Definition of bookstall in English:



  • A stand where books and sometimes newspapers are sold, especially out of doors or at a railway station.

    • ‘Shoppers stroll through the bookstalls, cafes and flower marts that line the Ramblas, the promenade near the medieval quarter of Barrio Gotico.’
    • ‘We're all familiar with the simple urban pleasure of browsing around open air bookstalls looking for that elusive first edition.’
    • ‘The stuff of pulp novels at airport bookstalls is a reality.’
    • ‘Apart from the bookshops, they can be found on numerous unattended open-air bookstalls, exposed to the elements: sun-beaten and often soaked with rainwater.’
    • ‘Bibliophiles can always go to some of the older bookstalls specialising in second-hand books just off Brigade Road or on Avenue Road.’
    • ‘His routine begins with receiving as many as 40 books meant for both children and adults in English and Tamil from a bookstall at the Anna Bus Stand.’
    • ‘He came to have bookstalls on virtually every railway station in the land, and thus sold vast quantities of books, newspapers, and magazines.’
    • ‘For this weekend only, book lovers will be able to follow the ‘book trail’ around the numerous temporary bookstalls that will be dotted around the picturesque Kilkenny town.’
    • ‘The other thing that struck me was the number of bookstalls on street corners.’
    • ‘One reader, describing the paucity of music available, compared it to ‘an airport bookstall, only without the gum and cigarettes’.’
    • ‘The edition being limited, it was advisable to apply early for copies, which were on sale at all booksellers, bookstalls and newsagents, priced 3d.’
    • ‘There will be various stalls including a bookstall, cake stall, bric-a-brac and tombola.’
    • ‘One hot afternoon I picked up a book on a second-hand bookstall in the old town and I read that the literary career is ‘une affaire de longue haleine’.’
    • ‘A good number of members joined and the room was greatly appreciated by those who lived in outside places, away from the railway, bookstalls and newsagents.’
    • ‘The second-hand bookstalls on the Passeig de Gracia will sell you yellowed copies of Civil War newspapers celebrating exaggerated or imaginary victories over Franco.’
    • ‘I know there are in Belfast tidy gardens of roses, bookstalls with shelves of poetry, cats soaking up sun in shop windows.’
    • ‘The ambience is one of art and history, the main focus of this 57-year-old bookstall on Brigade Road.’
    • ‘While I am enjoying the sunshine, I browse the second hand bookstall.’
    • ‘To kill that half-hour break after lunch, do browse in one of the pavement bookstalls, avoiding those selling only pirated books.’
    • ‘There will also be a mind, body and spirit bookstall, flower essences and aloe vera products for sale, and a café area providing healthy refreshments.’
    booth, stand, stall, counter, refreshments kiosk, news stand, telephone kiosk
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