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Resources in NYC for Pratt LIS graduate students: Bookstores

This is a guide intended to provide library students the resources to help them experience the different opportunities that New York City has to offer.

Bookstores in NYC

Along with a vast number of libraries and museums, New York City is know for its wealth of bookstores. The following physical bookstores in NYC as well as online bookstores are selected or recommended  from some reliable online articles, including VOGUE Magazine, amNY.com, Time Out and CBS New York. The information of those bookstores is based on their official websites. Click on "more" for store's location, opening hours and contact information. 


According to Stephanie Geier, during 1890s to 1960s, 4th Avenue between Union Square and Astor Place where was dominated by secondhand bookstores and was called "Book Row." However, these bookstores either relocated or closed by the 1960s due to the rising rent prises in the 1950s and the rise of large retail bookstores. This article contains a lively narrative with various resources and external links, such as plenty of historical pictures from New York Public Library Digital Collections and New York Historical Society as well as some recommended books, provides readers an overall perception of the history of New York City’s book raw. To see the whole story here (4th Avenue: The History of NYC's Lost "Book Row") More information below.

The History of NYC's Lost "Book Row"

Manhattan: 4th Avenue - 10th Street (East)

Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, The New York Public Library. (1938). Manhattan: 4th Avenue - 10th Street (East) 

John Wanamakers's, Fourth Avenue and 9th Street, Manhattan

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. (1936). John Wanamakers's, Fourth Avenue and 9th Street, Manhattan 

Manhattan: 13th Street - 4th Avenue

Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, The New York Public Library. (1933 - 1929). Manhattan: 13th Street - 4th Avenue

Physical Bookstores in NYC

Online Bookstores

Books about bookstores

The Late Age of Print by Ted Striphas

by Ted Striphas

ISBN: 9780231148146

Publication Date: 2009-04-08

With examples from trade journals, news media, films, advertisements, and a host of other commercial and scholarly materials, Striphas tells a story of modern publishing that proves, even in a rapidly digitizing world, books are anything but dead...

From Revolution to Revolution

by Leona Rostenberg; Madeleine B. Stern

ISBN: 9781584560746

Publication Date: 2002-02-01

This series of historical essays survey the past five centuries of printing and publishing and their technical achivements. Beginning with Gutenberg's 15th-century printing revolution to today's high-tech e-books, the authors present a calvacade of new insights into publishing history. 

Book-Row

by Marvin Mondlin; Roy Meador

ISBN: 9780786713059

Publication Date: 2003-12-14

There, for nearly eight decades, from the 1890s to the 1960s, thrived the New York Booksellers' Row, or, more commonly, Book Row... Rising rents, street crime, urban redevelopment, television are many of the reasons for the demise of Book Row, but in this volume, based on interviews with dozens of the people who bought, sold, and collected there, it lives again.

Become a Bookstore Owner

by Grace Jasmine

ISBN: 9781894638760

Publication Date: 2005-01-01

Without a doubt this is the single greatest resource an aspiring bookstore owner can have. An absolute must read! --Rick Segel, author Retail Business Kit For Dummies.

Antiquarian Bookselling in the United States

by Madeleine B. Stern

ISBN: 0313247293

Publication Date: 1985-06-26

“This is not a history of antiquarian bookselling but rather a summary, from the secondary literature, of facts and "flavor" about individual antiquarian booksellers in nine major American cities, plus briefer accounts of "cities to the south" and five "lone stars." ... 

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