RESOURCE – Specialty Book Stores

book cat It’s an understatement to say that by nature I’m a bit of a book addict. While many people may think it’s fun to joke that the residents of Los Angeles don’t even know *how* to read, you and I both know that there are a gazillion absolutely incredible places for bibliophiles to get their book fix in this town. After the jump is a listing of some of the most unique *specialty* book stores to be found in Los Angeles. Whether you’re looking for the latest in Armenian fiction or a manual on how to meet code when building a home, if these vendors don’t have the topic you’re looking for in stock, they can probably point you towards someone who might.

*If you notice any errors or would like to suggest a beloved shop that we’ve missed, please e-mail us.*

TRAVEL
Geographica – Travel, Toluca Lake (818) 848-1414
Distant Lands – Travel, Pasadena (626) 449-3220
Traveler’s Bookcase
– Travel, 3rd Street (323) 655-0114

HOBBIES
Autobooks-Aerobooks – Aviation and Automobiles, Burbank (818) 845-0707
Janet Jarvits Bookseller – Cooking, Pasadena (626) 296-1638
The Cook’s Library (it’s still open!) – Cooking, West LA (323) 655-3141
Hollywood Magic Inc – Magic, Hollywood (323) 464-5610

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Taschen – Arts/Pop Culture, Beverly Hills (310) 274-4300 and 3rd Street (323) 931-1168
Fashion Bookstore at California Market Center – Fashion, Downtown (213) 622-5663
Hennessey + Ingalls – Art/Architecture, various locations
Samuel French – Acting/Theatre, Hollywood (323) 876-0570 and Studio City (818) 762-0535
Arcana Books – The Arts, Santa Monica (310) 458-1499
Writers Store – Writing, Westwood (310) 441-5151
Larry Edmunds Bookshop, Inc. – Theatre/Film, Hollywood (323) 463-3273

HORROR/CRIME/MYSTERY/SCI FI/COMICS
Book ‘Em – Horror, South Pasadena (626) 799-9600
Dark Delicacies – Horror, Burbank (818) 556-6660
House of Secrets
– Comics, Burbank (818) 562-1900
Mystery Pier – Mystery/Crime, West Hollywood (310) 657-5557
The Mystery Bookstore – Mystery/Crime, Westwood (310) 209-0415
Mysteries to Die For
– Mystery/Crime, Thousand Oaks (805) 374-0084
BloodPage Books – “Crime and Extremism,” Downtown (323) 342-9771
Mystery & Imagination
– Mystery/Crime/SciFi, Glendale (818) 545-0206

SPIRITUALITY/RELIGION/PHILOSOPHY
Bodhi Tree (will be closing in 2010, so go now!) – Spirituality, Beverly Hills (310) 659-1733
The Mitzvah Store
– Orthodox Judaism, West LA (310) 247-9613
Psychic Eye Book Shop
– Psychic/Spirituality, Sherman Oaks (818) 906-8263
Agape Quiet Mind Bookstore
– Spirituality, Culver City (310) 348-1266
Anthroposophical Society of America
– Anthropology/Spirituality, Pasadena (626) 578-7513
Alexandria Metaphysical Bookstore
– Spirituality, Pasadena (626) 792-7885
Word of Life
– Christianity/Spirituality, various locations  (323) 295-8223
The White Lotus
– Spirituality, Los Feliz (323) 665-7322
Libros Revolución
– Communism, Downtown (213) 488-1303
Pathfinder Press – Marxism, SE LA (323) 233-9372
Vedanta Society Bookstore – Spirituality, Hollywood (323) 465-7114

CHILDREN
Storyopolis – Kid Stuff, Sherman Oaks (818) 990-7600
Once Upon A Time – Kid Stuff, Montrose (818) 248-9668
Children’s Book World
– Kid Stuff, West LA (310) 559-2665

VOCATIONAL
Firefighters’ Bookstore – Technical, Hollywood (714) 375-4888
Opamp Technical Books – Technical, Hollywood (323) 464-4322
Building News Bookstore – Construction and Building, Palms (310) 474-7771

WORLD CULTURE
KinoKuniya – Japanese Influence, Little Tokyo (213) 687-4480
New Mastodon Books & Fine Art – German Influence, Miracle Mile (213) 525-1948
Asahiya Express – Japanese Influence, Sawtelle WestLA (310) 575-3303
Siam Book Center – Thai Influence, Hollywood (323) 665-4236
Zahra’s Books & Things – African Influence, Inglewood (310) 330-1300
Eso Won Books – African American Influence, Liemert Park (323) 290-1048
Shamrock Imports – Irish Influence, Valley Village (818) 505-9221
Joongang Book Mart – Korean Influence, Koreatown (213) 387-2665
Kingston Culture Plaza Inc – Chinese Influence, Alhambra (626) 570-1277
House of David – Jewish Influence, Valley Village (818) 763-2070
Nippon Book Co – Japanese Influence, Downtown (213) 617-1966
Dehkhoda Persian Book Store – Persian Influence, Westwood (310) 477-0044
Sardarabad Book Service – Armenian Influence, Glendale (818) 500-0790

MISCELLANEOUS
Social Studies School Service
– Learning and Teaching Aids, Culver City 310 839-2436
One Dollar Bookstore – Exactly as advertised: $1 books, various locations
Abba Padre Bikes and Books
– Book store *and* bike repair shop, Culver City (310) 390-5203
Dragon Books
– Rare Antique and Collectible, Bel Air (310) 441-8545

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13 Responses to “RESOURCE – Specialty Book Stores”

  1. Kathy Mitchell says:

    Hi. Thanks for a great resource list. I don’t see Archives in the list of religious bookstores. They’re on Washington in Pasadena and carry a large selection of Christian books, many of them at the seminary level. The books are primarily used and they buy as well as sell. They’re a good resource. Maybe you’d like to add them.

  2. Myke says:

    It’s a shame we don’t seem to have a really amazing selection of math books anywhere. I’d love to stand corrected on this by more knowledgeable readers.

  3. Nina says:

    This is great thank you!

  4. Patrick says:

    Thank you for the listing….

    Another great one is Archives in Pasadena on Washington. This would be under the religious section of your list. New and used and a big selection.

    The Archives Bookshop
    1396 E. Washington Blvd.
    Pasadena, Ca 91104
    http://www.archivesbookshop.com

    Several of the book shops you listed I have never been to but I will now begin my exploration..

    Thanks again

  5. Revere says:

    I would think that some of the larger independant (not chain) stores would be a nice addition to your list for example Vromans in Pasadena.

    Vroman’s Bookstore
    695 E. Colorado Blvd
    Pasadena, CA 91101
    Tel: 626-449-5320
    Fax: 626-792-7308
    http://www.vromansbookstore.com/

  6. Barbara says:

    How about adding some independent used bookstores, as well? May I suggest: Read Books on Eagle Rock Blvd.

  7. Sonya says:

    Samuel French, Inc.
    7623 Sunset Blvd.
    Hollywood, CA 90046
    Phone (323) 876-0570

    Samuel French Bookstore
    11963 Ventura Blvd.
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Phone (818) 762-0535

    http://www.samuelfrench.com

    Everything theater and film.

  8. Christine says:

    What about The Library Store in the Central Library. They have great autographed books, used books and others. All sales benefit the Los Angeles Public Library too.

    http://www.librarystore.org

  9. Tamara says:

    SKYLIGHT! on Vermont in Los Feliz. Fantastic selection of books on Los Angeles, as well as graphic novels, general literature, journals, and anarchist literature and theory.

  10. Brent Tinter says:

    Here’s a good store for both Children’s Books and Art from Children’s books:

    Every Picture Tells A Story
    1311 Montana Ave # C
    Santa Monica, CA 90403-5951, Stati Uniti
    (310) 451-2700

  11. Kathleen says:

    Every Picture Tells a Story in Santa Monica – children’s books, and book related art.

  12. Mary T says:

    Read Books is a must add! Thanks for this, HLA! Mele Kalikimaka!

  13. Carol says:

    Orange County close:

    Mystery Inc. Bookstore
    7176 Edinger Ave.
    Huntington Beach, CA 92647
    714-960-4000

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