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Where to Buy Books in Other Languages: 6 Best Online Bookstores

Looking for a learning approach that’s bound to improve your reading skills?

Reading foreign books is a wonderfully useful way to improve your language skills. 

Whether you enjoy language instruction books or recreational reading in your target language, books can help you learn new words, improve your comprehension skills and more.

Here are six sensational websites where you can easily browse, discover and buy books in other languages!


Where to Buy Books in Other Languages

The six sites below range from big sellers you probably already use all the time, to smaller shops full of language and literature gems. We’ll show you what’s available on the sites and how to browse them most effectively.


Amazon logo

You know it. You love it. But did you know your favorite provider of must-have items and last-minute Christmas gifts also has an extensive foreign language books section?

It’s true. Amazon offers books in over a dozen languages, including widely spoken languages like Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. It also offers selections in a number of less common languages, like Amharic and Lithuanian.

You can browse by going to the “foreign language” book section. From there, you can browse by language using the categories on the left side of the screen. Still not finding what you’re looking for? Try searching your target language with the word “books.” For instance, “Spanish books.” You can also search in your target language. For instance, “libros en español” (“books in Spanish”). This will provide you with a nice list of options.

Amazon’s digital offerings, namely Kindle ebooks, also come with some useful features for language learners. For example, you could look up unknown words from your Kindle e-book in the in-app dictionary.

You can also try ordering from foreign Amazon sites. For instance, the regional sites for France, Mexico and Germany offer tons of book options. The caveat is that you’ll have to conduct your searching in your target language (though you can consider this bonus language practice) and shipping charges will vary.


Powell’s is a Portland, Oregon-based independent bookseller. Lucky for language learners, it also sells books online, and its foreign language section is nothing to sneeze at.

There’s a huge variety of language options, including common ones like Chinese, French, German and Spanish, along with less common ones like Basque, Cantonese, Serbo-Croatian, Swahili and Yiddish. However, authentic texts (texts that are written for native speakers) are mixed in with instructional texts and textbooks, so finding the right option for you may require a little perusing.

There are a lot of fun options for language learners on this site. For instance, Powell’s offers a dual-language (Chinese-English) edition of “The Art of War.” Some Japanese manga like “Naruto” is also available.


Wish you could browse multiple booksellers at once? AbeBooks lets you do just that.

That’s because AbeBooks is an online marketplace used by a variety of book vendors around the world. Because AbeBooks includes many sellers, you’ll also find rare and collectible books here.

Among AbeBooks’s offerings is an extensive foreign language collection. You can find books in virtually any language imaginable.

The quickest way to find what you’re looking for is to search the name of your target language. From there, you’ll be offered “Curated Collections” from different booksellers offering texts in your target language. For instance, at the time of this writing there are nearly 200 curated collections that focus on Portuguese. One of those collections by “Libros Latinos” can help connect you with books on history, culture, medicine and more.

Schoenhof’s Foreign Books


If you want an extra dose of language study, Schoenhof’s Books of Illinois has options that can certainly up the learning quotient.

Founded all the way back in 1856, Schoenhof’s focuses only on foreign books, so you’ll have a great selection of books in French, German, Italian and Spanish. They also carry books in literally hundreds of other languages and dialects.

You can easily browse by language and category, and I recommend starting with something short and powerful like Albert Camus’ L’etranger, a classic in French language literature.

Hackenberg Booksellers

Looking for something special? Hackenberg Booksellers might have just the coveted piece you want on your shelf or coffee table.

Hackenberg Booksellers specializes in scholarly, out-of-print and rare texts, including historic works. This means that some of these options can be pricey. Luckily for language learners, though, a lot of these works are in foreign languages.

Unfortunately, there’s no good way to browse by language, so to find the ideal book for you, you’ll have to scroll through the catalogs. Still, there are some nice works, like Italian-language novels, Spanish-language history books and more.

Hackenberg Booksellers is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, though books can also be shipped.


eBay might not be the first place you think of when you want to purchase a book, but it’s a handy resource if you want a book you can’t find elsewhere. After all, eBayers scavenge bookstores, estate sales and more, and they come up with some real treasures.

There’s no separate “foreign language” category for casual browsing, but eBay sellers usually use keywords pretty effectively to help you find what you’re looking for, so searching is often quite effective.

For instance, if you’re looking for novels, try searching your target language along with “language novel.” Just as an example, searching “Italian language novel” yields a number of options, including some classic novels as well as children’s books and comic books. You can also try searching the “book in…” in your target language. For instance, книга на русском языке (“book in the Russian language”) provides a number of options, including fairy tales and children’s books.

Plus, plenty of international sellers use eBay, so you can often get books shipped directly from abroad through the site.

How to Select the Right Book Vendor for You

Consider how rare of a book you want. Popular books written in commonly spoken languages are often available through websites you’re probably already familiar with. However, if you’re looking for a book in a less common language or simply looking for a less common book, you’ll have to scour some websites that are more specialized (we’ve got some examples of these below).

Consider how you want to pay for the book. Most websites accept credit cards. Some also accept PayPal. However, if you choose to shop at an international vendor, it’s important to remember that your credit card and PayPal may charge an additional fee, so you might want to look at the terms associated with your account to see what the best deal will be.

Consider what you’re most comfortable with. Purchasing online can be nerve-racking. Will your purchase arrive? Is the vendor reliable? That’s why it’s important to check vendor ratings and consider which ones you’re most comfortable with before clicking “purchase.”


So check out these six websites where you can buy books in other languages. You might just find your next favorite language learning tool!

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