Best of Boston

2002 Best Bookstore, West

New England Mobile Book Fair

The up-and-comer in this category is the nearly four-year-old Newtonville Books, but while that otherwise admirable small shop considers its lack of organization quaint and quirky, we just think it’s confusing. The system at our pick, the family-owned New England Mobile Book Fair, also doesn’t seem at first to make a lot of sense (the books are shelved by publisher) but turns out to be a piece of cake. Plus the relevance for books among the customers and knowledgeable staff is palpable, new hardcovers are discounted 20 to 30 percent, and you can spend contented hours in the endless warehouse-style stacks.

82-84 Needham St., Newton, 617-527-5817,