If you're ever in my hometown of Portland, OR, USA, be sure to visit Powell's Books. Over 1,000,000 books spread over 68,000sq/ft / 6,300sq/m. Back in the day, they were buying over 3,000 used books/day. COVID has hosed all that, but they still have 64,000+ used books available Online.
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They have a 'Rare Book Room', too.
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But, Z, you have Shakespeare and Company and Athena, you have Politeia, among countless others, it would appear. There in Europe you seem to have armies of cozy, little bookshops. Very fun!
@Cadet Stimpy - I should mention, the bookstore was an inpromptu visit while we were wondering downtown. LOL We didn't even know it existed before that.
The highlights of the honeymoon were travelling the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, whale watching, beach combing along the ocean in many spots, staying in little BnB's along the way... It was fantastic.
Then ending in Halifax with our Newfoundland friends for a night at the pubs. 😀
@Athena - Not my best pic in the world 🤣
@Zerbique - Where's a pic of Mike??
This bookstore looks splendid. I would love to go there... And I would dread having it nearby!
In Paris, Shakespeare and Co is a famous bookstore, but mostly for tourists. There are many small rooms fully packed of English books, so it's nice to have a tour there. But there is very little to no second-hand offerings, the prices are not so good, and whenever I went there to find a very specific title, they didn't have it.
The true "big" one is Gibert Joseph. It's a giant five-stories bookstore, with both new books and second-hand books (and the latter get increasingly fewer as years go by). That's where I went for my lunch loot. When I was a kid, each time we went to Paris with my parents, my dad would go there for a while. It was actually fairly boring as he spent way too much time to our taste and we didn't even get books.
Now this is a bit sad, but in the same street, there used to be an other bookstore called Gibert Jeune. It was actually a network of one big four stories book store and a few more small ones, all located within a hundred meters radius. These were the two major second-hand bookstores of Paris. But Gibert Jeune suffered a bit, and Gibert Joseph bought it. Except they sold it soon after that and during the last lockdown, these historical "Gibert Jeune" bookstores came to a close.
There was even a third (!) giant bookstore in that same street called Boulinier. This one was smaller, only three stories, and was quite a mess to be honest. But the prices were extremely low. So you would go there, spend some slice of time, and hope to find a good deal. I seldom left empty-handed! This one also closed two years ago.
Unfortunately, in Paris, each square meter is so expensive that bookstores close one after the other to be replaced with more profitable shops.
My favourite used bookstore used to be located in downtown Halifax, NS. It's called J.W. Doull Books. This pic was me the first time Shawna and I went in (on our honeymoon in 2007). Floor to ceiling books everywhere!! Two stories. It was awesome!!
That reaction stayed on my face the entire hour+ we were there I think 😂
The store moved to Dartmouth, NS (just the other side of the harbour) since.
As many books as they had there, it doesn't compare to that one though, Mike! Wow!!! I'd be in there for days.
Wow, I've never seen a bookstore such as this one, Mike. Most of the ones we have in Athens are a bit ugly in terms of space arrangement and architecture, nothing special really.