"The Old Tampa Book Company is a gem for booklovers in the heart of downtown with over 40,000 collectible, rare, used, and out-of-print books. Fiction and non-fiction from automobiles to zoology—search our inventory online or find a treasure in our store."
The Old Tampa Book Company was opened in 1995 by David Brown and his wife Ellen in Tampa's downtown business district. It has grown from 2,000 books in 1995 to more than 40,000 twelve years later.
An article in the local newspaper described the store as:
"Tampa- David Brown can't help himself. He's a book addict. On vacation and business trips, he pores over piles of books in estate, library, and university sales and anywhere else he can buy secondhand books.
That explains the look of the Old Tampa Book Company. Books fill the shelves and are stacked on top of them. They cover tabletops. Books line high walls and even can be found in the bathroom. The overflow volumes crowd the $1 sale sidewalk carts.
Member of Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association (FABA), Florida Bibliophile Society and Tampa Independent Business Alliance (TIBA)