With the slogan “Classics at classic prices,” Eudeba — the official publishing house of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) — is offering over 700 classic books at the shockingly low price of AR $5, an offer that has spread like wildfire on social media. Queues outside Eudeba stands are getting longer and books are being quickly sold out.
The publisher has a total of 50,000 books that are a part of the sale and the list includes 700 different works from the editorial’s catalogue published before the year 2000 that have not been reprinted. On the first day, the stands were bursting with people. Eudeba’s Facebook page later read that “Given the huge participation and enthusiasm of our readers, the books sold out in record time today.”
Print is dead, you say? Nobody buys books anymore? Well, I’ll have you know that so many people thronged to get their hands on these cheap copies that Eudeba decided to expand the initiative to other stands.
Children stories like “The stories of the Chiribitil” (Los cuentos del Chiribitil) have been revived with this initiative, as well as other important books such as the Nunca Más (Never Again) report on the victims of forced disappearances during the last military dictatorship.
So where do I go?
Good question! According to the Eudeba President, Gonzalo Alvarez, all stands will be open from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM (normal opening hours between brackets). You can find several Eudeba stands in the city of Buenos Aires:
- Cultural Center Ricardo Rojas: Avenida Corrientes 2038 (Monday to Friday 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 to 1:00 PM.)
- Parque Centenario: Ramos Mejía 841 (Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 to 1:00 PM.)
- University of Buenos Aires’ School of Law: Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 2263 (Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.)
- University of Buenos Aires’ School of Economics: Avenida Córdoba 2122, CABA (Monday to Friday 08:30 AM to 02:30 PM and from 03:00 PM to 09:00 PM.)
Warning: No sales if it rains! (For some reason)
This awesome sale is supposed to continue until January 15th, but if the high demand for books continues then it may have to end earlier than expected. So if you want to improve your Spanish or settle down with a copy of Kant, now is your chance.