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Book Heavens: 10 Second-hand Book Markets In India A Bookworm Should Visit At Least Once

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A book market is every bookworm’s heaven. A book lover can understand the joy of exploring a book market. The smell of every new or old book is just amazing. A book lover doesn’t need anyone’s company to explore a book market. You just want to lose in the pages of every book.

Whenever you entered in every second-hand book market you can feel the charm, the magic which only a book lover can sense. One can find almost every book in a second-hand book market.

Let’s explore some of the best second-hand book markets in India.

College Street, Kolkata

College Street, Kolkata

This is the largest second-hand book market in the world and largest book market in India. Probably, this is the reason why it is called Boi Para (Colony of Books). People from whole city and different parts of the state come here for books. Many big Bengali publication industries such as Ananda Publishers, Dey’s Publishing, Rupa & Co, Mitra & Ghosh Publishers etc are located here. The street is full of small book kiosks which sell new and old books. One can buy rare books at throw-away prices and you can extensively bargain too.

Nai Sarak, Delhi

Nai Sarak, Delhi

If you can’t find any book, don’t get disappointed. You can get all kind of books in this place. The street named Nai Sarak as it is relatively new and everything is done by the British after the war in 1857. The street is surrounded by the two-story buildings, mostly constructed in the 20th century. The lower floors of these buildings are book shops. This is an all-time busy street where various ages of people come to buy books.

Fort Area, Mumbai

Fort Area, Mumbai

Fort area is the heart of Mumbai and it expands up to Victoria Terminus in the north and Kala Ghoda in the south. Strand book stall and a string of second-hand book shops are located in this area. You can buy some really old books at low prices. Also, several hawkers set up shops selling old books for prices as low as 10-20.

Avenue Road, Bangalore

Avenue Road, Bangalore

It is one of the biggest commercial centres and busiest shopping areas of Bangalore. Avenue Road is located in Chickpet and runs through the heart of the city. It is known for its traditional trade in used books, garments, textiles, jewellery and pawn brokering. Here you can find books on every possible topic from academics to fiction novel. It is also one of the best places in Bangalore to sell the old textbooks.

Sunday Book Market, Abids, Hyderabad

Sunday Book Market, Abids, Hyderabad

This place is not known by many but it is one of the best places to buy books at low prices, as low as Rs 20. The book market is open only on Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. It is second-hand book market so one who wants a new book, this place is not for them. Books are sold by the dozens or in offers like any book Rs 20. So, if you have the patience and time to find the book you need from the heaps of the books, this is the best place for you to buy a book at a very cheap price.

Sunday Kitab Bazaar at Daryagunj, Delhi

Sunday Kitab Bazaar at Daryagunj, Delhi

The place is famous for its Sunday kitab bazaar or book market. It is held every Sunday on street pavements. This place is for all as all kinds of books are found here. Various publishing house offices including Oxford University Press are located here. Every Sunday books are sold by a kilo. Some sell 2-3 books at a certain rate, such as 2 books for Rs 100.

Ber Sarai, Delhi

Ber Sarai, Delhi

This small neighbourhood is located between Jawaharlal Nehru University and IIT Delhi. This market is famous for its new and second-hand books.

Sector 15, Chandigarh

Sector 15, Chandigarh

This is actually a place for students. Mainly academic books are found here, especially by rare authors.

Moore Market, Chennai

Moore Market, Chennai

Moore market is the best place for second-hand books in Chennai. Students and book lovers gather in this can find various collections of different genre books.  The busy market also sells antique vacuum cleaners, aquariums and antique collector items.

Appa Balwant Chowk, Pune

Appa Balwant Chowk, Pune

Appa Balwant Chowk or lovingly known as ABC is the Eden for Pune students as this is the best place to find a lost edition of an academic bestseller. This is a special place for every book lovers. So bargain and pick up your book.

Suchismita Biswas
Suchismita Biswas
Pen is mightier than swords - these words make me passionate about writing. Except writing I love to travel , love to explore the unknown places, love photography and love listening to music. Also I am an avid reader of books. I'm a simple girl but I am what I am.

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