Serendipity Books

★★★★☆
  • 1201 University Ave

    Berkeley, CA 94702

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  • 510-841-7455

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This is the best bookstore on the west coast. Ten times better than Powell's in Portland. Peter Howard can be a little grouchy, but if you want a smiling nincompoop go to Borders. Only bookstore where you will find a 1580 Black Letter Chaucer in middle of short stack of odds and ends on the floor in a dark aisle, as I did. On the other hand, if your mind is stunted or If its popular culture you want, just skip the books and go watch a movie.

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This is the best bookstore on the west coast. Ten times better than Powell's in Portland. Peter Howard can be a little grouchy, but if you want a smiling nincompoop go to Borders. Only bookstore where you will find a 1580 Black Letter Chaucer in middle of short stack of odds and ends on the floor in a dark aisle, as I did. On the other hand, if your mind is stunted or If its popular culture you want, just skip the books and go watch a movie.

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This is not the place I would recommend you to come find a book. IT is much easier to locate a book in a Barnes and NOble and chances are higher that you will find it at all at one. But you can go to Serendipity Books and discover great books that you would otherwise not know about. There are some rare books that are cool and uinique. Prices are pretty good for for you buy.

PROS: discover new books
CONS: hard to look for books.

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★★★☆☆

This is not the place I would recommend you to come find a book. IT is much easier to locate a book in a Barnes and NOble and chances are higher that you will find it at all at one. But you can go to Serendipity Books and discover great books that you would otherwise not know about. There are some rare books that are cool and uinique. Prices are pretty good for for you buy.

PROS: discover new books
CONS: hard to look for books.

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Not a great store by any means. This store is easily outclassed by the HUGE number of other stores around it, in many departments: selection, prices, even the help!

When asked if a particular book was in stock, the help did not return to answer my question up until 20 minutes later! This place is seriously understaffed, and moreover, cannot even stock the most popular books accordingly.

And the books that they do have in stock are overly expensive. The trip to this store is not justified by any means and considering the number of other options around the area, is absolutely not worth it.

PROS: decent location
CONS: horrible selection, prices, poor customer services

2
★★☆☆☆

Not a great store by any means. This store is easily outclassed by the HUGE number of other stores around it, in many departments: selection, prices, even the help!

When asked if a particular book was in stock, the help did not return to answer my question up until 20 minutes later! This place is seriously understaffed, and moreover, cannot even stock the most popular books accordingly.

And the books that they do have in stock are overly expensive. The trip to this store is not justified by any means and considering the number of other options around the area, is absolutely not worth it.

PROS: decent location
CONS: horrible selection, prices, poor customer services

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I love Serendipity Books. Its got not just books, they have great art pieces and catalog sales as well. The art work changes from time to time so its worth the visit if you are the Berkely area. The staff is great
and fun to talk to.

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★★★★★

I love Serendipity Books. Its got not just books, they have great art pieces and catalog sales as well. The art work changes from time to time so its worth the visit if you are the Berkely area. The staff is great
and fun to talk to.

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