I absolutely LOVE this place! I go the Squirrel Hill location, and have never had anything but a positive experience. The energy in the store is amazing (I could seriously spend the whole date there) and I've always had great experiences with the staff. They are super knowledgeable and really willing to assist me with questions. If you're looking for somewhere to explore and buy great books, this is the place to go!
We, 2 parents & 2 kids, went to the Story Hour on Sunday. The owner and his young family were there, and they were super nice! The story teller was really good. Over the past year, the selection at the South Side location has gotten better and better. As we were checking out, I told the owner that my daughter was curious about Passover. He did an impromptu 10 minute talk to everyone in line, since we were all interested, about the upcoming holiday. It was a fantastic experience, as is every time we shop in the wonderful store!
Ok it's a second hand book and record store which buys, sells and exchanges the aforementioned. I have sold books and records here and yes sometimes you won't get a lot for what you've got, but they have to make their business work and you don't have to accept their offer.
They can be cluttered which is likely down to the turnover of acquiring and selling new stock constantly and having to move it around the store to the correct genre section etc.
However they are a gem of a find for university students as they have a huge range of academic titles and even textbooks on current syllabi at CMU, Pitt etc.
Eric and his Team create a warm intelligent environment and provide a valuable and engaging textural and textual experience of title, author and topic gazing in a "let's discover together" environment. Important balance to our digital era; computers are amazing and important, yet they provide only a portion of the human experience. Thanks Eric, for helping to keep it all real.
Best to you and yours in 2018 and may we celebrate Simchas ("Happy occasions" together,
Whenever I put in an order for a pizza at Mineo's, I always walk up to Amazing Books. It's such a treasure of a book store. You never know what really cool books you might find. And, the staff is great! One day, I walked in there and told them I was in mourning because there were no more Donna Tart books left for me to read. That day, the owner of Amazing Books found me 3 authors who he knew I would like, based on my love of Donna Tart. I LOVE Amazing Books!
My new favorite stop after yoga class. The South Side location is a treasure trove. Every couple of weeks I bring my bag of books to sell and use the credit to buy more books. The staff is friendly and helpful.
I went in to sell them 5 books in mint condition worth over $125.00
and I was offered $2.00!!!!
When I said you are kidding She told me that's what we do!
So what they do is rip off the seller and the buyer!
the book i bought could have been a little cheaper online, but it smells delicious- that perfectly sweet older book smell. and just the experience of being in a bookstore like that is worth paying a bit more for! im very happy to have discovered a location right near me, too!!!
They have a huge variety of books! I didnt get the chance to look at their record colection, but I was impressed by the amount of books they had! The prices are also very reasonable. It is a nice place,very pretty indeed, and I was very well treated by the staff.
The shopkeepers are always so friendly, and very eager to answer any and all questions. Their selection is huge and full of unexpected treasures. If you're interested in ancient books, you may be surprised how affordable they are. Every now and then there will be a first edition or signed copy that breaches the $100 mark, but I've picked up two books from the 1800s that are both huge and wonderfully illustrated by Gustave Doré, and neither of them exceeded $75. If you're not looking for old, they've got you taken care of too. Even if you're just looking for an alternate cover to one of your long-time favorite books, they'll probably have it. Definitely don't miss the opportunity to stop in.
This used to be my all time favourite store. For the longest time half of my library was from this bookstore it is no longer the case. Having develop a personal relationship with the owner and then working for the owner and then said working relationship ending badly spilled over into the customer relationship which the owner in his own pretentiousness and rudeness ended the customer relationship. His employees are rude. The store is somewhat if not always a mess. The selection is great don't get me wrong but the books for the condition that they are in are overpriced. I would avoid all locations and I would go to the bookstore up the street from this location which is significantly better and has if not better selection and better staff.
By far the best bookstore in the Burgh. Partly because they always have literary gems, and even more than that, Eric and the crew are just genuine people who love to have real interactions with customers. FEELS LIKE HOME.
Small vinyl selection. No good deals to be had though at the time. All the stuff nobody wants is a few bucks, and all the stuff people want is similar to ebay pricing. Lot of books, of that's your medium. Clerk was nice.
I had walked by this store for years and never felt the need to enter but i had decided to give it a shot and i immediately regretted it, the entryway was dirty and the stairway leading down dangerously cluttered. It was atleast a solid 10 minutes before i had entered the store before i was acknowledged by the employeee sitting in what can only be described as a nest of dirt and cut paper hunched over his laptop. I began looking at a few books and it was terribly obvious that their books were overpriced for their condition and that their records were insulting on how much they charged for literal rubbish. Finally the employee mazed his way out of the nest of filth to introduced himself as the owner shockingly; he was unkempt and scraggly and smelled of old beans but we all have our bad days so i disregard that though he gave a fake interest and an air of prpretentious. Not to my surprise the rest of the store was covered in messes of books dangerously stacked and actual sawdust on the ground, i was surprised to see that they actually had flooring under all this chaos ( i can firmly get behind a store feeling cozy and unique but this was clearly from neglect and lack of caring) . Too end it short i do not plan on going back to this store anytime soon though ive heard they have two other locations so i may stop by those later this week
It's hard to make money in the used book selling business, and spending lots of money on buying used books (even in excellent condition) is a losing game. Give them a break about this sort of thing. Excellent service, friendly staff.
I went to sell almost 50 books in excellent condition. The employee working that day said many of the books looked like they hadn't even been read. After pricing the books (which consisted of flipping through them and reading their summaries), he said he would take all of the books and offered me $7 cash or $14 store credit. I was surprised at how little I was offered. I found 2 books I wanted to purchase and the store credit wasn't even enough to buy them. I basically traded 50 books for less than 2. I don't know if that's how it typically goes in used book stores. Next time I have a batch of books to get rid of, I'll either try a different used book store or donate them to a worthy organization and take the tax deduction.
Amazing Books is true to its name. Go visit--there's always parking within a block of the store on Murray. The first amazing thing is the variety of books. In a moderately sized space, packed with books from floor to ceiling, you can find a long wall of fiction, an array of mysteries, a remarkably rich section of Judaica, aisles of new additions, a healthy handful of new releases, and hefty shelves full of poetry, biography, lit crit, African-American, music, drama, art, gardening, kids, travel, sci-fi/fantasy, American history, European history, religion, sociology, and philosophy. There are also interesting selections of LPs and DVDs. ***That's the key--the books are indeed well chosen, and the selection is constantly changing.***
Almost all of the books are used, and thus sold at good prices. And the prices are discounted if you buy a handful or join as a member. Used books are bought and sold there all time.
The next-to-best thing about Amazing Books is the staff, who are great folks--friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. They throw parties about once a month, and the store is always up to something fun and interesting.
Finally, I don't want to ignore the obvious. The best thing about Amazing Books is that it exists at all, in a great location, providing Squirrel Hill and all of Pittsburgh with a constantly changing selection of classic, popular, academic, rare, new, and always attractive books. Thank you, Amazing Books, for making Pittsburgh an even better place!
Excellent selection. And what they don't have they can order in. Last week I went in looking for an obscure title and they had it ordered in for me very swiftly. Plus they bought a bunch of books from me for a decent amount! But what I most like about this place is that they're Honest.
Honestly, not a huge selection, and what is there is extremely overpriced for used condition books (there are a lot books that were, for example, priced $8 new, and are being sold in this shop in obviously used condition [creased spine, worn edges, etc.] for $6). It's also messy, pretty disorganized, and if you have to pee venture elsewhere, their bathroom was seriously gross and needed a cleaning stat. Really unsanitary -- (actual toilet bowl was visibly soiled, there were tissues on the floor, a dirty bottle of dish soap on the sink to wash your hands, a loose roll of damp paper towels on the back of the toilet to dry your hands with, step stool with stuff on it directly in front of the toilet...)
I've been in twice and both times the people working there were very friendly and helpful, so there is that, but it wasn't enough for me to come back.
This was such an awesome place! I stopped by today with my girlfriend after passing by it for months on my way to work. The selection was excellent and really, if you can't find SOMETHING here then I you must just not be a reader :) Even more though, the owner was so friendly and sincere and really made you feel welcome in his shop. More places like this need to be supported, you don't get that enough. I'll definitely be back!