Who opens a used bookstore in 2010? Somebody who knows how to do it right. John Petrovato started selling used books in the western Mass towns of Montague, Amhearst, and Northhampton. Five years ago he opened the Raven Used Books in Harvard Square, and today he brings his used and rare book expertise to new tony address, 263 Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay.
The Cambridge location, at 52-B JFK Street, Harvard Square, remains a vital addition to the area. The new location offers 1100 square feet of used books. Of the new location Petrovato told the Boston Phoenix: "We'll have more fiction in Boston than in Cambridge, more extensive art and arts volumes, and we'll carry cookbooks and children's literature." More fiction? "Both stores stock about 15,000 books." Color me impressed.