20 AMAZING Book Stores

Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina

(Via The Little Design Stall.)

Amazon.com may have the entire book industry in the palm of its hand, but there’s one thing it doesn’t have: ambiance.

From the original Flavorwire article:

…why would anyone leave the comfort of their couch to buy a book when with just a click of a button, they could have it delivered to their door? Well, here’s why: bookstores so beautiful they’re worth getting out of the house (or the country) to visit whether you need a new hardcover or not.

Only two of the stores shown are located in the United States, because, naturally, this is what modern-day America thinks of books:

Waldenbooks

Coming soon: Starbucks.

Bonus: 20 more AMAZING book stores.