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OC's Best Community Bookstores

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Bookstores are becoming less common these days due to technology, especially independently-owned stores. Be sure to experience the charm these book shops offer and enjoy browsing through the unique collection of reading materials; you might discover a new favorite book.

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840 Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 538-0166

Since 1990, Bookman has been a leading bookstore in Orange County. Its fun and easy-to-navigate website allows users to have ease of purchasing books if they want to shop from home. Known for its friendly staff and well-organized book inventory, Bookman provides an inviting atmosphere for book lovers. The array of used book choices will satisfy your reading desires while being kind to your pocket book. Browse through the extensive collection of books here.

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Camelot Books
18838 Brookhurst
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 963-3122

There's no shortage of books here. Regardless of your preferred genre, Camelot Books has something for everyone. Some visitors spend hours browsing through the diverse selection of well-priced books. Bring in the entire family because on Saturdays, kids' books are 50 percent off. The savvy bookstore has been growing in popularity since it opened its doors in 1993. The 4,400-square-foot area has a hard time accommodating all of the books Camelot has attained throughout the years. This shop is selective, but that's what makes customers come back time and time again.

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Friends of the Newport Beach Library Store
Central Library
1000 Avocado Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 759-9667

If you are looking for new and used books, Friends of the Newport Beach Library Store is where to search. Some of the books are priced as low as 25 cents, so you can afford to purchase an abundance of reading materials. Choose from a variety of best-sellers and rare books in this hidden gem located inside the Newport Beach Public Library. It's a nice complement to an afternoon stroll in this beautiful beach community.

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Books Redux
18508 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
(714) 970-2957

For those that cherish the few used bookstores still in business, Books Redux is an ideal spot. The owner is knowledgeable and will help you find what you're looking for, and the multitude of book choices are sure to be engaging. In addition to a generous selection of entertaining book genres, the store also has books to help complete reading requirements for high school. Come on in if you need books for a new class.

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Mathom House Books
83 Via Pico Plaza
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 361-1633

If you want to take a break from using your Kindle or Nook and read a book the old fashioned way, head to Mathom House Books to relax and check out the book collection. Take a sneak peak of the comprehensive collection of books here. There's bound to be something that piques your interest. Conveniently, there are two locations in Orange County. The flagship store is in San Clemente and the other store is in Laguna Hills.

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Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, dancer, marketer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, volunteering, movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at

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