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Bookmans Entertainment Exchange
IndustryBookstore and Entertainment
HeadquartersTucson, Arizona
Number of locations
Key people
Bob Oldfather (Founder and President)[1]
ProductsUsed books
Video games
Musical instruments

Bookmans, officially known as Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, is the largest used book retailer based in Arizona. It was founded in 1976 by Bob Oldfather.[1][2][3][4] Besides books, the store also sells magazines, CDs, DVDs, electronics, video games, and musical instruments.[5][6] All six stores have free access to Wi-Fi Internet. Bookmans stores are located in Tucson, Mesa, Phoenix and Flagstaff. The Flagstaff store includes a cafe, that is popular with locals, tourists, and students from Northern Arizona University.[7]

Bookmans is a member of the American Booksellers Association and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. The company is known for its annual reading competition open to Arizona elementary schools, called The Bookmans’ Reading Challenge. The company sponsors, among other things, local music and art venues like The Loft Cinema,[8] public and festival events like the HoCo Record Festival at the Hotel Congress, and other local organizations and communities throughout Arizona.


  1. ^ a b Sorenson, Dan (2009-12-03). "Ground broken for e-vehicle chargers: Bookmans putting in stations at two Tucson locations". The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
  2. ^ Graham, Chuck (2007-10-31). "Bookmans says thanks". Tucson Citizen. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
  3. ^ "New categories, more winners for Best of Flagstaff 2007". AZ Daily Sun. 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
  4. ^ "Frommer's Review". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
  5. ^ "Best Used Books". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
  6. ^ "BEST CD STORE ON A BUDGET". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
  7. ^ Bookmans (2019-05-07). "Bookmans Flags Cafe". Bookmans Entertainment Exchange. Retrieved 2023-10-06.
  8. ^ "The Loft Cinema Sponsorship". Retrieved 2009-05-18.

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