The Avid Reader

★★★★☆
  • 617 2nd St

    Davis, CA 95616

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  • 530-758-4040

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The owners of the Avid Reader campaigned long and hard to block the megachains from putting a store in Davis (they eventually lost that battle). I still have not figured out what the "locally owned independent bookseller" adds to my literary experience. The megachains and Amazon stock more copies of more books, and they'll order anything they don't stock.
Still, the Avid Reader has managed to survive the culterual chernobyl of a Borders a few block away. It's still friendly, still local, and still has a hip intellectual feel.

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★★★☆☆

The owners of the Avid Reader campaigned long and hard to block the megachains from putting a store in Davis (they eventually lost that battle). I still have not figured out what the "locally owned independent bookseller" adds to my literary experience. The megachains and Amazon stock more copies of more books, and they'll order anything they don't stock.
Still, the Avid Reader has managed to survive the culterual chernobyl of a Borders a few block away. It's still friendly, still local, and still has a hip intellectual feel.

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I love the Avid Reader. They can find me the books that I need quicker than any other place. The only downfall is that the prices can be a bit much sometimes, which is a huge bummer. Yet, the attentive and discrete service I get here is more than I can say about other bookstores. They have some very facinating bookmarks that I love to look at. Just the overall feel of the place is welcoming and makes you want to grab a book and sink into a comfy couch and read the day away.

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★★★★☆

I love the Avid Reader. They can find me the books that I need quicker than any other place. The only downfall is that the prices can be a bit much sometimes, which is a huge bummer. Yet, the attentive and discrete service I get here is more than I can say about other bookstores. They have some very facinating bookmarks that I love to look at. Just the overall feel of the place is welcoming and makes you want to grab a book and sink into a comfy couch and read the day away.

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This privately owned bookstore is withstanding the competition from the chain stores and online bookstores because of their superior service. A large store that offers a great selection, they will also order (free of charge) any book you are interested in. They have a wonderful selection of kids books, which is set up for browsing.

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★★★★☆

This privately owned bookstore is withstanding the competition from the chain stores and online bookstores because of their superior service. A large store that offers a great selection, they will also order (free of charge) any book you are interested in. They have a wonderful selection of kids books, which is set up for browsing.

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I liked this store but it lacked a little bit of a personal touch -- warmth. Parking is not easy in Davis nor is it for this store.

The selections were good but the space felt crowded even though there wasn't a whole lot of customers in the place.

Book types are easy to find because the store is small and quaint.

PROS: Small and quaint
CONS: Parking is not popular in Davis

4
★★★★☆

I liked this store but it lacked a little bit of a personal touch -- warmth. Parking is not easy in Davis nor is it for this store.

The selections were good but the space felt crowded even though there wasn't a whole lot of customers in the place.

Book types are easy to find because the store is small and quaint.

PROS: Small and quaint
CONS: Parking is not popular in Davis

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The Avid Reader is a good alternative to chain book stores like Boarders. They have a fairly good selection, and even have a separate store devoted to childrens books. Their prices are comparable to any other books store really but the staff really knows their books. They often have author readings and signings, which are fun.

4
★★★★☆

The Avid Reader is a good alternative to chain book stores like Boarders. They have a fairly good selection, and even have a separate store devoted to childrens books. Their prices are comparable to any other books store really but the staff really knows their books. They often have author readings and signings, which are fun.

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