I first passed by Readers a few weeks ago, in July, soon after they launched on the day the last Harry Potter book came out. At the time, I was impressed but I didn’t get the chance to really browse through the place. First of all, it’s easily accessible which I love, especially when compared to any other large bookstore. You don’t have to hike through a mall and it’s maddening crowd. It’s located in the Cozmo Center, which is basically the ground floor of Cozmo’s that is still being renovated and expanded. If you park in the main parking area on that floor, you’ll find Readers as soon as you enter the door, immediately to your right.
It is in fact the largest bookstore even though the selection is not enormous (compared to the international book conglomerates) but fairly diverse. There are books in English, Arabic as well as children’s books. Actually, I would go as far as saying it has the largest selection of children’s books in Jordan that I’ve seen to date.
The English section is well organized, which is a pretty important thing when you consider the alternatives in Amman. All the big names are on the shelves, including King, Rice, Clancy and Grisham. Although they also have a really great selection of books that are more oriented to the eastern reader, which is something that’s nice to see. A selection that includes Najeeb Mahfouz’s literature in English, political books on the Middle East, as well as two books I picked up while I was there: a collection of poems by Rumi and another, “The Gift”, a collection of poems by Hafiz. Hopefully I’ll get around to reviewing them in due time, but for now, they’ll sit on the nightstand for some good night-time reading.
What’s also nice about the place is that you can actually sit down and read a book before buying it. The children’s section is located in a comfortable corner with beanbags, while on the other side of the bookstore there are several tables and chairs in the magazine section.
You also don’t get hassled by the staff, who will only come over once to ask if you need help. The prices are pretty much on level with market prices. Two books cost me around 24JDs. It’s a really great place, especially if you have kids. I highly recommend it to anyone.