Book Sales in Oakland

In this era of Amazon and e-readers, it’s sometimes hard to believe that real bookstores still exist. But they do, especially in Oakland where the independent used bookstore scene is thriving. And with books priced as low as $1, not even Amazon can beat some of these prices.

6 Best Oakland Book Sales

From fiction to antiquarian books, you’ll find it all in Oakland, California. Here is a half dozen of our favorite used bookstores.

The Bookmark Bookstore

There are many libraries that host annual book sales, but the Friends of the Oakland Public Library take their support one step further—they operate a used bookstore that’s open all year.

Owl & Company Bookshop

You’ll find thousands of second-hand books at this interesting shop, which also carries artifacts and art from around the world.

Spectator Books

In business since 1994, this shop offers an extensive selection of used books, as well as a carefully curated selection of new books.

Pegasus Books

Pegasus offers both thousands of used books, and a friendly staff who can guide you to their favorite picks.


This local institution was established in 1974. It specializes in books on social movements, modern literature, military history, and children’s books, but also maintains a large inventory of other books.

Walden Pond Books

Having opened in 1973, this shop has even Bibliomania beat in terms of longevity. This family-run bookstore boasts a huge selection of used books, as well as a room dedicated just to rare books.

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