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Since its establishment as Oslo's first bookstore in 1832, Tanum has satiated Oslo's literary needs. Tanum Karl Johan is the chain's primary store with over 70,000 books available on site. While the chain has become popular over time, its quality has never dropped. If the book that you desire is not available on site for some reason, the store will order it and have it in stock fast. There are particularly large sections of art books and English literature. The store also hosts book signings and author visitations on occasion. If you like to read, then you will fall in love with Tanum.
Norli Universitetsgata is focused on literary breadth, and it shows. Books of all genres: cookbooks, textbooks, foreign volumes, and more are offered. After exploring the first and second floor, you're sure to find something that will grab your attention. If you encounter difficulty in tracking down a single book in this literary emporium, or if you just want a suggestion on reading material, the knowledgeable staff will be happy to help. In addition to literature, Norli has office and educational supplies, computer supplies, and cards for all imaginable occasions. If you like to read, Norli will be waiting for your visit.
Centrally located near the Royal Palace, Norlis is one of Oslo's most beloved used bookstores. The window displays are always interesting, and the interior has a cozy, homey feel to it. You'll find fiction and art literature abundantly featured, but Norlis also specializes in rare books, much to the delight of collectors. Early editions and out of print titles are available for book lovers.
Bok & Media is a bookstore for Christian music and literature. Kirkelig Kulturverksted is a record company that originated in the Christian community, with a reputation for being one of the very best record companies in the country when it comes to quality. Kirkelig Kulturverksted very often has a separate shelf in record stores. At Bok & Media you can buy records from Kirkelig Kulturverksted, as well as other Christian records and books that are difficult to find elsewhere. Check out the website for further details.
Tronsmo is one of the most popular bookstores in Oslo. Independently owned, Tronsmo features books on various subcultures, including gay/lesbian literature, feminism, left-wing politics and social movements. The basement of the shop holds a large collection of comics books, which is perhaps what Tronsmo is most known for. There's also a good selection of titles in English, as well as a variety of movies, and souvenirs such as T-shirts, stickers, pins and postcards.
This is one of the most popular and cheapest record stores in the city. They sell the newest pop records, which are topping the charts around the world, for a good deal cheaper than at most other record stores. However, it is not the place to come if you are afraid of masses of people crammed into a few square meters. The store is packed with young people all day, even during working hours. But seriously, it is cheap!