Harvard Book Store

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Harvard Book Store
Harvard Book Store (2006)
LocationCambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°22′21″N 71°06′59″W / 42.3725°N 71.1164°W / 42.3725; -71.1164Coordinates: 42°22′21″N 71°06′59″W / 42.3725°N 71.1164°W / 42.3725; -71.1164
Opening date1932
OwnerJeffrey Mayersohn and Linda Seamonson
WebsiteHarvard Book Store website

Harvard Book Store is an independent and locally owned seller of used, new, and bargain books in Cambridge's Harvard Square.

Harvard Book Store was established in 1932 by Mark Kramer, father of longtime owner Frank Kramer, and originally sold used textbooks to students.[1][2]

Family-owned for over seventy-five years, the store was sold in the fall of 2008 to Jeffrey Mayersohn and Linda Seamonson of Wellesley, Massachusetts, and remains an independent business.[3][4]

Though often confused with the Harvard Coop,[citation needed] the store has no affiliation with Harvard University or the Harvard Coop bookstore, which is managed by Barnes & Noble. With a focus on an academic and intellectual audience, the store's selection and customer service is repeatedly honored by local publications and surveys.[citation needed]

Forbes named the book store as its top bookshop in its "World's Top Shops 2005" list.[5]

In 2009, the store introduced an on-demand book printing service called the Espresso Book Machine, produced by New York firm On Demand Books, using books in the public domain available through Google Library.[6]

In recent years, a well-attended author event series has hosted Al Gore, Salman Rushdie, Haruki Murakami, John Updike, Orhan Pamuk, and Stephen King, in addition to a number of local writers and academics.[7]


  1. ^ "Harvard Book Store". Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  2. ^ David Mehegan (28 May 2008). "Next chapter for best seller". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  3. ^ David Mehegan (2 October 2008). "Wellesley couple buy Harvard Book Store". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  4. ^ Lee, Felicia (30 May 2008). "Bookstore for Sale". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  5. ^ "World's Top Shops 2005". Forbes.com. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  6. ^ Merrigan, Tara (22 September 2009). "Google Library and Harvard Offer On-Demand Books". FoxNews.com. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  7. ^ Beryl C.D. Lipton (November 2007). "Harvard Book Store Celebrates 75 Years of Literature and Community". Retrieved 9 May 2010.

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