Offline Tech Bookstore Options

by Steve Anglin

Here in northern California and Tysons Corner, VA last year, the well-regarded Computer Literacy Bookstores closed. What does that leave? Well, for those who are looking for techical bookstores that they can actually visit by foot, here are some remaining options:

1. DigitalGuru is a technical bookstore that's both virtual and real. DigitalGuru has an excellent selection of computer programming trade books for all skill levels. Moreover, they have a good selection of engineering, math and graphics books. To visit by foot or by car, go to 546-3 Lawrence Expressway, Sunnyvale, CA in the heart of Silicon Valley. If you are unable to visit in person, you can go online or likely find them at a major conference near you. That's because they're the offical bookstore at several major conferences including JavaOne.

2. is, of course, online, but also has a store full of computer programming trade books as well as other books on desktop publishing, engineering, mathematics, networking, gaming and much more. To visit offline, go to 911 Washington Boulevard, Suite # 201, Roseville, CA, east of Sacramento. This and DigitalGuru are the only bookstores focused on just the technical -- the guru, nerd and the like.

3. Stacey's Bookstore is not just a technical bookstore, but a general one as well. However, their technical focus is quite good, especially at their San Francisco store. They also have a store in Cupertino, CA, again in the heart of Silicon Valley.

4. Also, try visiting university bookstores such as the ones at Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, Santa Clara University, San Jose State/Robert's Bookstore, and more. These stores usually have an excellent selection of computer and technical books.

Well, I think these cover most of the technical bookstores in northern California. Of course, there are excellent technical bookstores elsewhere in California and the U.S. So, if you're looking for technical bookstores to actually visit by foot (or by car), check out these or others that readers will put forth, below in the Talk Back.

Of these, what is your favorite? You can also nominate a favorite that's not listed above.


2002-11-12 14:51:56
Powell's Technical

It's hard to beat Powell's Technical in Portland, Oregon.

2002-12-16 18:29:18
Powells Technical Books
If you are ever in Portland, Or..check them out. or New and used books, some really amazing deals to be had.
2003-02-22 22:13:17
Black Oak Books
Black Oak Books in Berkeley
( ) has a good selection of used and rare math books. But don't count on bargains. The prices of used books are usually $27 or higher, and new books are sold at the cover price, which is more than most online booksellers. Great for out of print math books, including multivolume compendiums, and non-English math books (German, Russian, French), but not bargain-priced.