I did a quick search of the blog, and I can’t believe no one has mentioned Beers Books before. They’re at 915 S Street, right between 9th & 10th. This puts them across the street from tasty Chinese food at Gam Lei Sig and right by several bars. This was all a big part of me moving into the neighborhood, let me tell you.

In particular I’d like to talk about their “sidewalk sale”. One of the things I love about warmer months is biking past Beers on my way home from work and looking through new $1 hardcovers and 50 cent paperbacks. Just this week I picked up hardcovers, in decent shape, of The Confusion and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell for $1 each.

If you’re in the neighborhood, I recommend checking the place out.

9 Comments so far

  1. cd (cndn) on April 18th, 2008 @ 10:17 am

    Beers Books is a place that I’ve been meaning to get to for about 7 years. How lame is that. When it was on L Stret, I’d pass it every morning on the way to work and think, I should check that place out, and maybe stop by Capitol Garage. Now, I’ve been to Capitol Garage plenty since it moved, yet I’ve never made it to Beers Books.

    I should crack a book every once in awhile, that would help.

  2. Pix (sashapixlee) on April 18th, 2008 @ 10:23 am

    Reading does lead to book buying, yes. :-)

  3. Ursula (sac_ursula) on April 18th, 2008 @ 1:07 pm

    Great photo, Sasha! You’re right, it hasn’t been mentioned–I guess it was (for me) one of those Sac-assumptions that "everyone knows" Beers books! Thanks for the reminder…now I have to dig in the change drawer because I want to buy a (gently used) book!

  4. sac92 on April 18th, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

    I love that store. There was a time I used to frequent the store daily but that had to stop as I have 4 books from them I still haven’t cracked open yet. Once in a while, they have free movie tickets but I have never made it out to one of them. Rummaging through their DVD collection can be frustrating but there are always gems to be found.

    I also pick up the (soon to be really awesome!) Midtown Magazine from there.

  5. Pix (sashapixlee) on April 18th, 2008 @ 1:30 pm

    @Ursula: If they kept bar hours, I’d spend even more money on books than I already do!

    @sac92: Midtown Magazine will be really awesome soon? Do tell!

  6. sac92 on April 18th, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

    Oh, sorry I didn’t mean to sound like I have inside info. I don’t. I am not affiliated with them in any way. It’s just that I have been reading the magazine since it started and it’s been getting better with every issue. I guess I just really like it.

  7. Radio Matthew (radiomatthew) on April 19th, 2008 @ 1:23 am

    I’ve always wondered this about a sidewalk sale by a bookstore…how do they keep people from stealing the books outside?

  8. Ursula (sac_ursula) on April 21st, 2008 @ 11:19 am

    @Radio Matthew,

    I’ve wondered the same thing–not just about books, but about plants, and whatever else is outside the store. I guess great minds DO think alike.

    I wonder if they put books outside like: The Kleptomaniac’s Guide to Recovery? :-)

  9. wburg on April 24th, 2008 @ 2:13 pm

    Well, there’s a reason why those books are $1, it is because they don’t think they can get more than that. Beers also used to put out boxes of free books they couldn’t sell out on the street at the old location in 15th and I assume they still do.

    That’s the problem with books, and why there aren’t as many bookstores as there used to be: books are bulky and take up space and all that space costs, and if a book doesn’t sell you still have to pay for it. Some bookstores actually throw out books, but most bookstores are run by people who love books and would rather not just toss ’em. So they set them out for free, or next to free, as a way to get them out the door.

    I also assume that occasionally the $1 books get pilfered, but that’s a relatively low priority thing: if thieves are stealing the easy-to-steal $1 books (that the bookshop doesn’t value very highly) they aren’t stealing the actual expensive books inside.

    One might even say that the $1 book thief is doing the bookstore a favor, as they no longer have to pay for that book’s overhead (in terms of the shelf space it takes up) but there’s a special sort of hell for book thieves so I wouldn’t actually advocate for book pilferage.

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