EBKS English books

20 Aug


Finding English books that don’t cost the earth locally can be difficult and finding non bestsellers even more so which is why today I’d like to share with you my Erlangen treasure trove for book lovers.

Musicland – Helmstrasse 9 91054 Erlangen

Monday-Friday 11.30am-7pm Saturday 11am-1pm

Just like with books, never judge a shop by it’s cover!

Just like with books, never judge a shop by it’s cover!

Just off the main street and next door to Curry House (yum) you will find so much more than just music in this Aladdin’s cave of  CDs, DVDs, LPs and books! The window display is wonderfully eclectic and a true example of the wide ranging stock they have, stock does rotate fairly regularly (though the music faster than the books) so visit as often as you can, or in my case when I have money and space for new books. Everything here is pre loved, this makes the prices utterly reasonable, for a girl who misses her charity shop hauls, this place is close to heaven.


As you walk in, it’s impossible not to browse in this shop

I didn’t manage to get a full picture of the whole of the shop because there were too many shoppers, this is about 1/6 of the stock in the front room of the shop. They also have turntables, see those green stools near the steps? so you can test out your vinyl before purchasing.


Up the steps to the pure vinyl room

This room contains pretty much every genre of music available, old and new, from Schlager to Classical, traditional to modern(ish). I don’t even own a turntable anymore, I just love looking at the cover art.


Soo much vinyl

Carrying on into the shop, which is very tardis like in it’s size and kind of reminds me of ‘Mr Penumbras 24 hour bookstore’ (wonderful book, you must read!) there are books filling every nook and cranny.


Language learning section

If you turn left once you’re passed the vinyl on your left you will find a dictionary/language learning section. I have picked up some wonderful finds here, English-German dictionaries, verb books and even the ‘Deutsch als fremdsprache’ books I’ve used in language classes, and all for a fraction of the price of new books (even though they are maybe six months old).

Once you are ready to move on follow the path into the next room


This will be right in front of you

On the left there are loads of travel books, some amazingly old and most pretty up to date, buying a German guide to a city/country can be a good way to practice your German, you can also find the occasional one in English. If you want something thats definitely in English go to the left of the bookcase with the travel books….


All in English!!!!!

It’s a random selection, but a good one. Some of the shelves are two deep with paperbacks, which generally cost 2-3.50 euro, how much do you love me right?

There is also a selection of books in other languages, though it is smaller.

If you carry on to the back of the shop (yes there is more) you can even find written music (super cheap). Also at the back of the shop, you sometimes you will find a selection of books that are for sale by their weight, I cleaned up that way one day on random purchases.

This is a buy and sell enterprise but I have not yet sold anything back to the shop since I have a circle of book buddies locally who I exchange books with quite regularly, keeps my purse closed and my shelves from overflowing. The people who work in the shop have always been lovely and friendly, and in Germany I can’t say no to that kind of customer service now can I?

One of the great things about this shop is that you can take your time, no one will bother you and there are even random chairs and stools placed around the shop for friends bored of book shopping piling up your book booty.

There also have branches in Ausburg, Fuerth and Regensburg. Go try it out and let me know how you get on.


12 Responses to “EBKS English books”

  1. beerandbratwurst August 20, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    I´m FOR SURE heading there on my next visit to Erlangen! Thank you!!!

    • Alie C August 20, 2014 at 11:54 am #

      Glad to be of service, enjoy!

  2. bevchen August 20, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    Oh wow, this looks amazing! It kind of reminds me of a second-hand book shop back home. I swear that place is actually subject to Terry Pratchett’s concept of “L-Space”. There’s no way such a small shop can have so many rooms/staircases/landings… and all of them are filled with books!

    • Alie C August 20, 2014 at 11:55 am #

      That’s why I love it in there, I literally trip over wonderful books!

  3. Expat Eye August 20, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    I love a good second-hand bookshop! I could spend half the day in that place! Perfect 🙂

    • Alie C August 20, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

      I often do, and without breaking the bank!

  4. nikki @ bookpunks August 22, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    OH MY GOD WHY IS ERLANGEN SO FAR AWAY FROM FRANKFURT!?!?!?! I want to go shop here right now.

    • Alie C August 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

      Totally worth a day trip!

  5. heatherinde August 25, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    Love this, and so bummed I don’t have classes in Erlangen anymore! I’ll be checking out the one in Fürth for sure though. Thanks!

    • Alie C August 25, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

      I got a flyer for the one in fürth and they do regular ‘books for a euro’ kind if thing, don’t know if any will be in English, let me know how you get on!

  6. gary fouse June 17, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    Did you find my book, “Erlangen-An American’s History of a German Town”? It’s there.

    • Alie C October 23, 2017 at 7:45 am #

      No didn’t see it, someone must have snapped it up before me!

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