5 Massive Bookstores In The World

If you’ve never been bitten by the travel bug, this could be the turning point in your life. Maybe Instagram photos of exotic beaches or snowy mountaintops didn’t make you envious, but reading about the world’s largest booksellers will make you want to travel. These 5 bookstores are large, attractive, and majestic; you may lose yourself in books for hours at a time within their walls. Please don’t hold it against me if you spend all of your rent money on books, OK?

Small, quaint bookstores are charming, but you have to admit there’s something magical about a massive space crammed with all the books your heart desires. Standing inside one, peering up at the mountains of books that surround you, is enough to send any bookworm into a frenzy — and once you get your wallet out, it’s time to say goodbye to your savings. But, guess what? I’d happily live off bread and butter for the rest of my life if I could always read a decent book.

So pack your bags, for it’s time to embark on a worldwide bookstore tour. But don’t forget to leave place in your luggage for all the books you’ll be carrying back from these massive libraries.

Following are the 5 Massive Bookstores In The World.

Massive Bookstores

  • Powell’s Book Store in Portland, Oregon

Powell’s Book Store has a massive retail sales floor of 68,000 square feet (1.6 acres!) where you may peruse over 1 million volumes. According to reports, the store buys 3,000 used books per day, which gives me major bookcase envy. You’ll need a map to navigate the store with so many books, and the store gives one!

  • Barnes & Noble in Union Square in New York City

With a total of 62,000 square feet of sales floor, this one is a close second. From author signings to book fairs, workshops to readings, there’s always something exciting going on within the massive store.

  • Cook & Book in Brussels, Belgium

Cookbooks aren’t the only thing Cook & Book sells. It’s about the size of a supermarket, and it’s divided into eight themed regions with matching eating places. You can also bring your non-bookish friends, who will enjoy hanging out in the music and wine lounge!

  • John K. King Used And Rare Books in Detroit, Michigan

The huge John K. King Used & Rare Books is home to over a million books, and it’s so charmingly old-fashioned that they don’t even have a computer system. The floor managers know a lot about the books, but they can’t do a computer search to find the specific book you’re looking for. Plan on spending an entire afternoon here contentedly browsing the shelves.

  • Waterstones Piccadilly in London, England

Waterstones is the largest bookshop business in the United Kingdom, with its flagship Piccadilly branch in London claiming to be Europe’s largest bookstore. There are more than 8 miles of bookshelves spread across six storeys.


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