Open for Curbside pickup!
new hours: 12-5 Tues - Sun (closed Monday)
currently Closed for browsing
(If you are interested in making a shopping appointment this holiday season, please send us an email and we will get in touch about options!)
WELCOME TO SPECTATOR BOOKS!
We are an Independent Bookstore located at 4163 Piedmont Avenue in
OAKLAND CALIFORNIA, est. 1994.
We carry new and used books, movies, cards, and other rad stuff!
A lot has changed since March! Though we've had to remain closed for in-store browsing, we are open for phone and email orders and most recently, we've updated this site to be a way to browse our stock! Choose from the menu above to take a look! While not all of our used stock is listed on the site, we will be updating it regularly with new arrivals, both used and new. As always, we are happy to look up specific titles, virtually browse books for you, curate selections, and special order, so if you don't see what you're looking for, please ask!
WE ARE TAKING ORDERS BY emaiL, Request form, or phone
(email or request form preferred, we almost always respond same-day):
~ available for curbside pickups or shipping ~
BLACK LIVES MATTER!
~MATTER IS THE MINIMUM~
WE ARE sorry but we are still UNABLE TO TAKE TRADE-INS AT THIS TIME.
Due to the various challenges of the pandemic, we do not have the capacity to be able to handle them just yet, but we are actively working on solutions. Thank you VERY much for your patience, we know this service is a big part of our appeal as a business! Please sign up for our mailing list to receive updates, which will also be posted here.
We can now accept small amounts of book donations on a case-by-case basis; please email us in advance to schedule.
We have also suspended our punch card program for the time being. If you have store credit or gift certificates, you are very welcome to use them! However, if you have the means to hold off, it does help.
We are SO GRATEFUL for the support as we work tirelessly to keep our shop treading water! We cannot thank you enough for your orders, and your patience as we deal with all these workarounds. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and taking care of one another. We have such an amazing community that rallies in times of difficulty and we are so lucky!
Spectator Books has been in business since 1994! We are committed to our community, and aim to be a zone of connection, education and comfort for all who enter. We believe in equality & diversity, that knowledge is power, and that a good book can very often be, or lead to, the cure for what ails us. We hope you will be able to visit soon!
Currently: using book witch magic to sustain community through disaster capitalism. Thank you for your support -- it is a vote for a better world!