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BEST Used Bookstore

2012 BEST Used Bookstore

Raven Used Books

Boston

When Raven opened an outpost on Newbury Street in 2010, a good deal of head-scratching ensued: a secondhand book store on Newbury? Two years later, the well-organized, sunny location is thriving, offering shoppers a wide selection of used books—from recent… read more»

2011 BEST Used Bookstore

Commonwealth Books

Boston

How lucky are we to have two legit contenders for this category, in the Brattle Book Shop and Commonwealth? Both boast thousands of titles and terrific prices. Yet Commonwealth wins for being a bit easier for casual collectors to navigate…. read more»

2006 BEST Used Bookstore
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Commonwealth Books

Boston

This independent bookstore’s inventory might not be as large as the hangar-size Barnes & Noble across the street, but it wins on originality and quirkiness. Recent arrivals include La Bible Mythes et Réalités, Bibliography of Islamic Philosophy, and A History… read more»

2003 BEST Used Bookstore

Avenue Victor Hugo Bookshop

Boston

The Avenue Victor Hugo Bookshop is still unpacking from its move up the block. Even so, there’s a comfortable slovenliness in the remaining unopened boxes, a librarian’s jumble that reminds you not to hurry past that sleeping treasure on the… read more»

2002 BEST Used Bookstore

Avenue Victor Hugo Book Shop

Boston

In a city of scribes, it’s little wonder there are so many character-filled used bookstores. But fans of this Newbury Street shop know that every stroll into Victor Hugo uncovers a novel morsel. There’s always a cat roaming the original… read more»

2001 BEST Used Bookstore

House of Sarah Books

Cambridge

Loaf on the couches, chitchat with owner Jodi Malone, or mosey through the well-stocked stacks. This place feels like home, complete with a cat stunning in the front window. And the prices penciled in the front of the books are… read more»

1998 BEST Used Bookstore

Boston Book Annex

Boston

Signs of authenticity in the book world: the musty smell of old paper and bindings; the creak of the wooden floorboards; a house cat lounging on the counter as if she owns the place. Add seemingly endless warrens of well-organized… read more»

1995 BEST Used Bookstore

Avenue Victor Hugo Bookshop

Boston

Find a copy of that out-of-print science-fiction novel you loved, or get a good price on a used classic, a vintage print, or an old copy of the Saturday Evening Post, in a store that reminds us of how bookshops… read more»

1985 BEST Used Bookstore

Brattle Book Shop

Boston

A veritable institution. We hope that it can maintain its position following the death of George Gloss in June. read more»

1979 BEST Used Bookstore

The Book Case

Cambridge

A musty remnant of our literary tradition, a haven for mourners of an earlier age when books were read. And most of these were read. read more»