Bluestockings Cooperative

Bluestockings Cooperative is a worker-owned community space and bookstore in the Lower East Side of Manhattan guided by the principles of abolition feminism, solidarity, and transformative justice practices. The store carries over 6,000 titles of social justice-themed books on such topics as race, class, and the environment, in addition to fiction and poetry. Bluestockings also hosts readings, workshops, performances, discussions, and films almost every night of the week. The café offers organic, vegan, and fair trade menu items.

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Printed Matter, Inc.

Printed Matter, Inc., a nonprofit organization located in Chelsea, is one of the world’s largest publicly available sources for artists’ books. The organization has an open submission process, inviting artists and independent publishers to submit their books for sale, and maintains a busy programming calendar featuring exhibitions of contemporary and historically significant artists’ books, talks, book launches, and more. They have an additional location in the East Village at 38 Saint Marks Place. 

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192 Books

192 Books is a general interest bookstore in the Chelsea neighborhood featuring recent titles and past best-sellers, as well as selected rare and out-of-print books, on a variety of subjects, including literary fiction, art and photography, history and biography, natural history and science, works in translation, film, poetry, music, and current affairs. 192 Books hosts art exhibitions and an extensive series of readings by distinguished writers and artists, signings, group readings, discussions, and a weekly story hour for children at eleven each Wednesday.

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Bauman Rare Books

Bauman Rare Books was first housed in the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, then moved to Madison Avenue between Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Streets thirteen years ago. The shop has a constantly changing display of over 4,000 books and documents in a wide range of subject areas, some dating from the fifteenth century. Bauman Rare Books’ headquarters is located in Philadelphia, and their newest store has opened in Las Vegas.

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The Lantern

The Lantern has been selling used and rare books since 1977. The selection is eclectic and contains an assortment of donated hardcovers, paperbacks, classical and popular vinyl records, and compact discs. Proceeds go toward the Bryn Mawr College scholarship fund, which helps bright young women go to college.

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Second Story Books

Since Allan Stypeck purchased Second Story Books in 1973, it has grown to one of the largest used and rare bookstores in the world. Two locations in the Washington metropolitan area, both on Metro’s Red Line, house over a million books in all categories as well as collectible manuscripts, maps, ephemera, prints, and posters.

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Capitol Hill Books

Capitol Hill Books is a used bookstore located on historic Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with two floors of used books, first editions, and rare books. The store is stuffed with books on everything imaginable and is a member of the Washington Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association.

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The Book Stop

The Book Stop has been buying, selling, and trading used books in Tucson since 1967. Owners Tina Bailey and Claire Fellows began working here in the late 1970s and became the store’s third owners in 1992, until Bailey’s death in 2001. The nearly 3,000-square-foot space holds close to 100,000 titles.

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Bookmans Used Books: East

After his father sold him the store for just one dollar, Bob Oldfather opened Bookmans in 1976. By 1986, with the store’s original building set to be demolished, Bookmans took a gamble on an empty Food Giant grocery store at the corner of Grant and Campbell. Now with six stores in Tucson, Phoenix, Mesa, and Flagstaff, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange buys, sells, and trades used books, music, movies, video games, and musical instruments.

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