Many independent bookstores around the nation have had to close due to today’s world of e-readers, big box chain stores and faceless online retailers. In Washington however, a few have weathered the storm and continue to thrive. From general interest to specialty shops, we compile a list of must-visit bookshops in the state of Washington.
Located in Yakima in Central Washington, Encore Books is a locally owned bookstore with something for everyone. Primarily dealing in used books, Encore features a selection of new works as well, including best sellers and hard-to-find books. From biographies to history to romance to cookbooks and more, voracious readers can spend hours perusing the shelves of this shop, which features over 150,000 titles. For those on a tight budget, Encore also has a bargain table where books are .25¢ or $1.00. They host special events throughout the year as well, which can be found on their website.
Encore Books, 1016 S. 3rd Ave., Yakima, WA, USA, +1 509 457 4660
Left Bank Books is a unique store in that it is collectively owned and operated by its workers — they work together and make decisions together making everyone an equal. Established in 1973 in Seattle, this small Pike Place Market bookshop features a host — approximately 10,000 — of new and used books for people’s reading pleasure. A specialty store, they specialize in anti-authoritarian, independent works and small-press titles to name but a few and feature 70 sections within their store, including feminist studies, immigration studies, race and culture, poetry and native studies.
Left Bank Books, 92 Pike St., Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 622 0195