Appraisers, Childrens Books, Bookstores, Interior Design, Used and Rare Books, Antiques,
Sarasota, FL, Bradenton, FL, Palmetto, FL, Nokomis, FL, Ellenton, FL, Osprey, FL, Longboat Key, FL, Bradenton Beach, FL,
A. Parker's Books has been located in downtown Sarasota, Florida for over thirty years and has consistently offered one of the finest selections of rare and antiquarian books in the Southeast. More than a decade ago, we merged our stock with a neighboring bookstore, Book Bazaar, Inc. Our Sarasota storefront has since housed two distinct shops; A. Parker's Books, Inc., continues to specialize in antiquarian, rare and finely bound books, while Book Bazaar, Inc., fills the majority of the space with a quality selection of used, out-of-print and scholarly books. Together, we aspire to offer something for everyone, from the avid reader to the antiquarian collector.Â After merging with Book Bazaar, we opened a new shop in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, incorporated as Crescent City Books, Inc. Later a fourth store, Commonwealth Books, Inc. was opened in Boston, Massachusetts on the Boston Common. This store has recently moved to the Downtown Crossing area. Each has its own specialties and atmosphere while continuing the traditions of maintaining friendly and knowledgeable staff and providing a wide variety of out-of-print, scholarly, rare and antiquarian books. It is not surprising that all have become favorites in their own communities. A fifth store, Commonwealth Books II, is now open in the historic Old South Meeting House on Boston's Freedom Trail and is a welcome addition to our family. With the addition of a new store, we now serve five communities of book enthusiasts. With the Internet, we serve an ever expanding global community. While Internet sales can never replace the experience of stepping into a shop brimming with wonderful old books, it can connect booklovers to items they might not have otherwise found. It is our goal to provide a pleasant browsing or buying experience to all of our visitors, both physical and virtual.Â We hope that if you find yourself in Sarasota, New Orleans, or Boston, you will stop in and spend some time with our books. If none of these cities is in your itinerary, we also exhibit at several Book and Antique Shows and Fairs throughout the year. Please send us an email; we'll gladly let you know our schedule. We feel very strongly in the power of reading, education and community support.Â We have declared the 8th of every month to be Sarasota Literacy Day.Â On these days, we proudly offer a 10% discount to Sarasota's hard-working literacy tutors. Another very worthy cause to which we donate is Take Stock in Children, Sarasota County.Â Providing mentoring and scholarship programs for Sarasota's deserving at-risk children, they're breaking the cycle of poverty through education and reading. Our 4-legged friends are not forgotten, either.Â Each month, we donate a Gift Certificate from our stores to the first adopter for that month of a retired greyhound from Sarasota's Racing Dog Rescue Project. We thank you in advance for choosing us.