Bookstores in the San Diego/Hawai`i Area
17 Jan 2018
There are separate files for lists for the Southwest, the Los Angeles area,
the San Francisco Bay Area (San Francisco and north), the San Francisco Bay Area
(Berkeley, Oakland, and East Bay), the San Francisco Bay Area (Peninsula and
south), and the northwestern United States.
Cities (listed geographically north-to-south, east-to-west) include:
San Diego CA
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 includes cities in the San Diego and Hawai`i area.
Yes, it's a big area. Live with it. And so far as I can tell, yes,
"Hawai`i" is the correct spelling [see note at end]. Lists for the
Los Angeles area, the San Francisco Bay area, and other geographic
areas are in separate files.]
[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.]
[Note 5: My listings for "superstores" are minimal; those are easy to
find, generally fairly standard, and not worth the time to keep
San Diego CA:
[Note: some of the 619 area codes may now be 858.]
Adams Street Area (a couple of miles north of downtown, with most of
the stores sitting east of I-805):
Adams Avenue Book Store (3502 Adams Ave at 35th, 619-281-3330). The
major store in this area, with traditional crowded, dusty
shelves piled high to the ceiling. General, western
Americana, scholarly, mystery, technology, theology. "For my
purposes, Adams Avenue Books [is] the best. Fully half of
their second floor is devoted to "Religion" with many
interesting items. (That's no accident: both the owner and
the current manager are Divinity School graduates.)"
Well-organized, but the staff knows the value of books, so
you probably won't find any bargains here. "The owner plays
classical music and has the proverbial bookstore cat."
Mon-Sat 10AM-8PM, Sun 12N-5PM. [08/06]
Alouette Antiques (2936 Adams Ave, 619-284-9408). Used children's,
illustrated, medical, music. Fri-Sat 12N-5PM or appointment.
Betty's Bookstore (3533 Adams Ave, 619-283-6222). New and used general,
women, mysteries, SF. Mon-Tue 12N-8PM, Wed-Sat 10AM-8PM,
Sun 11AM-6PM (summer hours later)
Wm Burgett Bookseller (3287 Adams Ave, 619-238-7323 (619-238-READ)).
Used general, literature, history, art, scholarly. [03/06]
University Avenue/Hillcrest neighborhood:
Bluestocking Books (used to be Joseph Tabler--Books) (3817 Fifth Ave,
619-296-1424). Used general, architecture, Latin American
literature, surfing. "Pleasant , but nothing exciting for the
collector." Sun-Sat 11AM-9:30PM. [02/04]
Current Affairs Bookstore (2536 University Ave, 92104, 619-795-9899,
FAX 619-795-9897, CurrentAffairsBK@aol.com). Mon-Fri
10AM-9PM, Sat-Sun 10AM-9PM. [Address is of 2003; someone says they
have moved since then.]
5th Avenue Books (3838 Fifth Ave, 619-291-4660). Used and rare books in all
fields. Mon-Sat 11AM-9:30PM, Sun 11AM-6:00PM. [04/04]
Footnote Books & LP's (1627 University Ave, 619-294-8455). Used general,
SF, modern fiction, mysteries, history, periodicals, LP's. Mon-Sat
10:30AM-8PM, Sun 11AM-5:30PM.
Allred Books (209 E Broadway, Vista, 619-726-8914). General, poetry,
history, children's, Native American history. Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM.
American Opinion Bookstore (4306 Utah Street 619-281-1338). "Haven't been
there, and wouldn't be caught dead there, but any bookstore
featuring 'John Birch Society Publications' has got to be a truly
Antiques West Mall and Gallery (4905 Newport Ave, 619-222-7500). General,
cookbooks, nautical, San Diego history. 10AM-5:30PM 7 days.
Armchair Adventurer Bookstore (2357 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, 619-445-6146).
Used general, non-fiction, classics, SF, metaphysical.
Asahiya San Diego (Hawthornecenter, Suite 119-128, 4240 Kearnymesa Rd,
92111, 619-565-0100, FAX 619-565-7112). Japanese books. Chain
based in Osaka.
Aztec Shops Campus Store (San Diego State University, 619-594-7535).
General, text, nursing, counseling, technical, teachers' aids.
Mon-Thu 8AM-7PM, Fri 8AM-4PM, Sat 10AM-3PM.
Barnes & Noble (many locations). [03/07]
Bay Books (1029 Orange Ave, Coronado, 619-435-0070). A new addition to
peaceful Coronado. General book store with good children's and
Latin American sections.
The Book Cellar (17040 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe, 619-756-4780).
"Friend of the Library" bookstore--used general, fiction, art,
cookbooks. Mon-Sat 10AM-4PM.
The Book Mark (153 E Grand Ave, Escondido, 619-746-6362). Very extensive
collection of paperbacks, SF, mystery, romance, etc. Can buy for
half the original cover price or trade in previous purchases.
The Book Nook (415 West Grand Avenue, Escondido, 619-746-9797). Used
general, fiction, cookery, para-psychology, technology.
Book Tales (603 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, 92024, 760-436-7892).
Used fiction, SF, mystery. "A small store, but they
compensate by stacking the books two or three deep." [08/04]
Book Works (Flower Hill Ctr, 2670 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 619-755-3735).
General, children's, art and photography, cooking, literature,
periodicals. Mon-Thu 10AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 10AM-11PM, Sun 10AM-8PM.
Books and Things (4760 Oceanside Blvd #B3, Oceanside, 619-630-4415). Used
general and SF. Mon-Thu 11AM-7PM, Fri 11AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-6PM,`
Books 'N Things (7089 Navajo Rd, 619-462-4200). New and used general,
fiction, mystery, romance, Cliff notes. Mon-Thu 10AM-6PM,
Fri 10AM-7PM, Sat 9:30AM-5:30PM.
Books Past & Present (191 North El Camino Real #102, Encinitas,
619-942-4265). Used general, fiction, Americana, art, science,
children, SF. Mon-Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 11AM-5PM.
Books Unlimited (2829A Canon St, 619-223-2910, FAX 619-223-2961).
Medical, technical, music. Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM.
Bookstar (3150 Rosecrans Pl, 92110, 619-225-0465;
8650 Genesee Ave, 92122, 858-457-7561). This is a large
corporate-type bookstore with mostly mainstream selection of
all sorts of books and magazines. Very usual retail prices,
but has a huge selection of fiction and science fiction, as
well as big-colorful picture books and such. Also has a large
children's selection. [It's actually part of the Barnes &
Noble chain.] [08/04]
Cabrillo Historical Association (Cabrillo National Monument, South end of
Catalina Blvd, 619-222-4747). National parks, California and San
Diego history, marine, nature. 9AM-5:15PM every day of the
Camelot Books (?) (1011 South Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, 619-940-9472). New
and used general, SF, Arthurian, mysteries, 19th/20th Century
literature. "Great prices on paperbacks: 3 for $5 or 12 for $10!"
Mon-Sat 10AM-6PM. [Probably closed, as someone said the phone
number was no longer a working number. Aug 2002]
Cassidy's Bookstore (801 Grand Ave, #3, San Marcos, 760-761-4910).
New and used general, non-fiction, classics, romance, cooking, SF.
Mon-Sat 10AM-6PM. [12/08]
Chapters: Seasoned Books (142 S Juniper, Escondido, 619-480-9453). New and
used general, cookbooks, biographies, military history.
Cronecrafter Southwest Trading Post (2441 Jamacha Rd #104, El Cajon,
619-442-0902). New and used Native American-Southwest books,
artifacts, gifts. Tue-Fri 11AM-6PM, Sat 10AM-5PM.
Dove Book Store (Carlsbad library, 1775 Dove Ln, Carlsbad, 92009). Usual
"friend of the library" bookstore assortment. Mon 10AM-7PM,
Tue-Thu 10AM-4PM, Fri-Sat 10AM-4:45PM.
EarthSong Bookstore (1440 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, 619-755-4254). General,
self-development, psychology, children, health, gifts.
Farenheit 451 Bookstore (325 Carlsbad Village Dr, Suite B1, Carlsbad,
92008, 760-920-3373). "That's not a mistake in the name; they
deliberately left out the first 'h'." [03/07]
Groundwork Community Center & Bookstore (UCSD Student Center #0323, La
Jolla, 619-452-9625). Feminism, political theory, literary
criticism, periodicals. Mon-Fri 10AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-6PM.
Heritage Books (S Escondido Blvd). Used.
Hyacinths for the Soul (510 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad, 619-729-9040).
Used general, signed editions, biographies, philosophy.
Tue-Sat 11AM-6PM, Sun 11AM-5PM.
I Love Books (941 E Vista Way, Vista). Used.
L & L Bookstore (2990 Jamacha Rd #152, El Cajon, 619-660-8646). Used
general, SF, horror, child/teens, romance. Mon-Fri 10AM-7PM,
Libros--Bazaar del Mundo (2754 Calhoun St, 619-299-1139). General,
children's books, cooking, crafts, ethnic, cards. One assumes from
the name that many are in Spanish. Sun-Sat 10AM-9PM.
Maxwell's House of Books (8285 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa). "Good
collection of non-fiction and hardcover fiction." Some
paperback fiction, SF, mystery. [08/04]
P. F. Mullins Books (723 Pearl St, La Jolla, 619-456-1645). Used general,
literature, California, Steinbeck, nautical. Mon-Thu 11AM-9PM,
Fri 10AM-6PM, Sat 6PM-11PM, Sun 12N-9PM.
Museum of Contemporary Art (1001 Kettner Boulevard, 619-234-1073). Modern
art, art theory, architecture, photography, painting. Tue-Wed,
Sat-Sun 11AM-6PM; Thu 11AM-9PM.
Museum of Photographic Arts Bookstore (1649 El Prado, Balboa Park,
619-239-5262). Photography, cards, periodicals, posters.
The Mysterious Galaxy (5943 Balboa Ave #100, 92111, 858-268-4747 or
800-811-4747, FAX 858-268-4775, http://www.mystgalaxy.com).
A masterful collection of horror, suspense, fantasy, mystery, and
SF. New books only. Heavy on autographed works. Guest authors
several times per month. Lots of seating (?), for the readings
done by the visiting authors. Worth a visit, if you're ever in
San Diego. Mon-Thu 10AM-7PM, Fri 10AM-8PM, Sat-Sun 10AM-5PM
(signings excepted). [01/15]
Nina's Books (6165 El Cajon Blvd, Suite H, 619-287-3000). New and used
general, SF, mystery, classics, romance, Cliff's Notes.
Mon-Fri 10AM-9PM, Sat 10AM-7PM, Sun 11AM-6PM.
Ocean Beach Books (1917 Cable St, 619-222-7923). Used general, contemporary
literature, classics, science, SF. Sun-Sat 10AM-5:30PM.
Pages Book Cafe (649 Main, Ramona, 619-789-9194). New and used general,
children's, inspirational, CDs and tapes. Mon-Sat 9AM-7PM,
Paperback Book Exchange (578 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad, 92008.
760-729-4100). Used fiction, SF, mystery, romance. [08/04]
Paperback Bookstore (12845 Poway Rd, #108, Poway, 619-486-1440). Used
general, historical and light romance, SF. Mon-Sat 10AM-6PM,
Pennywise Paperbacks (1331 Garnet Ave (Pacific Beach), 92109,
858-270-1640). Used fiction, SF, mystery, romance. [08/04]
Psychic Eye Bookshop (702 Pearl, La Jolla, 92037, 858-551-8877,
FAX 858-551-8987, http://www.pebooks.com). "A good range of New
Age books, self-help material plus other esoterica." Part of a
Romance World (929 East Main, El Cajon, 619-588-5494). New and used
romance, best sellers, historical and light romances. Mon-Wed,
Fri 9AM-7PM; Thu 11AM-5PM; Sat 9AM-5PM; Sun 9AM-4PM.
Sally's Attic: Salvation Army (901 Twelfth Ave). Used general, cookbooks,
art, signed books, first editions. Mon-Sat 9AM-6PM.
San Diego Book Exchange (6981 El Cajon Blvd, 619-464-4268). Used general,
SF, romance. Mon-Fri 11AM-9PM; Sat 11AM-6PM.
San Diego Museum of Art, Museum Store (1450 El Prado, Balboa Park,
619-232-7931, ext. 211). Art books, posters, reproductions,
periodicals, cards. Tue-Sun 10AM-4:30PM.
That Technical Bookstore, Inc. (8760 Complex Drive, 92123, 92111,
858-279-4990, http://booksmatter.com). Scientific, technical,
reference, professional. Mon-Fri 10AM-6PM,
Sat 10AM-4PM. [03/06]
Spanish Books, Inc. (6364-A El Cajon Blvd, 619-229-0188, FAX 619-287-5991).
Books in Spanish: children's, professional, dictionaries, Latin
American literature, mysteries. Mon-Fri 9:30AM-5:30PM,
Third Avenue News (335 Third Ave, Chula Vista, 619-422-1991).
Books, magazines, newspapers, comics, racing forms, Lotto.
13,000+ titles in stock; will special-order.
UCSD Bookstore (9500 Gilman Dr, Price Center, UCSD, La Jolla, 619-534-7323
or 619-534-3149, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A very large store with plenty of new general-interest, science,
technical, and medical books. Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri 8AM-6PM;
Wed 8AM-8PM; Sat 10AM-5PM.
Warwick's (7812 Girard, La Jolla, 619-454-0347). Large store with new books
plus stationery and office supplies. Strong on contemporary
fiction, travel, cookbooks, interior design, gardening.
Mon-Sat 9AM-6PM, Sun 11AM-4PM.
D. G. Wills Books (7461 Girard Ave, La Jolla, 619-456-1800 or 619-456-1882).
New and used general, philosophy, science, military, politics,
foreign language. Sun-Thu 10AM-9PM, Fri-Sat 10AM-10PM.
World Journeys: A Traveller's Store (1555 Camino Del Mar, #315A, Del Mar,
619-481-4158). Travel guides, maps, traveller's tales, accessories;
does searches. Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 11AM-6PM.
John Woten Military Books (1033 Arroyo Dr, Chula Vista, 619-421-2649). New
and used military, gun books, aviation, Civil War, periodicals. By
Yellow Book Road (8315 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, 619-463-4900). Another large
children's store, this one servicing East San Diego County. Mon-Sat
Yesterday's Books (3802 Rosecrans, 619-298-4503). Used general, technical,
history, literature, music. Does searches. Mon-Sat 11AM-6PM.
(a quaint little used book store up in Julian in the mountains at the
end of main street across from the Julian Pie Co.) [06/04]
"Fifth Avenue, in the Hillcrest section of San Diego, has a few good
used bookstores, an arty moviehouse, AND a few good restaurants, so if
dinner-movie-and-a-bookstore is your idea of a good evening's
entertainment, that's the place to go."
"Adams Avenue has a handful of stores. ... You probably won't want
to walk the entire length and back, but you can visit them all easily
with a car." [08/06]
"La Jolla has the DG Wills bookstore, with both used and new books.
The LJ Library and the LJ Athenaeum have quite a few books for sale.
(At the Athenaeum, ask to see the book sale shelves inside--as there
are more there than just the carts in the foyer)." [08/06]
"If you are in town for the first Saturday of the month, the San Carlos
Friends of the Library have their monthly sale from 9:30AM to 3:30PM.
Always thousands of books, the majority are donated from the community
(upper-middle class and well educated). The library is on the corner
of Jackson Dr and Golfcrest." [02/04]
"There are a number of thrift stores downtown. If you are downtown on
a Fri-Sat-Sun afternoon, the Central Library has a good booksale.
(However, if you are going downtown on a Sunday, beware of the SD Padres
games, since parking may be difficult to find.)" [08/06]
"In North County there is a mini used bookstore 'row' along the south
side of the 900-1000 block of S Santa Fe Ave."
"Here's a link to thrift stores, rummage sales, auctions, etc., in San
Diego: http://www.bargainlink.com/." [08/06]
Barnes & Noble (Kahala Mall, 4211 Wai'alae Ave, 96816, 808-737-3323).
Bestsellers Bookstore (Bishop Square, 808-528-BEST), http://www.Hawaii.com).
Bishop Museum Bookstore. An excellent collection of Hawai`i/Pacific
books (and other cool stuff to buy).
The Book Rack (Stadium Mall next to the Ice Palace, 4510 Salt Lake
Blvd, 96818, 808-487-8350). A used bookstore that carries
mass-market paperbacks of all sorts.
Bookends (600 Kailua Rd, Kailua, 808-261-1996). New and used
literature and poetry. [04/06]
Gecko Books & Comics (3613 Waialae Ave, 96816, 808-732-1292;
1247 Kailua Rd, Ste G, Kailua 96734, 808-263-2004). "The
Waialae Ave location is an excellent comic book store with a
small gaming section and a fairly extensive anime video
section. The Kailua Rd store is not as impressive."
Hawaii Geographic Maps & Books (49 S Hotel, Ste 215, 96813,
Honolulu Academy of Art Bookstore (900 S Beretania, 96814,
Iwase Books Honolulu (5543 Poola, 96821, 808-942-4949).
Jellys Books (98-023 Hekaha St behind Cutter Ford, Aiea 96701,
808-484-4413). "This is the original Jelly's resurrected, run
by Norm Winter, and is a great place for used books, comics,
RPGs, and miniatures. Call for directions, it's easy to miss
if you haven't been there before."
Kalamansi Books (47-233 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe 96744, 808-239-6365).
Korea Books & Video (808 Sheridan, 96814, 808-947-6633).
Legionnaire Comic Books (867 Kalanipuu St, 96825, 808-396-0986).
Native Books / Na Mea Hawai`i (Bishop Museum; also Ward Warehouse,
1050 Ala Moana Blvd Ste A8, 96814, 808-596-8885).
"Hawaiiana and lots of Hawaii-made crafts". [01/05]
Other Realms, Ltd. (Ward Warehouse, 1050 Ala Moana Blvd Ste A1-30,
2nd Floor, 96814, 808-596-8236, http://other-realms.biz/).
"A small comic book store with a good RPG and miniatures
section as well. Conveniently located for the Waikiki hotel
guest." Open Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM. [04/06]
Palila Books (1038-B Queen, 96814, 808-593-2205). "The biggest used
bookstore, I think, but not that good." [04/06]
Rainbow Books & Records (1010 University Ave, 96826, 808-955-7994;
99-185 Moanalua Rd Ste 100, Aiea, 96701, 808-487-8867;
UH Manoa, at University and King). "Used books and records of
all sorts. The University store carries more used texts; the
Aiea store has a RPG bookshelf which has the occasional gem."
Serendipity Books N Gifts (2885 S King, Ste 202, 96826, 808-949-4711).
Sirius Books & Crafts (2320 Young St, 96826, 808-947-4910). New Age.
Tin Can Mailman Books & Curiosities (1026 Nuuanu Ave, 96817,
808-524-3009, http://www.tincanmailman.net. [12/12]
University of Hawai`i Bookstore (2465 Campus Rd, 96822, 808-956-8252).
There are also some smaller stores near the Varsity Cinema in the
Bookends (600 Kailua Rd). On the east shore that sells both new and
used books in all genres. "There are several antique stores
in Kailua which also sell used books, but Bookends is your
Maui Friends of The Library Used Book Store (Wharf Cinema Building,
Lahaina, 808-871-6563). "It's *cheap*, fairly well-organized,
and has a good international flavor, since many guests on Maui
aren't from mainland USA." Open Mon-Sat 8AM-4PM. [12/12]
Old Lahaina Book Emporium (alley off Front, Lahaina). Mostly used,
some new. Most half price, lots of mysteries and vacation-
type books as well as local interest. [05/06]
Hawai`i ("Big Island"):
Bargain Books (75-5629 Kuakini Hwy Unit 155A, 808-326-7790). [05/06]
Basically Books (160 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo 96720, 808-961-0144,
Hilo Bay Books (829-A Leilani, Hilo). Used books, music, and movies,
most for half price or less. Open seven days 10AM-6PM.
Island Books (79-7360 Mamalahoa Hwy Unit 1B, Kealakekua, 96750,
808-322-2006). New and used. [04/06]
Kilauea Books (17 Makaala, Hilo, 808-961-0870). Used books. [05/06]
Kohala BookShop (54-3885 Akoni Pule Hwy, Kapa'au, 96755, 808-889-6400,
http://www.kohalabooks.com). One travelogue describes it as "The
largest source for used books in the islands, and an excellent
collection of travel and Pacific Island literature." [04/06]
Kona Bay Books (74-5487 Kaiwi, Kailua, 808-326-7790; 831 (829?) Leilani,
Hilo, 808-935-9234). Used books, music, and movies, most for
half price or less. Open seven days 10AM-6PM. [12/12]
Mamo Street Used Books/Art (100 Mamo, Hilo, 6720, 808-961-2595).
Mauna Kea Galleries (65-1298B Kawaihae Rd, Kamuela, 808-887-2244).
Used books. [05/04]
Moderoom Books (45-3565 Mamane, Honokaa, 808-775-1220). Used books.
World Changing Books (489 Ocean View Dr, Hilo 96720, 808-934-7942).
"The San Diego Booksellers Association has a good online map to their
members' bookstores at http://www.sdbooks.org/, though more and more
of the members sell only online."
According to Peter Alau, "The apostrophe in Hawai`i is called an okina
(pronounced oh-kee-nah) and is used show a guttural stop between the
first i and the second i. It is common among many Hawai`ian words, and
the pronunciation and meaning are different if the okina is not there."
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
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