. The company has been awarded various industry prizes, including the 'Bookselling Company of the Year' in 2008 and a top 10 place in the Which? Consumer Survey twice: in 2009 and in 2011. However, Waterstones has been criticised for its selling tactics, in particular undermining the position of independent bookshops via heavy discounting of books. As well as the Waterstones brand, the company owns the London bookseller
    8.00
    2 votes
    90

    Glad Day Bookshop

    Glad Day Bookshop is an independent bookstore in Toronto, Ontario, specializing in LGBT literature. The store is located at 598A Yonge Street near the city's Church and Wellesley neighbourhood. Opened in 1970 by Jearld Moldenhauer, it was the city's and Canada's first bookstore targeted to the gay community. The bookstore originally operated out of Moldenhauer's apartment in The Annex, which also served as the original offices of The Body Politic. Moldenhauer later moved to a house in Kensington Market, where the bookstore and magazine operated out of a shed in his backyard. The store moved to its current location in 1981. In 1979, Moldenhauer opened a second location in Boston. A fire destroyed the Boston building in 1982, but the store reopened in a different location a few weeks later. Moldenhauer sold the Toronto location to John Scythes in 1991, but retained ownership of the Boston store and continued to be involved in the Toronto store's operations. After the Boston store's landlord decided to convert the building into condominiums, Moldenhauer closed the store in 2000 when he and manager John Mitzel faced difficulty finding a suitable new location. From 1998 to early 2005,
    5.75
    4 votes
    91
    Leary's book store

    Leary's book store

    Leary’s Book Store was a landmark in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for nearly one hundred years. In 1969, when it closed, it was known as the “oldest book store in the United States.” Leary’s Book Store (later renamed Leary, Stuart, and Co.) was located in the heart of the downtown district of Philadelphia at 9 South 9th Street, a short distance from Market Street. The very large Gimbel’s Department Store occupied the corner of 9th and Market, and the relatively tiny Leary’s Book Store on 9th Street was separated from it by a small cobble stoned alleyway. Leary’s Book Store was contained in a large three-story building with basement and sloped roof. The building consisted of three floors and a basement full of books. On the third floor, an opening in the floor allowed a view of the mezzanine down below. Additional books were placed outside on shelves on the Leary’s side of the alleyway separating it from Gimbels. Some provision was made to shelter the books and the readers in the alley way, but, most of the time, the books and browsers, suffered the inclemency of the outdoor Philadelphia weather. Throughout the building, numerous used books were everywhere: on wall shelves
    6.67
    3 votes
    92
    Shakespeare and Company

    Shakespeare and Company

    Shakespeare and Company is the name of two independent bookstores on Paris's Left Bank. The first was opened by Sylvia Beach on 17 November 1919 at 8 rue Dupuytren, before moving to larger premises at 12 rue de l'Odéon in the 6th arrondissement in 1922. During the 1920s, it was a gathering place for writers such as Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and Ford Madox Ford. It closed in 1941 during the German occupation of Paris and never re-opened. The second is situated at 37 rue de la Bûcherie, in the 5th arrondissement. Opened in 1951 by George Whitman, it was originally named "Le Mistral" but renamed to "Shakespeare and Company" in 1964 in tribute to Sylvia Beach's bookstore. Today, it serves both as a regular bookstore and as a reading library, specializing in English-language literature. The shop was featured in the Richard Linklater film Before Sunset and in the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris. Sylvia Beach, an American expatriate from New Jersey established Shakespeare and Company in 1919 on 8 rue Dupuytren. The store functioned as a lending library as well as a bookstore. Beach moved to a larger location at 12 rue de l'Odéon in 1921, where the store remained until
    6.67
    3 votes
    93
    Blackwell's

    Blackwell's

    Blackwell UK, also known as Blackwell's and Blackwell Group, is a British academic book retailer and library supply service originally founded in 1879 by Benjamin Henry Blackwell, after whom the chain is named. Based in Oxford, the original Broad Street branch is now part of a larger chain of 45 shops, as well as an accounts and library supply service, employing around 1000 staff across all divisions. The Broad street branches, which include specialty music and art/poster shops, remained the only branches until expansion in the early 1990s, when at peak after taking over the Heffers brand in Cambridge in 1999 and the James Thin academic chain in Scotland in 2002, the company had over 70 branches. The company’s library supply chain serves internationally, but parts were sold off in 2009, with the North American arm of Blackwell Book Services and Australian business James Bennett sold to Baker & Taylor and folded into Baker & Taylor's existing academic library arm, YBP Library Services. The group were also publishers, under the Blackwell publishing brand which published over 800 journals when it was sold to publishers John Wiley & Sons in 2007 for £572 million to form
    9.00
    1 votes
    94

    Daily-Update Publishers

    Daily-Update Publishers (or DU Publishers) is an Australian publishing company, now specialising in English and ESL e-books. Daily-Update Publishers was founded in 2000 as an Internet “aggregator” (a gatherer of news and articles) by the current directors, Cameron Russell and Fay Russell. The following year, the Daily-Update Language Institute was established in Hsinchu, Taiwan. A second Daily-Update school was established a few months later. Daily-Update ESL Publishers was established in 2001 as a Taiwanese company, initially to publish materials for the two schools. A team of forty writers (see below) was commissioned to write the materials. Another forty computer programmers, web developers, illustrators and layout artists (see below) put the material into book form or created computer games. In February 2005, Daily-Update launched 33 books at the Taiwan International Book Exhibition, and reprint rights were sold in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Soon after that, the publishing company was moved to Australia, trading under the company name of Daily-Update Pty Ltd and using the business name of Daily-Update Publishers. The books have since been exhibited in many
    9.00
    1 votes
    95
    Follett Corporation

    Follett Corporation

    Follett Corporation is a River Grove, Illinois-based company that provides a variety of educational products to schools, colleges, and public libraries through its subsidiaries. In 1901, C.W. Follett began working as a stock clerk for a small mail-order book company in Chicago, C.M. Barnes & Company, which had been founded in 1873 by Charles M. Barnes. In 1902, Barnes retired, and his son William took over the company. By now the company had evolved into a wholesaler, selling used books throughout the Midwest. In 1908, John Wilcox, William Barnes' father-in-law became the majority shareholder and the company was renamed C.M. Barnes - Wilcox Company. In 1912 Follett became vice president. In 1917 Barnes sold his remaining interest in the company to John Wilcox. (Later that year he would travel to New York to partner with G. Clifford Noble and found Barnes & Noble) In 1918 Follett took over management as Wilcox was nearing retirement, and the company was again renamed, this time to J.W. Wilcox & Follett Company. John Wilcox died in 1923 and the following year, C.W. Follett and his wife, Edythe, purchased the company. During the next two years, C.W. Follett’s three oldest sons—R.D.
    9.00
    1 votes
    96
    Grolier Poetry Bookshop

    Grolier Poetry Bookshop

    The Grolier Poetry Book Shop ("the Grolier") is an independent bookstore on Plympton Street near Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Although founded as a "fine-arts" bookstore, its focus today is solely poetry. A small (404 sq ft.), one-room store with towering bookcases, it lays claim to being the "oldest continuous bookshop" devoted solely to the sale of poetry and poetry criticism. Over the years, the Grolier became a focus of poetic activity in the Cambridge area, which itself had, because of the influence of Harvard University, become a magnet for American poets. It became a point of call for visiting poets as well as a nexus of gossip, rumor and networking in the poetry community. Poets such as John Ashbery, Robert Bly, Robert Creeley, Donald Hall, and Frank O'Hara were regulars at the store during their time as undergraduates at Harvard; the poet Conrad Aiken lived upstairs from the store in its early days. Numerous other poets and writers, including Russell Banks, Frank Bidart, William Corbett, E. E. Cummings, T. S. Eliot, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, David Ferry, Allen Ginsberg, Marianne Moore, Mary Oliver, Charles Olson, Robert Pinsky, Adrienne Rich,
    9.00
    1 votes
    97

    Happy Harbor Comics

    Happy Harbor Comics is a group of Canadian comic book stores located in Edmonton, Alberta. Over the past few years, owner Jay Bardyla and his store have participated in the 24-hour comic day to promote comics in general and to raise money for the Alberta Literacy Foundation. In 2005, they raised more than $1600.
    9.00
    1 votes
    98

    Hyman's Book and Art Shoppe

    Hyman's Book and Art Shoppe, 1926 - 1971, was widely known in the Jewish community as Hyman's Bookstore. It was an important part of the early history of Spadina Avenue in Toronto, as well as the early Jewish community of Toronto. The store was founded in 1926 by Ben Zion Hyman and his wife Fannie (also known as Faygle). For most of its 45 year history, Hyman's Bookstore was located at 412 Spadina Avenue in Toronto, Canada. The book store specialized in Jewish books of both secular and religious interest in English, Yiddish and Hebrew. Hyman's Bookstore carried a complete line of Jewish ritual objects such as talleisim, tfillin, kiddush cups, menorahs, shabbath candlesticks, kippot and jewelry (e.g., mezuzahs and magen davids). It was also the main supplier of all the Jewish schools in Toronto. In 1941, Hyman used books from the store to found the Toronto Jewish Public Library. Hyman's Bookstore started a book registry in the late 1940s, so that there would be no duplication in Bar Mitvah gifts. Another one of Hyman's specialties was office supplies. In addition, the business was renowned for its Jewish greeting cards sold during major Jewish holidays. Many Jewish landsmanshaften
    9.00
    1 votes
    99

    McNally Robinson

    McNally Robinson Booksellers is a family-operated chain of Canadian independent bookstores founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1981. It is managed by Holly and Paul McNally and their daughter Victoria (Tory). McNally Robinson was founded by Holly McNally in 1981 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her partner Ron Robinson, who quit the book business a year later to pursue a career with CBC Radio. Robinson's name has remained attached to the enterprise because at the time he left, McNally didn't have the money to replace the store's signage. Beginning with just one small corner bookstore, Holly and her husband Paul gradually built McNally Robinson Booksellers into one of the largest independent bookstores in Canada, spreading to Saskatoon and (formerly) Calgary. Their daughter, Tory McNally, has assumed an increasing role in managing the day-to-day activities of the chain. The stores host readings and book launches by authors from Winnipeg, Canada and beyond. McNally Robinson operates two stores: at Grant Park Mall in Winnipeg and on 8th Street in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. A former Calgary location closed at the end of July, 2008. Two other locations, one at the Polo Park in Winnipeg and
    9.00
    1 votes
    100
    Ottakar's

    Ottakar's

    Ottakar's was a chain of bookshops in the United Kingdom founded in 1987 by James Heneage. Following a takeover by the HMV Group plc in 2006, the chain was merged into the Waterstone's brand. James Heneage established the Ottakar's chain in 1987, taking inspiration from The Adventures of Tintin book King Ottokar's Sceptre. He saw a lucrative market in small towns which lacked a Waterstones branch and opened stores in Loughborough, Brighton, Banbury, Salisbury and Trowbridge. A number of Ottakar's stores drew on the Tintin connection and had walls painted with scenes from the series. The Ottakar store in Bromley, Kent had a large rocket taken from the Tintin novels so that children could play inside it. Above the rocket was a cartoon picture of the night sky to add to the effect. The company was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1998 and expanded rapidly, making a number of acquisitions including small bookstores in the West Country, eight branches of James Thin Booksellers in 2002, and twenty-four branches of Hammicks Bookshops Ltd, a company with 35 years of bookselling history, in April 2003. By mid-2006, the chain had shops in 141 locations throughout the United Kingdom. In
    9.00
    1 votes
    101

    Vroman's Bookstore

    Vroman's Bookstore is the oldest and largest independent bookstore in Southern California. Founded in 1894 by Adam Clark Vroman, the original Vroman’s Book and Photographic Supply store was located at 60 E. Colorado St in Pasadena, California. A.C. Vroman was an avid photographer of the Southwest and Native American culture, and his interest in photographic equipment started a long-standing tradition of carrying non-book items in his bookstores. Upon Vroman’s death in 1916, the store became a corporation, holding its first annual meeting on January 9, 1917 with George Howell as president elect, Allan David Sheldon as Vice President, and Alice Dilworth as Secretary-Treasurer. (Vroman’s relationship with the Sheldon family dates to the 1870s, when both families lived in Oregon, Illinois.) Due to philosophic differences with members of the board, George Howell resigned as president in 1920 and was succeeded by A.D. Sheldon. From then until last July, when Allison Hill became president, with the exception of one five-year period, a member of the Sheldon family has served as president of A.C. Vroman, Inc. In 1929, Vroman's signed a 49-year lease on property at 695 E. Colorado, moving
    9.00
    1 votes
    102

    Wooden Shoe Books

    Wooden Shoe Books & Records is an infoshop run on the principles of consensus decision-making by an all-volunteer anarchist collective in Philadelphia. It has existed for 34 years. The current storefront is located at 704 South Street. The collective gets its name from the "sabot" (French for "wooden shoe"). French peasants often resisted early industrial capitalism by tossing their wooden shoes into the gears of a factory machine, in order to get a break after having worked long hours. The early founders of the Wooden Shoe collective were members of Philadelphia Solidarity (PS), a group of labor-orientated libertarian socialists. Along with others interested in working-class struggle, PS opened the store in December 1976. It was located on 112 South 20th street, right near Sansom Street, in Philadelphia. The store was vandalized on October 8, 1978. Members of the collective flooded the store’s floor with water, ruining most of the inventory. The Wooden Shoe on 20th and Sansom burnt to the ground on February 12, Ash Wednesday, 1997 in an electrical fire. As of December 2006, The Wooden Shoe's application for 501(c)3 status with the Internal Revenue Service to become a non-profit
    9.00
    1 votes
    103
    Archambault

    Archambault

    Archambault, a Quebecor Media company, is the largest music retailer in the province of Quebec, Canada, as well as a major retailer of books, DVDs, periodicals, musical instruments, sheet music, games, toys and gift ideas. Its e-commerce site, www.archambault.ca, is the largest French-language retail site in North America. The company's Zik.ca site is the world's first French-language music download service. Archambault currently operates 15 stores in Quebec. Paragraphe Bookstore, an English-language bookstore, is also part of Archambault Group. Archambault was founded in 1896 by Edmond Archambault, who had originally wanted to open a sheet music store. In partnership with J.A. Hurteau, a major retailer of pianos, instruments and music accessories, Mr. Archambault opened his first store on the corner of Saint Denis and Sainte Catherine streets in Montreal. In 1919, Edmond Archambault became the store's sole owner, and in 1930, he decided to move to the corner of Berri and Sainte Catherine streets, where he built a seven-storey building, which he dubbed the "House of the Future". To this day, this building remains the home of Archambault Group's main office. In 1947, Mr.
    7.50
    2 votes
    104
    Borders (UK) Ltd.

    Borders (UK) Ltd.

    Borders (UK) Ltd., aka Borders & Books etc, was established as a Borders Group subsidiary in 1998 and in 2007 became independent of the US company. At its peak after separation from the US parent, it traded from its 41 Borders and 28 BOOKS etc. shops, with over one million square feet of retail space taking around 8% of the retail bookselling market. In 2008 and 2009 the store numbers were reduced before the collapse of the chain. They also operated one single branch in Ireland, but closed this early in 2009. On 26 November 2009 it was announced that Borders (UK) had gone into administration. All stores closed on 24 December 2009. A typical Borders shop in the UK contained both a Paperchase stationery and Starbucks cafe concession. In addition, some branches also contained a RED5 gadget concession and GAME video games concession. The logo contained both the Books etc. logo and the Borders logo to reflect the fact that Borders UK operated two different brands. In September 2007, Borders (UK) Ltd. was acquired by Luke Johnson's London-based private equity investor Risk Capital Partners in a deal purportedly worth £20 million. Bookshop Acquisitions Ltd. - a subsidiary of Risk Capital
    7.50
    2 votes
    105

    Coles

    Coles is a Canadian bookstore chain owned by Indigo Books and Music. Coles currently serves as Indigo's brand for small-scale bookstores in locations such as shopping malls. Some locations are operated as SmithBooks, and the company has recently begun to open selected small-format locations as "IndigoSpirit". In 1940, two brothers, Carl Cole and Jack Cole, opened their first bookstore on Bloor Street near Spadina Avenue near the University of Toronto. Prior to opening the store they had operated a "pushcart" buying up textbooks at the end of the school year and reselling them in the fall. At the age of 11, the Coles were living in foster homes in Detroit and eventually Toronto. With the little amount of money they had, they were able to open their first store (paying rent daily as they could not afford the monthly rent payments). With no retail experience, the Cole brothers turned their store into what was once Canada's largest bookstore chain. Jack and Carl Cole are also responsible for inventing Coles Notes. Coles Notes began when students at a local high school were having trouble translating a French paper. Jack and Carl hired someone to translate the book and sold over 1,000
    7.50
    2 votes
    106

    Queensland Book Depot

    QBD, originally Queensland Book Depot, is a large chain of bookshops in Australia, with almost all stores found in the states of Queensland and New South Wales.
    7.50
    2 votes
    107

    Toronto Women's Bookstore

    The Toronto Women's Bookstore is the largest nonprofit, feminist bookstore in Canada. Run and staffed primarily by women of color, the store sells fiction, poetry and non-fiction by women writers to promote feminist and anti-oppression politics. The bookstore informally began as a single shelf of books in a women's resource centre on Dupont Street in the early 1970s. The Bookstore opened as a bookstore in 1973 at a site in Kensington Market, where it was associated with a feminist printing press and a self-defence collective. The bookstore was firebombed in 1985, when it was located underneath the abortion clinic of Henry Morgentaler. The loss of merchandise, combined with a slow insurance settlement and delays in reopening put significant strain on the bookstore's finances. A Fire Sale, where the bookstore sold off merchandise damaged in the fire to supporters of its cause, provided enough capital for the bookstore to re-open at a new location, 73 Harbord St. By 1993, stiff competition from larger chain bookstores saw the Toronto's Women's bookstore showing a loss. Similar situations faced many other independent bookstores around the same time. The bookstore reorganised its
    7.50
    2 votes
    108

    BibliOZ

    BibliOZ.com The Book Search Wizard is an online portal for locating and purchasing out of print, used, rare and collectible books. The website is owned by BiblioQuest International Pty Ltd, an Australian-based company that has offered specialist booksearch services since 1994, prior to the growth of online bookstores such as Amazon. The company also provides a telephone and mail-order booksearch service. In April 2005, BibliOZ's parent company, BiblioQuest, announced a strategic alliance with US North Carolina-based Biblio.com. Source: Australia Post Priority magazine article Media Announcement
    6.33
    3 votes
    109

    Deseret Book

    Deseret Book is the largest Latter-day Saint book publisher and also owns a chain of LDS bookstores in the western United States. Over 150 people work in its Salt Lake City headquarters. During holidays, over 1000 employees work at over 30 Deseret Book store locations. Owned wholly by Deseret Management Corporation, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), Deseret Book is managed independently, but distributes media in accord with church doctrine. As a publisher, Deseret Book publishes under four imprints with media ranging from doctrine and LDS fiction books, to electronic resources and sound recordings such as Mormon Tabernacle Choir albums. The Deseret Book Company merged from the Deseret News Bookstore and the Deseret Sunday School Union Bookstore in 1919 and formally adopted its name in 1920. Both of these Utah bookstores trace their organizational roots to George Q. Cannon, a Latter-day Saint General Authority. The bookstore is named after "deseret," a word from the Book of Mormon meaning "honeybee". In early 1866 George Q. Cannon published the first issue of Juvenile Instructor magazine. Dated January 1, it was not distributed until
    6.33
    3 votes
    110

    Unnameable Books

    Unnameable Books is an independent bookstore located on Vanderbilt Ave, between Prospect and St. Marks, in Brooklyn, New York. It has been profiled as an example of a small New York bookstore that survives as chains, internet sales and rising real estate prices drive more established New York independents like Coliseum Books and Murder Ink out of business. . It was depicted on the cover of the June 9 and 16, 2008 The New Yorker by the cartoonist Adrian Tomine. Founded as "Adam's Books" before being renamed, it specializes in poetry and has a reputation for an eclectic collection of used books. It also carries work from small independent presses, such as Ugly Duckling Presse. "We're Not in It for the Money." Christian Science Monitor Online. 26 January 2007. "Booksellers Fight Back As 5 New Stores Open." New York Sun. 15 January 2007. "Essential Secrets. What the Guidebooks Won't Tell You." Time Out New York / Issue 631. 1 November 2007.
    6.33
    3 votes
    111

    Fopp

    Fopp is a chain of retail stores selling music, film, books and other entertainment products in the United Kingdom. From its origins as a one-man stall in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1981, it expanded to a chain of over 100 branches throughout the country in 2007. With the demise of Music Zone, Fopp became the third largest specialist music retailer in the UK in terms of store numbers (after HMV and Virgin Megastores). Shortly after the takeover of rival chain Music Zone, Fopp went into administration in June 2007, resulting in the closure of many of its stores. Eight stores survived and are operating under the Fopp brand as an independent part of the HMV Group. The name "Fopp" comes from the title of a song by the Ohio Players on their 1975 album Honey. A new branch opened in mid 2009 on Exeter High Street. In August 2010, a Fopp branch opened up in London Gower Street, inside Waterstone's. The first Fopp store was a market stall in Decourcey's Arcade near Byres Road in Glasgow opened 1981 by Gordon Montgomery. Fopp operates a keep-it-simple approach to the pricing of its merchandise with most prices rounded to whole-pound figures. It built a reputation for reasonable prices on new
    6.00
    3 votes
    112

    John Cole's Book Shop

    John Cole's Book Shop (originally John Cole's Book and Craft Shop) was a bookstore in La Jolla, San Diego, California. It was founded in 1946 by John (d. 1959) and Barbara Cole (d. 2004) on Ivanhoe Avenue, and moved in 1966 to the Wisteria Cottage at 780 Prospect Street. The cottage had housed Ellen Browning Scripps' half-sister Virginia, and La Jolla Country Day School, prior to becoming the location of John Cole's Book Shop. Susan and Charles Cole, the daughter and son of John and Barbara Cole worked in the book shop as did Susan's daughter Trilce and Charles' son Zack. Zack sold harmonicas in the book store. Parties were held for numerous authors over the years. The La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art lent sculptures to John Cole's Book Shop which were displayed on the grounds. John Cole's Book Shop specialized in books about Mexico, and specifically the Baja Peninsula as well as Mexican art. Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was a close friend of both John and Barbara Cole as early as the 1940s, lived in La Jolla and regularly signed books for the shop. The shop closed in 2005, and the cottage is to be turned into a museum by the La Jolla Historical Society.
    6.00
    3 votes
    113
    Page One

    Page One

    Page One (Chinese: 葉壹堂; pinyin: Yèyī Táng) is a bookstore chain and publisher founded in Singapore by Mark Tan (陳家強), with locations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Thailand. Traditionally focused on English language books, it has recently expanded into the Chinese language market. The story of Page One began in 1983, when a small shop with slanting shelves, stocking handpicked art, and design books, opened in a shopping mall in Singapore. Day by day and book by book, the small shop started to build a loyal following. Today, the small shop has evolved into a brand. Since then, Page One has marked its presence with bookstores in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan. In Singapore, the Page One bookstore is established at VivoCity, the shopping mall touted to be the largest of its kind on the island. Page One is determined to continue its success story in even more countries. While it began as a retail outfit, Page One has also expanded in the areas of book publishing and distribution over the years. In publishing, Page One builds its strength from the acquisition of rights and creation of original in-house titles, with a focus on art and design content.
    6.00
    3 votes
    114

    The Chaucer Head Bookshop

    The Chaucer Head Bookshop is a general and second hand bookseller currently located in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. It was founded in 1830 in Birmingham before moving to Stratford-upon-Avon in 1960. The shop was originally founded by John Cadby in 1830, and was then succeeded in March 1870 by a William Downing. The shop is now located in a Grade II listed building at 21, Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, moving here in 1960. It was home to Julius Shaw, a friend of William Shakespeare best known for being a witness to the poet and dramatist's will. Over the centuries it has also housed the first infirmary in Stratford and at least two banks (visitors can see the extraordinarily thick door which presumably made up the first line of bank security). In 1905 it became home to The Shakespeare Head Press, founded by Arthur Henry Bullen after he had a dream in which he was presented with a copy of the works of Shakespeare "printed in the poet's home town". Because of the Shakespeare connection a wealth of documentary evidence survives - for example the names and occupations of each tenant for the last 400 years can be traced.
    6.00
    3 votes
    115

    A Common Reader

    A Common Reader is a discontinued American mail-order book catalog established in 1986 by James Mustich, Jr.. It was notable among general-interest book catalogs for its eclecticism, with large sections of each issue given over to obscure literary classics. A Common Reader appeared several times a year, with a readership in the tens of thousands. Its in-house publishing imprint was The Akadine Press. As of January 27, 2006, the organization is out of business. They have gone into bankruptcy; there was an auction of their stock and equipment on February 22, 2006 in Pleasantville, New York.
    7.00
    2 votes
    116

    National Bookstore

    National Book Store is the largest bookstore chain in the Philippines with 128 branches in the country. It opened its first overseas branch, in Hong Kong, in September 2007. Founded by the late Jose Ramos along with his wife Socorro Cancio-Ramos, the company has evolved from a small stall into the most popular bookstore chain in the Philippines. The first National Book Store started as a stall shop in Escolta where it sold supplies, GI novels, and textbooks. When World War II broke out, strict book censorship forced them to shift their trade to soap, candies, and slippers. They bought their merchandise from wholesalers and peddled them to smaller retailers. The whole Escolta area was burned to the ground during the Battle of Manila and the couple was forced to rebuild by initially making a "barong-barong" (make-shift stall) in the corner of Soler and Avenida Rizal, in time to catch the post-war business boom. They went back to business by selling textbooks, notebooks, pad paper, and pencils. Business went very well to their favor as there were only few stores that sold school supplies and books at that time. National Book Store's opening was strategically timed to welcome the first
    7.00
    2 votes
    117

    Patriot Games Ltd

    Patriot Games Ltd, formally known as Patriot comics is a high street and online retailer of specialist 'hobby products' inclueding RPGs, CCGs, board games and war games. Patriot comics started in Sheffield before 1993 as a market stall selling comics . Patriot comics moved into a permanent store around 1998. In 2001 Patriot comics began to sell more specialist games and changed its name to Patriot Games Ltd to represent the switch in emphasis. In 2005 Patriot Games Ltd moved to a larger premises and opened an online store . In 2007 a second shop in Huddersfield was opened . In 2011 the third shop, a franchise, was opened in Leeds. Patriot Games Ltd offer dedicated space for organised play which is often open 'after hours' for evenings specialising in one type of hobby . Patriot Games run regular local and national events including:
    7.00
    2 votes
    118

    Washingtonbook

    Washingtonbook was a local Washington, DC based wholesaler and distributor. It serviced many independent bookstores, as well as Crown Books and Barnes & Noble. In twin blows, Crown Books' 2001 bankruptcy and closure and 2003's decision by Barnes & Noble to discontinue use of regional distributors, Washingtonbook was forced to lay off most of its staff and scrambled for a market. In spring 2004, attempting to breech the local government market, Washingtonbook purchased Springfield, VA-based The Page's Edge, another local wholesaler. The company had a brief sales resurgence in 2004, but was unable to remain profitable as several local bookstores closed and budget crunches placed purchasing freezes on the states of Maryland and Virginia. The company closed in summer 2005 in an uncontested liquidation.
    7.00
    2 votes
    119
    Bakka-Phoenix

    Bakka-Phoenix

    Bakka-Phoenix Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookstore is an independent bookstore in Toronto, Ontario, which specializes in science fiction and fantasy literature. It was started on Toronto's then-bohemian Queen Street West in May 1972 as a combined science-fiction and comic book store called Bakka, a name taken by founding owner Charles McKee (born 1 December 1947) from a Fremen legend in Frank Herbert's novel Dune; Bakka was "the weeper who mourns for all mankind." The comic-book business split off early on, becoming The Silver Snail, still extant and until recently located on the opposite side of Queen Street West. Bakka originally had a substantial stock of used, as well as new, books, but when the store moved to its 1998 location (see below), the reduced floorspace meant that emphasis shifted almost entirely to new books; with the November 2010 move, it is back to having a significant used-book section although the emphasis is still very much on new books. Unlike many other SF specialty stores, Bakka has remained almost exclusively a bookstore; it does not sell toys, games, comics, memorabilia, or collectibles. The store moved in March 1998 to 598 Yonge Street in Toronto, the same
    8.00
    1 votes
    120

    Bookmans

    Bookmans, officially known as Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, is the largest used book retailer based in Arizona. It was founded in 1976 by Bob Oldfather, who is the current president of the company. Besides books, the store also sells magazines, CDs, DVDs, electronics, video games. All six stores have free access to Wi-Fi Internet . Bookmans stores are located in Tucson, Mesa, Phoenix and Flagstaff. Bookmans is a member of the American Booksellers Association and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. The company is known for its annual reading competition open to Arizona elementary schools, called The Bookmans’ Reading Challenge. The company sponsors, among other things, Arizona Derby Dames, the Late Night Cult Classics series at The Loft Cinema and HoCo Record Festival at Hotel Congress.
    8.00
    1 votes
    121

    Borders Group

    Borders Group, Inc. (former NYSE ticker symbol BGP) was an international book and music retailer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The company employed approximately 19,500 throughout the U.S., primarily in its Borders and Waldenbooks stores. As of January 30, 2010, the company operated 511 Borders superstores in the US. The company also operated 175 stores in the Waldenbooks Specialty Retail segment, including Waldenbooks, Borders Express, Borders airport stores, and Borders Outlet stores. Borders Group formerly operated stores in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. However, these were sold off to Pacific Equity Partners (which owned rival Angus & Robertson) in 2008, then were later sold again to RedGroup Retail. The stores continued to operate under the Borders brand as the unaffiliated "Borders Asia Pacific" until RedGroup was placed into voluntary administration in February 2011; with the five New Zealand stores sold to the James Pascoe Group, and the Australian stores gradually shut down, with the last group to close by July 17. On February 16, 2011, Borders applied for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and began liquidating 226 of its stores in the United States. Despite an
    8.00
    1 votes
    122

    Edmund Weaver

    Edmund Weaver was a draper and a bookseller in London in the 17th century. Edmund Weaver was an apprentice to Thomas Wight and was 'clothed' in 1607 and became master of the Worshipful Company of Drapers in 1637. He was married to Jane Weaver, who died on August 29, 1636. He was appointed a Commissioner of Hereford by an act of parliament in 1648. Weaver had many important books printed so he could sell them in his shop near St. Paul's Church in London. He published Robert Cawdrey's book, A Table Alphabeticall in 1604. A Table Alphabeticall was the first monolingual dictionary in the English language. Weaver went on to publish 3 subsequent editions of A Table Alphabeticall as well.
    8.00
    1 votes
    123

    Got Books?

    Got Books is a Wilmington, Massachusetts-based for-profit book seller and fundraiser. The company collects book donations and repurposes and sells them in several ways. Got Books collects items throughout New England and also accepts CDs, DVDs, videos, and audio books. Got Books was founded in 1999, as Community Book Solutions, by Bob Ticehurst. The company began as a part-time project for Ticehurst but quickly became a full-time business venture. As more books were being collected and sold, the operation expanded from a basement to a warehouse. Got Books is currently located at 255 Andover Street, in Wilmington, Massachusetts. The mission of Got Books, a for profit business, is to find new uses for used books people no longer know what to do with or have use for and to keep books out of the trash and to support the community through its fundraising program. Got Books has been criticized for misrepresenting the nature of their business. A 2008 Boston Globe article criticized the use of the word 'donate' in Got Books advertisements. Local libraries have expressed animosity toward Got Books for also accepting book donations within their communities. Got Books has also received
    8.00
    1 votes
    124

    Midtown Comics

    Midtown Comics is a New York City comic book retailer with three shops in Manhattan and an e-commerce website. The largest comic book store in the United States, the company opened its first store in the Times Square area in 1997. Its second was opened on Lexington Avenue in 2004, and is known as the Grand Central store for its proximity to Grand Central Terminal. Its Downtown store was opened on Fulton Street in the Financial District in November 2010. The store, which is noted for appearances by celebrities known outside the comic book industry, has been hailed by Comic Book Resources as "the industry’s leading retailer of comic books, graphic novels and manga." On July 13, 2012, the National Geographic Channel premiered Comic Store Heroes, a reality television series set at Midtown Comics. Midtown was founded by partners Gerry Gladston, Angelo Chantly, Thomas Galitos and Robert Mileta, who met as teenagers in Astoria, Queens, and later sold comics in their video stores in Brooklyn and Queens before opening Midtown Comics in Manhattan, which houses approximately 500,000 books in its collection. According to the New York Times: The stereotypical view of comics stores is that they
    8.00
    1 votes
    125
    Direct market

    Direct market

    The direct market is the dominant distribution and retail network for North American comic books. It consists of one dominant distributor and the majority of comics specialty stores, as well as other retailers of comic books and related merchandise. The name is no longer a fully accurate description of the model by which it operates, but derives from its original implementation: retailers bypassing existing distributors to make "direct" purchases from publishers. The defining characteristic of the direct market is non-returnability: unlike bookstore and newsstand distribution, direct-market distribution prohibits distributors and retailers from returning their unsold merchandise for refunds. The evolution of the comic book specialty shop (or "direct-only stores") in the early 1970s created a whole new system for delivering comics to customers. Before the advent of the comics retailer, most comics were found in grocery, drug, and toy stores. The specialty shop presents a number of competitive advantages over those other venues: Before the direct market, most comic books were distributed through newsstands, pharmacies, and candy stores. The major distributors during this period
    5.67
    3 votes
    126
    Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash

    Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash

    Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash (sometimes shortened to simply The Stash) is a comic and novelty store owned by filmmaker Kevin Smith. Merchandise includes comic books, comic-related merchandise, and View Askew film-related items (e.g., apparel, action figures, posters, etc.). The store is located at 35 Broad Street in Red Bank, New Jersey. The podcast Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! is recorded at the Stash, as well as select episodes of SModcast and Highlands a Peephole History. The original Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash began as a small comic book store in Red Bank, New Jersey called Comicology. It was where Kevin Smith used to purchase his comics, and as seen on the DVD for Chasing Amy, appears in the first deleted scene. When Smith learned the owner was permanently closing the store and moving to Asia, he expressed interest in purchasing the store for its back stock and client list. He bought it for $30,000 USD, and took it over in January 1997, putting his friend and colleague Walt Flanagan, whom he characterizes as "our resident comics genius", in charge of running the store. The store was repainted, filled with some film props, and its facade outfitted with a logo designed by
    5.67
    3 votes
    127
    BookPeople

    BookPeople

    BookPeople is an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, and the largest bookstore in the state of Texas. It was founded in 1970 and has been voted the best bookstore by the Austin Chronicle every year since 1995 as of 2010. BookPeople was voted Publishers Weekly's "Best Bookstore in the US 2005". It is a member of the Austin Independent Business Alliance.
    6.50
    2 votes
    128
    Camas Bookstore and Infoshop

    Camas Bookstore and Infoshop

    The Camas Infoshop is a not-for-profit and collectively run infoshop, bookstore and autonomous space located on Lekwungen Territory in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Camas first opened its doors in September 2007, with the intention of providing a voice for anti-authoritarian and anti-colonial perspectives and local struggles, and helping to foster a spirit of solidarity with other such struggles taking place globally. Camas provides literature on topics including: anti-imperialism, indigenous peoples, black power, queer/trans, feminism, radical and local ecology, health and food security, DIY/self-sufficiency, and anarchism. Many of the books that Camas sells are donated from the community, and as a not-for-profit and volunteer-run project, all of the revenues generated from book sales are put towards keeping the space alive and thereby offering an active place for people to meet, organize projects, hold events or discussion groups, and to build non-hierarchical networks and communities of mutual aid, autonomous from state or corporate dependency. In )ctober of 2012 Camas Books moved to a new location 2620 Quadra, less than 1/2 a block away from the origional location. The
    6.50
    2 votes
    129
    Daedalus Books, Inc.

    Daedalus Books, Inc.

    Daedalus Books is an independent seller of books, music, and video founded in 1980. While it also sells new titles, Daedalus Books' specialty is the remaindered book. Its philosophy is to keep bestsellers, classics, and overlooked gems available to the reading public. The company has a wholesale division and a retail division. The retail division sells via catalogs, a web site, and through a bricks and mortar store. Its primary location is its 120,000-square-foot (11,000 m) warehouse and outlet store located in Columbia, Maryland. In 2006, it opened a store in Belvedere Square, Baltimore. However in 2011, this branch closed.
    6.50
    2 votes
    130

    Pacific Comics

    Pacific Comics (PC) was an independent comic book publisher that flourished from 1981-1984. It was also a chain of comics shops and a distributor. It began out of a San Diego, California, comic book shop owned by brothers Bill and Steve Schanes. Along with competitors like First Comics and Eclipse Comics, PC took early advantage of the growing direct market, attracting a number of writers and artists from DC and Marvel to produce creator-owned titles, which were not subject to the Comics Code, and thus were free to feature more mature content. In 1971, the Schanes brothers co-founded Pacific Comics, which started out: The move from newsstand distribution to the "direct market" (non-returnable, heavily-discounted, direct purchasing of comics from publishers) happened in the 1970s, in large part due to the work of Phil Seuling and his East Coast Seagate Distribution company (founded in 1974), as well as a number of individuals, including the Schanes brothers and Bud Plant. The direct-market went hand-in-hand with the creation of specialist comics shops to cater to the collectors who could then buy back issues months after a newsstand issue had disappeared. By the late 1970s, thanks
    6.50
    2 votes
    131
    6.50
    2 votes
    132
    World's Biggest Bookstore

    World's Biggest Bookstore

    The World's Biggest Bookstore is a bookstore located in Toronto, Ontario, at 20 Edward St, just north of the Toronto Eaton Centre. It is currently owned by Indigo Books and Music. The store was started in 1980 by Jack Cole and Carl Cole, former owners of Coles Bookstore. At the time of its opening in 1980, in a converted bowling alley, it went unchallenged in its claim as the biggest bookstore in the world. Although it retains the name today, the Guinness Book of World Records currently lists a Barnes and Noble outlet in New York City as the world's largest bookstore based on floor space, although Powell's Books of Portland, Oregon is usually considered the largest based on shelf-space. Nevertheless, World's Biggest Bookstore still claims the title on the basis that it depends on how "biggest" is defined: while Barnes and Noble has more floor space, World's Biggest Bookstore carries more titles. The World's Biggest Bookstore was the first of the book "superstores", and was purchased from Coles by Chapters Inc, which itself was formed from the merger of the Coles bookstore chain and SmithBooks. Although it retains its unique name, its stock, distribution and advertising are closely
    6.50
    2 votes
    133

    Cokesbury

    Cokesbury is the retail division of the United Methodist Publishing House. While it is an agency of the United Methodist Church, Cokesbury serves Christians of all denominations. It is also the official retail outlet of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and the Episcopal Church. The name Cokesbury is a combination of the last names of the first two American Methodist bishops, Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury, both elected in 1784. The old Cokesbury store in downtown Dallas, Texas, was among the largest bookstores in the United States, in terms of both physical size and retail sales.
    7.00
    1 votes
    134

    Marks & Co

    Marks & Co, also incorrectly referred to as "Marks & Company" or colloquially as "84", was a well-known antiquarian bookseller located at Cambridge Circus - 84, Charing Cross Road, London. The shop was founded in the 1920s by Benjamin Marks and Mark Cohen. Cohen was persuaded to allow his name to be abbreviated in the company's name. It provided the basis for the book of correspondence by Helene Hanff entitled 84 Charing Cross Road, later made into a stage play, television play and BAFTA-winning film. The shop has since been knocked through into 24 Cambridge Circus, currently the Med Kitchen restaurant. A plaque on the wall commemorates the shop and the book. The company built a good reputation for itself and had famous customers, including Charlie Chaplin, George Bernard Shaw, Lord Alanbrooke, Michael Foot, royalty and public institutions such as universities and the British Museum. Benjamin Marks' son, Leo Marks, became a prominent member of the wartime organisation, Special Operations Executive, specialising in codes. His interest in the subject had been born by his father's use of book pricing codes. Marks & Co were members of a then-secret and illegal "book ring", whereby a
    7.00
    1 votes
    135

    Walkers Bookshops

    Walkers Bookstores are a small series independent bookshops based in East Anglia. The company runs six stores and is family owned. The retail chain have won or been nominated for a number of awards:
    7.00
    1 votes
    136

    BuchGourmet

    BuchGourmet (founded in 1987) is an independent bookstore in Cologne, Germany, and the oldest and biggest bookstore in Germany that focuses solely on culinary media. The owner, Dieter Eckel, opened a 45 square meter store in 1987 after being inspired by a "tiny" cookbook store in Amsterdam. After a one-third expansion in 2009, the business now occupies 120 square meters on Hohenzollernring and Eckel has five employees. It is Germany's oldest and largest purely cooking book retailer. BuchGourmet carries approximately 10,000 titles; Eckel orders between 500 and 1,000 new items a year, primarily from small and specialist presses, but at least one fifth of the stock consists of used and antiquarian books. At least two fifths is in languages other than German. Eckel also maintains a search list of some 450 items. Almost three quarters of the store's sales are made online, approximately 60 percent to culinary professionals, including chefs, pastrycooks, and bartenders. It has been called "a mecca for cooking fans, gourmets, foodies, cooking stars and cooking hobbyists". Eckel was one of the founders of the International Association of Cookbook Stores.
    6.00
    2 votes
    137
    Gotham Book Mart

    Gotham Book Mart

    The Gotham Book Mart, in operation from 1920 to 2007, was a famous midtown Manhattan bookstore and cultural landmark. The business was located first in a small basement space on West 45th Street near the Theater District, it then moved to 51 West 47th Street, then spent many years at 41 West 47th Street within the Diamond District in Manhattan, New York City, before finally moving to 16 East 46th Street. Beyond merely selling books, the store virtually played as a literary salon, hosting meetings of the Finnegans Wake Society, the James Joyce Society, poetry and author readings, art exhibits, and more. It was known for its distinctive sign above the door which read, "Wise Men Fish Here" (sign created by artist John Held, Jr.). The store specialized in poetry, literature, books about theater, art, music and dance. It sold both new books as well as out-of-print and rare books. The store was opened January 1, 1920 by Frances (Fanny) Steloff. Steloff's husband, David Moss, suggested both the store's name and its "Wise Men..." motto, which was inspired by Washington Irving. Steloff nurtured the store as a literary sanctuary for the avant-garde, distributing copies of the banned Lady
    6.00
    2 votes
    138
    Greetings & Readings

    Greetings & Readings

    Greetings & Readings of Hunt Valley is the largest independent bookstore in Baltimore and is a member of the American Booksellers Association. Currently operating in a single location, the store occupies 30,000 square feet (2,800 m) of retail and warehouse space on the second floor of the main Hunt Valley Towne Centre plaza, which is the final northbound destination of the Baltimore Light Rail. Phyllis and Norton Baum founded the original Greetings & Readings in 1969 as a book and card shop occupying 1,800 square feet (170 m). For 35 years, the store was located in Towson, Maryland, in the Loch Raven Plaza. After its closure, a new store was opened by Phyllis and Norton's son, Steven Baum; his wife Fran; his brother-in-law Stephen Spund and Spund's wife Amy. Greetings & Readings of Hunt Valley opened in August 2005 in the newly rebuilt Hunt Valley Towne Centre with a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m), second floor location along the plaza's Main Street. The founder's son, Steven Baum, is president of the establishment. His brother-in-law Stephen Spund is vice-president. More than 125 workers are employed by Greetings & Readings of Hunt Valley in various departments which include gifts
    6.00
    2 votes
    139

    James Thin

    James Thin was a Scottish bookseller, stationer and publishing company. It was, until 2002, the principal academic bookshop in Edinburgh, with its main premises near the University of Edinburgh in Infirmary Street. It also had branches in other cities, including Perth and Dundee. The firm was founded by James Thin (1824-1915), taking over the assets of an earlier bookseller. The business grew and expanded, and brought James Thin a significant role in Edinburgh intellectual society. The author Muriel Spark wrote all her novels on 72-page notebooks from James Thin. In 1870, James Thin purchased a plot of land in Stow ( Stow of Wedale ) in the Scottish Borders and had a house built which was completed in 1873 and was named Ashlea. This house is still a private residence but is not owned by the Thin family. The firm developed branches in George Street, The Gyle, Buccleuch Street and Edinburgh University's King's Buildings, Heriot-Watt University, Napier University, and Queen Margaret University, as well as the St. Andrews University Students' Association, Crichton College in Dumfries and University of Huddersfield, and also school bookshops at Fettes College, Merchiston Castle School
    6.00
    2 votes
    140
    Kramerbooks & Afterwords

    Kramerbooks & Afterwords

    Kramerbooks & Afterwords is an independent bookstore and café in Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle neighborhood. The café, open 24 hours on weekends, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as offers a full bar and live music on Wednesdays through Saturdays. Kramerbooks & Afterwords was opened in 1976 by Bill Kramer, who had previously managed his father's store, Sidney Kramer Books on I Street (which closed in 1997). During the 1990s, Kramerbooks ran a branch store in Arlington, Virginia. The store came to national attention in 1997 during the Lewinsky scandal, when it successfully fought a subpoena from Kenneth Starr to disclose which books Monica Lewinsky had purchased.
    6.00
    2 votes
    141

    Rory Root

    Rory D. Root (November 8, 1957 – May 19, 2008) was the owner of Comic Relief, an influential comic book retailer in Berkeley, California. Comic Relief was one of the first stores to stock graphic novels, presaging their popularity by many years. Root also made a point of supporting self-publishers and minicomics artists. In 1993, Root was awarded the Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award in honor of his exemplary work in promoting the genre. He influenced many in the comics field, including Eric Reynolds of Fantagraphics. Root attended the University of California, Berkeley, studying computer science, but dropped out of school just before graduating in order to pursue retailing. At first he managed a gaming store on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley; after it closed he worked at Robert Beerbohm's comic book store, Best of Two Worlds, also on Telegraph Avenue. Root and then-partner Michael Patchen opened Comic Relief on April 15, 1987, on University Avenue in Berkeley. Root had been dealing with ill health for some years before he died, after complications from hernia surgery. He told people in the years before his death that he had willed Comic Relief to long-time store manager Todd
    6.00
    2 votes
    142
    Broad Street, Oxford

    Broad Street, Oxford

    Broad Street is a wide street in central Oxford, England, located just north of the old city wall. The street is known for its bookshops, including the original Blackwell's bookshop at number 50, located here due to the University. Locally, the street is traditionally known as The Broad. Located in Broad Street are Balliol College, Trinity College, Exeter College (front entrance in the adjoining Turl Street). The Museum of the History of Science (the original location of the Ashmolean Museum), the Clarendon Building, the Sheldonian Theatre and the new Bodleian Library building (the main University library, entrance in Parks Road) are important historical Oxford University buildings at the eastern end of the street. The question is often asked "Where is the University?". These buildings form the nearest equivalent to the centre of the University, since most academic buildings in the centre of Oxford are owned by individual (and autonomous) colleges rather than the University itself. To the west, the street continues as George Street, with Magdalen Street to the north and Cornmarket Street to the south. To the east, the street continues as Holywell Street, with Parks Road to the
    5.50
    2 votes
    143

    Barter books

    Barter Books is a second-hand bookshop located in the historic English market town of Alnwick, Northumberland owned and run by Stuart and Mary Manley. It has over 200,000 visitors a year, 40% of whom are from outside the area, and is one of the largest second-hand bookstores in Europe. It is considered a local tourist attraction and has been described as "the British Library of second-hand bookshops." The bookshop is located within the Victorian Alnwick railway station, designed by William Bell and opened in 1887. It was in use until the closure of the Alnwick branch line in 1968. Barter Books was opened in 1991. The shop is notable for its use of a barter system, whereby customers can exchange their books for credit against future purchases. Standard cash purchases are also available. Barter Books has also been subject to crime on occasions. On the 3rd May 2007, a local newspaper, the Northumberland Gazette, reported that a book worth over £2,000 was returned to the book shop 5 years after it was stolen. It has also been subject to a scam which allowed thieves to take £200 in cash. However, the crime was dealt with in court. Barter Books hit the headlines in 2000 when the owner
    6.00
    1 votes
    144
    Bookmill

    Bookmill

    The Bookmill (sometimes "The Book Mill") is an independent bookstore in Montague, Massachusetts. The 1834 grist mill it occupies is listed as the Alvah Stone Mill on the National Register of Historic Places. The store's motto is "Books you don't need in a place you can't find," and it claims to have "40,000 books and one waterfall." Housed in a 19th-century former gristmill, The Boston Globe called it "a magnet for bibliophiles from the nearby Amherst-Northampton Five College area". In 2005, the Globe devoted an entire article to the bookstore, quoting the owner as saying, "We're not particularly convenient, we're not particularly efficient, but we're beautiful." The New York Times has described The Bookmill as "the valley's most pristine ambiance for just plain readers" and praised "the Book Mill's cafe, where the baked offerings are superior, as is the view of the rushing waters and the evergreens on the opposite bank, sharply edged against the snow."
    6.00
    1 votes
    145
    Eslite Bookstore

    Eslite Bookstore

    Eslite Bookstore (Chinese: 誠品書店) is one of the largest retail bookstore chains in Taiwan. It also provides one of the largest English language publications and translation materials in Taiwan. Its headquarters are in Xinyi District, Taipei. Eslite was established in 1989. The first shop was located in Dunhua South Road, Daan District, Taipei, with a focus and emphasis on art and humanities-related books. Since then, the company has expanded and set up more shops and increased its range of titles on offer. Eslite Bookstore was the first to set up a 24-hour bookstore in Taiwan at its Dunhua store, attracting night-time readers. Eslite also expanded into retail, and opened up Eslite Mall. Eslite has a total of 48 branches, 1 children's bookstore, and 4 music stores in Taiwan. Most of its target market are in cities, such as Taipei, Keelung, Yungho, Banchiao, Sanchung, Yilan, Chungli, Hsinchu, Fengyuan, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung, and Pingtung.
    6.00
    1 votes
    146
    Golden Apple Comics

    Golden Apple Comics

    Golden Apple Comics is a comic book store in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The store's original owner, Bill Liebowitz, was a yo-yo champion in the 1950s, a co-founder of Rhino Records, and had recurring roles as himself in Archie Comics. He opened Golden Apple in Hollywood in 1979, and a second location in Northridge in 1983. Liebowitz was well known for hosting signings by comic book artists and writers, as well as for his anti-censorship activism. After Liebowitz' death in 2004, his widow Sharon and son Ryan took over the business and continue to run the store. In April 2009 the Northridge store was sold to Earth 2 Comics, and became their second location. In 2010, Golden Apple became the official sponsor of the popular weekly geek podcast Bagged & Boarded. The shop has been featured in many film projects, including "Weird Al" Yankovic's "White & Nerdy" video and—perhaps most prominently—in the movie Free Enterprise (1998) in which Sharon Liebowitz played herself. Blair Butler, G4TV's resident comic expert, often hosts her segment of Attack of the Show, called "Fresh Ink", at the Golden Apple. It was also featured in an episode of the short-lived NBC crime drama Raines, in
    6.00
    1 votes
    147

    Hastings Entertainment

    Hastings Entertainment is a regional retail chain that sells books, music, movies, and video games. It also rents movies and video games and buys used books, music, movies and video games for resale. The current CEO and President of Hastings Entertainment is John Marmaduke, son of founder Sam Marmaduke. The company was founded in 1968 as a retailing division of Western Merchandisers, Inc., a books and music wholesaler. There are currently 149 stores in 21 states, predominantly based in smaller communities. Hastings Entertainment is headquartered in Amarillo, Texas. Hastings's sister company, Western Merchandisers, became a subsidiary of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in 1990. In 1994, Wal-Mart sold Western Merchandisers to Anderson Media Corporation and now operates as Anderson Merchandisers. In 2010, Hastings opened up a sports equipment retailer called Sun Adventure Sport in Amarillo.
    6.00
    1 votes
    148

    New World Resource center

    Not-for-profit, entirely volunteer run bookstore and meeting space located in Chicago. New World Resource Center is Chicago's "oldest independent left-wing and labor bookstore and meeting center, providing books, periodicals, t-shirts, etc. to progressives and activists." New World was established in 1972 primarily by members of the Committee of Returned Volunteers, former Peace Corps volunteers that became radicalized and sought more fundamental, systemic change to achieve social justice. The center was mostly a bookstore, established as a non-sectartian left-labor-progressive organization to promote collaboration and a healthy exchange of ideas amongst those adhering to disparate left ideologies. NWRC was not associated with any political party or any particular left ideology. The first location was on N. Orchard, just north of Fullerton. Gentrification forced it to relocate to 1476 W. Irving Park Rd. in 1976, a large space that hosted films, poetry readings and meetings of all kinds. The collective's heyday was during this mid 1970s-early 1980s period when the weekly The Reader described it (in 1979) as a "one-stop for Left shopping;" it was also the hub of non-party affiliated
    6.00
    1 votes
    149

    The Odyssey Bookshop

    I The Odyssey Bookshop is an independent bookstore in South Hadley, Massachusetts. In addition to an extensive trade book selection, The Odyssey is the exclusive provider of textbooks for Mount Holyoke College. It was founded by Romeo Grenier, who was trained as a pharmacist. In 1957, he bought and managed Glesmann’s Pharmacy, which was located across the street from Mount Holyoke College. The pharmacy, however, began to reflect Grenier's interest in literature as it became a gathering place for author readings and book club events. In 1963, the pharmacy was converted into The Odyssey Bookshop, managed and run by Grenier. During the 1980s, The Odyssey was damaged by two fires but in 1991, the ownership of the business passed to Romeo’s daughter, Joan Grenier, who oversaw the re-location of the shop to its present location as the anchor store of the Village Commons. In 1998, Neil Novik joined the business as co-owner.
    6.00
    1 votes
    150
    The Poisoned Pen

    The Poisoned Pen

    The Poisoned Pen Bookstore was founded in 1989 by Barbara G. Peters. It is an independent bookstore with strong specialities in crime fiction, especially British mystery and noir, history, and literature of the American Southwest. Located in Old Town Scottsdale's Art District, it moved to its present location in 1999. The store is well known for its heavy schedule of author events and for Autographed First Editions and does business nationally and internationally. In 1997 Peters and her husband Robert Rosenwald founded Poisoned Pen Press, a separate corporation dedicated to publishing excellence in mystery. The Poisoned Pen hosted the Left Coast Crime Conference in 1995. and most years hosts a themed mystery conference of its own in Scottsdale. A frequently updated blog supplements its monthly Booknews.
    6.00
    1 votes
    151

    Watkins Books

    Watkins Books is London's oldest esoteric bookshop specializing in esotericism, mysticism, occultism, oriental religion and contemporary spirituality. The book store was established by John M. Watkins, a friend of Madame Blavatsky, in 1897 at 26 Charing Cross. John Watkins had already been selling books via a catalogue which he began publishing in March 1893. The first biography of Aleister Crowley mentions that Crowley made all of the books in Watkins disappear and magically reappear. Geoffrey Watkins (1896–1981) owned and managed the store after his father. He was also an author and publisher, with notable books including first publishing Carl Gustav Jung's 1925 edition of Septem Sermones ad Mortuos. In 1901, Watkins Books moved to 21 Cecil Court where it has been continuously trading ever since. It publishes a magazine called the Watkins' Mind Body Spirit magazine, which has featured leading authors from mind-body-spirit and esoteric fields. The Spring 2011 issue ranks the worlds top 100 most spiritually influential living people. Watkins Books has been owned by Etan Ilfeld since March 2010. Since then, a new website has been launched, and the store regularly hosts book launches
    6.00
    1 votes
    152

    Brian MacKenzie Infoshop

    The Brian MacKenzie Infoshop, named for an American University student active in the radical community who died of a heart condition in 1999, was a radical book and record shop located in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C.. It served as a bookstore, as well as a community center, hangout, and meeting place for area radicals. The infoshop was entirely volunteer run and brought together works from various anarchist collectives such as AK Press, The Beehive Collective and CrimethInc. Events such as vegan barbecues and book swaps were also hosted frequently. The Brian MacKenzie Infoshop collective was first established in 1999. The Infoshop opened its doors in May 2003, and closed at the end of December 2008.
    4.33
    3 votes
    153
    Tower Records

    Tower Records

    Tower Records was a retail music chain that was based in Sacramento, California. It currently exists as an international franchise and an online music store. From 1960 until 2006, Tower also operated retail stores in the United States, which closed when Tower Records filed for bankruptcy and liquidation. Tower.com was purchased by a separate entity and was not affected by the retail store closings. Tower was founded in 1960 by Russell Solomon in Sacramento, California. The store was named after his father's drugstore, which shared a building and name with the Tower Theater, where Solomon first started selling records. The area is known for the landmark Tower Bridge. The first Tower Records store was opened in 1960 on Watt Avenue in Sacramento. By 1976, Solomon had opened Tower Books, Posters, and Plants at 1600 Broadway, next door to Tower Records. It was also one of the first retailers to move online in 1995 as Tower.com. Seven years after its founding, Tower Records expanded to San Francisco, opening a store in what was originally a grocery store at Bay and Columbus streets. The chain eventually expanded internationally to include stores in the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Hong
    4.33
    3 votes
    154

    Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed

    Dark They Were And Golden Eyed in London was the largest science fiction bookshop and comic store in Europe during the 1970s. Specialising in science fiction, occultism, and Atlantis, the central London shop also played a key role in bringing American underground comics to the UK. It also had US editions of mainstream science fiction books that were not easily obtained anywhere else. The shop was originally in Bedfordbury before moving to 10 Berwick Street in Soho. It later moved to a much larger ground floor and basement premises in St Anne's Court off Wardour Street in Soho. Started by Derek 'Bram' Stokes, who previously ran the Gothique fanzine but had left to start a science fiction mail order book service. Diane Lister (later Diane Stokes) joined him in 1969. The shop's name is the same as "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed", a short story by Ray Bradbury. The shop was managed by fantasy author Stan Nicholls, who had worked with Stokes on Gothique. Nick Landau, founder of Forbidden Planet and Titan Entertainment Group, was also a customer and produced a fanzine on the shop's hand-cranked duplicator. The shop was also the semi-official correspondence address for Fortean Times
    5.00
    2 votes
    155

    Prospero's Books

    Prospero's Books is a bookstore located in Kansas City, Missouri. The store and its employees made national headlines by burning a large portion of their inventory as a social statement. The store was featured on an episode of The Colbert Report in June 2007. The owners released a statement about the act which can be read here:
    5.00
    2 votes
    156

    That's Entertainment

    That's Entertainment is an Eisner Award-winning comics and collectibles store in Worcester, Massachusetts. Michael Warshaw concisely referred to the store in a Worcester Magazine article on 5/5/05 as "the pop culture emporium located in the ancient former auto dealership at 244 Park Ave." The store has also been called the "purveyors of pop culture in Worcester, specializing in the philosophy of the underground... you’ll uncover comics, graphic novels, music, ‘zines, games, t-shirts and other arbitrary items that bring joy to those who hold the ethos of a particular generation dear to their consumer hearts." The store was first opened by Paul Howley in 1980 at a 2,000 sq ft (190 m) location on Chandler Street in Worcester. In 1989, he added a second location with the purchase of a comic shop in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. In 1992, the original That's Entertainment store was moved to its present location, a 20,000 sq ft (1,900 m) building on Park Ave. in Worcester, and a 10,000 sq ft (930 m) retail and events space was created. The store stocks comic books, including alternative comics and new indy titles, trade paperbacks, and related items. The store also carries other trading
    4.50
    2 votes
    157

    This Ain't the Rosedale Library

    This Ain't the Rosedale Library was an independent bookstore located in Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario. Formerly located in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood, the store moved to Kensington Market in May 2008, and closed in June 2010 after failing to pay rent. This Ain't the Rosedale Library was opened in 1979 by Charles Huisken, and Daniel Bazuin became co-owner in 1981. It was a general interest bookstore promoting small press publications, nontraditional fiction, graphic novels, countercultural nonfiction and features one of the largest selections of contemporary poetry in Canada. The bookstore had a rich history of author visits and readings, ranging from William S. Burroughs and Hunter S. Thompson to Alison Bechdel and Sarah Waters. Local luminaries such as Stuart Ross, Joey Comeau, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Marnie Woodrow made regular appearances to read and teach. In 2005, The Guardian 's Jeremy Mercer named This Ain't "Canada's best independent bookstore," and the 8th best in the world.
    4.50
    2 votes
    158
    Amicus Books

    Amicus Books

    Amicus Books, located in Marysville, California, is a privately owned literary arts center, funded by an independent bookstore. It presently serves a ten county region in California’s Sacramento Valley, focusing on programs for the area’s authors and writers. James and Kara Davis are its founders and current directors. Amicus Books opened to the public on April 1, 2005 in Yuba City, California, and within its first year produced Wordcolors, an anthology of poetry, short stories and photography, in collaboration with the members of its first literary program, Poetry from The Green Chair. Also during 2005, the center established The Literary Lounge, a consortium of the region’s authors, writers, publishers, illustrators and editors. The consortium has been showcased at the Yuba-Sutter Regional Arts Council and includes many published authors, notably Chris Enss, author of several books on women of the Old West. In March 2006, Amicus Books relocated to 413 D Street, in the historic downtown district of Marysville, California. Later that year, it founded the Downtown Marysville Art Chautauqua, collaborating with local businesses, artists and writers to provide a regular venue for the
    5.00
    1 votes
    159

    Angus & Robertson

    Angus & Robertson commenced business as a bookseller, and later additionally became a book publisher - the latter contributing substantially to the promotion and development of Australian literature. This well known Australian brand currently exists in a much reduced form solely as an online book retailer owned by Pearson plc. The Angus & Robertson imprint is still occasionally seen in books published by HarperCollins. The first bookstore was opened in 110½ Market Street, Sydney by Scotsman David Angus in 1884; it initially sold only secondhand books. In 1886, he went into partnership with fellow Scot George Robertson with whom he had worked earlier. This George Robertson should not be confused with his contemporary, George Robertson the Melbourne bookseller, who later traded as Robertson & Mullens. In 1895 the company moved to 89 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. The head office of the firm was at Castlereagh Street until the 1950s. The shop was known as the "biggest bookshop in the world". In 1907 the partnership was converted into a public company – Angus & Robertson Limited. In 1951 a store was established in Australia's High Commission in London, which operated until the 1970s. In
    5.00
    1 votes
    160
    HMV Group plc

    HMV Group plc

    HMV is a British global entertainment retail chain. The company also operates in Hong Kong and Singapore. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE Fledgling Index. Acquisitions by the HMV Group include Waterstone's in 1998 from W H Smith (sold in 2011), the music retailer Fopp in August 2007, and selected Zavvi retail outlets in February 2009. Simon Fox has been Chief Executive Officer since 28 September 2006. For this role he is paid an annual salary of £873,000. HMV stands for His Master's Voice, a painting created in 1899 by Francis Barraud, of the dog Nipper listening to a cylinder phonograph. For advertising purposes this was changed to a wind-up gramophone, and eventually used simply as a silhouette. In 1921, the Gramophone Company opened the first HMV shop in London, England; the composer Sir Edward Elgar participated in the opening ceremonies. In March 1931 the Gramophone Company merged with Columbia Graphophone Company to form Electric and Musical Industries Ltd (EMI). From the 1930s onwards, HMV manufactured radio and television sets under the HMV and Marconiphone brand names in their factory at Hayes Middlesex. The name HMV became
    5.00
    1 votes
    161

    Librincontro

    Librincontro is an Italian chain of book shops, founded by Marino Capacci, with ten points of sale across Emilia-Romagna.
    5.00
    1 votes
    162
    Mile High Comics

    Mile High Comics

    Mile High Comics is an online retailer and a chain of 4 Colorado comic book stores founded by Chuck Rozanski in 1969 from his parents' basement in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mile High Comics frequently placed ads in Marvel comics in the 1980s listing back issues of comic books that could be purchased through the mail, and expanded to sell via the internet in the late 1990s. At one time, Mile High Comics had 13 stores in Colorado as well as a 'megastore' in Orange County, California but has since closed most of the retail locations in favor of internet sales.
    5.00
    1 votes
    163

    Book City

    Book City is a Toronto-based independent book store chain. Book City opened its first store in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto in 1976. Over 35 years Book City has operated 7 stores at various locations in Toronto (although only 4 remain extant) and is well known in the city. The company is family-owned and operated, and runs from the head office in the Annex location. http://www.bookcity.ca
    4.00
    2 votes
    164
    Laissez Faire Books

    Laissez Faire Books

    Laissez Faire Books (LFB) is an online bookseller that was originally based in New York City when it first opened in 1972. It is considered to be the largest libertarian bookseller. From 1982 until 2007, Laissez Faire Books operated as a division of two separate non-profit corporations, the Center for Independent Thought from 1982 to 2004, and the Center for Libertarian Thought from 2005 to 2007. In November 2007, the bookstore's ownership was transferred to the International Society for Individual Liberty. In March 2011, Agora Financial acquired Laissez Faire Books. LFB was founded in New York City in 1972 by John Muller and Sharon Presley. Muller, a civil engineer who wanted to make a personal commitment to what he called "living liberty," was the originator of the idea of Laissez Faire Books. Muller found the location for the Laissez Faire Bookstore and Art Gallery in a tiny shop on Mercer Street in Greenwich Village, New York City, late in 1971. Together with Presley, a graduate student in psychology at CUNY Graduate Center, Muller mailed their first flyer to about a thousand people, names they had scraped together from their contacts around the country. During the
    4.00
    2 votes
    165

    Seminary Co-op

    Seminary Cooperative Bookstores, Inc., founded in 1961, is a cooperative bookstore with three branches in the Chicago area. Its flagship, known colloquially as the Seminary Co-op or simply the Sem Co-op, is located in the basement of the Chicago Theological Seminary, next to the campus of the University of Chicago, and stocks the largest selection of academic volumes in the United States throughout an extensive maze of shelves. The Co-op also operates 57th Street Books, also in the Hyde Park neighborhood, which stocks popular volumes, and the Newberry Library Bookstore, which sells books, cards, and gifts on Chicago's North Side. The Seminary Cooperative Bookstores sell shares of stock for $10 each; a purchase of three shares constitutes a membership, which provides a 10% discount. Profits are typically reinvested into the Co-op's reserve funds, as distribution of profits would be negligible. The Co-op's reputation was so great that Columbia University invited manager Jack Cella to either open a branch in New York City or leave and open a new store there. Until the university gained its own neighborhood academic bookstore in the late 1990s, many Columbia scholars ordered books from
    4.00
    2 votes
    166
    Acres of Books

    Acres of Books

    Acres of Books was a large independent bookstore in downtown Long Beach, California. The business was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1927 by Bertrand Smith. In 1934 Smith moved to California and established the store in Long Beach; he moved to the current address in 1960. Acres of Books was the largest and oldest family-owned second-hand bookstore in California, claiming to have in stock over one million books. In 1959 Smith gave to the people of Long Beach a collection of rare books, some dating back to the 15th century. Included in the collection is a two volume facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible all of which is housed as part of the Loraine and Earl Burns Miller Special Collections Room at the main branch of the Long Beach public library. In 1990 Acres of Books was designated a cultural heritage landmark by the City of Long Beach. In its long history Acres of Books has served clientele such as Jack Vance, Upton Sinclair, Stan Freberg, Gary Owens, James Hilton, Greg Bear, Tim Powers, Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Paul Schrader, Fran Lebowitz, Robert Easton, Eli Wallach, Diane Keaton and most notably Ray Bradbury, who immortalized the bookstore in an essay entitled "I Sing The
    4.00
    1 votes
    167
    Daunt Books

    Daunt Books

    Daunt Books is an original Edwardian bookshop with long oak galleries, graceful skylights and William Morris prints, situated in Marylebone High Street, London. There are also branches in Chelsea, Holland Park, Cheapside, Hampstead and Belsize Park. Specialising in travel, Daunt Books arranges its sections geographically - with guides, phrase books, travel writing, history and fiction grouped by their relevant country. Reviews have mentioned its customer service, with knowledgeable staff on hand to offer advice and recommendations. Each branch regularly organises author talks and discussions. Previous events include talks by Alexander McCall Smith, Hilary Mantel, and Michael Palin. In 2010, Daunt Books launched a publishing venture with Saki's Improper Stories, and has since republished A Favourite of the Gods by Sybille Bedford, to coincide with her centenary. Forthcoming titles will comprise literary fiction and non-fiction, both forgotten titles and new works.
    4.00
    1 votes
    168

    Quixote's Cove

    Quixote's Cove is an independent bookstore located in the town of Jawalakhel, in the Lalitpur District of Nepal. It serves as both a bookshop and a reading library, specializing in English-language literature. It promotes English writing by Nepali authors and has done book tours with Nepali writers including Manjushree Thapa, Sushma Joshi, Samrat Upadhyay, and Indian author Namita Gokhale. Quixote's Cove specializes in fiction, business and philosophy books. It also functions as an events coordinator for literary and art events. It organizes QC Awards, an annual inter-school literary contest; Tavern Tales, a monthly literary event; and book clubs, and creative writing groups.
    4.00
    1 votes
    169

    Amazon Bookstore Cooperative

    Amazon Bookstore Cooperative was a feminist bookstore located in Minneapolis, Minnesota that operated from 1970 to 2012. It was the first lesbian/feminist bookstore in the U.S. In 1970 when Amazon was founded by Rosina Richter Christy and Julie Morse Quist, it was far from a full-fledged bookstore. The books were kept in the front room of the women's collective they lived in and books were only available from 3 to 6 PM or by special arrangement. This arrangement lasted for about two years before the book store moved to Minneapolis' Lesbian Resource Center and then migrated through a series of different storefront addresses. Working conditions were sometimes difficult and included an unsafe neighborhood and a building with no heat where pipes froze and people had to wear gloves inside the store. In 1999, the cooperative sued Amazon.com for trademark infringement. After sometimes acrimonious legal proceedings, the case was settled in November of that year, with the cooperative signing over its rights of the name Amazon to Amazon.com, and Amazon.com then licensing the use of the name back to the cooperative. The business announced that they were closing down at the end of June 2008,
    0.00
    0 votes
    170

    Aqua Books

    Aqua Books is a Canadian independent bookstore opened in Winnipeg, Manitoba by Kelly Hughes in 1999. It has been acknowledged for helping revitalize downtown Winnipeg and creating an eclectic mix of programs and events for the Winnipeg arts and culture community. Aqua Books consists of a bookstore, a restaurant called Eat Bistro, writers' studios and an events theatre. Aqua sponsors the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry and hosts numerous literary and cultural events. Writers who have launched books or read at Aqua Books include Paul Quarrington, Susie Moloney, Shane Koyczan, Sarah Klassen, George Murray, Miriam Toews, David Bergen, Joan Thomas, Andrew Davidson, Catherine Hunter, and Margaret Christakos. Lecturers have included politician Tim Sale, musician Steve Bell and activist David Northcott. Owner Kelly Hughes hosts a live in-store talk show called Kelly Hughes Live!, which has seen visits by writer Margaret Sweatman, comedian Kevin McDonald, children's entertainer Fred Penner and actor/politician Tina Keeper. The store was visited by journalist Noah Richler in 2009, who called it "one of the craziest, most amusing and well-ordered second-hand bookstores I have ever
    0.00
    0 votes
    171

    Better World Books

    Better World Books is an American on-line bookseller. Described as a for-profit social enterprise or social business venture, Better World Books claim they measure success through a triple bottom line, considering economic, environmental and social factors. They are a founding B corporation, aiming to "create benefit all stakeholders, not just shareholders." The Better World Books mission statement is “to capitalize on the value of the book to fund and support literacy initiatives locally, nationally, and around the world.” They raise funding for over 80 non-profit literacy programs. They have re-used or recycled over 87 million books and raised over US$12 million for literacy (over US$5 million for non-profit literacy programs and over US$3.6 million for libraries) and over US$1.8 million for student groups. Better World Books partners with over 1,800 college campuses and with over 3,400 library systems in the U.S., Canada, UK, and Ireland. In May 2002, three University of Notre Dame graduates led a book drive to help the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend, Indiana, USA. The founders won the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business top prize for social
    0.00
    0 votes
    172

    Book Sense

    Book Sense was a marketing and branding program of the American Booksellers Association, in which independent bookstores across North America participated in order to better compete with the large book chains. Bookstores participating in the Book Sense program were expected to display the Book Sense logo and take part in at least some of the components of the program. In 2008, Book Sense was replaced by IndieBound. The Book Sense bestseller program was developed to provide a method of calculating bestsellers better suited to independent bookstores than the lists provided by The New York Times and others. Two factors contribute to the differences. First, The New York Times lists include all book sales, including grocery stores, gift shops, independent bookstores, large chains, big box stores, and drug stores; where the Book Sense lists consider only sales from independent bookstores. Second, The New York Times lists include reports from publishers, which can "double-count" a book (the sale is reported once by the publisher and once by the retailer) and generate artificially high sales of popular new books when retailers and distributors purchase large numbers of books that may later
    0.00
    0 votes
    173

    Book Stacks Unlimited

    Book Stacks Unlimited was an online bookstore created by Charles M. Stack in 1992, two years before Jeff Bezos launched Amazon.com. Stack's store, selling new books, began as a dial-up bulletin board located in Cleveland. It moved to the Internet as Books.com, eventually attracting a half million visitors each month. Stack devised the concept in 1991 based on his personal fascination with reading and books, as he recalled in 1998: Offering 500,000 titles, Book Stacks had 35 staffers who gave their book recommendations to visitors. Other features included a daily literary journal, summaries of new books, RealAudio interviews with authors and forums in which customers could ask questions and discuss books. Books could be searched by title, author, subject, keyword or ISBN number. In 1996, Book Stacks became a wholly owned subsidiary of Cendant Corporation, a consumer services company based in Stamford, Connecticut and previously known as CUC International. In 1997, Book Stacks became part of Cendant's virtual mall, netMarket, a one-stop Internet shopping site which included an online music store and an online video store, both operating from the Book Stacks offices in downtown
    0.00
    0 votes
    174
    Books Kinokuniya

    Books Kinokuniya

    Books Kinokuniya (紀伊國屋書店, Kinokuniya Shoten) is a Japanese bookstore chain operated by Kinokuniya Company Ltd. (株式会社紀伊國屋書店, Kabushiki-gaisha Kinokuniya Shoten), founded in 1927, with its first store located in Shinjuku, Tokyo. It means "Store of Kii Province". The company has its headquarters in Meguro, Tokyo. Kinokuniya was originally a lumber and charcoal dealer in Yotsuya; and after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, the business was moved westward to a new location in Shinjuku, where it was refashioned into a book store by former president Moichi Tanabe, opening with a staff of five in January 1927. On the second floor was an art gallery. The building burnt down in May 1945 during an air raid, but reopened in December 1945. Over the next few years, more Kinokuniya shops opened around Japan. In 1964, headquarters was established in Shinjuku (the current Shinjuku Main Store Building). The bookstore was nine stories and had two underground floors. Kinokuniya is the largest bookstore chain in Japan, with 56 shops around the country, in cities such as Osaka, Kyoto and Sapporo. Overall, it has more than 80 stores in Japan and overseas. Its first overseas store opened in San Francisco
    0.00
    0 votes
    175
    Boxcar books

    Boxcar books

    Boxcar Books is a non-profit, cooperatively-run bookstore located in Bloomington, Indiana next to the Runcible Spoon Restaurant. Its mission is "to promote reading, self-education, social equality, and social welfare through increased accessibility to literature and workshops - and the promotion of a community to support these projects." Boxcar Books carries a selection of new and used books, as well as magazines, zines, comics, t-shirts, postcards, and other gift items. Though neither of Boxcar’s founders are currently involved, the mission has proved sustainable and continues to thrive. The space holds author readings, art shows, film screenings, musical events, community meetings, book clubs, and more. In 2004, Boxcar started to carry textbooks for classes at Indiana University, and since then has continued to expand its class list. Boxcar Books and Community Center, Inc. (its full legal name) began as an idea between Ali Haimson and Matthew Turissini for a bookstore, a community meeting space, and a new home and legal entity for The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project in September of 2001. They applied for non-profit and tax exempt status in November 2001, and put together a
    0.00
    0 votes
    176
    Brentano's

    Brentano's

    Brentano's was an American bookstore. In addition to the numerous locations in the United States, there was a Brentano's on Avenue de l'Opéra in Paris, at the same location for 114 years. Brentano's became a part of the Waldenbooks subsidiary of Borders Group, Inc., an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based book and music retailer. Brentano's was founded as an independent bookstore in New York City in 1853 by August Brentano, who established a newsstand in front of the New York Hotel. From its headquarters at 586 Fifth Avenue, Brentano's became a publisher, with a specialization in French literature that led it to publish under the imprint "Éditions Brentano's" many titles by French writers in exile during the Vichy France period. In 1985, Kmart's Waldenbooks subsidiary acquired Brentano's and nine years later, in 1994, Brentano's and its parent company Waldenbooks were merged into Kmart's other book subsidiary, Borders. Borders re-gained independence through a stock buyback in the mid 1990s to once again become an independent company known as Borders Group, Inc.; in 2011, Borders Group filed for bankruptcy and wound down operations, closing all remaining locations. Brentano's was featured
    0.00
    0 votes
    177
    Dillons Booksellers

    Dillons Booksellers

    Dillons was a bookshop and subsequently a bookselling chain, based in the United Kingdom, that traded between 1932 and 1999. Founded by Una Dillon (1903–1993) in 1932, Dillons was for most of its history most closely associated with its signature building on Gower Street in London, near University College London, which Dillon bought out from a previously failing bookseller in 1936. She subsequently sold the company to the University of London in 1956. Back in private hands by the mid-1980s, the store undertook a major makeover and modernisation, announcing its relaunch with the cheeky advertising poster "Foyled again? Try Dillons" – displayed prominently on the bus shelter opposite its London rival Foyles. Inspired by the success of Waterstone's, demonstrating the potential for large modern bookshops with a depth of stock, the new owners rapidly rolled out the format across the country, ultimately building up a chain of 75 stores. However the holding group Pentos PLC had overreached itself financially, and in 1995 the Dillons business was acquired by HMV. In 1998 HMV also acquired the larger Waterstone's chain, and the next year the Dillons brand ceased to exist as a separate
    0.00
    0 votes
    178
    Hatchards

    Hatchards

    Hatchards is the oldest bookshop in London and the United Kingdom. It was founded by John Hatchard in 1797 on Piccadilly in London, from where it still trades today. Mr Hatchard's portrait can be seen on the staircase of the shop today. Its origins were founded through a bought collection of merchandise from Simon Vandenbergh, a controversial bookseller of the 18th century. Simon Vandenbergh's grandson, John Vandenbergh Quick was the inventor of the first pop up book and his grandson created the images of Sherlock Holmes and Mother Goose as we know them today in wood carvings. It has a reputation for attracting high-profile authors and holds three Royal Warrants. Today Hatchards is owned by Waterstones. Over the years many famous authors have signed at Hatchards including J.K Rowling, Alexander McCall-Smith, Peter Ackroyd, Margaret Thatcher, Lauren Bacall, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Paxman, Joanne Harris, the late Alec Guinness, David Attenborough, Michael Palin, Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire, Peter Mandelson, Hilary Mantel, Sebastian Faulks, and Howard Jacobson. The only antiquarian books currently sold are by and about Winston Churchill, with a small selection of European Royalty
    0.00
    0 votes
    179

    Lone star comics

    Lone Star Comics is a chain of seven stores located in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex in north central Texas. Started in 1961 by Jake "Buddy" Saunders as a quaint mail order company, Lone Star Comics debuted as a brick-and-mortar retailer in 1977. The chain's offerings include comic books, action figures, gaming supplies, videos, and many other pop culture items. While still maintaining business locally, the company returned to its mail order roots in the early 2000s, this time as an online subscription and back-issue service. The online store is called mycomicshop.com (LoneStarComics.com merely redirects to mycomicshop.com).
    0.00
    0 votes
    180

    Nkiru Center for Education and Culture

    Nkiru Books was the oldest African-American bookstore in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. Founded by Leothy Miller Owens in 1976, the bookstore was bought by Talib Kweli and Mos Def in 2000. Thereafter it was operated as the Nkiru Center for Education and Culture, a nonprofit organization promoting literacy and multicultural awareness for people of color. In its last incarnation it was located at 732 Washington Avenue. In 1976 Leothy Miller Owens was a young educator when she started Nkiru in her home. The first African American bookstore in Brooklyn, it was New York City's second. Within a short period of time the store expanded into its own space at 76 St. Marks Place. Ms. Miller Owens died in 1992. Her mother, Adelaide Miller, ran the store from 1992 to 1999, when the store came into severe financial distress. In the early 1990s, while in his teens, Talib Kweli worked at a different local bookstore in Brooklyn that sold mainstream books. While there he became concerned about the absence of literature for African Americans, and sought to work at Nkiru instead. Initially, there were no positions available; however, Kweli made a strong pitch for a job, and soon a part-time spot was
    0.00
    0 votes
    181
    Prairie lights

    Prairie lights

    Prairie Lights is an independent bookstore in downtown Iowa City, Iowa, founded in 1978, by Jim Harris. The store's original location was a 1,000-square-foot (93 m) space on South Linn Street. In 1982, Harris moved the store to an 11,000-square-foot (1,000 m) space on South Dubuque Street, which had been a coffee house that had in the 1930s hosted a local literary society and its guests, who included Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Sherwood Anderson, E. E. Cummings and others. The store currently holds approximately 80,000 to 100,000 books, covering three and a half stories. The remaining half-story houses a coffee shop. Its facade, designed to resemble a human face, is a local landmark. Harris sold the store to longtime employee and poet Jan Weissmiller and the poet Jane Mead in December 2008. As one of Iowa's largest bookstores and the major independent bookstore in the hometown of the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, the building continues to play a role in its region's literary culture. Susan Sontag, Gloria Steinem, and Annie Proulx are among the notable authors to participate in events at the bookstore. Seven Nobel prize winners have also had events at the
    0.00
    0 votes
    182

    Tattered Cover

    The Tattered Cover is a bookstore in Denver, Colorado, and one of the largest independent bookstores in the United States. The Tattered Cover opened in 1971 in the Cherry Creek district of Denver, as a small 950 sq ft (88 m). bookshop. It was purchased in 1974 by Joyce Meskis. Between 1973 and 1983, it expanded seven different times, and in 1986 it moved into and consolidated at a new location in Cherry Creek, which remained open for over 20 years. A second branch, purchased in 1990, was renovated and opened for business in 1994 in Denver's historic LoDo (lower downtown) district. In 1995, the Fourth Story Restaurant & Bar opened at the Cherry Creek location. In November, 2004, Tattered Cover opened a third location in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The Cherry Creek location closed in June 2006, and moved to the newly renovated, long-defunct Lowenstein Theater on Denver's Colfax Avenue. The Fourth Story restaurant was shut down at that time. The Tattered Cover is open 7 days a week at all branches, hosts prominent book signings, and is renowned for its customer service. Its LoDo store houses an events space which can seat over 250, while its Highlands Ranch store can seat up to 400 and
    0.00
    0 votes
    183

    The Book Depository

    The Book Depository is a UK-based online book seller with a large catalogue. The company was founded in 2004 by Andrew Crawford and current Chief Operating Officer Stuart Felton; its motto is to make "All Books Available to All". The company's turnover in 2010–2011 is expected to be £120m, up from £70m in 2010. On 4th July 2011, Amazon reached an agreement to acquire The Book Depository. The Book Depository is involved in several other book related activities, including: In 2007, it was a finalist for the Retail/Leisure business of the Year Fast Growth Business Award and won two UK Startup Awards, Online Business of the Year and Retailer of the Year. In 2008, it was ranked 5th in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100. In 2009 and 2010 it won Direct Bookselling Company of the year at the Bookseller Industry Awards. and the Queen's Award For Enterprise
    0.00
    0 votes
    184

    The Book Man

    The Book Man consists of two secondhand bookstores. The original store is in Chilliwack, British Columbia measuring over 5,000 square feet (460 m), and is noted as the second largest used bookstore in the province. It is located at 45939 Wellington Avenue. Their second branch is located in Abbotsford, British Columbia at #5-2630 Bourquin Crescent West in the Little Oak Mall and is 1600 square feet. The stores are both named after the owner's nickname. The Book Man originated in 1963 and was acquired by David Short under the name Erna's Book Nook in 1990. After he changed the name to The Book Nook, Short expanded inventory and shelving until yet another move was required. His daughter, Amber Short became co-owner and full-time manager in 2000 after many years of part-time work. As of 2011, The Book Man employs a staff of fourteen. Their resident cat Nietzsche lives in Chilliwack and has gained international fame as a poster cat for bookstore cats. Gatsby, a grey and white cat, resides in their Abbotsford store. Both cats are known for greeting customers at the front door, and for their gentle and friendly dipositions. A program by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation referred to
    0.00
    0 votes
    185

    Waldenbooks

    Waldenbooks (often referred to as Waldens), operated by the Walden Book Company, Inc., was an American shopping mall-based bookstore chain and a subsidiary of Borders Group. The chain also ran a video game and software chain under the name Waldensoftware as well as a children's edutainment chain under Walden Kids. In 2011 the chain was liquidated in bankruptcy. On March 4, 1933, Lawrence Hoyt (1902-1983), a former sales manager for Simon and Schuster, opened a rental library in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Within fifteen years, it had grown to over 250 locations. In 1962, he opened a bookstore; by 1981, it had become the first bookstore chain to have stores in every state. In 1969, it was purchased by the Broadway Hale Stores, a California chain of department stores.. For a time it was owned by the retail conglomerate Carter Hawley Hale. In 1984, Waldenbooks acquired the Brentano's chain, and later that year was itself acquired by Kmart. In 1994, Kmart merged Waldenbooks and Borders, another chain it had acquired, forming the Borders-Walden Group. In 1995, the renamed Borders Group was able to buy back its stock and it was listed independently on the New York Stock Exchange. After
    0.00
    0 votes
    Get your friends to vote! Spread this URL or share:
    Tags: best, all, time, bookstore

    Discuss Best Bookstore of All Time