Books Haunts


As with its other haunts Islamabad has some treasure troves hidden away in its corners for the most ardent of book lovers. From classic literature to the most basic of all fiction, from serious political analysis and reviews to lifestyle; and from professional to the basest of the beauty magazines, lots of stores cater to the most discerning and non discerning of palates.

If you have the money, browse and spend to your will on new books at Saeed Book Bank in Jinnah Super or at the London Book Co. in Kohsar Market. There are always options of Book Fair (Jinnah Super), Book Town (F-10 Markaz), Mr. Books and Mr. Books Too (Super Market) but the first 2 stores hold a far better inventory than the rest.

Saeed Book Bank is by far the largest store in Islamabad at present and has a huge collection of reading material on any subject and is helped further by having a handy terminal that allows you to check the availability of any title. London Book Co. is a little smaller, and far more personal with a tiny coffee shop on its first floor with a pretty good stock of international magazines and newspapers.

For those like me, strictly on budget, we have options of various old books shops in the city. The Jumbo Book Sale in Jinnah Super (Near Ufone Office) has the hugest collection of books new and old at very affordable prices. Check out the stock I bought last night. :) It’s run by the same people who run the Old Book Shop located at the Back side of Jinnah (Near the shoe stores) so you can be sure that you’ll get a reasonable rate. I should know since I’ve literally gone from Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Archie Comics to Robert Ludlum and Archie Comics browsing in that same store. The interesting thing is that relatively recent titles and acclaimed books are also available at a fraction of the price of a new one and they are in pretty good condition. The only thing to be careful about and that is when buying older titles of fiction especially is to make sure that the photocopied pages are at least complete but there are plenty of copies available so you do find a complete book. But make sure you have the time to browse.

Another note, the old book shops in Jinnah Super itself, especially the one next to Kim Mun Restaurant and the one next to Cake Palace seriously and horrendously overcharge even for pirated and copied versions so watch your selves.

Happy Readings!

8 Comments so far

  1. Farhan (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 9:37 pm

    You can also browse and check the list of books available at saeed book store with price on there website @

  2. Jaded (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 10:00 pm

    Oh yeah… had forgotten about that! Thx Farhan!

  3. Talha (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 1:59 am

    And you are short on budget :).

  4. olive ream (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 2:12 am

    Stirred an unrelenting temptation now… have to go shop for more books now…

    great post!

  5. Sameer Durrani (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 1:42 pm

    can you please post another high resolution pic of all these book..i want to make a note of the titles …just to add them to the list that i can borrow from people… :)..

    Waisay..i wont agree that the the old book shop near Cake place overcharges.. i am their regular buyer and i have found that their prices are same as what you get on the other shops…

  6. Asma (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 2:58 pm

    Great post … !

    And i’m a book fanatic too and especially old books :D

    Well, yeah really there are even some old book shops that sell really worn out books and even then they deal with an attitude … :/

    Well, few days back i went to a small old book shop in melody … it was good too …!

    Saeed book bank’s books are of really good quality but even prices are of good quality too :D

    Yeah, i’ve seen this new jumbo books right besides ufone office but havent had the privilege to goo inside yet … so lets see:D

  7. Inspirex (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 7:06 pm

    I was in isloo on the 11th and also at Saeed Book Bank from about 12noon to 1.30. I liked that place! then walked all over jinnah super waiting for a friend!
    also bought 2 books. and YES, Saeed Book Bank is a good place to shop for books!

  8. Madiha (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 3:07 am


    i thought i was the only freak who knew about all the book stores around. and you are bang on target about the prices too esp. as far as the one near kim num is considered….they do charge a little too much.

    ps: do you anything about the ones in pindi? or can i still stay arrogantly the most informed one (as least in my own head)

    had fun reading this:)

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