What is Your Favorite English-language Bookshop Abroad?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

Today’s lead story describes a visit to Paris’ venerable Librairie Galignani, which lays claim to being the oldest English language bookstore on the European continent.

Opinions and preferences vary as to what is “the best” English-language bookstore abroad — and by abroad, I mean in a non-native English-speaking country. The frontrunner for many is Paris’ Shakespeare & Co., but some find its somewhat eccentric customer service to be off-putting.

Personally, I’m especially fond of both The American Book Center in Amsterdam (for its size — which is big) and The Bookworm in Beijing (for its great roster of events). Each store has its charms…so tell us: What is your favorite English-language bookshop abroad and why.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.