Sunday, 10 August 2008

English Books in Peru

Updated 18 April 2014

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Bookshops
As usual, it depends on where you are, if you’re in a big city, you’ll have no problem finding a bookstore that sells books. If you're a teacher, you might even get a discount. Ask the bookstore about teacher discounts. One tip to remember is that speaking Spanish will help you greatly. You'll be treated differently than if you speak English all the time, it'll help you assimilate, and you'll usually get cheaper prices. If you're looking to learn Spanish, check out Fluenz Spanish, Rosetta Stone, and Synergy Spanish.


  • Crisol also located in Lima has some English material. 
  • Calle Kilka (Calle Amazona, near the Rio Rimac) in the centre of Lima, just be sure to go during the daytime.
  • Cambridge University Press sells their books through SBS.  
  • East of Eden Books: It's a new English bookstore run by Kelly and Pame. They have a good number of titles, most used but some new: literature (Pulitzer winning titles and authors) and non-fiction. They also buy books. If you are interested in seeing what they have, you can send an email to eastofedenbooks@gmail.com.
  • Nutesa has a few book shops in Lima. 
  • Special Book Services is a big English book service. They have offices in Lima, Arequipa, Chiclayo, Cusco, Huancayo, Huanuco, Iquitos, Pucallpa, and Trujillo. 
Book Swaps
  • Book Crossing is a website dedicated to swapping books for free.
  • Annie Thériault, mailto:annietheriault@yahoo.ca, organises monthly book swaps in Lima.
  • If you're a member of SAE, you can exchange one book and get another. Non-members have to bring two books in order to get one.
  • Loki Backpackers on Av. Larco 189 in Miraflores has a shelf with books. It might just be for those staying at the hostel, but it never hurts to ask.
  • El Sol occasionally arranges book swaps in Lima. Check the Expat Calendar for details.
Book Sales
Twice a year, usually in May or June and September Good Shepherd Church holds an English book sale (there are also French, Spanish, and German books. In November, they also have their Christmas bazaar and they sell books there, but there's an entrace fee. Prices are pretty cheap, you can find classics for one sol and most other books are 3 books for 10 soles. Check Expat Peru and their Listserv for upcoming dates. Union Church of Lima has a library and lends books out to expats. You don't have to be a member of the Church to take out books. It's a two-room library stocked with novels and mysteries.

If you attend any conferences, there are usually many stands which sells books at discounted price because of the conference. You may want to buy them through Amazon and have someone mail them to you. You can also download classics on Gutenberg and maybe able to find some on Torrentz.

Prices
Prices are pretty reasonable, listening exercises are usually rather expensive. For example, a Practice Exam book for FCE which has 5 exams will cost about 80 soles at SBS, however the cassettes are 150 soles. If you attend any conferences, there are usually many stands which sells books at discounted price because of the conference. You may want to buy them through Amazon and have someone mail them to you.

Libraries
If you’re in Lima, you can become a member of the Británico, or ICPNA library. Prices vary from 20 to 85 soles for a year’s membership. Fulbright has a free library and it's free, but it mainly has info on studying in the USA. Union Church of Lima also has a free library. (Av. Angamos Oeste 1155, Miraflores. Phone 441-1472)

More info
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