Linda’S Book Exchange A Little Heaven For Book Lovers
Posted 13 June 2011 - 09:22 AM
Linda operates from a small room (which another ex-pat bibliophile lets her use rent free) in a back street off Istiklal Caddesi.
The address is: Şehbender Sokak No.18, Asmalı Mescit – and it isn’t easy to find. However, starting from the Tübel end of Istiklal, find Istanbul’s famous music club called ‘Babylon’, stand with your back to the main entrance, turn left and No.18 is a few yards down the street on the other side.
Linda doesn’t charge for her books. In theory you truly ‘exchange’ titles but in practice she has so many she doesn’t mind if you take more than you bring.
Linda’s Book Exchange is open 5 – 7pm, Monday to Friday though she may close on bayrams (public holidays).
We came away loaded down with books and have nothing but praise for the indomitable Linda
Posted 13 June 2011 - 11:16 AM
Posted 13 June 2011 - 02:45 PM
I've been doing the charity shops recently to buy reading books for my kids, so I have a good supply when we move over.
I think I'll be moved over to an e-reader, but there's nothing quite like browsing for books in real life, is there?
Posted 13 June 2011 - 03:02 PM
Posted 13 June 2011 - 03:11 PM
I hate having to ration my reading when I'm on holiday, yet carrying 5 books looks like I'm being anti-social!!!
So with an e-reader there's always a new one ready!!!!
Posted 13 June 2011 - 04:16 PM
I plan on getting one when I go to the UK in the autumn then I won't have to bring my usual holdall full of books back with me. I can fill it with cheese and other goodies instead.
Posted 14 October 2011 - 05:36 PM
Posted 14 October 2011 - 11:34 PM
An e-reader is tempting... to me it just doesn't 'feel' right.