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ALBERTINE

French lit­er­ary cul­ture is the rai­son d’être for the Payne Whit­ney man­sion’s book­store. Op­er­ated by the French Em­bassy’s Cul­tural Ser­vices depart­ment, the shop con­tains more than 14,000 French and English ti­tles by au­thors from 30 French-speak­ing countries. 972 Fifth Ave., at 79th St., 212.650.0070.

AMA­ZON

Ama­zon’s brick-and-mor­tar lo­ca­tions fo­cus strongly on books, which are cat­e­go­rized by cus­tomer rat­ings and cu­ra­tors’ as­sess­ments. Gad­gets, in­clud­ing the elec­tronic per­sonal as­sis­tant, Alexa, are also avail­able. The Shops at Colum­bus Cir­cle, 10 Colum­bus Cir., btw W. 58th & W. 60th sts.; 7 W. 34th St., btw Fifth & Sixth aves. Phone num­ber for both lo­ca­tions: 206.266.2992.

BARNES & NO­BLE

Thou­sands of ti­tles are pre­sented in a com­fort­able, bi-level set­ting suited for read­ing and brows­ing, with events, such as lec­tures by au­thors and sto­ry­telling hours for chil­dren, plus eBooks, CDs, DVDs and a café of­fer­ing re­fresh­ments and cof­fee. 33 E. 17th St., btw Park Ave. So. &

Broad­way, 212.253.0810; and sev­eral other NYC lo­ca­tions.

THE DRAMA BOOK SHOP

Founded in 1917 by the Drama League, this 5,000-square-foot shop keeps more than 8,000 plays in stock. Thou­sands of the­ater stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als and award-win­ning artists pass through the shop’s doors. The base­ment houses a 60-seat black-box the­ater. 250 W. 40th St., btw Sev­enth & Eighth aves., 212.944.0595.

FOR­BID­DEN PLANET

A mas­sive stock of graphic nov­els and DC, Mar­vel and Dark­house comics—from main­stream to hard-to-find— plus games, DVDs and anime. 832 Broad­way, btw E. 12th & E. 13th sts., 212.473.1576.

HOUS­ING WORKS BOOK­STORE CAFE

Pe­ruse stacks of used books at this book­store and café, where pro­ceeds go di­rectly to help­ing peo­ple liv­ing with HIV/AIDS. The venue also holds read­ings, com­edy shows, pod­cast tap­ings and writ­ing work­shops. 126 Crosby St., btw Prince & E. Hous­ton sts., 212.334.3324.

MID­TOWN COMICS

Thou­sands of graphic nov­els, trade pa­per­backs and back is­sues are of­fered at this re­tailer, which also car­ries para­pher­na­lia and ships do­mes­tic free. 200 W. 40th St., btw Sev­enth & Eighth aves., 212.302.8192; and three other NYC lo­ca­tions.

PRINTED MAT­TER

A non­profit book­store of­fer­ing a wide range of books, zines and ob­jects—all writ­ten and de­signed by artists—as well as ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices, pub­lish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, fairs and other pro­gram­ming. 231 11th Ave., btw W. 25th & W. 26th sts., 212.925.0325.

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