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Semesters Up! Sell Your Textbooks And Get New Ones At ABC


If you’ve lived in Pune long enough or are a student or a bibliophile, you know where to go to stock up on your reading material. Appa Balwant Chowk in Budhwar Peth is a whole alley of books that you can browse through at leisure.

What Makes It Awesome?

If you begin at the mouth of Appa Balwant Chowk, outside Aadarsh Book Corner you’ll find a little street stall with various titles. And if you rummage around long enough, you can pick up second-hand copies and ditch the pirated ones instead. We found an original reprint of Jawaharlal Nehru’s Discovery of India for INR 600, a few first edition prints of the Harry Potter series and various titles in original hard-bounds.

Students can walk into any one of the bookstores and exchange your last semester’s textbooks for new ones. You can buy them on a return basis and get a 10-20 per cent discount on your new purchases or a 30-40 per cent cash back. It’s super convenient and also helps you save so much money.

The whole market is ideal for your back-to-school shopping. You can buy stationery, notebooks, textbooks and stock up on a range of other titles, be it history, English literature, Marathi literature among others.

It’s also a great spot to stock up on office supplies. You can easily get things in bulk and at a much lesser price in comparison to other stores around Pune. What’s great about ABC is that it easily works as a wholesale and a retail market, so you get the best of both worlds.

What Could Be Better?

We’d love to see an exchange of novels too. A return scheme on novels will help us declutter the house more often, don’t you think?


Spend hours browsing through books sold by street vendors, you’ll definitely find first edition copies or original reprints. Avoid buying pirated books, please?

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