The importance of books in the life of the porteños cannot be underestimated. Books accompany them in the metro, the trains, the buses, and time spent waiting is often time spent reading.
When you want to obtain a book that is no longer in print, a collector’s edition or just want to pay less, there is a large number of used book fairs in Plaza Lavalle, Parque Centenario, Plaza Italia and Parque Rivadavia, among others.
Parque Rivadavia is also the preferred place to go if you are looking for any book related to tango. There is also a large selection of tango records that are impossible to get anywhere else.
When you want to browse books at your leisure, the ideal place is any bookstore on Corrientes Avenue. Most also have discount tables at the entrance with unbelievable low prices.
You can also buy books in the modern bookstores located in the shopping malls or in the large stores that are operated by the most important publishing houses and are located in Florida street and Santa Fe avenue.
Books even have their own celebration during the month of April when the International Book Fair (Feria Internacional del Libro) triggers the cultural life of the city.