Living in Sweden: English Bookstores

This is part four of the Living in Sweden series. Here are the others for you to catch up on:
Find a Job in Sweden
Going for a Swedish Interview
Find an Apartment in Sweden

English books are expensive in Sweden. There’s also a limited collection of them at most bookstores so after a while you go crazy. But I discovered there are quite a few places to buy books in English in Stockholm at reasonable prices.

Secondhand stores – I’m normally not a fan of secondhand bookstores, but these stores have a hidden treasure of engelska bok, english books. Prices range from 10kr to 50kr and the biggest, most expensive ones at 100kr. Basically $14 tops for a book, great deal!

Small bookshops – Akademibokhandeln is very expensive for English books unless they have a sale or a special discount. I tend to avoid the store usually. I also avoid The English Bookstore in Medborgaplatsen for the same reason. It still leaves a few places to buy bookstores in Stockholm that are new book at cheap prices.

HEDENGRENS BOKHANDEL – Located in Sturegallerian, the mall in Ostermalm. If you go downstairs in the bookstore, there’s a small section up front with special discounted books. Plus there’s a section towards the back of the store with a large selection of English books in different categories. Some of them are pricey but there are always cheap books to be found.

Rönells Antikvariat – Birger Jarlsgatan 32 – Mostly antique and older books in Swedish and other Nordic languages, there’s a couple shelves of good english books for 10kr or 20kr. I usually see romance or crime thrillers, but it’s worth a peak especially if you are at the bookstore above.

12 thoughts on “Living in Sweden: English Bookstores”

  1. Akademibokhandeln isn’t too bad. I bought the most recent Dan Brown novel (The Lost Secret) hardcover for 229:- ($35.37 CAD). At Chapters/Indigo back home, the book is listed at $36.95 (though its 45% off at Chapters right now :/) + taxes.

    So it isn’t TOO bad, from what I’ve seen. But that was a huge novel, so it may be against the rule.

  2. Thanks Lukas, I haven’t tried them out yet.

    Hardcover for 229:- isn’t so bad. It’s when softcover books hit past 300:- do i start getting annoyed, lol. Let us know if you find any others!

  3. Well I was studying in Linköping for a while and the bookstore had good options not only in english, also french and spanish, they also used to sell second hand books by less than 100 kr

  4. HEY THERE!
    I`m going to be in Sweden in almost a year! Tere are a lot of things I`d like to know about! I`m a little afraid!
    I will be here often…

  5. You should give Akademibokhandeln a 2nd chance. The one at Mäster Samuelsgatan (in Stockholm city) got a large section of English softcover books in the section named Pocketavdelningen. Pocketavdelningen is like a separate store in connection to the larger store. An English softcover book cost about 100 kr, and you can get 4 for the price of 3.

  6. Arian! Don’t worry, stop by blog and read the folks on the blogroll, you will learn a lot and be fine.

    Anonymous Swede – Thank you for that information! The smaller ones I visited, did not have such a great selection. There is one in Goteborg that did a 4 for 3 sales, maybe it is still going on.

  7. Akademibokhandeln on Mäster Samuelsgatan is the largest bookstore in Scandinavia, so they will hopefully have a larger selection of English books as well.

  8. I prefer ordering english books from amazon. I actually got my university books quicker when ordering from amazon uk than from akademibokhandeln or adlibris

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