If appreciate the sight, feel, and smell of a good hardcover or paperback as much as we do, you’ll love these photos of 16 bookstores you have to see before you die. Featuring famous bookstores from around the world, these photos give a great view into some of the most architecturally interesting bookstores ever designed. From El Ateneo in Buenos Aires, which is housed in what was formerly a theater, to Selexyz in Holland, which makes use of a soaring medieval cathedral, these bookstores are visually unparalleled. Some other highlights include Cafebreria El Pendulo in Mexico City, where indoor plants and even a large tree play prominent roles in the design, and Livrari Lello in Porto, Portugal, which features an M.C. Escher-esque staircase that takes a second look to wrap your head around. The United States makes the list with the Rizzoli Bookstore in New York City, with a classic design that exemplifies the elegance of New York.
If you visit any of the European or Latin American bookstores on the list, don’t be surprised if you find yourself tilting your head to the left instead of to the right. Titles there are printed bottom-to-top on the spine, with exception of Scandinavia, the British Commonwealth, and books printed in Dutch.
Advantage Book Binding has been in the book binding business since 1985, when we were founded on the principle “we do a quality book on time.” Since then we’ve seen plenty of changes both in and out of the industry. While some have sounded the death knell for books and other physical media, we believe that the fact that we continue to be an industry leader into the 21st century is a testament not only to our longevity as a company but to that of our craft. We think it’s important to keep books and physical media on the shelves, which is why we dedicate ourselves to providing you with the highest quality book binding and post press services available.
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