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The Top 5 Bookstores in San Jose
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The Top 5 Bookstores in San Jose

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Updated: 6 January 2017
Those of us who relish the crisp edges of hard back novels and the nostalgic smell of books can understand the importance of a good bookstore, no matter if you’re just browsing or on the hunt for the latest bestseller. Thankfully, San Jose, California, has more to offer than just your typical Barnes and Nobles. Check out this list for some untraditional bookstores in the neighborhood.
Recycle Book Store | © Kristine Xu
Recycle Book Store | © Kristine Xu
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Recycle Book Store

True to its name, the Recycle Book Store is one of the few bookstores in San Jose that buys back old books. Started in 1967, this brand has curated a collection of handpicked books from the advice of local customers, and ‘created an oasis of culture in this busy Silicon Valley‘ lifestyle. Shimmy down to their locations in downtown San Jose or Campbell to browse through an endless supply of used books, sell back your old novels or even hang out with their bookstore cats.

Recycle Book Store, 1066 The Alameda, San Jose, CA, +1 408 286 6275

Hicklebee’s Children’s Book Store | © Kristine Xu
Hicklebee’s Children’s Book Store | © Kristine Xu
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Hicklebee’s Children’s Book Store

Growing up, many students in the South Bay Area can recall going to book fairs hosted by Hicklebee’s. Their location in Willow Glen is a staple of San Jose and frequently features new and top-selling authors and illustrators across the country. From kid’s books to thrilling sagas, there are books for people of all ages and varying interests. Pick out a shiny new book for a budding young reader, and have it gift wrapped for free in the store.

Hicklebee’s Children’s Book Store, 1378 Lincoln Ave., San Jose, CA, +1 408 292 8880

Kinokuniya Book Store | © Kristine Xu
Kinokuniya Book Store | © Kristine Xu
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Kinokuniya Book Store

American book stores pale in comparison to the wonderful, colorful and adorable stationary and books of their Japanese counterparts. Kinokuniya Book Store is a great location to look for cute back to school supplies, Japanese language workbooks or even the latest instalment of your coveted manga series. Make sure you a set aside enough time to browse through the entire store — you’ll be glad you did!

Kinokuniya Book Store, 675 Saratoga Ave., San Jose, CA, +1 408 252 1300

Milligan News Company | © Kristine Xu
Milligan News Company | © Kristine Xu
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Milligan News Company

Tucked away behind the HP Pavilion, Milligan News Company is less of the usual cafe and bookstore scheme, and more of a bulk warehouse for great book deals. There is a smorgasbord of educational books to choose from, since this store is one of California’s primary wholesale bookstores. This location is great for teachers and librarians to browse through a wide selection of kid’s books that are always 30% off.

Milligan News Company, 150 N. Autumn St., San Jose, CA, +1 408 286 7604

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library | © Kristine Xu
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library | © Kristine Xu
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Friends of the Dr. King Library Book Sale

Though not technically a bookstore, the Martin Luther King Jr. Library is still a good place to find books at a fraction of the price. All proceeds generated from this book sale go toward funding various programs in the community, while also providing new material to your bookshelf at home. Located next to San Jose State University, the book sales are held monthly on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA, +1 408 808 2681