Grammar GuideSpellingShould I use "bookstore" or "book store"?

Should I use "bookstore" or "book store"?

Should I use "bookstore" or "book store"?

Bookstore is the correct spelling. Book store is incorrectly used instead of the compound word 'bookstore'. In British English, 'bookshop' is more commonly used. The plural form is 'bookstores' or 'bookshops'.

The hyphenated versions 'book-store' and 'book-shop' are also incorrect.

Dictionary Definition of bookstoreDictionary Definition of bookshop

Examples of bookstore in a sentence

She’s probably a silent partner in that bookstore.
- Seeing Stars by Diane Hammond
Why would you look outside, when you're in a bookstore at night?
- The Straw Men by Michael Marshall
If the man spent any time in the bookstore before accosting her, then nobody noticed him.
- The Straw Men by Michael Marshall
Sorry to disappoint, but that’s why this book is in the “fiction” section of your bookstore.
- A Farewell to Legs: An Aaron Tucker Mystery by Jeffrey Cohen

Examples of bookshop in a sentence

Her heart was pounding as she walked up the hill toward the café and the bookshop.
- The Savage Altar by Asa Larsson
There wasn’t a soul inside the bookshop, apart from the girl behind the counter.
- The Savage Altar by Asa Larsson
Rebecka turned on her heel and quickly left the bookshop.
- The Savage Altar by Asa Larsson
Ducroix was an intellectual, a bookshop owner, a man of letters.
- The Tristan Betrayal by Robert Ludlum