I have lived here in Edmonton for over ten years now, and I am still discovering the wonders and secrets of Edmonton. Over my university years, I discovered this book store, called the Book Cellar, which is located in the heart of the HUB which is located on campus. At first glance, it seems like a book store for Law students, or even perhaps an ordinary book store, but I came to discover it is not ordinary.
This little charming store also happens to buy books by the pallet, and at extremely low prices. You can buy hardcover editions for as low as $4 and from time to time, they have 99 cents specials. Another best thing about this store is that we can sell our textbooks, and get 50% of the retail list back. This is often great for students who have accidently bought the wrong textbook, or have withdrawn from the course, or have completed the course, but do not need the textbook back.
I found out another reason for this book store to exist. Many of the University of Alberta professors order books or textbooks then decide they do not want the book(s)/ textbook as part of their course syllabus. Also the main book store, also sometimes order extra books or had more books than they needed, and have to try to get rid of them.
I consider myself to be a book connoisseur, as I like to keep the books I have bought. When I discovered Book Cellar, I realized that I had been ripped off, buying my books at places like Chapters or Wee Book Inn. Some of the books I bought in the past, I paid anywhere from $15 to $50 for a book, and when I was at Book Cellar, I found out I could have gotten the same book for anywhere from $4 to $7....
I like this book store because the titles they carry are a match for my eclectic taste. The Book Cellar carries mostly non-fiction which is right up my alley, yet they also cater to the crowd that like fiction. I have to say that the fiction selection is limited, and most authors are not well known, but worthwhile to read. The Law section, seems intimidating, but all in honestly, its mostly philosophical and ethical books, mostly books of ideas, opinions and theory. They are of substance that Law students are meant to pick up and use to support, or refute their positions when writing their position or thesis papers.