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message 1: by Sanjeev (last edited Oct 02, 2015 02:28AM) (new)

Sanjeev | 116 comments Mod
Hello. A few people have asked about places to find books here in Paris. Below is a list of the places I know of. Feel free to add on.


The Village Voice Book Shop
6 rue Princesse
75006 Paris

Shakespeare and Company
37 rue de la Bûcherie

37 avenue de l'Opera

Librairie Galignani
224 rue de Rivoli

248 rue de Rivoli

The Abbey Bookshop
29 rue de la Parcheminerie

The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore [CLOSED]
22 rue St Paul

Tea and Tattered Pages [CLOSED]
24 rue Mayet

Berkeley Books of Paris
8 rue Casimir Delavigne

San Francisco Book Company
17 rue Monsieur le Prince
75006 (Metro: Odéon)

American University of Paris Bookstore
10 bis rue Amélie


American Library in Paris
10 rue du Général-Camou
(Membership is EUR 75-100)

The American Church in Paris
65 quai d'Orsay
(Membership is EUR 4. Seems to just have Christian-related materials, but if that's what you're looking for...the price is right at least.)

message 2: by Sanjeev (new)

Sanjeev | 116 comments Mod
Additional comments:

I found WHSmith to be about €2-3 more than Galignani. The staff at Red Wheelbarrow is very friendly. Shakespeare & Co., not so much.

Also, SOS Helpline is having their biannual English book sale on March 28th from 12 pm to 4 pm at St. Joseph's Church (50 Avenue Hoche, 75008). Paperbacks are €1 and hardcovers are €2. I believe it's almost all used books.

The Virgin Megastore in the underground Louvre mall has a small English selection as well.

message 3: by Sanjeev (new)

Sanjeev | 116 comments Mod
I just came across the following website:

They have low prices, a large selection, and free delivery WORLDWIDE.

message 4: by Anne-lorraine (new)

Anne-lorraine | 2 comments Very useful, thhank you : )

message 5: by Anne (new)

Anne (myunng) | 65 comments Mod
I hadn't seen that. It was burried at the bottom of the board ! I deleted mine ;)

message 6: by John (new)

John Gaynard (johnjgaynard) | 4 comments Sanjeev,

I too have found that WH Smith's is consistently €2-3 more expensive than Galignani's for paperbacks, and the atmosphere is not as congenial. Before or after going to Galignani's I usually pop into Conall Carr's pub around the corner, on the rue d'Alger.

message 7: by Swati (new)

Swati (swashu) | 2 comments Hi ,
The american library do a booksale once a month with alot of choice and books are 1-2 euros.
You don't need to be a member for it.

message 8: by John (new)

John Gaynard (johnjgaynard) | 4 comments Hi Swati,

Thanks for the recommendation about the American Library. Would you believe that, after all these years in Paris and hearing so much about it, I still haven't been to the library, so the booksale could be a good occasion. Is it held on a fixed date every month?

- John

message 9: by Swati (new)

Swati (swashu) | 2 comments Hi,
It's once a month and you can find out about the date on their website :
The next one's on 3rd/4th december
Normally it's Saturdays from 10h00 -19h00 and on Sundays from 13h00 -19h00

message 10: by Amandine (new)

Amandine (eeyore94) thanks :) very useful , my favorite remains WH Smith though !

message 11: by Katerina (new)

Katerina | 496 comments Hello all,

Im selling some books (not bestsellers), but maybe someone would be interested

Anna Gavalda 'Ensemble c'est tout' FR
RK Narayan 'Le Magicien de la finance" FR
Mo Yan "Le veau Le coureur de fond" FR
P Modiano "Rue des boutiques obscures" FR
Cuisinez 1000 recettes FR
Caryl Churchill "Top Girls" ENG
Y. Khadra 'The sirens of Baghdad' ENG
H Mount "How England made the English" ENG

BD Nadja "Les filles de Montparnasse" T1 FR
"Fluide Glacial" FR A special edition for 48 hours of BD in 2014 I give it as a bonus for free

Write me a personnal message if you are interested :)

message 12: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Curtin | 4 comments I dropped into Brentano's recently as I knew it had reopened. What a shock. Although it keeps the sign outside of Book Store, it only sells trinkets, souvenirs and gadgets today.

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Salley J Robins (salleyjrobins) | 3 comments Sanjeev wrote: "I just came across the following website:

They have low prices, a large selection, and free delivery WORLDWIDE."

Merci beaucoup! I am going to check it out.

message 14: by Salley (new)

Salley J Robins (salleyjrobins) | 3 comments Sad to say, The Red Wheelbarrow is no longer there... seemed like Tea & Tattered Pages was also not sign, all closed up... sigh. But Berkley Books was cool for scholarly reading, and Shakespeare & Co was full of tourists and over-priced books (of course, they did put a bespoke stamp in the book, so I guess that's why). I loved the Canadian owned, Abbey Bookstore - was offered a cup of tea, had a nice natter, and bought a bag full of books for a fair price. Plus, he was very happy to take some I'd brought in part exchange for what I bought. I'll be going back when we are next in the city. If you love labyrinthine stacks of lovely old and new books, check it out.

message 15: by Zouina (new)

Zouina Berthelot | 1 comments Hi there,
It is so great to dicover all those adresses !
I love Shakespear and Co for the place and the symbol but I think the staff could be a little more smiling... sometimes I've found books at lower prices in the different Gibert (Gibert Joseph at Saint Michel is the most interesting) but I can't wait to get in the different places you've recommanded here ! Thanks for sharing those good adresses !
Enjoy your books !

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