About Verbatim Books
Verbatim Books is a secondhand bookstore with an eclectic range of gently-loved and antiquarian books. Our stock is extremely curated to help you find quality editions of classics, favorites, and new discoveries.
Our zine corner is full of stuff made by local zine and chapbook creators, as well as a selection of the best new releases from small presses and micro-distributors such as Burn All Books, Caboose Press, Eternia Press, Microcosm Publishing, Tiny Splendor, Broccoli Mag, Party Trick Press, Genderfail, and more! We also carry new books and zines from over 200 local authors.
In the past, Verbatim Books has helped to produce popular community events such as the North Park Book Fair and the San Diego Book Crawl. Before the pandemic, we also hosted 1-2 indoor events per week. We are looking forward to returning to doing indoor events Summer 2022.
Tijuana-based artist Armando Elizarrares completed his 90-foot bookshelf mural on the north wall of Verbatim Books in December of 2021.
Local Author Consignment
If you would like to join our local author program (open to current residents of San Diego & Tijuana), please bring in one (1) copy of your paperback or hardcover book or 1-2 copies of your zine to the store during business hours. Just fill out a short form and we will get your work out on the shelves.
We do a 50/50 consignment split on local author items. Please note that the author must consign their own items.
You can call, message, or stop by the store any time to check on your consignment. We encourage you to check in regularly!