Buenos Aires, city of bookstores
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Buenos Aires is a city of bookstores. They can be big and luxurious on the main avenues, discount, or sell antique books in the suburbs.
Their appeal for tourists is in the history they represent and the cultural and leisure space they offer.
Another interesting feature in many city bookstores is that they are located in national landmarks.
Visiting the bookstores in Buenos Aires, searching their shelves, talking to their booksellers, are ways to know and understand the city and its traditions.
Many bookstores offer reading rooms with comfortable chairs or coffee tables, rooms where cultural performances are also offered. Readers can relax and browse or read the books they select from the shelves.
The local reader is a sophisticated one: he likes to read the classics, but he is keen on the contemporary literature news from every corner of the world. Nowadays, he prefers history books and essays on Argentine politics.
The bookstores in Buenos Aires would not be completely “porteñas” if they didn’t offer the service of specialized salespeople. Although this is an endangered trade, it is still possible to find them recommending books of any kind, for all ages.
In small bookstores the salespeople are usually the owners. They give advice and walk the shelves and hallways in search of the requested books.
In any case, even without the help of the salesperson, it is not hard for foreign readers to find specific books because recent arrivals are displayed on tables, and the shelves contain books organized by subject and in alphabetical order.
The areas with greater concentration of bookstores in Buenos Aires is Avenida Corrientes, between Avenida Callao and Avenida 9 de Julio (District of San Nicolas). There are chain bookstores (Ghandi-Galerna, Hernández-Cúspide), large bookstores (Losada, Longseller, Lorraine), and many, many other bookstores. Several of them specialize in discount books and stock liquidation.
In Corrientes, Santa Fe, and Juramento avenues and in the shopping centers there are great bookstores with the latest editions and a lot of books of tourist interest: books of photography, luxurious editions of books on tango.
In Avenida de Mayo, from the #500 to the #1,200, there are some bookstores that sell rare volumes, first editions, antique or out of stock books, manuscripts, etc. #adp02
In the area from Suipacha street and Avenida Corrientes, toward Plaza San Martín, there are elegant bookstores where customers are helped by the most dedicated salespeople, as the Casares bookstore.
For those who prefer to explore the sales tables, the book fairs -mainly in Parque Centenario, Parque Rivadavia or Plaza Italia- are an excellent option to find good new or used items at low prices, both books and magazines.
Several new and modern bookstores have opened in the Districts of San Telmo and Palermo Viejo in recent years.
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