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Bookstore and Coffee Shop
Downtown Austin, Austin
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  • David H.
    David HensleyNovember 17, 2013
    Great Selection of literature, and is located in the beautiful downtown Austin area. Once you grab a nice book you could literally walk to some of the best restaurants in town and have a good read.
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleFebruary 5, 2013
    All you tech heads can go bang your digital drum elsewhere: We’ll be curled up with a good book at BookPeople, where the printed page is still king. Great selection, comfy chairs, and a coffee bar.
  • Austin American-Statesman
    Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 27, 2012
    Indie bookseller since 1970, BookPeople is a winner of Bookstore of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly. Employee-written reviews, a coffee shop and tons of book signings and events make it a must-see.
  • Social N.
    There is a huge selection of books organized really well.There's a great selection of journals, stationery and cards. Also check out the rows of magazines, some of which you can't find anywhere else!
  • Imelda C.
    Imelda CarrisalezApril 19, 2013
    I really liked the children's book section. I had fun exploring and browsing a book for my nephew. Everything about this place is open and friendly, and keep up with the events if you can.
  • Niki D.
    Niki DoyleNovember 10, 2013
    Almost every bookcase has a shelf dedicated to staff recommendations, and each one has a little card detailing WHY it's a staff pick. You don't get that with big box bookstores!
  • Dell
    DellMarch 9
    Simply the best bookstore in town, possibly in state. This large indie boasts a vast selection, spot-on staff recs and great author events.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FMarch 17, 2010
    Make sure to keep an eye out for the staff recommendation cards! They change pretty regularly. Don't miss the coffee shop in the back corner and the shelves upstairs.
  • Andrea K.
    Andrea KOctober 10, 2011
    Great study spot - get a coffee inside and then set up shop at one of the shady tables outside; the staff won't bother you, I've sat here for hours studying for midterms.
  • The Austin Grand Prix
    The Austin Grand PrixDecember 30, 2011
    Need a great gift? Don't be fooled - they have so much more than books here! An Austin icon. Funny greeting cards and a decent coffee shop so get comfy.
  • Josh G.
    Josh GammonOctober 15, 2014
    This might be my favorite bookstore ever! They have a fantastic calendar of book signings. Wish I could go to them all!
  • Whitney J.
    Whitney JardineJuly 16, 2015
    Amazing selection of books and periodicals. Support local business! They'll order you anything if it's not in stock!
  • Josh A.
    Josh AAugust 29, 2014
    Awesome indie bookstore. They host tons of speakers. Good cafe inside too with yummy tamales and great coffee.
  • Ben T.
    Ben ThomaNovember 6, 2013
    Don't think pizza boxes are interesting? Wrong. Read "Viva la Pizza: The Art of the Pizza Box" and be wowed!
  • Simon & Schuster
    Simon & SchusterMarch 18, 2011
    A book lover's paradise! Great selection, knowledgeable staff, delicious lattes. Austin suspense author Laura Griffin stops by here frequently to work on her TRACERS series. Read more
  • Dara B.
    Dara BassinMarch 9, 2012
    This is a really great bookstore. It is large, but it still feels personal. Staff recommends their favorite books in each section.
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressFebruary 5, 2014
    Meet Steven Saylor on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new historical mystery, Raiders of the Nile, from the Novels of Ancient Rome. Read more
  • Creative House I.
    Book People is one of the few stores that supports local Author's. A great selection of some really good books can be found at their store.
  • Steven W.
    Steven WrightMay 21, 2012
    Make sure to split up from your friends and wander. Wandering in this place attracts you to the right books and you will be unconsciously happy
  • David Morris P.
    David Morris ParsonApril 15, 2010
    Best place in Austin for writers. Awesome selection of Sale Books. And Staff Recommendations are spot on. My second home.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BaronApril 19, 2015
    Plenty of seating if you want to thumb through a book or two. Much better history section than the chain stores.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TijerinaJanuary 17, 2014
    Sunni Brown will be here on 1/18 at 1:00p - Check her out and join The Doodle Revolution! Also, scan the cover of her book with the BestBuzx app!
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 21, 2010
    The store hosts weekly storytimes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, plus occasional puppet shows performed by the shop’s own resident puppeteers. Powered by ParentsConnect.com
  • LT
    LTSeptember 7, 2015
    Plenty of parking and friendly staff. I greatly appreciate the huge selection of paper gifts!
  • Ben C.
    Ben CallawayMarch 20, 2011
    Great selection of books; good selection of books from less main stream publisher such as NYRB, New Directions, and McSweeny's
  • Riley S.
    Riley SheehanDecember 23, 2011
    Not your normal bookstore.. this one has some Austin flare! Great diverse selections and friendly customer service.
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TamaresNovember 22, 2014
    Great way to have a siesta from a hot afternoon! Pleasantly surprised to see a fun selection of postcards here as well.
  • Peter T.
    Peter TsaiJune 11, 2011
    If you love Austin, check out my 128 page photo book in the Texana section - "Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait" - 175 photos that remind us why Austin is such a cool place! Read more
  • BestBuzz ..
    BestBuzz .BzJanuary 17, 2014
    Sunni Brown will be here on 1/18 at 1:00p - Check her out and join The Doodle Revolution! Also, text DOODLE to 635-66 and download the BestBuzz app then scan the cover of her book for prizes.
  • Em W.
    Em WilsonSeptember 18, 2014
    This store is seriously awesome. Also has a great selection of sale/bargain books.
  • Dave G.
    Dave GreenbaumAugust 15, 2014
    Leave your bag or laptop in the car. No bags of any kind allowed in the store or coffee shop. No exceptions.
  • Mitch G.
    Mitch GoldsteinAugust 7, 2010
    This is one of the finest bookstores around. Check out the tips from staff -- good suggestions.
  • Tor/Forge
    Tor/ForgeJanuary 22, 2013
    Meet Elizabeth Bear on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM as she reads from her new fantasy novel Shattered Pillars, the second installment of The Eternal Sky trilogy. Read more
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressAugust 7, 2013
    Meet New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM as she reads from her new mystery novel How the Light Gets In. Read more
  • Joe M.
    Joe ManeroMarch 17, 2010
    One of the best children's areas I've ever seen in any bookstore. The staff really know their stuff.
  • Carol G.
    Carol GibsonJuly 26, 2011
    Bookpeople hosts amazing writers each week for free! If you're lucky they may feed you and give you beer. Read more
  • Tor/Forge
    Tor/ForgeFebruary 9, 2012
    Meet Hilary Davidson on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM as she reads from her new novel, The Next One to Fall, the sequel to her debut novel, The Damage Done.
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    Fun and kitchy with a retro style. http://badfantasyrx.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-assassin-in-india-but-home-invasion.html
  • TOMS
    TOMSJanuary 30, 2012
    When you’re feeling bookish, go to this locally owned bookstore that invented “Keep Austin Weird,” the slogan turned-mission of promoting small businesses in Austin, TX.
  • SoundCloud
    SoundCloudMarch 4, 2012
    Great independent bookstore by 6th street. Amazing selection & cool vibes!
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BrantleyFebruary 1, 2015
    Amazing independent bookstore. They have a great selection of graphic novels.
  • Jeff F.
    Jeff FosterSeptember 16, 2014
    Waiting in line to get tickets for Stephen King in November...about 260 in line out of 400...WOO HOO!
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KApril 4
    Great selection of books for any age and genre.
  • Lisa M.
    two stories of lit / sweet cafe with spots to sit / also tamales
  • Tracey .
    Tracey 🌶4 days ago
    Cozy layout and a lot of great titles. Have a coffee and relax!
  • Miriam G.
    Miriam GoldmanMay 17, 2015
    One of the best independent bookstores I've ever been to. Check out the signed books throughout the store
  • Theo H.
    Theo Hollerbach4 days ago
    Helpful and book lovers staff great layout lots of signed copies
  • BJ H.
    BJ HeinleyApril 17, 2009
    protip: you don't *have* to buy the magazines in order to read them there at the cafe... it is just preferred
  • Matt B.
    Matt BruceJanuary 5, 2015
    Great independent book store. The staff picks are always on point.
  • Lisa D.
    Lisa DDecember 19, 2012
    Book people is the best!! Love the kids section!! Want to buy all the signed books!
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