10 Edinburgh… Bookshops

“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore it knows it’s not fooling a soul.” ― Neil Gaiman, American Gods.

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The Edinburgh Bookshop

A fabulously friendly independent retailer, The Edinburgh Bookshop is staffed with real book lovers so it’s no great surprise that it was named Scottish Independent Bookshop of the Year 2014 and 2015 and UK Children’s Bookseller of the Year 2014. A wide selection of books is squeezed into the space, but there’s still room for a comfy sofa and Mr Smith’s children’s book corner.

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Main Point Books

This second-hand bookshop is, in the nicest possible way, a slightly chaotic paradise for lovers of the printed page. Located in West Port, Edinburgh’s Soho, Main Point Books has an eclectic selection which changes by the day. They say it best themselves, ‘All you need to know is that if you like reading you’ll like Main Point Books’.

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Deadhead Comics

‘For all the time-wasting, mind-rotting, dust-collecting, space-trashing trashola your heart desires.’ Need we say more? Well, Deadhead is Edinburgh’s biggest independent comic shop with Thursdays prime browsing for new treasures. Sorted.

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Word Power Books

Opened in 1994 – James Kelman cut the ribbon –Word Power Books is committed to promoting literature outwith the mainstream, supporting small presses and new writers. Particularly well-stocked with titles on current affairs, gender and the environment it’s no surprise to hear that they also organise the Independent & Radical Book Fair and the Book Fringe.

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Looking Glass Books

A hidden gem tucked away near the Meadows, Looking Glass Books is a beautiful, light-filled shop with a carefully curated selection of books. A chequered floor, lovely décor and plush armchairs make it an ideal place to enjoy a coffee as you contemplate your purchases. A go-to for lovely literary gifts!

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Elvis Shakespeare

Satisfy your craving for funk and fiction in one handy outlet. Situated on Leith Walk, Elvis Shakespeare offers an eclectic, cross-genre second-hand book selection teamed with a tasty helping of equally interesting CD and vinyl stock. The shop often hosts live music and readings and can post items worldwide.

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Armchair Books

What a second-hand bookshop should be, including a dog, bears, strange handwritten notices and boxes of books on the pavement. As the name suggests, Armchair Books – a West Port wonder – is the sort of shop that makes you want to curl up with an engrossing read.

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Golden Hare Books

A discerning hand-picked stock makes this a literary feast of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and comic titles as well as quirky graphic and design. Golden Hare Books graces St Stephen Street in the New Town with books to gift, or keep yourself.

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Transreal Fiction

Specialising in science fiction, fantasy and related genres, Transreal Fiction is the perfect place for transporting yourself to whole new worlds. Dive into the deep and varied collection of speculative fiction and specialist magazines and if you need a cuddly armadillo or sloth, owner Mike Calder is your man.

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McNaughtan's Bookshop

For over 50 years McNaughtan’s Bookshop has been sourcing rare and interesting second-hand and antiquarian stock for Edinburgh’s bibliophiles from an elegant position on Haddington Place. In 2010 an art gallery was added making this enthralling shop even more ravishing.