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Bookstores help us remember the world before the technology takeover and remind us that it’s both comforting and beneficial to pick up and read a book from time to time. Here are the best bookstores in Austin for finding a paperback treasure.
Malvern Books is a small independent bookstore selling lesser-known authors that they feel deserve to be read. They hold poetry, novels, non-fiction, and other literary pieces you won’t find anywhere else. They also host frequent poetry readings and performances by various Austin musicians.
Malvern Books, 613 W 29th St, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 322 2097
BookPeople is a gem with an extremely knowledgeable staff who will give it their all to help you find your next favorite book. There is always a section dedicated to staff picks, which are all top-notch recommendations. In addition to their array of books, they also have a café – which is alone worth a visit – serving everything from lattes to vegan and gluten-free food options. It is a bookstore that accommodates everyone.
BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 472 5050
While 5th Dimension Books is fairly new to Austin, it’s too awesome not to include. They’re Austin’s only mobile bookstore and offer sci-fi, fantasy, and fringe books. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a magical world of unique books and funky souvenirs. Their collection is surprisingly large, and their location constantly changes. You can check out their website to track their whereabouts so that you can catch them when they head to your neck of the woods.
Farewell Books contains both new and used books, plus it has a great staff to aid you in choosing your next read. They also have an art gallery and a coffee bar attached, so get lost in art of all forms before grabbing a coffee for a pick-me-up and heading back into the real world.
Farewell Books, 913 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 473 2665