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Hello! We are Sonja and Ivan. And this is our Bookstore Guide - an amateur guide to book shopping throughout Europe. We hope this Guide will help you find the book(stores) you are looking for.

Dekker van de Vegt, Nijmegen

Dekker van de Vegt logo

Where? Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Recommended by
Anne Hallmann

Anne said: "I came across your excellent website today, and naturally I checked out the post on the city I live in, Nijmegen. To my surprise, there was no entry with my favorite bookstore in Nijmegen, namely Dekker van de Vegt. This bookstore has been in Nijmegen for decades, and has been located in the Marikenstraat since 2000. In 2013, the store chains Selexyz (of which this store was a part) and De Slegte (a chain of secondhand bookshops in The Netherlands and Belgium) fused and became Polare. 24 February 2014, Polare went bankrupt, and every separate store in the Netherlands tried to become an independent bookstore again. Some stores have had to close up, others were taken over by other bookstores, and others (among which was the bookstore in Nijmegen) were able to start over through crowdfunding.

In less than a week, they were able to achieve their goal of 150.000 euros. On April 1st 2014 they reopened, this time as the independent Nijmegen bookstore "Dekker van de Vegt", returning to its original name. Although it has had different names because of the fusions in the past, most people in this area have never stopped calling the store by this name. Being free from the pressure of being in a chain of bookstores, they were now able to focus on what they felt was important. The store is large, with an open and modern look, which encourages you to wander slowly through the whole store. The staff is friendly, but not pushy, it looks nice, inviting and open, and has a very wide selection. It has many different sorts of books: Dutch literature, crime, fantasy etc, travel books, English literature, English crime, English fantasy, study books of all kinds (Nijmegen is a university city after all), cook books, crafts books, sports books, books on art and photography, children's books, comic books - you name it, and they have it. Moreover, in the back of the store, they've got secondhand books, in all the aforementioned sections. In the back of the store, there is also a coffee corner.

Also, for a tourist or visitor of Nijmegen, this is definitely the best book store to go to. The section with English-language fiction and non-fiction is relatively large: they are always well stocked on classics as well as the newest books."

Dekker van de Vegt Nijmegen
 Dekker van de Vegt
Address: Marikenstraat 29
6511 PX Nijmegen

Website: http://www.dekkervdvegt.nl

Phone and Email:
+31 24 302 0130
Working Hours:

Mon 11-18
Tue-Wed 9:30-18
Thu 9:30-21
Fri-Sat 9:30-18

Offside Books, Madrid

Where? Madrid, Spain

Recommended by Mark Nessfield

Mark said: "Offside Madrid, a new international bookshop has recently opened in central Madrid near Plaza Santo Domingo. The bookshop's specialisation is in history, crime, football, and politics. So if you're into books on La Liga,  or want to find out more on the Spanish civil war, or even pick up books on international crime, then head for Offside Books in Madrid."

Offside Books (a.k.a. Offside Libreria) is a new international bookstore in Madrid, opened six days a week (Mon-Sat). You can find it close to plaza Santo Domingo, a few minutes away from Plaza de Espana, the royal Palace and metro Opera. It's is owned by an Englishman that goes by the name of Mark.
The bookstore specializes in football (yes, you've read it correctly, after all, the owner is British), crime, history and politics. Both new and used (bargains starting with as low as one euro), mostly English but also Spanish and German. Furthermore, there is a wide range in crime/thrillers we have a selection of modern classics (eg Orwell and Hemingway), posters and political-themed books. You can also trade books.

Offside Books
Address: Calle Torija 8
Madrid 28013


Phone and Email:
email via form on website

Working Hours:

Mon-Sat 11-21

The Albion Beatnik, Oxford

Where? Oxford, England, UK

Recommeded by Mariela

Mariela said: "The reason I am writing is the my other beloved bookshop, Albion Beatnik from Oxford, one of the few places where you  can find such a good selection of books, including European and international writers (all in English). Nice jazz music and a good cup of tea may help people decide what they want to buy. It opens at 11 and I never know when it closes but there are jazz concerts or poetry readings quite often in the evening.

I hope you come and see it for yourself one day. This is a real bookshop. It could serve as a synonym to bookshop in the Oxford dictionary."

Every once in a while, a recommendation like this leaves us with a smile on our faces. It is nice to see how one person can love a bookstore and this feeling is certainly familiar with many of us, who consider ourselves books(tore) fanatics.

The Albion Beatnik is an independent bookshop located in Jericho, Oxford. The bookstore/cafe offers a diverse collection of titles ranging from American pulp, film theory, jazz (which usually accompanies your audio experience in the store) to Beatnik poetry and other counter-culture stuff. It also  offers tea, coffee and cake.

The Albion Beatnik also regularly hosts many concerts, poetry readings, talks and debates. Apparently, there's even a basement where bands rehears and reading groups meet. The bookstore also has an anti-wifi policy, so don't expect you laptop to connect to anything.

Albion Beatnik Bookstore
34 Walton Street
OX2 6AU Oxford

Website: http://albionbeatnikbookstore.blogspot.co.uk/

Phone and Email:
07737 876213

Working Hours:
Mon-Tue: 11-20
Wed-Sat: 11-23
Sun: 14-17

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