Livraria Sétima Dimensão [Seventh Dimension Bookstore]
The Seventh Dimension Bookstore is a small independent bookstore specialized in Comic Books and Graphic Novels in Funchal (the capital of Madeira Island, a tiny portuguese island in the atlantic, near Africa) that has been opened since 2004. Even if the place is tiny, they organize lots of events to gather the local community of comic book readers, aspiring artists, nerds, geeks, otakus, mangakas, cosplayers, gamers, goths and other creative people.
This photo was taken during their 2010 Halloween Party (where they decorated the place with cobwebs and served “jell-o brains”). A nice, unexpected and fun place, in an island with 286 sq mi and 250,000 inhabitants.
Peter Miller Books
Location: 1930 1st Ave, Seattle WA
I stumbled across Peter Miller Books while on a trip to Seattle. They have cool office supplies, art books, travel guides (focusing on architecture) and lots of amazing graphic design and architecture books. Lots to look at here! They’re near downtown, so check them out if you’re in the Seattle area!
(photo taken with my iPhone and processed with PictureShow)
Location: New York City
Opened in 1927
I went to New York a few months ago, which means a pilgrimage to The Strand. When you approach, the awning reads “18 Miles of Books”. This is true. There are three floors of books, which will keep you happy for days on end. An absolute must see for any book lover!
(Sorry for the lag in posting - moving and being in school and working full time has kept me away from bookstores. But don’t forget that you can submit photos and stories of your favorite local bookstores!)
Ok, so the above photo is not from a bookstore. It’s actually one of the rare book reading rooms in the New York Public library. Wouldn’t you love to spend a few hours reading there?
I wanted to let you know that you can submit photos and stories about your favorite independent and used books bookstore. I’d really love hear about bookstores around the country and around the world. Just click the submit link (over on the right) and I’ll queue them up!
And if you think that local bookstores are an important part of the community, please do consider recommending this blog for Tumblr’s Books category!
Name: Know Knew Books
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Opened in 1988
Isn’t that a great name for a used bookstore? Know Knew Books is a bit scruffy and rough around the edges, sort of like your favorite uncle who is grouchy but tells the best stories. You walk in and you’re immediately enveloped by that old book smell. (Booklovers, you know what I’m talking about!) You can find tons of used fiction and non-fiction books, including those nice leather bound books. If you love Star Wars or Star Trek, you can pick up some action figures for a reasonable price. Know Knew Books also hosts interesting events such as poetry readings, break dancing events, and tea leaf readings. There’s a cute nook in the back for kids books and a nice comfy sofa to hang out on while you’re perusing all that reading material you’re going to add to your personal library.
(Sorry the second photo doesn’t look too terribly inviting. The store was closed, and I was forced to take a picture through the window.)
Name: Bell’s Books
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Opened in 1953
Bell’s Books is a beautiful used bookstore in downtown Palo Alto. I love the shelves of books stacked all the way up to the high ceilings, the collection of rare books, and the creaky wooden floors. The window displays are seasonal and wonderfully creative.