This review is based entirely on their focus/selection on academic books in the humanities and social sciences.
This bookshop reminds me of Bart's in Ojai. I don't know which one is older, but Bart's in Ojai like The Reader's Corner has a selection of books outside the shop to which readers can browse and buy from after the store closes. I like that concept :)
Now, about their selection of academic books in the humanities/social sciences. Today, I went to take a look at their anthropology, sociology, African studies, Black studies, philosophy, and religion sections. Not bad, though not as good as Nice Price Books in Carrboro. This should be qualified with the following though: apparently, according to one of the shopkeepers there, they have a warehouse for more expensive used books so if you're looking for a particular book, ask them. They keep an inventory online (you can browse that on the web). So, their physical browsable selection is not as good as Nice Price Books in Carrboro's, but they may actually have a wider inventory (I don't know). They didn't have the two books I was looking for though.
4.5 stars. I'm rating this with regards to how good it is for scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences. A good selection of books in anthropology, sociology, cultural studies. Okay on philosophy. A little slim on African history.
I want to focus this new update on this store's selection of academic books in the humanities and social sciences. It still gets 4 stars. It's not as good as Carrboro's Nice Price Books though which seems to have a wider range. For the Durham area, this may be the only good used bookstore for humanities/social sciences academic books.
A good used books bookshop. Though it seems Durhamites give Regulator more thumbs up, I'd give Nice Price Books more instead. It has a wider selection of books, though not new books (but who cares?), and more subjects covered.
Update: This bookshop has now closed permanently, alas!
This bookshop is HUGE! HUGE! You can find a lot of Christian books (not my thing) and all major subjects, including some academic ones. A disappointing thing though is that many of the used books don't seem to be a good deal -- rather pricey! I also agree with another reviewer that some of the books in this store are "used book sale rejects". However, this bookstore is worth checking out because of its volume. I knock them down from 4 stars because of their pricey books.
I was told by the sales clerk that the store while once owned by Steven, is not owned by a Christian University in California. WHAT? How did that happen?
This review is based entirely on their focus/selection on academic books in the humanities and social sciences. With regards to that, they don't do well for that. Their Durham and Carrboro branch are much better for that. Unfortunately, the Carrboro branch will be closing real soon!
I visited this branch today looking at their Buddhism, anthropology, sociology, African, Black studies, and philosophy section. Meh...not so nice.
I'm doing this review on the basis of their focus/selection on academic books in the humanities and social sciences. I looked through their cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, social issues, philosophy, and religion section. They get about a 2.5 stars. Not a very good store for academic books. I say don't even bother visiting if you want to get some scholarly books.
This is an alright bookstore. It's a little slim in many sections. I'm surprised that Durham doesn't seem to have as many great bookstores as a much smaller town I came from in California, Santa Cruz. Back in Santa Cruz, we had a great bookstore specifically for humanities and social sciences texts, another independent store for regular fiction and non-fiction books, and another independent one that sold mostly used books, and yet another one that sold only religious/spiritual books. All were great. Regulator bookshop is alright, though it is wanting in its slim selection.
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