If you are a serial reader like me, you don’t have to worry about not finding English language books in Prague. I absolutely love books. I know that the new phenomenon are e-books and the success of Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad is throwing the world of publishing into a new age of uncertainty. I see myself as pretty technologically savvy but when it comes to my books, I like the real thing. There is nothing quite like a bookmark or a page corner turned down to remind you that your book is still waiting to be finished. Not to mention the feel of a book in my hands and the great smell of the pages.
There are several great bookstores in Prague located in a variety of interesting buildings from different eras. Many of these bookstores also have very cozy cafes. In most of these bookstores you can find books by famous Czech writers translated into English.
Globe Bookstore – This bookstore was opened in 1993 and was the first English bookstore in Prague. It is located in the New Town section of Prague and houses over 10,000 new and used books. It also features a great café/restaurant with many events from poetry readings, concerts, old movie showings, etc.
Big Ben Bookshop – Established in 1994, centrally located near Old Town Square and features a very good selection of both fiction and non-fiction books. Has a very friendly staff and intimate setting.
Neoluxor Palace of Books – This is a popular book chain in Prague, having seven locations. The biggest one is located on Wenceslas Square. It features mainly Czech books but has a very large selection of English books as well. You can also find books in French and German. There is a non-smoking café located by the art books. Also, if you are looking for a specific book not in stock, you can order one free of charge, which will take 2-3 weeks.
Oxford Bookshop – This bookstore features one of the biggest foreign language book collections. A wide range of books can be found in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and other languages from around the world. On their website you can also find a user friendly e-shop.
Shakespeare & Sons – They have a very good selection of English books from all genres. In the back of the store, a small section has many very inexpensive classics. It is located in Mala Strana and has a historical cellar with great views of the Charles Bridge where you can enjoy your favorite book and a cup of coffee. The basement is also used as an event venue for open mic nights, music, art exhibits and more.
If you still can’t find what you are looking for, you can resort to amazon.co.uk. I have ordered many books from Amazon, with speedy delivery and reasonable shipping charges.