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With the annual bookfair going on in Corferias, I decided to tour the bookstores of central Bogotá, where you don't have to pay admission, can hang out as long as you like, and can pick up hours of entertainment or a piece of immortal literature for less than the cost of a beer in La Zona Rosa.
Books on Colombian history on display in the Knights of Templars bookstore on Calle 10 west of Plaza Bolivar. The store has many older and collectible books.
Book-buying spots in La Candelaria range from the 'book district' around Calle 16 between Carreras 7 and 9, where you'll find book kiosks, used bookstores with shelves packed full from floor to ceiling and tables set up in the street (whose offerings are often pirated). Those willing to spend more can walk a few blocks to the Lerners and the Gabriel Garcia Marquez bookstores, which sell everything from literature to coffee table photo books - for a price.
Shoppers check out in Libreria Lerners on Jimenez Ave. It's nice to see that someone's still buying literature on paper.
The National University's bookstore is an island of calm on Las Nieves Plaza on Ave. Septima. The store sells works published by the university.
The Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Center on Calle 11 includes a bookstore operated by the Mexican government's cultural office.
A peek into the Luvina Bookstore-Cafe on Carrera 5 in the La Macarena neighborhood.
Booksellers set up on Calle 16 in the 'book district.'
Books cover the walls and tables in Pensamiento Critico, a traditional bookstore in the book district.