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Baobab Books specializes in, but is not limited to first edition books. They also stock modern fiction, children's books, Africana, travel, general, as well as rare and collectible books. The shop doesn't exchange books but may buy your first edition book. On the first Wednesday evening of each month, they host a literary evening for those who love listening to the written word. Have a look at the web site for current titles.
Besides the large stock of general second-hand books, Reader's Den specializes mainly in novels, autobiographies, africana, science fiction, classics, esoterics, leather bound and antiquarian. There is also a good selection of used National Geographic magazines, so put on your reading glasses and lose yourself amongst the reams of literature. Although you cannot trade your books in, the shop will sometimes purchase second-hand literature.
Established in 1969, Tommy's Modern Book Exchange is now run by the son of the original owner, Tommy Thompson, Tommy's Book Exchange buys and sells non-fiction and LP records and exchanges fiction. Tommy's is a general second hand dealer but also stocks new titles. This store is very well stocked for those who enjoy exchanging books and there is a real sense of history in the shop, so check it out for some good deals.
The African Music Store deals in South African music, extending to all over the continent (and including an Afro-Cuban section). They aim to advance African music in Cape Town and will assist African artists by promoting independent releases. The store offers very friendly and personal service, will play anything you wish to listen to, and also sells clothing, maps and some African musical instruments. Highly recommended to Kapenaars and tourists alike.
For personal and friendly service try Select Books which deals in scarce, out of print and new books relating to southern Africa. Categories held amongst the approximately 10,000 titles include Africana, the South African War (1899-1902), flora and fauna, literature and sport (especially rugby). Select Books offer a full global mail service (mailing within 24 hours of an order being placed) and issue quarterly catalogs.
The literary needs of German speakers visiting or residing in the Mother City are being taken care of by Ulrich Naumann. Situated on Burg Street, near the picturesque Greenmarket Square, Mr Naumann's bookstore has been in operation for over forty years. The shop specializes in literature on southern Africa, has English and French titles too, and also has a good video selection. A great bonus for those wishing to keep a check on news on those northern climes is a selection of current German newspapers and magazines. Prices are very competitive when compared to the larger chain stores.
The Book Lounge is not just another bookstore; it is an experience. The floor to ceiling glass windows of this historic building display the best finds and invites one in to go browse. The staff members are knowledgeable, very helpful and enjoy discussing literature with customers at leisure. The children's section is impressive and on Saturday mornings children can come at 11:00 for a story reading. Regular book events are held, like readings and discussions on weekday evenings, which makes this a popular spot for all lovers of literature. There is also an intimate coffee shop in the basement where shoppers can lounge for a bit and enjoy The Book Lounge's impressive selection.
One of four branches, the V & A Waterfront Wordsworth bookshop has an excellent selection of new books and a cozy coffee shop within the store. Wordsworth covers all the usual genres, but are particularly good in esoterics, science, maths, and business. A 20% discount is given on hardcover fiction and the amicable staff will source books not in stock. Join their Book Club for some great deals (including 20% off paperback fiction).