Waterstones is a great bookstore especially if you like travel books. Mulitstoried, you could spend hours browsing the books on offer. They have a huge selection of travel books and maps, and a coffee shop if you fancy sitting down to read. Tons of books on Irish fiction, drama, politics and poetry. They also have book signings every thursday. They also have a branch in Jevis Street and on Sunday you can take advantage of reading the newspapers from 12-6pm and drink free tea and coffee.
What to buy: Every book on travel. Lots of books on Dublin and Ireland.
What to pay: Lots. Books are expensive in Ireland.
There are many good book shops in Dublin.
Easons is probably the most famous, situated on O Connell St. and Dawson St. It has a huge range of books from fiction to academic.
Waterstones in Jervis St. shopping center has some beautiful coffee-table books, ideal as a souvenir.
Cathach Books on Duke St. (Just off Grafton St.) sells rare books and first editions but bring your wallet!
Around the corner from Cathach is Hodges Figgis, a bit pricey but top choice for academic books (at least for me)
Chapters bookshop on Parnell St. across the road from the Ilac center is a massive new bookshop, it sells both new and used books and you are guaranteed to find something that catches your eye and doesn't hurt your pocket.
Easons, Hodges Figgis, Waterstones and Dubray are the main chainstore bookshops. Chapters in Parnell Street is great for discounts and secondhand books. Books Upstairs in College Green is good for poetry, politics and less mainstream choices. Cathach Books in Duke Street for rare and antiquarian books. The Secret Book and Record Store in Wicklow Street is a favourite of mine for browsing through secondhand and unusual books. You will also find secondhand book sections in all charity/secondhand shops and Oxfam have a secondhand bookshop in Parliament Street.
If you like reading head for the following book store.
The Winding Stair, Liffey street,
This is my favourite place. On the first level you will find books, on the second level is the café. On the third level you will find comfortable small tables that overlook the Liffey. Buy a coffee take your book or paper or your postcards and sit for hours watching the hetic traffic below or enjoy reading whatever takes your fancy. Secondhands books are on sale here also. Someone once said about this store.. its creaky and oozing with character.
What to buy: Look for books by Pat Liddy one in particular called Secret Dublin which gives you a list of recommended walks and pubs. Excellent for getting around and making the most of your stay here and discovering the real Dublin.
What to pay: Like most places in Ireland all books are pretty expensive.
Recently discovered this book store, although l am not into science fiction but my friend is. Lots to choose from if you like spock types. Its a science fiction and fantasy specialist book shop with books, comics and magazines.
What to buy: Anything to do with Science fiction and fantasy.
What to pay: A lot. Price of books and mags is expensive here.
Said to be the oldest shop in Dublin, having been around for about 240 years. When you get into the shop you can browse through the shelves of books, antiques and memorabilia, you will find that something 'unique' here for whoever it may be that your buying for, or for yourself.
Close to Trinity College and also College Green, Books Upstairs features an excellent selection of Irish history and literature. Many of the books are deeply discounted. The books are well-organized and easily reached, too.
There's been a Hodges Figgis bookstore in Dublin since 1768! The shop has moved three times and is currently very comfortably located on Dawson Street, not far from Trinity College. They have an excellent, comprehensive "full-line" stock. (Presently owned by Waterstone's.)
Easons is a great book shop, with lots of books about Ireland, books by Irish authors, and everything else you may desire.
It is located in the very heart of Dublin, on O'Connell St, right next to O'Connell's Bridge.
If you are a reading buff or not, it's interesting to spend time in Eason's, browse through the books and make a literary tour of Ireland without leaving the shop!