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Here's where to look for new and used English-language books in Paris, France.  

Abbey Bookshop, Paris, France
Brian helps a customer find the right thing to read at Abbey Bookshop.

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Paris has several excellent English-language bookshops. They all have good, deep collections of the classics, the recently-published, the new, the used, the old and rare.

Shakespeare & Company

The "Lost Generation" lived and wrote in Paris, and bought (or more often borrowed) their English-language books from Sylvia Beach's Shakespeare and Company English-language bookshop.

You can read all about it in Sylvia Beach's wonderful memoir, Shakespeare and Company (Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 1956, 1959; reprinted 1980, ISBN 0-8032-6056-3, 230 pages).

Originally at 8 rue Dupuytren around the corner from the rue de l'Odéon in the Latin Quarter, the current incarnation of Shakespeare and Company is:

Shakespeare and Company
39 rue de la Bûcherie (map)
Paris 75005
Tel: +33 (0) 1 43 25 40 93

The Abbey Bookshop

The Abbey Bookshop, in the Latin Quarter, is even more congenial. Brian seems to know how to locate every one of his nearly 40,000 books on the stacked shelves. He also helps to organize interesting and entertaining events—walks, talks, biking, music and more—open to everyone including short-term visitors. Ask him what's happening.

Abbey Bookshop
29 rue de la Parcheminerie (Métro: Cluny - La Sorbonne)(map)
75005 Paris, France
Tel: 01 46 33 16 24
Fax: 01 46 33 03 33

San Francisco Book Company

Drop in at this fine second-hand bookshop in the Latin Quarter just a few blocks south of Boulevard Saint-germain and Mr Jim Carroll will help you to find a rare book, a classic, a good read for travel, or all of the above. Friendly, knowledgeable and deeply in love with books, Mr Neal is the quintessential bibliophile.

San Francisco Book Company
17 rue Monsieur le Prince (at rue Antoine Dubois & rue Casimir Delavigne; Métro: Odéon) (map)
75006 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 43 29 15 70

Librarie Galignani

Despite its French name, Galignani claims to be "the first English bookshop established on the Continent. The first Galignani shop in Paris opened in 1801, though the Galignani family had been in the publishing business in Italy since 1520—when printed books were a new technology.

Since 1856 the shop has been on the posh rue de Rivoli, so this is the most upscale and luxurious of Paris's English-language bookshops.

Librarie Galignani
224 rue de Rivoli at rue d'Alger (Métro: Tuileries) (map)
75001 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 42 60 76 07

W H Smith

The big English bookstore chain has a good shop and tea room at 248 rue de Rivoli. More British than North American books.

W H Smith
248 rue de Rivoli at rue Cambon (Métro: Concorde) (map)
75001 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 44 77 88 99

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Shakespeare & Co, Paris, France

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Above, Jim Carroll presides at the
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