Definition of bookstall in English:



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

    • ‘Bibliophiles can always go to some of the older bookstalls specialising in second-hand books just off Brigade Road or on Avenue Road.’
    • ‘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 stuff of pulp novels at airport bookstalls is a reality.’
    • ‘While I am enjoying the sunshine, I browse the second hand bookstall.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘The other thing that struck me was the number of bookstalls on street corners.’
    • ‘The edition being limited, it was advisable to apply early for copies, which were on sale at all booksellers, bookstalls and newsagents, priced 3d.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There will be various stalls including a bookstall, cake stall, bric-a-brac and tombola.’
    • ‘Shoppers stroll through the bookstalls, cafes and flower marts that line the Ramblas, the promenade near the medieval quarter of Barrio Gotico.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ambience is one of art and history, the main focus of this 57-year-old bookstall on Brigade Road.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We're all familiar with the simple urban pleasure of browsing around open air bookstalls looking for that elusive first edition.’
    • ‘One reader, describing the paucity of music available, compared it to ‘an airport bookstall, only without the gum and cigarettes’.’
    • ‘I know there are in Belfast tidy gardens of roses, bookstalls with shelves of poetry, cats soaking up sun in shop windows.’
    • ‘He came to have bookstalls on virtually every railway station in the land, and thus sold vast quantities of books, newspapers, and magazines.’
    booth, stand, stall, counter, refreshments kiosk, news stand, telephone kiosk
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