Chances are if you’re buying a used book, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos got it in his hands at some point because Amazon accounts for over 60% of book sales. That means Bezos can afford to lose your book business, especially since he’s probably taking half your salary at Whole Foods anyway.
So, we say you should check out these great independent bookstores in the area. Do your part to support local businesses. Even better, a conversation with a cool independent bookseller might point you toward surprising new reading adventures, contrary to what Amazon’s software algorithms suggest. Real intelligence beats artificial intelligence every time.
221 W. Hickory Street, Denton
Tucked away just off the town center square in Denton, Patchouli Joe’s is a relatively new establishment that has a great selection of new and old offerings from your favorite authors. A really neat feature of this shop is that it sells mystery boxes of books, a perfect birthday gift for the reader in your life.
200 N. Locust Street, Denton
Recycled Books is a North Texas book powerhouse. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, you can’t find it without using a keyboard. It opened in 1983 in the basement and first floor of Denton’s old opera house, and students, teachers, book collectors and everyone buys all kinds of media here, including records, CDs , DVDs, cassettes, vintage movie posters and a large selection of rare books.
Deep Vellum Bookstore & Publishing Co.
3000 Commerce Street (Deep Ellum)
Specializing in small series of interesting and obscure books by lesser-known authors — at least for American readers — the bookstore and publisher have amassed a loyal fanbase. If you’re looking for something Texas centric, contemporary and obscure, this is your place. They also make a great cup of coffee.
101 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Duncanville
Duncanville Bookstore has been making the suburbs interesting for over 30 years. What started as a bookstore/porcelain doll shop has turned into a mecca for comics. If you’re looking for low-key selections of graphic novels and comics, plus a few vintage toys, you’re in luck. Try to catch them between comic book conventions like some of the really good stuff like a ranked CGC Tales from the Crypt #43 (1954), sold out quickly though.
5600 W. Lovers Lane, (North Dallas)
“Knowledgeable and experienced booksellers” is their motto. The staff are friendly, well read and great at giving suggestions. The store offers a wide selection of beautiful new books, from classics to recent and contemporary books. If you’re a fan of international books, they’ve got you covered. It’s the kind of place where customers buy a copy of Gatsby the magnificent for an 11th grader and a copy of The interim to explore a narrative about life in the Eastern Bloc 40 years ago.
Poets Oak Cliff Bookstore
506 N. Bishop Ave (Bishop Arts)
This small, well-organized bookstore and writing studio by local writer Marco Cavazos is not to be missed. The shop is located on the main thoroughfare of Bishop Arts and features local writers. If you’re local-centric and looking for historical literature about Dallas or Texas in general, the shop has a special section for you. Rich offerings on Dallas’ Little Mexico, long-gone theaters, and the city’s historical significance are staples at this shop.
Wild West comics and games
400 E. Division St., No. 110 Arlington,
What was once the location of Lone Star Comics has morphed into Wild West Comics and Games in the heart of Arlington. Located within walking distance of the UTA campus, this bookstore specializes in graphic novels and a huge selection of modern comics. If you’re heading west to check out Jerry World, make a quick stop at Wild West Comics and pick up the latest episode of Unfair.
314 W. Eighth Street (Bishop Arts)
How about a delicious cocktail or cappuccino to accompany a selection of the latest and coolest books? Even better, how about an intimate setting on a rainy day, with indoor and outdoor tables to enjoy drinks and books? Even better than that, how about some great books, good vibes, and a great place to meet other well-read singles? Wild Detectives is all of the above and more.