I went to the Annual QWF Awards Gala last night, and on the way out, as I worked my way through the swag, I picked up a bookmark from the Used Book Circle that listed the second-hand bookstores (specializing in English-language books) that can be found in “mid-town” Montreal. As a fan of used bookstores, it occurred to me that this is a very nice and useful analog resource that could used a web-based companion.
If you’re awake, you’ll realize I just linked to www.usedbookcircle.com, which is a nice catch-all resource for used bookstores in London (Ontario), Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Victoria. However, my very sketchy and not so empirical test reveals that it doesn’t show up well on Web searches. (Although it does include a lot of useful information beyond just bookstore addresses.) This blog, on the other hand, has, after almost eight years in existence, notched up a decent Google ranking.
Therefore, as a public service, I hereby pass on the Used Book Circle’s Montreal list, under the highly Googleable heading of “used bookstores in Montreal” (alternatively, “second-hand bookstores in Montreal”).
Used Bookstores in Montreal
* Personal favorites
† Note: cash only.
Bernard Wolf, owner/operator of Odyssey Books and the originator of the UBC, contacted me this week (late August 2009) with some additional information. He would have left it in the comments, but comments for this post are closed. Here is Bernard’s additional information, verbatim:
- The main function of UBC is to allow people to find a particular book locally before they head off to the WWW. On the left side of the UBC main page is a book request form which, when filled in, goes out to all of the ‘participating’ bookstores. By ‘participating’, we assume those on the list will check their shelves for the book in question and then get back to the potential customer to inform them of condition and cost. Of course, if all is satisfactory, the ‘client’ can then pick up the book . This is the main intent and function of UBC.
- The book store listings are always kept up to date and current.
- Their are quite a few more bookstores on the list than you indicate. Some
- Not all bookstores in Montreal are on the list although they should be. Some just don’t ‘get it’. As there is no cost to anyone other than me – my personal contribution to the used book scene – I do not understand their reasoning and/or lack of business acumen. Just this week I ‘delivered’ over $175.00 worth of books through UBC.