Despite the rise of Ebooks and Amazon, the charming independent bookstore is still alive and well in America. From those with the largest selection to the ones with the coziest atmosphere, these are the best bookstores in each of the 50 states, according to customer votes on Nextdoor.com.
Alabama: Page and Palette
The early bird may get the cup of coffee at Page and Palette in Fairhope, but the night owl gets the craft cocktail. That’s because this fourth-generation family-owned shop, which began as a book and art supply store, now has both a cafe and bar, meaning you (almost) never have to leave.
Alaska: Title Wave Books
You’ll find quality and quantity at Title Wave in Anchorage, the state’s largest bookstore. Bonus: The price is definitely right, especially if you shop the $1.99 (yes, really!) and $3.99 tables.
Arizona: Changing Hands Bookstore
Come for the pages, stay for the pours. Phoenix’s Changing Hands is home to the cleverly-named First Draft Bar, one of the only “book bars” in the United States, where you can sip a lavender mimosa or a locally made mead while discussing that month’s book club pick.
Arkansas: WordsWorth Books
If you’re looking for a book on Arkansas flora and fauna or even a guide to the most bizarre Southern state lingo, you’ll find it all at WordsWorth, which offers a large selection of local interest reads. As you browse, you’ll be treated to the pleasant sound of chirping from the flock of finches that lives in the back of this store in Little Rock.
California: Bookshop Santa Cruz
Become a regular at Bookshop Santa Cruz and you’ll join 49,000 other people who make up the store’s “Frequent Buyer” program. Whether it’s Bookshop’s extensive new release section or the fact that it’s been a California institution for over 50 years, customers keep coming back for more.
Colorado: Tattered Cover Bookstore
The Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver is a literary lover’s paradise. You’ll find tons of comfy couches to pass a rainy day with your nose in your favorite book, the coziest atmosphere, and, with its slew of book signings and celebrity appearances, a solid chance you’ll catch a glimpse of one of your favorite authors.