Aldine Books

★★★★☆

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I stumbled upon this wonderful, quaint store while shopping on Ventura for shoes. I had been meaning to purchase some new(old) poetry books since I moved out from the east coast and left my massive library behind, but was not expecting to find such high quality in such a tiny shop!

To my surprise, the selection wasn't as small as I had thought by the look of the store, however, when I did find the books I wanted, the prices were a bit higher than I desired. It should be noted though that most of the books are HARD COVERED and OLD FIRST EDITIONS, which of course up the price.

If you're looking for a classic, worn, and weathered book ripe for fresh eyes, this is your spot.

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★★★★☆

I stumbled upon this wonderful, quaint store while shopping on Ventura for shoes. I had been meaning to purchase some new(old) poetry books since I moved out from the east coast and left my massive library behind, but was not expecting to find such high quality in such a tiny shop!

To my surprise, the selection wasn't as small as I had thought by the look of the store, however, when I did find the books I wanted, the prices were a bit higher than I desired. It should be noted though that most of the books are HARD COVERED and OLD FIRST EDITIONS, which of course up the price.

If you're looking for a classic, worn, and weathered book ripe for fresh eyes, this is your spot.

Pros: Organization, Friendliness

Cons: Price

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Hi,
We Moved The Business To 1498 Sunset Blvd #2 Los Angeles, Ca To Blocks From Echo Park Blvd. It's In A Mini Mall Just Past Lavetra Terrace Phone # 323-666-2690

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Hi,
We Moved The Business To 1498 Sunset Blvd #2 Los Angeles, Ca To Blocks From Echo Park Blvd. It's In A Mini Mall Just Past Lavetra Terrace Phone # 323-666-2690

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I recently order a book from Amazon.com, and got it very quickly, packed in a box, with padding all around, and the book neatly covered with a plastic bag to protect it from accidental moisture. I was surprised just to see all the care that went into packing the book. I found in between the book's pages a handwritten note, thanking me for the purchase! It made a joy out of my buying experience from Ira, the bookseller. I highly recommend his service!
Alma Bush
Cerritos,California

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★★★★★

I recently order a book from Amazon.com, and got it very quickly, packed in a box, with padding all around, and the book neatly covered with a plastic bag to protect it from accidental moisture. I was surprised just to see all the care that went into packing the book. I found in between the book's pages a handwritten note, thanking me for the purchase! It made a joy out of my buying experience from Ira, the bookseller. I highly recommend his service!
Alma Bush
Cerritos,California

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As of the writing of this review, Aldine is the last used bookstore in the Hollywood area. It is located in the Los Feliz area and has been there for over forty years. It is a dank, dusty and dirty place and the squeamish should not come in. If you drive a late-model Honda this is not the place for you. But if you are actually interested in books and in finding hidden treasures then this is the place for you. It specializes in history and politics and has the largest selection of books on the Middle East I have ever seen outside of the British Museum. There is also a large biography section and Hollywood related section. New books come in every day and are arranged in no particular order at the front of the store. Ira, the owner, is a local character and is very knowledgeable. If he doesn't have what you need, he can find it for you. There is no parking but street parking is available. It's worth spending some time there going through the stacks at your own risk. You might not know what you want or need until you see it. That's the beauty and power of a used book store.

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As of the writing of this review, Aldine is the last used bookstore in the Hollywood area. It is located in the Los Feliz area and has been there for over forty years. It is a dank, dusty and dirty place and the squeamish should not come in. If you drive a late-model Honda this is not the place for you. But if you are actually interested in books and in finding hidden treasures then this is the place for you. It specializes in history and politics and has the largest selection of books on the Middle East I have ever seen outside of the British Museum. There is also a large biography section and Hollywood related section. New books come in every day and are arranged in no particular order at the front of the store. Ira, the owner, is a local character and is very knowledgeable. If he doesn't have what you need, he can find it for you. There is no parking but street parking is available. It's worth spending some time there going through the stacks at your own risk. You might not know what you want or need until you see it. That's the beauty and power of a used book store.

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Now located at 659 (or 661) N. Heliotrope Dr, LA, 90004, just south of Melrose and three blocks west of vermont. I believe this is the new number:(323) 668-2305. Didn't get a chance to explore the new location but it looks crowded and quirky just like nifty old book stores should. Sad to see this 45 year landmark have to move from Hollywood Blvd, but at least it is still upholding the tradition of the quintessential used book store. Don't miss it.

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Now located at 659 (or 661) N. Heliotrope Dr, LA, 90004, just south of Melrose and three blocks west of vermont. I believe this is the new number:(323) 668-2305. Didn't get a chance to explore the new location but it looks crowded and quirky just like nifty old book stores should. Sad to see this 45 year landmark have to move from Hollywood Blvd, but at least it is still upholding the tradition of the quintessential used book store. Don't miss it.

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Once upon a time, L.A. was the home of many a used bookstore...and many with an east coast/Brooklyn flavor and vibe. Smooth-worn wooden floors....mysterious aisles....dusty first editions. Rare and not so rare. Dark. A place to get lost in for an afternoon. Creaky wooden stairs. Well, these places are now but a memory, as yuppie franchises like Vromans, Skylight, Borders have taken over. The old place in Hollywood was the eptiome of what a used bookstore should be. Everything as stated above and more. As a teenager, I ran into Bukowski there, twice, the latter time he was in heated discussion with the owner as to the merits of Celine. But with gentrification came a huge rise in rents, and they moved to a new location a few miles east to Echo Park . Not as big so they cant put up their entire collection and inventory, fewer "mysterious" aisles to while-away an afternoon, but thankfully, still an Indie that survives the onslaught of the gentry. Lots of first editions, and some rarities to be had. Feed your Head!!!

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Once upon a time, L.A. was the home of many a used bookstore...and many with an east coast/Brooklyn flavor and vibe. Smooth-worn wooden floors....mysterious aisles....dusty first editions. Rare and not so rare. Dark. A place to get lost in for an afternoon. Creaky wooden stairs. Well, these places are now but a memory, as yuppie franchises like Vromans, Skylight, Borders have taken over. The old place in Hollywood was the eptiome of what a used bookstore should be. Everything as stated above and more. As a teenager, I ran into Bukowski there, twice, the latter time he was in heated discussion with the owner as to the merits of Celine. But with gentrification came a huge rise in rents, and they moved to a new location a few miles east to Echo Park . Not as big so they cant put up their entire collection and inventory, fewer "mysterious" aisles to while-away an afternoon, but thankfully, still an Indie that survives the onslaught of the gentry. Lots of first editions, and some rarities to be had. Feed your Head!!!

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Once upon a time, L.A. was the home of many a used bookstore...and many with an east coast/Brooklyn flavor and vibe. Smooth-worn wooden floors....mysterious aisles....dusty first editions. Rare and not so rare. Dark. A place to get lost in for an afternoon. Creaky wooden stairs. Well, these places are now but a memory, as yuppie franchises like Vromans, Skylight, Borders have taken over. The old place in Hollywood was the eptiome of what a used bookstore should be. Everything as stated above and more. As a teenager, I ran into Bukowski there, twice, the latter time he was in heated discussion with the owner as to the merits of Celine. But with gentrification came a huge rise in rents, and they moved to a new location a few miles east to Echo Park . Not as big so they cant put up their entire collection and inventory, fewer "mysterious" aisles to while-away an afternoon, but thankfully, still an Indie that survives the onslaught of the gentry. Lots of first editions, and some rarities to be had. Feed your Head!!!

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★★★★★

Once upon a time, L.A. was the home of many a used bookstore...and many with an east coast/Brooklyn flavor and vibe. Smooth-worn wooden floors....mysterious aisles....dusty first editions. Rare and not so rare. Dark. A place to get lost in for an afternoon. Creaky wooden stairs. Well, these places are now but a memory, as yuppie franchises like Vromans, Skylight, Borders have taken over. The old place in Hollywood was the eptiome of what a used bookstore should be. Everything as stated above and more. As a teenager, I ran into Bukowski there, twice, the latter time he was in heated discussion with the owner as to the merits of Celine. But with gentrification came a huge rise in rents, and they moved to a new location a few miles east to Echo Park . Not as big so they cant put up their entire collection and inventory, fewer "mysterious" aisles to while-away an afternoon, but thankfully, still an Indie that survives the onslaught of the gentry. Lots of first editions, and some rarities to be had. Feed your Head!!!

Pros: Their old place was more...picturesque.

Cons: So many books, so little time...

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There can be a bit of charm in a crusty old bookshop, but only if you're looking for an adventure, not books. And the only adventure you'll get in Aldine's is the mad dash through the menacing stacks of contraband that litter the front of the store once you realize that the smell is not the kind of smell you can get used to, like dust or cats, but something much more sinister, that is, the putrid odor from old man Aldine who lives in the back, cooks his food in a crock pot and rarely changes his clothes or airs out his bedroom/stall. I have a friend who takes pity on old Aldine and buys books there, but one day his lease is going to run out, or he is going to die and the blight that he maintains on the Los Feliz retail community (I mean, comon, they got rid of Amok, the Onyx and Mondo, yet Aldine's survives...) will finally end.

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There can be a bit of charm in a crusty old bookshop, but only if you're looking for an adventure, not books. And the only adventure you'll get in Aldine's is the mad dash through the menacing stacks of contraband that litter the front of the store once you realize that the smell is not the kind of smell you can get used to, like dust or cats, but something much more sinister, that is, the putrid odor from old man Aldine who lives in the back, cooks his food in a crock pot and rarely changes his clothes or airs out his bedroom/stall. I have a friend who takes pity on old Aldine and buys books there, but one day his lease is going to run out, or he is going to die and the blight that he maintains on the Los Feliz retail community (I mean, comon, they got rid of Amok, the Onyx and Mondo, yet Aldine's survives...) will finally end.

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