Ditch The Kindle And Shop At These Book Stores In Pune

Divya posted on 27 March


The Kindle might make you want to read more because you're not disturbing anyone at night by keeping the lights on. But, if you're one who loves holding a book in hand instead of modern technology, we support you a 100 per cent. Head to these book stores in Pune to grab copies of old and new books. 

Express Book Service

Express Book Service on East Street in Camp is one of those rare heritage bookstores that has lasted from colonial-era Poona till Pune, as we know it today. Started in the 1940s by current owner Rohit Jerajani’s great-grandfather, this shop played host to an illustrious client roster of important political figures like Sardar Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lokmanya Tilak, and Mohammad Ali Jinnah. You’ll find all authors you'd want to read, from Agatha Christie to V.S. Naipaul, achieves of National Geographic {collector’s items}, cookbooks, travel guides, comic books, leather-bound literary classics, books on gardening, precious gems, fiction, religion, self-help, study reference, business, management, health, hobbies, craft books, manuscripts, magazines, and more. And what you can’t find, Mr. Jerajani can source for you. Read all the juicy deets in our recommendation here.

Book Stores

2435/3, East Street, Hulshur, Camp, Pune

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Pragati Book Centre

Pragati Book Center has been around since 1974, started by Mr. Dinesh Furia as a retail bookshop for academic books. By 1976, Mr. Furia ventured into publishing academic guides and notes written by professors and other academics – which became a hit with students. These ‘guides’ have helped some of us here at LBB study and pass our University exams more than attending our college classes did. Pragati is a trusted name for sourcing textbooks, catalogues, and guides pertaining to subjects across IT, engineering, arts, science, commerce, business, pharmacy, management, and more. They have also ventured into the online space, and you can check out their website. They also have a small selection of books for children, dictionaries, self-help, fiction/non-fiction, etc. A visit to one of their bookstores is never a waste, and we much prefer that to ordering online.

Book Stores

Survey 676-B, Opp. Jogeshwari Temple, Budhwar Peth, Pune

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Located in the basement of Sagar Arcade, off Good Luck Chowk on FC Road, is BookWorld. Beloved by many, BookWorld is around 30+ years old and has a collection of published works from literary classics to modern-day comics. Be it fiction, non-fiction, academic titles – you name it and they’ve got it. The books are arranged in stacks, so it might take a bit of hunting to find what you want, but we really think it’s worth the effort.

Book Stores

Sagar Arcade, Basement 616, Shop 1 & 11, FC Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune

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The Word Book Shop

Started in 1990 by Mr. Manoj Jain, you’ll find The Word Book Shop tucked away off MG Road, on Bootee Street in Camp. Specialising in books on art, architecture, design, advertising, and graphics; as well as academic reference books on film and media journalism, sports, health and healing, and some ‘new-age’ books. There is also a children’s section with picture-books, encyclopaedias among others. Mr. Jain says they also offer subscriptions to imported international journals like Time magazine, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, etc. and can even source particular books for you on request. Check out their Facebook page here for all the latest updates and arrivals.

Book Stores

899, Bootee Street, Near Railway Reservation Centre, Camp, Pune

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Stall Across SGS Mall

The stall has been around for quite some time and the owner tries to collect various titles. What we loved is that none of the books seems tattered or in a poor condition. It's almost as if you're book shopping from a big bookstore. 
You'll find everything from hardcovers to pocket-sized books, first edition prints that are not pirated copies and we spotted some second-hand books as well. Grab copies of 'The art of not giving a fuck' to classics written by Charles Dickens. Who doesn't love a hard-bound copy of classics like David Copperfield and A Christmas Carol? The stall has books across genres. So whether you'd love to pick up a selection of O'Henry's work or Gandhi's autobiography and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Thousand Years of Solitude, you'll find it at this stall.
There are also latest and old magazine issues to choose from. You can score a copies of Lonely Planet for lovely travel pieces or perhaps, dive into a political opinion with a copy of India Today.