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The Hobby Shack => Books => Topic started by: Chiprocks1 on March 09, 2012, 11:27:21 pm

Title: Bookstores
Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 09, 2012, 11:27:21 pm
The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World (

These are INCREDIBLE!!! This is why I will never give up hope that Amazon and all these online bookstores will start to come back to Earth and allow customers to once again, feel the need to get out of their houses and venture down to their local bookstore. Yes, it would be nice to have one of these in my neck of the woods for sure. But all bookstores offer something you can't get online: Human interaction and amazing architecture.

The closet thing we have to something like this is Point Loma's Bookstar. Rather than tear down the Point Loma Movie Theater, a place where I saw such classics as E.T., Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies (which by the way was the last movie I saw there). They kept the interior and exterior of the building pretty much intact with all the ornate designs on the ceiling. But it's still nowhere near those in the Top 20. Not even close.

Point Loma Bookstar (Day)

Point Loma Bookstar (Night)
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: boyinblack80 on March 10, 2012, 02:51:29 pm
literally drove past that place this morning.  My kids Karate class is about 5 blocks down from that Naval base they converted into a shopping mall thing...I don't even remember what they call it.

still really cool because all the old buildings are intact...the building her class is this killer old 2 story naval office.

really nice and has a cool old Spanish feel to it.
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 10, 2012, 02:53:43 pm
I use to ride my bike to Bookstar, Tower Video, Tower Records. I had legs that could kill terrorists without even trying.
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: boyinblack80 on March 10, 2012, 03:06:54 pm
I am sure.

David Williams and I would ride our bikes out to CONVOY to go to this Dungeons and Dragons store out there....I mean it was so far (called "Command Post)

but it was like this magical trek to get some cool D and D stuff when we were about 12 or 13.

I'd get home and be so tired...but the purchases for the day always made it worth while!
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 30, 2013, 01:41:56 pm
So, I just drove over to Point Loma Bookstar today. Its been at least 5 years since I last walked inside. It seems different, but the same. I guess it's just been so damn long that I kinda felt out of place....and yet it felt like home away from home. My main objective to going there was to grab the latest issue of Playboy with Raquel Pomplun as the new Playmate of the Year. Naturally I grabbed the remaining copies. Then I headed over to Borders. I knew they went belly up a while back, but I figured that there would be a replacement bookstore. Nope. It's now Trader Joe's.


So, I went over to see if Barnes and Noble was still around, which is a few blocks north of 'Borders'. They are still around. Grabbed the last copy of the Playboy issue they had on the rack. I feel like I have been driving all day today, which is something that I just don't do with regularity anymore. I hate driving. I'm glad that Bookstar is still around. It's nice knowing it's there when I need it.
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Neumatic on May 31, 2013, 10:09:33 pm
We had one of those Bookstar things in Nashville, it was pretty sweet but they went out of business around the turn of the new century and they never replaced it with anything.  Really sucks.  I miss going to the big chain bookstores (I do have a Books-A-Million that I like, but I miss Borders and Davis Kidd, which had an INSANE magazine section, I always plopped down bills there), and the used bookstore is SO far out of the way I only go there once a year now.

And I don't think I ever had the gall to buy a Playboy.  I wanted to find an old one at the comic book store and felt too self-conciouss.
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 31, 2013, 10:20:00 pm
Playboy = Disney. It's so tame. Now if it were something extreme, then yeah, it could make people a bit self conscious about getting it.
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Neumatic on May 31, 2013, 10:28:45 pm
(When Vanessa Hudgens is in Playboy, THEN it truly will be Disney.)

Just shows how old I am.  Although I'm sure it's more of how long I would be there looking through all the back issues than actually holding an issue (which I could slip between some NORMAL comics, which I'm sure are just as dirty in this day and age).  Plus I probably have all the pictures I was looking for anyway, just wanted some higher-res ones with the mag.

The last comic-con I went to I actually met a really cool old man who was a Playboy cartoonist, I bought a book of his stuff, I feel like a Mad Men guy with that thing.  I also have Serpieri books on my bookshelf, but I doubt anyone in my fam would ever pick one of those up.  So it's a very strange contradiction I got going on.
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 31, 2013, 10:29:52 pm
I hate not having a local bookstore. The library is fine for what it is. It's just not the same as going to a legit bookstore with magazines from other countries and whatnot. So, I have to drive over to Bookstar for that fix and getting there isn't always worth the time and effort. My life would be so much simpler if they just opened a f*cking bookstore down the block.
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Neumatic on May 31, 2013, 10:30:57 pm
Ann Patchett's bookstore is down the street from me but it's so small and tiny, it's for "readers" and a bit more snobby.  It's nice but it's not the same as Davis Kidd.
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 31, 2013, 10:33:46 pm
The last 'legit' bookstore we had here was Crown Books. It was in one location for a long time and then it actually moved a few blocks east, closer to my house where it stayed in business for a nice long run before finally closing. That was something like well over 15-20 years ago. Since then.....nothing.
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 16, 2014, 01:33:18 pm
So, I hit Bookstar this past week. TWICE in 3 days!!! I came back to this thread to see exactly when the last time I was there and was shocked to see that it has been almost a year to the day since my last Splurge (  ;D
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 16, 2014, 01:38:13 pm
I forgot to mention that I did hit Warwick's Bookstore over in La Jolla a few weeks ago when I was picking up my copies of Paul Stanley's A Life Exposed. The book store is right smack in the heart of 'Snobville'. It's for the elite that like to flaunt their weatlh. Just think of Rodeo Drive for San Diego. Anyway, Warrick's is a really nice book store....but it's tiny as f*ck. And for something that wants to pride itself on having a wide selection, they didn't have anything that I was interested in checking out on that particular day (besides Paul's book that is).
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 03, 2016, 12:29:02 pm
Amazon Plans Hundreds of Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores (

I'm sooooooo down for this. I don't care if the books are overpriced or not. Well, I do, but you get what I mean by this. Given how so many of the bookstores have closed locally (there are only 2 left within driving distance) and those are still too far for me to go to on a regular basis. So, yeah I want to see one of these stores open up near my house!!!! I miss the days of just being able to walk down to a bookstore and browsing, reading and ultimately buying whatever has my attention at that moment. Those days are long gone. I really want to see this come back in a big way. The last Big Chain Book Store (Crown Books) we had here, which was a 5 minute walk to and from, disappeared 20 years ago. Sigh.
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Neumatic on February 03, 2016, 01:18:37 pm
I have... well, I have Parnassus, which is the locally-owned one that Ann Patchett founded but it's limited selection, small... it's nice but I never FIND anything there, you know?  So it's that and Books-A-Million, which I do like and usually pick up stuff, but I miss the options.  I miss Davis-Kidd like a mother because that was TWO huge stories of books and the biggest magazine section I'd ever seen, and we used to have Borders which was also pretty good.  But I miss having the OPTIONS.  Those stores were different enough, somehow, and far apart that if you wanted to go to a bookstore, you could go to one and be subjected to a different selection.
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 03, 2016, 01:21:10 pm
Hell man, I'd be grateful for a Mom and Pop Bookstore right now. But then again, that wouldn't offer much in the way of options. So, bring on the Big Chain Amazon Bookstore!!!!! Gimme!!
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 20, 2016, 08:40:41 am
Amazon Bookstore - Virtual Tour in Seattle

I just got an email this morning alerting me to the fact that the Amazon Bookstore just opened at UTC. I didn't even know this was in the works. I'm stoked. I want to go check this out. Meantime, here's some other guys Tour of their version in their city.
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Mac on October 20, 2016, 09:37:58 am
I've heard bits and pieces they were doing this.

I'd like one to come to my town.
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 17, 2017, 11:43:36 am
On my walk to the Library this morning, I passed by a new store location and saw that we now have a Comic Book Store. This is the first Comic Book store we have had in my town in well over 20 years. The last time we had one, it was during the Image Comics explosion. It went belly up when the Valiant Comics line itself went belly up. So, it's cool we have one again, but not sure what's inside as it was closed. Rising Sun Comics is the name and everything in the window was Manga related. So, not sure if this is a niche comic book store given the name on the front. But if this doesn't have all things Comics, this store is going to fade fast. Looking into the window, it looks to be a decent size floor space to hold lots (i.e. all American Comics as well as Manga stuff). I will go back down later to see what they have. Would like to see Action Figures, Figurines included.
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: boyinblack80 on June 17, 2017, 12:08:16 pm
dude that is awesome!!   I will have to check it out.

what's the name of it?

or location?

never mind got it!
Rising Sun Comics
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: boyinblack80 on June 17, 2017, 12:10:26 pm
looks like it's opening soon./

it specializes in US and Manga comics...really hope it makes it.

I will try and support the store the best I I love the idea of a comic shop here.

now we just need a record store again!!!!
Title: Re: Bookstores
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 17, 2017, 04:30:38 pm
now we just need a record store again!!!!