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We live in a digital age, there’s no denying it. It’s becoming more and more difficult to detach ourselves from our smart phones, TVs, internet, etc. In the arena of entertainment, it seems as if books have quickly gone from number 1 to number 100 on our list. One questions whether there’s any need for bookstores. Do people even read books anymore? Well, thankfully, the answer is yes, people do read, and bookstores are still popular. There’s a certain sense of intimacy at brick-and-mortar bookstores — not only can you find new and old books, but you can speak with actual people who recognize the sanctity of the suddenly antiquated establishment we call the independent bookstore.
Here at Culture Trip, we understand that knowledge is power, and when you enter a bookstore, you’re surrounded by the knowledge, creativity, and imagination of thousands of people whose written words will live forever on the printed page. In the literary spirit of great Floridian authors such as Ernest Hemingway, John D. MacDonald, and Carl Hiaasen, we present the best bookstores in Florida.
Specializing in Key West’s local writers, Key West Island Books has hundreds of titles from some of Key West and South Florida’s most famous authors, past and present. They have an extensive collection of new, used, and rare books including new releases and New York Times best sellers. If you’re traveling to Key West and happen to visit the famous Hemingway Home, you might get inspired to read one of his timeless classics such as A Farewell To Arm or For Whom The Bell Tolls. Key West Island Books has all things Hemingway, should you decide that you are in need of a great piece of 20th-century literature.
513 1/2 Fleming St. Key West, FL, USA +1 305 294 2904
Let’s head on over to the west coast of Florida for our next featured location. Fort Myers is home to the Gulf Coast Bookstore, located near the beautiful Butterfly Estates near the downtown area. The interesting thing about this bookstore is that they only sell books written by local authors; there are 54 of them to be exact, and you can browse the front-facing displays to find the perfect book. The concept was hatched in 2014 when two local literary community activists, Patti Jefferson and Timothy Jacobs, joined forces to bring recognition to local authors and establish a place where their books would take center stage.
With three locations in Miami, and affiliate stores in Grand Cayman, Westhampton Beach, Miami International Airport, and The Studios in Key West, Books and Books is one of South Florida’s biggest literary success stories. Founded in 1982 by Mitchell Kaplan as a locally owned independent bookstore, Books and Books serves as a community center for writers and readers, hosting 60 author events a month and featuring a carefully curated selection of books, magazines, and gift items. For a full list of upcoming author events at Books and Books, click here.
Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, USA +1 305 864 4241