About The Guide

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.


What is Bookstore Guide?

Bookstore Guide is a non-profit blog/website, founded and maintained by a team of two people. Most importantly, we are not affiliated with any of the bookstores listed in the Guide in any way and all the opinions expressed on this blog reflect purely our subjective personal views and judgments.

Where did the idea come from?

The idea of writing a Guide to bookstores all around Europe was born during our Balkan hitchhiking trip in the summer of 2007. It was inspired by our shared passion for both reading and traveling and the related habit of visiting the local bookstores during our trips. Our aim was to share our findings with likely minded travelers or book-lovers through this blog. Later on, as our database kept growing, we decided to add some new features to the Guide. You can find a short description of the specific sections of our content on the About BSG page.

How are new listings added to the Guide?

We only list bookstores which we have visited in person or which were recommended to us by the visitors of our site. Besides the necessary information about each of the bookstores, we are keen on providing a more personal feel of the given bookstore and this is what we're looking for in the recommendations we receive as well.

What are the criteria for the bookstores listed?

Most importantly, all the bookstores we list have to sell at least some books in English. Geographically, the Guide is limited exclusively to Europe. Besides this main criteria, we strongly prefer independent bookstores although we do make exceptions in very special cases (if the given chain bookstore presents the only or the best opportunity to find books in English in the specific location).

How to promote your products/services on Bookstore Guide?

We have recently introduced the possibility to advertise on our blog. All the additional information regarding the advertising possibilities can be found on our Advertise page.

How to help Bookstore Guide?

There are several ways in which you can show us your support and help us making Bookstore Guide a better resource for all our visitors. Whichever of these ways you choose we thank you very much.

- Help us by sending us a recommendation for a bookstore which you think should be included in the Guide via this E-MAIL. Check out the Contribute page for more info.

- Help us by spreading the word about the Guide among people you know - feel free to add a link to your blogs/websites, bookmark Bookstore Guide as your favorite on any of the social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Stumble Upon, Digg, Technorati, etc.), or simply mention it to your friends.

- If you wish to support Bookstore Guide by providing a financial donation, you can do so by following this link to our Support page. Any amount is greatly appreciated.