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Address: 1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617 661 1515
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BEST Independent bookstore.

THE best bookstore in the area. It is an independent bookstore and all the amazing authors come here to sign books and give talks. There are many scheduled events you should... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

THE best bookstore in the area. It is an independent bookstore and all the amazing authors come here to sign books and give talks. There are many scheduled events you should check out that they sponsor. People will help you with anything. They will even find and print obscure titles for you.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Not bad, not great either. It is what it has to be for this place. Service is not the best, staffers not too knowlegable, but you will find great books here, even some in the basement where they have used books.

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is one of my favorite bookstores anywhere. Well organized, great selection, fair prices, and it's an independent business... what's not to like? PLUS it's literally right next door to Mr. Bartley's burgers!

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Hampton, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

There are books on things that I did not know were things. And the staff was so knowledgeable and helpful. You could spend days in here shopping and a ton of money.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

A classic independent bookstore. Excellent selection and staff. A great place to find a physical book.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

When I think of Harvard Square, it is this book store that makes Harvard Square shopping special. Visiting it feeds the mind. The selection is broad and the displays tickle the mind and lead you to want to explore more. The late evening hours are great for post dinner browsing. The event series has an incredible range of authors to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Harvard Bookstore is a book reader's gem. The experience starts even before you enter the store - the window display features an intriguing collection of new books and staff selections. The books on display when you enter the store will give you plenty of ideas for your next read. The staff is very helpful and the author events are always... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Ah joy. With the number of independent bookstores declining at such an alarming rate that it feels like they should be included on the Endangered Species list, it's a delight that this little neighborhood gem is thriving. OK, I am biased as I used to live right above this place, but that being disclosed, no trip to the Greater Boston... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The Harvard Book Store combines the charm and service of a local bookshop with the deep and broad selection of a chain bookstore. The Harvard Book Store carries just about every book you could want, and if they don't have it, they can get it for you. To have such a great selection packed into a relatively small storefront is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Across the street from Harvard. It's everythinh a bookstore should be. We picked up some books for the flight jome, and some souvenirs for friends. Employees were attentive and knowledgeable. Loved it!

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