Encore College Bookstores, Inc., our parent corporation, was founded in September 1988 with the acquisition of Zavelle Bookstore in Philadelphia, PA. Zavelle Bookstore has served the community of students at Temple University for over 70 years.
Manhattan Books opened in February 1990 to continue our philosophy that all students should have the opportunity to buy and sell their textbooks at the best possible price. In those "pre-internet" years, the only place that students could shop was at the institutional bookstore. As an independent bookseller we gave students another outlet where they could get the required books for their courses. Our new website is yet another way we hope to offer textbooks and course materials at competitive prices.