We all like to shop at online bookstores for convenience, selection and prices, but there are (at least) two things that still draw customers to bricks and mortar bookstores: helpful personnel and architecture of the building where the bookstore is located. Old cathedrals have been converted to stores in some parts of the world, and legendary architects have designed stores in other parts of the world.
Svenska Dagbladet, a popular Swedish daily newspaper, compiled a list of 15 most beautiful bookstores in the world. They all are exceptional, and worth a visit even if you are not planning to buy a book.
The curious thing about the article in Svenska Dagbladet was readers’ comments on the list of 15 most beautiful bookstores. The big favorite among readers was Akateeminen bookstore located in the city center of Helsinki, Finland. It was not mentioned in the article. The current Akateeminen store was designed by Alvar Aalto, and opened in 1969.