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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

BMV Books
Celebrating ten years in Toronto, BMV Books will be launching its THIRD store in the heart of the city's historic Annex neighborhood mid-September, at 471 Bloor Street. This 15,000 square foot bookstore will be our flagship. Current locations are 10 Edward Street (pictured; located right beside the World's Biggest Bookstore, one block north of Toronto's Eaton Centre) and 2289 Yonge Street (half a block north of the Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue intersection). BMV Books boosts a well-informed, helpful staff selling a unique mix of review copies, current best-sellers, publisher's overstock, remainders, second-hand books, rare books, collectible magazines, comic books, plus even used DVDs and videocassettes, all deeply discounted in price. The key to our success is our incredible volume of turnover: we pay cash for quality material, and most customers who visit our store on a weekly basis still manage to find one or two new books to purchase each time they visit!


New York, New York, USA

The Strand

The Strand Book Store
The Strand Bookstore in New York City was founded by Benjamin Bass in 1927. The store was one of 48 bookstores located on a stretch of Fourth Avenue, between Union Square and Astor Place, known as Book Row, which existed between 1890 and 1960. Strand is the only one of those stores remaining today. Fred Bass, son of Benjamin, moved the store around the corner to its current location, on 12th Street and Broadway in the late 1950s. Now co-owned by Fred and his daughter, Nancy Bass, the store was recently renovated and features 35,000 square feet of space, enough to house the more than “18 miles of books” it has under its roof. Famous Strand customers include Ben Affleck, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bono, Tom Cruise, Richard Gere, Ron Howard, Michael Jackson, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Vanessa Redgrave, Lou Reed, Salman Rushdie, Steven Spielberg, Barbara Streisand, Cicely Tyson and Andy Warhol.


Berkeley, California, USA

Black Oak Books

Black Oak Books
With stores located in two of the Bay Area's most vibrant neighborhoods, Black Oak Books (founded in 1983) offers an eclectic and intriguing selection of new, used, and antiquarian books. Our staff is well-informed and passionate about books, and they will be delighted to make recommendations or leave you to explore our abundance on your own. You'll find a wealth of books on a wide variety of subjects, including literature, science, art, photography, cookbooks, and history, with many signed first editions and out-of-print titles you won't find anywhere else. We offer gift certificates and free gift wrapping, and host a widely acclaimed reading series in our Berkeley store. With an eye for expanding our selections, we also buy quality books for cash or trade.


Sydney, Australia

Messrs Berkelouw

Messrs Berkelouw
Berkelouw Books was founded in 1812 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Since then, the firm has served a large international and Australian clientele adding to both private and public collections. Today, the Rare Book Department is set amongst the rolling hills of Berrima in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. It contains over 100,000 books, maps, prints, manuscripts and historical ephemera covering a wide range of subjects from Aboriginal culture to Zoology, but specialising in Australiana and the Pacific, Australian literature and English literature. Regular catalogues are sent all over the world to collectors and institutions, both public and private. Berkelouw Books also has shops in Berrima, Paddington, Leichhardt and Rose Bay where hours can be happily spent browsing among the vast collections of rare, secondhand and new books. You can also enjoy a reviving cup of tea or coffee and delicious refreshments at the Berkelouw cafes.


Madrid, Spain

Libreria Miguel Miranda

Librería Miguel Miranda
The bookshop was founded by Miguel Miranda Vicente in 1949. At that time, it was located on the Prado Street, next to the Athenian of Madrid. Don Miguel relished alternating between the life of a bohemian bookseller, athenian, and intellectual and his life as an actor in the Spanish Theater of Madrid. Little by little, he became more captivated by the world of books until he left the theater to devote himself entirely to his bookshop. Over time, the shop became a social gathering place for academics, intellectuals, university professors, and many others of diverse cultures and interests. The social and intellectual life of the shop was almost as important to Miguel as the books he was selling. He would later transfer to a location on Lope de Vega Street.

In 1980, another shop was opened on San Pedro Street, directed by Miguel's son and disciple, Miguel Miranda Miravet. Since his father's death in 1997, the son has taken over all aspects of the business, which he operates from the location on Lope de Vega Street.


Edinburgh, Scotland

The Old Children's Bookshelf

The Old Children's Bookshelf
The Old Children's Bookshelf on Edinburgh's Royal Mile is full of nostalgic old books; treasures from everyone's childhood. There are beautiful old illustrated books, a wide range of collectable story books, adventures, school stories, pony books, Scottish children's books, classics and fantasies, annual and comics, school readers, prints, postcards and posters.

As well as running the shop, we issue regular catalogues, exhibit at PBFA bookfairs and, of course, sell on-line at abe books. What started as a hobby 25 years ago has grown into this flourishing specialist shop where I employ two assistants (Kirstie and Frances, both former children's librarians) to help with the day to day running of the business.


Berlin, Germany

Antiquariat im Hufelandhaus

Antiquariat im Hufelandhaus
vorm. Lange & Springer

Antiquariat im Hufelandhaus GmbH & Co. KG (formerly Antiquariat Lange & Springer), is one of the largest antiquarian scientific booksellers in Europe. The company regularly attends the trade fair in Stuttgart as a member of the Verband Deutscher Antiquare (German Association of Antiquarian Booksellers). We currently have around 40,000 books in stock, focussing on 19th century medicine. Each year we publish some 8 to 10 catalogues that feature a selection of our books. Furthermore, an annual price index lists the back volumes of Springer-Verlag journals. We are always interested in purchasing whole libraries or valuable copies of individual works, and will come to you if desired.

Our special areas: Scientific books from the fields of Medicine, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering and the History of Sciences. Springer-Verlag journals.


New Delhi, India

Atlantic Publishers & Distributors

Manish Gupta, Atlantic Publishers and Distributors
Atlantic Publishers and Distributors is a 7,500 square-foot, modern, fully air-conditioned, 4-storey showroom. We have over 25,000 different titles published by various British, American and Indian Publishers in many categories, including: Architecture & Interior Designs, Communication, Encyclopedias & Atlases, Engineering, Food Science, Geo-Sciences & Environment, Home Science, Medical / Nursing, Punjabi Literature, Tourism, Hospitality.


London, England

Halcyon Books
Matthew Hubbard, 34, began selling secondhand books on a stall at Greenwich Market in 1988. After sharing a shop with other local booksellers for several years, Matthew moved on to own his own shop (Halcyon Books) situated in maritime Greenwich in May 1995. Halcyon Books sells a broad mix of secondhand, new, and antiquarian books on all subjects. The shop has a wide selection of stock available for book entusiasts of all ages and interests, including large art, philosophy, military and literature sections. Greenwich is a hub for tourism and attracts a diverse number of visitors thorughout the year who are always pleased to see a genuine secondhand bookshop with affordable books and welcoming atmosphere!


Paris, France

Librairie les Dioscures
The Bookshop was founded in 2002. Situated in Paris, near the French Archives (Archives de France), the Picasso Museum and the Museun of Hunting. The bookseller is member of the SLAM/LILA and in the book business for 11 years. Specializing in historical research, especially religious sciences. The interests of the books (before the "bibliophilic character") are the interesting, curious, rare, underlying texts; "texts that help to find yourself in the complexity of human evolution".

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