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Friday, November 02, 2007

NYC Bookstores

I've moved my list of the Top 10 Bookstores in New York City for books on architecture and urbanism to a static page here.

Please update your bookmarks. I'll remove this post once the move cycles through to Google's search engine (assuming it does).

10 comments:

  1. And another one bites the dust... #10 Park Slope Books is slated to close later this year.

    I liked the list but I was disappointed that Court Street's Community Bookstore didn't make the list... I'm convinced that it contains every book you may desire. You just have to dig through every random, nicotine stained pile to find it.

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  2. Park Slope's closing? I noticed 7th Avenue books next door is closing soon (if not already, and changing owners, if lucky) though I didn't know about Park Slope closing.

    I've been to Community Bookstore once and can't say I found much while wading through the piles of old books. The architecture section was definitely slim and on the "home and garden" end of things, though the social science area did have some stand-outs, as I recall. It reminded me of a place in Chicago that seemed ready to cave in on itself. Good thing books aren't part of a code inspection...or are they?...

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  3. Labyrinth Books is now Book Culture and is between Broadway and Amsterdam, not west of Broadway but east of Broadway.

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    1. These are two different places. One is on the West Side of Broadway at 114th. The one (two stories high) is on 112th between Broadway and Amstersdam.

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    2. The one on Broadway was added later, something I didn't put yet in the list. Thanks for pointing it out. I'll add it soon.

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  4. You missed The New Museum Store. They have a great selection and the design of the Museum itself is a beaut.

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  5. Thank you for this list. I have made some great finds because of it.

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  6. Hey there, I have a bunch of new and very good Architecture books.
    Any recommendations as to which store gives the best bang for your buck when it comes to selling?

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    1. The only stores I have experience with for reselling are Strand Bookstore, Book Culture, and Spoonbill and Sugartown. I would not recommend Spoonbill and Sugartown (they were snobby and didn't take any of the books I brought them, ones that I thought were a good fit for the store...otherwise I wouldn't have lugged them there); Book Culture is good for trades (they give more in trades than cash); Strand only deals in cash, and their prices were close to the ones I had in my head before bringing them to the counter.

      Ones I haven't dealt with that would be worth looking into are P.S. Bookshop (like Spoonbill and Sugartown their prices are high, so they might give a good bang for the buck), Mercer Street Books (when I'm there and they're dealing with customers bringing in books, they seem to be at least reasonable), Alabaster Bookshop (small bookstore near the Strand that has a decent architecture selection), and Argosy (they deal with fine and rare books and with large libraries).

      In general it seems like bookstores pay 25% of the cover price for a book, unless it's worth more for some reason (out of print, signed, rare).

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  7. Thanks for sharing this list. It is very to me usefull since I´m going to NY in Spring. I´m an architect who teaches and practices in Santa Fe, Argentina.

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