Independent bookshops are very important for the publishing field. In Milan there are many bookshops that follow the model of the London Review Bookshop or the legendary Shakespeare & Co. in Paris, they still consider the importance of the books in the digital era and get in these spaces you seem like crossing a parallel reality.
Many of these bookshops have also small cafes, where you can spend an afternoon talking with the staff which will give you advices about literature and any kind of book.
The purpose of these bookshops is also to promote the small publishers, which are often marginalized by the large retailers. They often organize promotional and cultural meetings with authors, an essential work to ensure that small publishers continue to exist.
We want to suggest you a visit to some interesting independent bookshops in Milan.
Founded in 1975 and specialized in books on psychology, in 2005 changed management and became one of the most famous of Milan independent bookshops thanks to Andrea and Roberto, the two owners, Veronica, Irene and Sarah.
The Centofiori bookshop is located at Piazzale Dateo, in the Eastern area of the city. The Centofiori bookshop offers a wide range of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and photography books.
Here you can find even a large selection of travel guides and noir novels. The Centofiori bookshop gives much attention to the children and teenager literature, increasing the importance that this bookshop acquired in the neighborhood.
The meetings and events organized by the Centofiori staff attract a selective audience, who isn’t pleased by the bestsellers.
The Libreria Del Mondo Offeso opened in October 2008 and the last year has moved to Piazza San Simpliciano, a few steps from Corso Garibaldi and Porta Nuova district. This bookshop is specialized in XX century fiction, theater books and out of print books, and is considered the main cultural space of this district.
At Libreria Del Mondo Offeso you can even attend to readings and concerts. You can let your children playing in the kid’s area; furthermore, the bookstore welcomes the customer with a nice cafeteria, where you can have breakfast, lunch or arrange snacks for children.
Gogol & Company is another bookstore very well known in Milan. Bookshop and café, Gogol & Company is located at Via Savona, a very lively area during the Milan Design Week and the Fuori Salone events.
The staff goal is to provide an environment where it is pleasant to look around on the shelves but also you can sit down to work or study. The Gogol & Company bistrot is open from the morning to the aperitif time and offers a good selection of wines. The bookshop overlooks the Piazza Berlinguer, a pedestrian square where you can sit on the benches and read the book just bought.
Verso Bookshop is located very close to the Colonne di San Lorenzo in Porta Ticinese, one of Milan’s nightlife districts.
Verso, which is a bookshop with café and a meeting area, celebrated on last December its first year of activity, has become a landmark for book lovers, writers and artists.
Its management comes from different business fields but with a common denominator: the books.
Andrea and Piero are two publishers, Lisa is photo editor, Alessandro a journalist and Tomaso a talent scout and translator. Davide is the bookshop director and a writer, and under his direction, the Verso editorial proposal comes mainly from the catalogs of independent editions.
The bookshop is divided on two floors with a big area dedicated to comic books and children’s literature. On the entrance there is a nice bar where you can drink tasty cocktails and wines, a recommended place for an aperitif!