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One really nice bookstore is the Oxford Bookstore girl reading(telephone 2254325) in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. The store has a large selection of all sorts of books in English. I found a book I was looking for that was out of print in the US. There are many books on the history of India, Tibet, and mountain climbing in the Himalayas.etc.
Linda, Fairbanks, Alaska


Israel...girl reading

There is a mostly second-hand shop called Sefer v'Sefel (Book and Cup, as it was once a coffee shop as well), in an alley off Jaffa Road, in between Zion Square and King George Street. It is on the right and up some hidden stairs almost as soon as one turns in off Jaffa Road. The selection there is quite large, and it is my bookstore because new books are quite a lot more expensive here than in the US or England. The second-hand ones are a bit less, usually, than new in the US, and one can return them for credit or other books, but not for cash.
Norma, Jerusalem, Israel


In Rome, look for the Anglo-American Bookstore: Near the Spanish Steps, this store is particularly useful for art and architecture books, and academic books regarding the history and culture of Rome. Also a large selection of novels. Via della Vite 102

The Corner Bookstore: Long a standby for English books in Trastevere, the Corner Bookstore has just moved from its original location and is now larger, neater, and better lit. The owner, Claire, and her staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Via del Moro (in Trastevere) girl reading

Economy Book and Video Center: Near Stazione Termini and Piazza della Repubblica, this bookstore has a wide selection including used novels. They also keep a bulletin board with notices for those seeking work, accommodations, Italian or English lessons, and more. Via Torino 136. Website:

The Lion Bookstore: Perhaps the largest of Rome's English bookstores, this one includes a cafe. The fiction, cooking, art and architecture, as well as children's selections are especially good. Via dei Greci 33
Laura and Susan, Rome, Italy

There's a really good English bookstore in Siena, Italy. It's called Book Shop and is at Hotel Palazzo Ravizza, Pian dei Mantellini 34, Siena. The owner, Lisa, originally from the USA, is a charming, friendly, welcoming young woman..
Laya, Ramat Hasharon, Israel

I'd like to recommend Libreria Emiliana in Venice. Sorry I do not have the address, but it is well worth looking for it . I know it's not too far from Plaza San Marco.
Sheila, Toronto, Canada

EDITOR'S NOTE: This shop is located at: San Marco Goldoni 4487. In their own words, 'We have a large variety of books containing pictoresque photos along with history and art. You can also find literature in English and French. We also specialize in providing books on Murano Glass, Italian cuisine, comics and tales for children'.



In Ebisu, Tokyo, look for Good Day Books just a five minute easy walk from the station. This is a great second-hand bookstore with friendly bilingual Japanese/English speaking staff. They sell new as well as used books, have a grand selection of books on Japan, and trade books also. Website:
Therese, Yokahama, Japan girl reading

EDITOR'S NOTE: (taken from the Good Day Books website) BOOKNOTES Lecture Series -- Since August 2004, Good Day Books has hosted BOOKNOTES, a monthly series of lectures presented on Sunday evenings by authors of books about Japanese, famous or obscure, and aspects of life in Japan, present or past. To be admitted to a BOOKNOTES presentation by an author, a prospective member of the audience must have purchased from Good Day Books a copy of the book on which the author's presentation is based. Each BOOKNOTES presentation to date has been followed by a lively question-and-answer session and a book signing. SEATING IS LIMITED.

I'd like to nominate the Kinokuniya bookstore in Hirosaki, Japan. It has a modest English-language section of novels (Japanese and other authors), magazines, Japanese language textbooks and an array of non-fiction books on Japanese culture. It is the only bookstore of its kind in Hirosaki and is an oasis of English-language reading for the English-speaking residents of this city - me included!
Vikki, Hirosaki, Japan

Naturally, English books are very expensive and hard to find in Japan! Lots of people take their used books and exchange them...there are a few shops worth mentioning. The first is the Blue Parrot in Takadanobaba. Website: They have a great selection of books, their prices are the lowest and the owners are two friendly brothers - free internet, free magazines like Metropolis and the Tokyo Notice Board which help you find out a lot about the city and you can exchange your books for other ones. Lighten your suitcase or stock up on things to read for the next leg of the journey. Leave time to visit Ben's Cafe, just up the street and indulge in a Bailey's Latte, houmous and veggies, meatloaf and a totally non-smoking restaurant. Website:

The second recommended bookshop is the Intelligent Idiot, located above the famous Las Chicas restaurant in Omotesando. The owner is a friendly Japanese woman and all the books are new but with reasonable prices, ranging from $5 - $12. Expect to find current paperbacks, bestsellers, fiction about Japan, children's books, etc.

If magazines are all the reading that you require, DO NOT buy them at the airport where they are outrageously expensive. The best bet is Tower Records in Shibuya, 7th floor. Here, you have a huge selection, free reading time and also a wide variety of new books (expensive). The magazines are the cheapest you can find but start at $9 for a Marie Claire, Glamour.

As an aside, I started a bookclub for women only in Tokyo and they meet once a month to discuss chick-lit, drink wine, met other English speaking women and chill out. Email for the next meeting dates and book title.
Laura, Singapore


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