Best store for used books
Founded in 1932, the Harvard Book Store is even more of a Cambridge institution than the Hong Kong,
the nearby watering hole that's been sending students stumbling home for decades. The shop seems to have
soaked up the atmosphere from Harvard Yard, and as you head downstairs, where thousands of used books are
sold, you can feel your IQ rising. The used books are organized by subject, so you won't waste time
searching through tomes about candle-making when you're looking for a book about turtles. In a separate
section are the remainders, books that are in great condition but for one reason or another were returned
to the publisher. These are marked down at least 50 percent from the list price - now that's a really
smart way to shop for books.
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge, (617) 661-1515.