Bookstores in the San Francisco Bay Area (San Francisco and north)
17 Jan 2018
Mission (and Noe Valley)
North of San Francisco
other geographic areas
[Note 0: These lists were started thirty years ago, before search engines,
Yelp, and so on. Because those are now available, these listings will
include only places that are noteworthy, or have substantive descriptions,
or have been visited by me. Old "minimalist" listings will remain as long
as the stores are open, but no new "minimalist" entries will be added.]
[Note 1: This list contains stores in San Francisco and the North Bay.
Berkeley, Oakland, and East Bay listings can be found in the Berkeley/Oakland
Peninsula listings can be found in the Peninsula list.
Los Angeles listings can be found in the Los Angeles area list.
San Diego and Hawai`i listings can be found in the San Diego area list.
Sacramento and other California listings (outside of southern California)
can be found in the Northwestern US list. ]
[Note 2: I collected these comments from a variety of people. I personally
have no knowledge of many of these places and take no responsibility if you
buy a book you don't enjoy. :-) Phone numbers and precise addresses can be
gotten by calling directory assistance for the appropriate city. Call ahead
for precise hours, as even when I list them they are subject to change.]
[Note 3: If you can add information for any of these, in particular
addresses when they are missing, please send it to me. *PLEASE SPECIFY CITY
[Note 4: Area codes change so quickly these days that these may be wrong.]
(Thanks to Joseph Brenner, this is arranged geographically, roughly east to
west, or starting "Downtown" and moving outwards. If something is grossly
misplaced, please let me know, but it's difficult to order linearly a
two-dimensional map! The streets in the downtown area, running east to west
are Sansome, Montgomery, Kearney, Grant, Stockton, Powell, Mason, Taylor,
Jones, Leavenworth, Hyde, Larkin, Polk, and Van Ness. Running south to
north are Market, Turk, Eddy, Ellis, O'Farrell, Geary, Post, Sutter, Bush,
Pine, and California. Okay, Market is diagonal, but I had to start
Christopher's Books (1400 18th). "Small shop, nice selection,
interesting variety of kids books (including a lot in
Spanish for a store of its size)." [10/13]
Chronicle Books (680 Second, 94107, 415-537-4200). Open
Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM. [02/09]
Chronicle Books (Sony Metreon Gateway, 101 Fourth, 94103,
415-369-6271). Open Mon-Thu 9AM-9PM,
Fri-Sun 9AM-10PM. [02/09]
The Green Arcade (1680 Market, 415-431-6800,
http://www.thegreenarcade.com). Books about
sustainability and green living.
Omnivore Books (3885a César Chavez, 415-282-4712,
http://www.omnivorebooks.com). Food-related books.
"UCSF Medical Center/School also has a bookstore, mainly with
medical texts, but also some books on general health and even
some medically-themed novels. They probably have more medical
texts than any other SF bookstore."
Beat Museum (540 Broadway, 94133, http://www.kerouac.com).
Sells books by and about the Beat Generation. [07/15]
City Lights (261 Broadway and Columbus, 415-362-8193,
http://www.citylights.com). The best place for general
literature. Famous beat era shop. Go downstairs. [12/10]
Eastwind Books (1435 Stockton, 415-772-5888). Eastern thought,
Builder's Booksource (Ghiradelli Square, 415-440-5773). Architecture,
construction, landscape architecture, engineering, interior
design, etc. From coffee-table books all the way to the AISC
Steel Manual.... Also has a larger store in Berkeley.
Maritime Book Store (Hyde Street Pier near Fisherman's Wharf). A
very good selection of new maritime books. While there,
must visit the Balclutha, one of the few remaining
square-rigged Cape Horn sailing ships.
Louie Bros Book Store (754 Washington near Grant). Chinese
language. Noted a Lotus 1-2-3 manual in the window.
[Yes, there are several bookstores on the second floor of 49 Geary.
All of them are fairly antiquarian oriented.]
Brick Row Books (49 Geary, Suite 235, 94108-5705, 415-398-0414,
Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books (49 Geary, Suite 244, 94108-5705,
415-981-4100, http://www.goldwasserbooks.com/). Open
Mon-Fri 10AM-5:30PM, Sat by chance or appointment.
Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books (486 Geary). Open Mon, Wed-Sat
Robert Dagg, Rare Books (49 Geary, 94108-5705, 415-989-6811).
871 Fine Arts (49 Geary, Suite 513, 94108-5705). Art and artists'
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art bookstore (151 Third St between
Mission and Howard, 415-357-4035). Its museum store is
greatly expanded, and has the best selection of new art and
art-related books in SF; also some interesting children's
U. S. Government Bookstore (Marathon Plaza, Room 141-S, 303 Second
at Folsom, 415-512-2770, FAX 415-512-2776).
Henry Hollander, Bookseller (55 New Montgomery Street, Suite 317,
third floor of the Sharon Building, 415-882-4541,
http://www.hollanderbooks.com). Specializing in Judaica
and books on Africa. Has a search service. Open
William K. Stout Architectural Books (804 Montgomery,
415-391-6757). This is a beautiful bookstore on all facets
of architecture, including furniture. The books are stored
in a seemingly chaotic fashion, but the staff is helpful
and knowledgeable. "Excellent selection, but expensive as
architecture books tend to be. I'd say they are a bit over
market price on many items." Closed Sunday, open late
Alexander Book Co. (south of Market on Second Street downtown,
415-495-2992). Pleasant to hang out in, and carries a more
interesting selection of everything than many larger places.
Mon-Fri 8:30AM-6PM, Sat 10AM-5PM.
Rizzoli Bookstore (117 Post, 415-984-0225). Branch of the Italian
Chain. Their specialty is art and photography, found on the
Cafe de la Presse (352 Grant). A branch of European Books. Mostly
a restaurant with a small section of books and magazines.
Tillman Place Bookshop (8 Tillman Place off Grant between Post and
Sutter, 415-392-4668). Was previously called Charlotte
Newbegin's Bookshop. Contrary to previous reports, they do
*not* specialize in Russian books (can someone help me out
on what bookstore the person might have been thinking of?)
and does not carry used books.
Argonaut Book Shop (786 Sutter at the corner of Jones, 415-474-9067,
The Bookstall (570 Sutter btwn Powell and Mason, 415-362-6353).
Used. "High-priced antiquarian and used dealer, no bargains
here, though a good selection." Also a reasonable selection
of children's and old scientific books.
McDonalds (48 Turk, 415-673-2235). Used. "You gotta see this place:
rickety shelves stacked to the rafters with old books and
magazines. The next quake is going to wipe this place out.
In a very seedy area, but you are probably safe during the
day." "Heavily advertised, but greatly overated. I do not
see how they could possibly have over one million
books/magazines/records, as they claim, and their material
seemed badly disorganized. In addition, Turk St. is an
alarming place to someone not familiar with that area (not
someplace to go after dark)." Another reader says "there
may be good stuff in there somewhere, but it's impossible
to find it. ... They have vast amounts of junk [and the]
near-total lack of organization makes it impossible to
search quickly even if you know exactly what you're looking
for, and browsing is tedious and unrewarding." Another
reader responds: "Contrary to one of the comments you list,
McDonald's is rigorously 'organized' but it is not
alphabetized, which are two different things. The books
are extremely neatly arranged in about 200 categories, but
books within categories are not alphabetized. Nonetheless,
the prices are excellent and you can bargain here. There
is a lot of junk. Also, the neighborhood is fine during
the day, especially if approached from Market rather than
from the Tenderloin." One important conclusion: if you are
allergic or sensitive to dust, you probably should skip
this one. Open Mon, Tue, Thu 10AM-6PM, Wed, Fri, Sat
Foley Books (345 California, Plaza Level, 415-391-0622). "I've
bought quite a few books from Foley Books over the years at
its various locations. It is an outstanding bookstore with
discount prices! Although it is smaller than it used to be,
you can order books and still get the 20% discount."
Open Mon-Fri 9AM-6PM.
European Books (925 Larkin, 415-474-0626, http://www.europeanbook.com/).
THE place to go for European-language books. Mostly
French, German, and Spanish, but other languages as
well. Open Mon 11AM-4PM, Thu-Sat 11AM-5PM.
The Magazine (920 Larkin, 415-441-7737). A used magazine store.
It carries both mainline and pornographic magazines, including
physique magazines from the 1950s, and is very classy with its
Kayo Books (814 Post, 94109, 415-749-0554, http://www.kayobooks.com/).
Pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, etc. "Staffed by
two very knowledgeable owners and the friendliest dog
west of the Sierras." "Hours and hours of fascinating
browsing." Focuses on "old pulp stuff, detective,
romance, and "I was a teenage delinquent", etc. Also
reported to be the only bookstore with any appreciable
amount of Westerns. Open Wed-Sun 11AM-6PM.
Books Inc. at Opera Plaza (610 Van Ness Ave between Golden Gate
and Turk, 415-776-1111). A good general selection of books,
and a helpful staff. Open Sun-Thu 10AM-11PM, Fri-Sat
San Francisco Opera Shop (2nd floor of the War Memorial Opera House,
Van Ness at Grove, 415-565-6414). Open every night an opera
is given; features opera-related items which are sometimes
hard to find elsewhere.
Books & Company (1323 Polk near Bush, 415-441-2929). [Currently
[03/99] closed due to water damage from a fire in the hotel
above it.] "This is a cramped, low-ceilinged place, painted
blood-red throughout, with books overflowing every imaginable
horizontal surface. Classical music wafts through the air,
as does the faintest aroma of the Bookstore Cat's ... uh ...
facilities. There are oriental rugs on the floor, the better
to cushion the fall of all those precariously-perched books,
and a rather curmudgeonly appearing proprietor, who becomes an
absolute sweetheart with the slightest provocation. If you
peek behind the piles of current titles, you'll find all kinds
of used treasures on the shelves. And new titles are
*heavily* discounted--at least 40% off the list price! Its
hours are rather eccentric--something like Wednesday thru
Saturday, afternoons only, but don't quote me. [Sorry, too
late!] Anyway, the place is a bibliophile's paradise...."
Around the World Books (1346 Polk, 415-474-5568). *Not* a travel
bookstore, but art and children's books, used. (May be some
new books as well; I'm working from the phone book listing.)
Fields Bookstore (1419 Polk, across from Acorn Books, 415-673-2027).
"One of the best esoterica/New Age selections I've seen."
Richard Hilkert, Bookseller (333 Hayes, near the Performing Arts
Center, 415-863-3339). Has a large number of books on
architecture, as well as a large collection of books, new
and used, on design, the arts, collecting, gardening,
cooking, travel.... Carries new and used books, and has
book signings from time to time.
Babylon Falling (1017 Bush at Jones).
Kinokuniya (shopping center at 1581 Webster, 94115,
415-567-7625). The largest Japanese-language bookstore
in San Francisco. They also have books in English on
Japan, translations into English, Japanese language
textbooks, many periodicals, etc. They have a branch
in San Jose (408-252-1300) and elsewhere on the West Coast.
Marcus Books (1712 Filmore between Post and Sutter, a few doors down
from the Kabuki Theatre complex). African and Black history
and issues since 1960.
Comix Experience (305 Divisidero, 415-863-9258). A basic comic book
store, with a bit more open space than usual, for live
appearences by authors and artists.
American Buddhist Bookstore (1710 Octavia, 415-776-7877). Buddhist
books, one assumes.
Bound Together, the Anarchist Collective Bookstore (1369 Haight near
Masonic, 415-431-8355). An odd collection of new and
used books, plus small press stuff. It has some strange
left-wing anarchist literature, but it also carries quite
a bit of other, which might loosely be classified as "weird":
lesbian poets, Tesla Coils, early issues of "REsearch," and
so on. One reader wrote at length of his dissatisfaction,
especially concerning the staff, and summarized as, "Rude
staff possibly inclined toward petty, knee-jerk
self-gratification." (Someone else comments, "I think the
complaint about the rude staff at Bound Together is also
pretty funny. If you were a left-wing anarchist, would you
be in a good mood?") [12/10]
The Booksmith (1644 Haight between Clayton and Cole, 800-493-7323,
415-863-8688, FAX 415-863-2540, http://www.booksmith.com).
Has a quirky and always interesting sale table,
excellent science fiction and music sections,
magazines, poetry, kids books and lots of great
fiction--both new releases and backlist. Lots of
counter culture titles. Has been producing a set of
"author trading cards" with a photo on one side and
information about his or her current release and
Booksmith appearances on the other. Open Mon-Sat
10AM-9PM, Sun 10AM-6PM.
Mission (and Noe Valley):
Bernal Books (401 Cortland Ave at Bennington, 94110, 415-550-0293).
Borderlands Books (866 Valencia at 19th, 94110, 888-893-4008 or
New and used SF. You need the hyphen in the URL, or
you get a completely different bookstore!
"Specialists in new and used SF, a well laid-out,
spacious and pleasant bookshop great for browsing, a
lovely place to spend an afternoon (all they need is a
coffee stall). Since moving to this new location they
still plenty more books stashed away, not yet on the
shelves, but can search for you. They have a dedicated
H. P. Lovecraft section, plenty of local fanzines and
small press publications, and quite a few SF rarities
(appropriately priced), plus regular readings from
authors (all details on their website)." Open
Tue-Sat 12N-8PM, Sun 12N-6PM. [02/15]
Dog Eared Books (900 Valencia at 20th, 415-282-1901,
general-purpose used bookstore; mostly paperbacks.
Open Mon-Sat 11AM-8PM, Sun 12N-6PM. [12/10]
Laissez-Faire Books (Howard Street, 415-541-9780). Some general
philosophy, but strong classical liberal flavor.
Lodestar (313 Noe at Market).
Limelight Film & Theatre Bookstore (1803 Market, San Francisco CA
Aardvark (237 Church at Market, 415-552-6733). Used to have
separate new and used stores; now the Church Street location
carries both new and used books.
Forest Books (3080 16th St at Valencia, 415-863-2755). Largely used
books. Spacious, fluorescently lit place with subdued
classical music. Hours: 11 AM to 9 PM.
Adobe Book Shop (3130 24th, 415-864-3936). A used-book store. "It
doesn't look as nice as some of the other stores, but it has
a reasonable selection."
China Books & Periodicals, Inc. (2929 24th, 415-282-2994, FAX
San Francisco Mystery Bookstore (4175 24th between Diamond and
Castro, Noe Valley, 415-282-7444). "Around since 1976.
It's one of the oldest mystery specialty stores and is
owned by an icon in the mystery world, Bruce Taylor. It
has mystery reference, new and used, signed collectibles."
Phoenix Books & Records (3850 24th at Vicksburg--Noe Valley,
415-821-3477). Good general used books store. Has some
Cover to Cover Booksellers. (24th at Sanchez--Noe Valley,
415-282-8080). Smallish general bookstore. A neighborhood
place. Lots of kids books.
La Latina (2548 Mission between 21st and 22nd, 415-824-0327).
Bolerium Books (2141 Mission between 17th and 18th, third
floor, 415-863-6353, http://www.bolerium.com).
Antiquarian. Specializes in social and radical
movements, such as labor, women's rights, gay and
lesbian issues, and African-American materials. [12/10]
Libros Latinos (2141 Mission between 17th and 18th,
Suite 301, 800-645-4276, http://libroslatinos.com).
Spanish language books. [12/10]
Meyer Boswell Books, Inc. (2141 Mission between 17th and 18th,
third floor, 415-255-6400, FAX 415-255-6499,
http://www.meyerbos.com). "The only bookshop in the
English-speaking world specializing in antiquarian rare
and scholarly law exclusively. Its stock contains
somewhat over 6,000 works." Open Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM.
La Moderna Poesia (2122 Mission, 415-861-6775).
Green Apple Books (506 Clement and nearby, 415-387-2272,
http://www.greenapplebooks.com). New and used.
"Remotely situated in the Richmond district under
perpetual fog and surrounded by a maelstrom of Russian
tearooms, Vietnamese restaurants and greengrocers, the Holy
City Zoo, Tevye's, and the greatest Armenian delicatessen--
Haig's--I've ever smelled." Go upstairs for used books.
There are a few other used bookstores within a block or two
of there. "The place is HUGE, and if it is not the largest
used bookstore in the Bay Area, it has to be in the running.
The new books section is relatively small, but complete with
all the latest releases, often with discounts. The used
section is incredible." One reader writes, however, "used
books are *really* overpriced, and they seem to especially
have a problem realizing that the worse condition a book is
in, the lower the price should be." Has two store fronts,
one for new and one for used--the second is a few doors down
from the first.
Thidwick Books (first block of Clement Street). "Extremely
enthusiastic, helpful proprietor, interesting selection of
new books with a delightful children's section. She seems to
be doing well, too; it's nice to see an independent bookstore
owner making good these days."
Znanije (5237 Geary, 415-752-7555). A Russian bookstore. ("It's
down towards Golden Gate park, not towards downtown. I
think the cross street is 16th.")
Books Inc. (2251 Chestnut, 94123, 415-931-3633,
Charlotte's Web (2278 Union, 415-441-4700). Children's bookstore.
Excellent selection of children's books along with tapes,
cards, art supplies and other good stuffcards, that children
and parents will enjoy. The staff is friendly,
knowledgeable, and helpful. Will do special orders for
items not in stock. Special features: monthly talks and
presentations by local authors and illustrators, story
hours, newsletter, and Joe the Dog.
Chronicle Books (1846 Union, 94123, 415-345-8435). Open
Sun-Wed 11AM-7PM, Thu-Sat 11AM-8PM. [02/09]
Russian Hill Bookstore (2234 Polk, 94109, 415-929-0997,
bookstore, specializing in religion, philosophy,
history, art and sports; also general subjects. Known
for their large selection of note cards. Open daily
Amazing Fantasy (650 Irving). Comic books. [07/15]
Comics & Comix (700 Lombard). More entries in the chain (smaller
than Palo Alto's). [07/15]
Great Overland Book Company (345 Judah at 9th Ave, 415-664-0126).
"Two-story shop packed with used books of all genres; the
biggest sections are probably fiction, history and biography.
They also have some vintage newspapers for sale." Open
daily 11AM-7PM. [09/09]
Green Apple Books on the Park (1231 9th bewteen Lu=incoln and Turner)
http://www.greenapplebooks.com). New and used.
Books Inc. (3515 California, 94118, 415-221-3666,
Bibliohead Bookstore (334 Gough at Hayes, 94102, 415-621-6772,
http://www.bibliohead.com). Mostly used, with some
new and remaindered. Open Sun-Tues 12N-8PM,
Wed-Sat 11AM-9PM. [02/08]
Bird & Beckett Books & Records (2788 Diamond [at Chenery],
94131, 415-586-373, http://www.bird-beckett.com). "Tiny
space, new and used books, crammed to the rafters. Jazz every
Friday, plus poetry readings/open mic on the first and third
Mondays of the month." [09/07]
North of San Francisco:
Other Change of Hobbit (1600 Kearny, 510-848-0413,
http://www.otherchangeofhobbit.com). One of the classic
SF specialty shops, in business since 1977, although this is
at least its third location. Open Mon-Fri 4PM-7PM, Sat and
Sun by appt (though you should probably double-check before
Armchair Sailor Bookstore (42 Caledonia, 415-332-7505 or
800-332-3347). This is a specialty bookstore for maritime
books, mostly for sailboats. New and used books. Selection
is good, with travel books, cruise guides, boat design
books, and novels. Videos can be rented ($3/day), including
by mail. Charts are available. Imported yachting
magazines. Open Mon-Sat 9AM-6PM, Sun 12N-5PM.
Overland Books (Caledonia St) Used books. "Nice place--small, but
they have a great fiction section with some fun rare and out
of print stuff. Sometimes the LitCrit section is pretty
good too. Nice section in the back for children's books."
Book Passage (51 Tamal Vista Blvd, 415-927-0960; San Francisco Ferry
Over 9000 sq. ft. of books, including a 3200-sq.ft.
section devoted to mystery and SF and a rare and
used book department. "Book Passage's great strength
is its travel section. It was the only place in the
Bay Area where I was able to locate a guide to
freighter travel." The store also carries titles in
French, Spanish, and German, and has a cafe in the
back. They have a used section of our store with
proceeds benefiting Hospice of Marin. They also now
have "Book Passage University," a series of writing and
language classes. In the 3 May 1997 issue of PUBLISHERS
WEEKLY (page 44), they were named "Bookseller of the Year."
Dan F. Webb Books (1535 San Pablo, 510-444-4572). Mostly military
and aviation titles, some general stock. Be sure to haggle
over the prices. Open Tue, Thu, Sat 11AM-4PM.
Books (10 Locust, 415-389-6612). Small, friendly, interesting
The Depot (87 Throckmorton Ave, 94941, 415-383-2665,
http://www.depotbookstore.com). New books. Open daily
Bailey's Books (1541 4th, San Rafael, 94901, 415-482-0550).
"I have found a few charming books here. They are
small but have a wide breadth of selection." [08/06]
Lifeways Books & Gifts (Lootens Place). New Age and occult.
Open Secret (C Street, 415-457-4191). Mainly eastern religion.
West Wind Books (1006 Tamalpais Ave., 415-456-6322). Used books.
A wonderful little bookshop with an excellent
general-purpose stock. Fine nautical section. Charming
proprietress. Good prices.
BookBeat (28 Bolinas Rd, near Sir Francis Drake Rd and San Anselmo,
94930, 415-256-9060). Mostly used and some new books and CDs,
with a cafe. Open Sun-Thu 7AM-10PM, Fr-Sa 7AM-11PM.
Booksmith, Inc. (615 San Anselmo Ave, 94960, 415-459-7323).
New and used.
Heldford Book Gallery (310 San Anselmo Avenue, 415-456-8194,
GALLERY@aol.com) Mostly out-of-print and rare.
"Delightful little pillowed alcove at the narrow end for
perusing (building narrows between two converging streets).
I only looked at the one case of children's books, which
were high-priced collectibles."
Jeremy Norman & Co, Books (POB 2566, 94979-2566, 800-544-9359 or
415-456-6507, FAX 415-456-6511, http://www.historyofscience.com/).
"Manuscripts & Prints from the 15th through the 20th centuries
in the History of Science & Medicine, Technology, Natural
History, Economics" (By appointment until the new building is
Michael Good (35 San Anselmo Avenue, 415-459-6092). Second floor
over doctor's office. Out-of-print and rare. "This place
resembles what I supposed rare bookstores would be like,
before I had ever visited any. Creaky floors, a feeling of
time and of Rembrandtian brownness, and a proprietor
frequently engrossed in his merchandise."
Oliver's (645 San Anselmo Ave, 415-454-4421). Largest of the three
places. "I wasn't there long enough to get the flavor of
it. I know they carry used and rare, but didn't even bother
to notice if they carry new."
(All of these places are on the same street. By bus, take Golden Gate
Transit route 20 or 23 to San Anselmo. At the bus stop, go down the
little stairway between the two bus shelters, and you are on the
high-numbered end of the street.)
Odyssey Bookshop (828 Grant Ave, 94945, 415-897-8755). "Used
bookstore with a nice selection, and bargains can
sometimes be found, though prices in general are
slightly higher than the other bookstores in the
Copperfields (Bel Aire Plaze, 707-252-8002). Chain based in Santa
Volume One Used Books (1405 Second Ave, 707-252-1466). Small used
bookstore. "Aside from a small offering of collectibles,
what is most on display is paperbacks. There's a nice
espresso cafe across the street. A possible stop for those
otherwise exploring the wine country." Another reader
reports that they have a very nice selection of children's
Copperfields (140 Kentucky 94952, 707-762-0563). Chain based in
Discoveries (627 E Washington, 707-778-3898). A mixture of used
books and new and used CDs and vinyl LPs. They didn't
seem to have a general fiction section, but there was a
fairly decent SF section, and a small room of children's
books. Kind of a small place. Accessibility: a step up,
but otherwise mostly accessible.
Chanticleer Books (526 Broadway, 707-996-5364). A used book store
with some antiquarian stuff. "This 'bouquiniste' had a good
selection in most categories, with reasonable prices, and we
went away, happy, with some books." A step up, and
otherwise mostly accessible.
Plaza Books (40 West Spain, 707-996-8474). More of the Antiquarian
(as opposed to "used") variety. Worth the visit, just in
case that treasure you were looking for is hiding there.
"The stock is definitely on the antiquarian side, and
bargains were not to be found." Not very accessible,
because of narrow aisles, and tables placed in front of
Four-Eyed Frog Books (Cypress Village, 39138 Ocean Dr, 95445,
707-884-1333, FAX 707-884-1331, http://www.foureyedfrog.com).
New Books. Open Mon-Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 11AM-5PM. [12/09]
Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, Inc. (PO Box 270,
Main & Kasten, 95460, 707-937-2665 (707-937-BOOK) or
707-937-2215, FAX 707-937-3737,
http://www.gallerybooks.com). Adult and children's books
in one store with two large rooms. Has an out-of-print search
Barnes and Noble (4th St). [02/06]
Books Inc. (in the Coddingtown Mall). "They have a *huge*
collection of books, no used books, and the best selection
of SF books of anybody in the area."
Copperfields (775 Village Ct). Flagship store of the chain.
L & L Books (530 McConnell Ave off Mendocino Ave, 707-579-5554).
Used books, and also some college textbooks for the nearby
Sawyer's News (733 4th). Newstand. Has a better selection of
magazines than Barnes and Noble.
Treehorn Books (625 4th, 95404, 707-525-1782). Probably the besta
store in the area, a large bookstore with mostly used stock,
with some remainders and new books. Reasonable prices, with
some antiquarian stock, but mostly older and recent used
books. "Excellent selection of used books with a good
history section with some pretty good prices on a lot of
them, too). Most of the books are in excellent shape. They
don't have a very good selection of new books, but that's
not their main business. The staff is real friendly and
helpful, and they have books that collectors would be
interested in ... had a small cache of collectible Philip
K. Dick books, for instance, they have a real nice selection
of used SF books. Accessibility is fine, though you may
have to navigate around some ladders.
Twice Told Books (14045 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville 95446,
707-869-1479, firstname.lastname@example.org). Used books.
Pages on the Green (920 McClelland Dr, Windsor, 95492,
707-837-8665). New books, small selection of CDs and
gifts. ndependent bookstore with quality fiction,
cook books and travel books. [05/07]
There are also Book Hunter Press's USED BOOK LOVER'S GUIDE TO [various
regions], seven regional guides to over 7,900 used, out-of-print, and
antiquarian book dealers in the United States and Canada. The complete
database is online and can be searched by location, dealer name, specialty,
and type of dealer. Access to the database is available on a two tier basis:
partial access is free, full access is by subscription.The web page also
includes free access to regional and city maps showing locations with used
bookstores. For more information or a free catalog, check their web page at
Anecdote from a reader (circa 1995):
"Had an interesting experience last night: I was having dinner at a
friend's house when he asked me if I had access to internet. This was
curious, indeed, as he is probably the most neo-Luddite younger person I
know, resistant to computer technology to the point of keeping business
records on scraps of paper beneath found paperweights and doing business
correspondence via penciled letters.
It turns out that the reason for this sudden interest is that someone
came into his store [which shall remain nameless here] in San Francisco,
and made a stunning $50.00 purchase on the basis of some recommended
bookstore list that you produced and posted on rec.arts.books. A captain
of industry he's not, so fifty big ones made about as big an impression
on him as a major bus wreck ("Don't mention the money," he says of this
message, "it sounds so crass."). Suddenly, this computer thing had
reality to him. He produced a scrap of paper with your net address on
it and requested that I thank you.
I just thought you might get as big a giggle out of this as I did."
Of all the messages people have sent me over the years, this one is
still my favorite.
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