Raven Used Books: Booksellers Beyond Bestsellers

Store Profile

  • Location: multiple locations
  • Specialty: Gently used general & scholarly works
  • Price range: ($) Budget
  • Website: ravencambridge.com

Store History

  • Founded: 2005
  • Founded by: John Petrovato
  • Headquarters: Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Square shop opened in 2005 at 52 JFK street. Specializing in scholarly and literary titles, the store quickly obtained a loyal and enthusiastic customer base. Hundreds of books come through the doors every day, sold by professors, grad students, and the general literary community. This turn over of 1200+ books every week keeps the stock at Raven Used Books fresh and exciting.

Tired of digging through the Dan Brown & Danielle Steel? Raven Used Books sidesteps the bestsellers and focuses on literary classics & contemporaries, art, philosophy and university press publications.

Raven Used Books has been a Harvard Square staple since 2005, but owner John Petrovato recently opened a Newbury Street location in 2010. Where the Cambridge store has a cozy, hidden gem feel, the new store is bright and welcoming on New England's most famous retail street. You'll still find the obscure scholarly works, classic poetry and prose, gorgeous art books, and essays on world religions. But with the added sections of cookbooks and children's, Raven Boston expands its offerings to fit its new neighborhood. Resisting the online market and proving that brick & mortar bookstores can still thrive, Raven relies on the thousands of carefully selected titles that come through each month to keep fans coming back. So sell your used books for cash or store credit, and you can find your new favorites while supporting independent booksellers.

Images: Tara Bellucci