Costa Ricans are a literate bunch, and in the capital quite a few shops cater to them

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San José Bookshops

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Literature-lovers can find all manner of national and international titles along Avenida Central, a pedestrian zone home to some of the city's most popular bookshops, especially those of the San Pedro chain (which also has branches, naturally enough, around the university campus). Another good choice is Universal, on Central between Calle 1 and Calle Central, which features practically an entire floor devoted to books about Costa Rica, including guidebooks, maps, and much else. For novels and comics, check out More Books at the Omni shopping centre (Avenida 1 between Calle 3 and 5).

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