INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

Today it’s all about books and why MacLeod’s Books is the best place ever! If you were frustrated about too much rain and desperately tried to figure out how to spend your time, then you should check out this store.

It is no ordinary book store, mind you. It is a paradise for everybody who likes reading. Not just reading; this place brings to mind nice afternoons in a cozy room, with a storm outside. You, being captivated in an imaginary place fighting dragons, falling in love with a knight or being the world’s most famous detective solving dozens of murders.

MacLeod’s Books is all that and more. I actually could move in there. Once you enter the store you can smell the books. For everybody who is not that much into books: Older and used books have a certain smell to them. And actually this smell itself already tells you a story. In the store you can see piles and piles of books. Books in shelves which are as high as the ceiling and books piled up in little corners, filling every little room available in this store. While wandering wide eyed through the room, I noticed that even though it looks quite chaotic at first, it actually is pretty well sorted. They basically have a section for everything, marked with little pieces of tape on the shelves. It goes from books about music, philosophy, language and science over books on warfare, criminal novels and love stories. Like I said before: MacLeod’s is a paradise for myself and everyone who loves to disappear into another world if the actual world is too busy or stressful or – if it is raining. And honestly, even if you do not enjoy reading as much – this store is still something to see.


MacLeod’s Books

455 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1V2, Kanada

Tel.: 1 604-681-7654

Mon. – Sat. 10:00- 6:00 pm

Sunday 11:00 – 6:00 pm

Holidays 12:00 – 5:00 pm


See you soon,



International Village
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-

Smart Saver Vancouver

Is it just me, or are the prices of new books CRAZY in Vancouver? I went to Chapters the other day to buy the good ol’ classic “The Great Gatsby” and I left the store dishing out $22.00 for a thin paperback. I was pretty upset about this and realized that I had just gotten ripped off. So I decided from now on I opt for other (cheaper) options for getting my reading material.

For this week’s Smart Saver I want to shed light on an alternative to big box bookstores that often feel inauthentic and lack the culture and charm that true bookstores should feel like. I have found several stores around Vancouver, which offer a substitute that is much more reasonable and provides the rich experience that should be involved when buying a book.

All of the following are second-hand bookstores, selling gently used books at discounted prices. The thing that attracted me to the concept of second-hand bookshops is the fact that they all offer book trading. Most people read a book once and then it sits on their bookshelf for eternity. This is when book trading comes in handy! These stores accept used books in good condition for resale, most of them will offer you around 40-50% of the earnings they will make on re-selling your book and it will go towards store credit. So for all you book lovers out there, why not take some of your slightly-used books to one of these shops and buy some novels at a cost that your wallet will appreciate

If anyone is interested in checking out one of these stores, here are all of the contact details.

Tanglewood Books
2306 Broadway W
Vancouver, BC

Pulpfiction Books
2422 Main Street
Vancouver, BC

Characters Fine Books and Coffee bar
8419 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC

Lawrence Books
3591 41st Ave W
Vancouver, BC

Happy Reading!!


INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149