February 25th marks the beginning of 2014’s Book Sale – that’s right, not a book sale, but the Book Sale, a Swedish tradition with which you may not be familiar. Get ready to pull out your wallet and your reading glasses!
The annual Swedish book sale has been around for nearly a century, and despite technological advances is stronger than ever. What started as a single bookstore’s stock-clearing sale in the 1920s has become a regulated and recognized Black Friday of sorts, when prices plummet and bookworms across the country fight for favorite paperbacks.
This year the Book Sale starts on Tuesday, February 25, at 07:00. Online sellers and physical bookshops alike will participate in the sale, and even supermarkets and department stores like Ica Maxi or Åhlens will feature special prices on their book selections.
Some books will be on sale for a couple of days, whereas others will be available at a discount only on Tuesday – or even only for a few hours. Brand new books may cost as little as 29 SEK!
Feeling in the mood for a good read but can’t be bothered to move? Why not start your search for a bookalicious bargain through the Swedish online shops on YLC’s book shop pages?
But if you want to make like the Stockholmers and not take the easy way out? Get out there and feel the thrill, smell the pages – hit up your local Akademibokhandeln or shop around the corner!