Books & Bookshops

Focus Panama Publications
Comprehensive information about Panama in several publications, many of which are free or that can be purchased through the site or found in stores. General tourist and practical information on the country and Panama City available online.
El Hombre de la Mancha
Chain store found all over Panama carries a selection of books in English.
Biblioteca Nacional
Over 3000 books in English are available on the ground floor of the library. Books not cataloged digitally, but alphabetically organized by author on shelves. Library card allows one to check books out. In Parque Omar on Via Porras in San Francisco.
Diablo Rosso
Art gallery, exhibition space, store and cafe. A creative think tank and space for supporting emerging young artists. Concept store with various fun things, clothes, bags, accessories, shoes, masks, books, decorations, and art. Avenida A and Calle 7.
Exedra Books
Bookstore and cafe. Selection includes travel guides, maps, childrens books and souvenirs. Locations at Via Espana and Via Brasil, Tumba Muerto and David city. Also offers online shopping and home, office or hotel delivery.
Exedra Books
Large bookstore with English section. Can search online for books in English and purchase online. Categories include arts, cooking, biographies, novels, technical and instructional, kids, health. At Via Espana and Coronado Beach
Live and Invest Overseas
Online publishing company offers reports and information on living and retiring overseas, with section dedicated to Panama. Also sell books to help you move, retire or live overseas with specific advice on taxes, banking, lifestyle, residency, working.
International Admiralty Chart Agent in Panama and nautical bookstore. Cahrts are available digitally or physically, also offer nautical publications, maritime software, instruments, flags and pennants, IMO signs. Located in Balboa near the canal.
Getting to Know Panama
Information for visitors and residents, the book covers all aspects of Panama including history, culture, as a center of modern commerce, and its natural beauty. Book available to buy from Amazon and in some stores in Panama when in stock.
Panama Now
Hardcover coffee table style book is published every two years with new photos, text and statistics. Book gives a portrait of Panama and is available in English and Spanish. Available to buy on Amazon and in some stores in Panama when in stock.