If you don't want anything too out of the mainstream, the best place to pick up music is the FNAC megastore in central Barcelona. The second floor has CDs of all kinds -- rock, pop, jazz, classical, and a tempting selection that consists of mostly not-quite-current releases of current artists at rock-bottom prices. You can ask to listen before buying, which is handy for making purchases of Spanish music and flamenco. It's open 10am to 10pm Monday through Saturday.
The Plaça Catalunya branch of this music and entertainment megastore has a solid section of English-language books. Most of the novels are bestsellers (or recent bestsellers), and a large range of the current travel guides to Barcelona and the rest of Spain are available. There is also a bilingual dictionary and language textbook section.
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