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BookBuyers leaving downtown Mountain View, seeks new home

Original post made on Mar 16, 2016

BookBuyers, the used bookstore that has been a mainstay in downtown Mountain View for more than 25 years, will be closing its Castro Street location due to lackluster sales.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 8:02 AM

Comments (16)

Posted by parent
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 16, 2016 at 10:57 am

Book Buyers has been an excellent source of books for students reports. When the only copy at the library has been checked out, we use our account to get a 'free' copy at their store. This works really well for history, literature and social sciences.
They are also great for airplane reads. You can take the book and leave it at your destination for someone else to read.
We have been using their services since they were in downtown Palo Alto. Hope they can survive.

Posted by Rick
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 16, 2016 at 11:51 am

How refreshing to read that his "landlord has been 'unbelievably good' in supporting the business despite its losses."

Posted by lindaloo
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 16, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Absolutely heartbreaking -- yet, not unexpected. I so hope the owner finds another location in Mountain View. I've got a box packed up and ready to trade in on my account; I'd better hustle and get it over there.

The vibe is wonderful inside the store; I can always find someone who enjoys my favorite author -- something that is rare for me in "real life".

If I had my wish, an angel investor would sponsor this business for life -- and beyond!

A true treasure.

Posted by Cal Ave?
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Mar 16, 2016 at 8:11 pm

The nice, large corner spot occupied by the stationary store that is moving seems ideal.

Posted by Was Just There
a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2016 at 11:14 pm

@lindaloo - They suspended trading as of 3/14/16. It makes sense, as they have so many books to have to pack up and move that they would not want to take on any additional items right now. If anything, they would like to lessen the inventory so that there is less to move.

Additionally, anyone with credit should use it.

New hours are Sun-Thur, 11-9; Fri-Sat 11-11, per sign posted on door 3/14/16.

They are still continuing with most of their planned events* throughout the rest of this month.

I wish Book Buyers the best of luck in finding a new location. Book stores are a wonderful place to be and a scarcity these days (especially the independent ones).

*Upcoming events:

3/17, 7:30PM- Author Talk with Elizabeth Stitt (author of "Parenting as a second Language")

3/21, 8PM- Chess Tournament

3/24, 8PM- Open Mic Night

3/28, 7-9PM- Game Night

Book lovers should come out and support them!

Posted by Plane Speaker
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 17, 2016 at 12:07 am

This place has been all over, so I expect they will find somewhere else to set
up as long as there is a market for books ... remember books?

Wonderful place, spent lots of time there, and money. Totally great for finding
audiobooks & CDs.

One other great thing is that they used to have the cleanest restroom in
Mountain View. Gotta love a business that maintains a cleaning functioning

Don't make it over to Mtn. View as much as I used to and I miss browsing
this place, what a community asset. Sounded really nice how helpful the
landlord was.

Posted by Book Lover
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2016 at 12:26 am

I've traded with them for so many years. The place is really a rat's nest, but that's part of the charm. It's such fun to go in, browse the aisles, come out with a ton of books and yet spend so little. The travel and travel essay sections are tops. It's a browsing sort of place, and people just don't want to take that kind of time anymore. Click, click on Amazon. Also, note that Not So Knew Books in Los Altos (formerly on CA AVE in PA) closed. The Iranian rug man who took over the space said that they, too, just didn't get the clients. I patronize and order books from Books, Inc. (instead of Amazon), especially in MV even though it's farther for me to drive. It needs the financial help more than the T&C store in PA that has a thriving client base. Also, PA library serves its residents well, as they are very responsive in ordering new books upon request. Except, sometimes one can be #47 (rarely) in line waiting for a new book. They actually are pretty good about keeping multiple copies. Palo Alto Friends of the Library competes with Bookbuyers. Their proceeds do go to the PA library system. At their new section in the Mitchell Park Library, ardbacks are $2, paperbacks $1. They also have a monthly sale at the rear of the Cubberley complex.

Posted by Jozie
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 17, 2016 at 11:07 am

I'll miss their huge selection of discounted wall calendars. I fear that these, too, are becoming a thing of the past.

Posted by DTN Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 17, 2016 at 1:39 pm

DTN Paul is a registered user.

I only shopped there once, but found their prices were pretty high, both for used books as well as DVDs. That probably didn't help.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 23, 2016 at 9:49 pm

I stopped going to Book Buyers because:

* There weren't any good technical books in the store. They sold all the good technical books ONLINE out of their warehouse in San Jose.

* I brought in several good technical books that sold new for $60, and they offered to buy them for $5 each. For that price, I would rather donate them to the Mountain View library!

Posted by Magda
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 28, 2016 at 10:54 am

It's sad to see Book Buyers go; I love used bookstores, and Book Buyers is one of the best. Nice staff, good atmosphere and book selections.

I would much rather see East/West Bookshop shop go; their staff has become increasingly rude, hostile and suspicious, treating customers like potential shoplifters.

Posted by Mimsy
a resident of another community
on May 5, 2016 at 10:48 am

It's too sad every time a bookstore closes. Come to Burlingame, where we have ONE bookstore. I refuse to buy a Kindle on principle! Americans are getting dumber and dumber. Keep on buying and reading books, people, or we'll be in "Fahrenheit 451" territory. Thank you!!!!

Posted by Mimsy
a resident of Midtown
on May 5, 2016 at 12:31 pm

@Mimsy. While I am sorry that any bookstore closes, Kindles don't make people stupid.

While I am an old white guy and like to hold the newspaper and books I am reading, my kids read but it is all on devices. They are in book clubs, discuss current events, books and literature.

Reading on a device is not the same as not reading.


Posted by Marc
a resident of Midtown
on May 5, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Not trying to cause any problems. I posted the above, not Mimsy.


Posted by Eric
a resident of Ohlone School
on Jun 13, 2016 at 11:31 pm

They had to move all the way to Gilroy to find something they can make work for them.

Posted by Kazu
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 14, 2016 at 7:51 am

Sorry to see them go. I bought some really good books there over the years.

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