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BookPeople

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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Clara S.
    Clara ScottJanuary 28
    The books are mostly ones I hadn't seen before! It's a really clean, great environment. There's a great children's section and I've heard that they have events there often.
  • 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, 2016
    Simply the best bookstore in town, possibly in state. This large indie boasts a vast selection, spot-on staff recs and great author events.
  • Emily G.
    No fewer than 3 "Can I help you find anything"s inside of 20 minutes; the best, most prolific written staff Rex's I have ever seen. And OMG the mystery section alone I could have spent three hours in!
  • LT
    LTSeptember 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Plenty of parking and friendly staff. I greatly appreciate the huge selection of paper gifts!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Josh A.
    Josh AAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome indie bookstore. They host tons of speakers. Good cafe inside too with yummy tamales and great coffee.
  • Whitney J.
    Whitney JardineJuly 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing selection of books and periodicals. Support local business! They'll order you anything if it's not in stock!
  • Ben T.
    Ben ThomaNovember 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't think pizza boxes are interesting? Wrong. Read "Viva la Pizza: The Art of the Pizza Box" and be wowed!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Riley S.
    Riley SheehanDecember 23, 2011
    Not your normal bookstore.. this one has some Austin flare! Great diverse selections and friendly customer service.
  • Em W.
    Em WilsonSeptember 18, 2014
    This store is seriously awesome. Also has a great selection of sale/bargain books.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jackie M.
    Jackie MannSeptember 16, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great book selection and friendly staff. Sale section is extensive!
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BrantleyFebruary 1, 2015
    Amazing independent bookstore. They have a great selection of graphic novels.
  • 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.
  • SoundCloud
    SoundCloudMarch 4, 2012
    Great independent bookstore by 6th street. Amazing selection & cool vibes!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Ben C.
    Ben CallawayMarch 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great selection of books; good selection of books from less main stream publisher such as NYRB, New Directions, and McSweeny's
  • 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
  • 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
  • Andres E.
    Andres ElizondoJanuary 28
    Amazing local bookstore! The cafe and store is built around readers, so take it all in at your pace.
  • Tracey C.
    Tracey C. 🍸August 21, 2016
    Cozy layout and a lot of great titles. Have a coffee and relax!
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KApril 4, 2016
    Great selection of books for any age and genre.
  • Lisa D.
    Lisa DDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Book people is the best!! Love the kids section!! Want to buy all the signed books!
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MarkusonMarch 23, 2016
    two stories of lit / sweet cafe with spots to sit / also tamales
  • Theo H.
    Theo HollerbachAugust 21, 2016
    Helpful and book lovers staff great layout lots of signed copies
  • 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!
  • Erin G.
    Erin GilesSeptember 24, 2014
    It is awesome to have fun at work. But you don't have to be alarmingly loud every 15 minutes...
  • David Morris P.
    David Morris ParsonApril 15, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Best place in Austin for writers. Awesome selection of Sale Books. And Staff Recommendations are spot on. My second home.
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy StewartAugust 16, 2012
    Another must go to place in Austin. Best Independent Book Store.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TijerinaJanuary 17, 2014
    Find The Doodle Revolution and scan the cover with the BestBuzz app and see what happens!
  • Jmie C.
    Jmie CeeAugust 21, 2014
    Iced coffee and large selection of books! Great Austin treasure
  • Tor/Forge
    Tor/ForgeMarch 7, 2012
    Meet Rhiannon Frater on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM as she reads from her new novel Siege, the third and final installment of the As the World Dies series.
  • Summer B.
    Summer BurtonJune 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Reading all the staff selections is where it's at.
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TamaresApril 29, 2016
    One of the local bookstores that carries good postcards!
  • Matt B.
    Matt BruceJanuary 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great independent book store. The staff picks are always on point.
  • 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
  • Mitch G.
    Mitch GoldsteinAugust 7, 2010
    This is one of the finest bookstores around. Check out the tips from staff -- good suggestions.
  • Gabriel G.
    Gabriel GamezDecember 26, 2013
    This is by far the best bookstore I have ever been to.
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressJuly 9, 2014
    Meet Gregg Hurwitz on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM as he reads from his new thriller novel Don't Look Back. Also with Reed Farrel Coleman. Read more
  • Julio V.
    Julio VelasquezJuly 5, 2011
    One of my favorite bookstores anywhere! I can get lost in there for hours! Read more
  • Joe T.
    Joe TurnerJune 27, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Check out the horror section . There's some great writers like Ramsey Campbell, Laird Barron, and Caitlin R. Kiernan.
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    Check out the http://outofprintclothing.com t-shirts in the back corner by the cafe!
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressJune 17, 2014
    Meet journalist and filmmaker Chris Tomlinson on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new book Tomlinson Hill. Read more
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressJanuary 18, 2012
    Meet Joan Hess on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM as she reads from her new novel, Deader Homes and Gardens, from the Claire Malloy Mystery series.
  • A Ross
    A RossMarch 19, 2013
    funky, local, books. what else do you need in Austin?
  • Lourdes R.
    Lourdes RodriguezJune 26, 2015
    One of the best book stores I have ever been to.
  • 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.
  • Tor/Forge
    Tor/ForgeApril 3, 2014
    Meet Douglas Preston on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM as he reads from his new science fiction novel The Kraken Project. Read more
  • Carrie L.
    Carrie LayneJanuary 18, 2014
    Buy the Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown- awesome book!
  • Hodgman Comma John
    Hodgman Comma JohnNovember 9, 2011
    I bought my first Hellboy books here long ago and still love it so.
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressApril 19, 2012
    Meet Steven Saylor on Monday, June 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new historical mystery novel The Seven Wonders.
  • Juan P.
    Juan PérezAugust 4, 2015
    Great selection, super friendly service.
  • Alejandra O.
    Alejandra OlivaMarch 16, 2013
    The best independent bookstore in Texas, by far.
  • Jeffrey N.
    Jeffrey NoelAugust 21, 2011
    Best magazine section in town with great staff recommendations throughout the store.
  • Tor/Forge
    Tor/ForgeMarch 1, 2012
    Meet Deborah Coonts on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM as she reads from her new crime novel, So Damn Lucky. Read more
  • Tor/Forge
    Tor/ForgeJuly 7, 2014
    Meet John Scalzi on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new science fiction novel Lock In. Read more
  • Nora M.
    Nora MausMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    There are some great sale books, especially in fiction.
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressJune 25, 2014
    Meet Wilton Barnhardt on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new novel Lookaway, Lookaway. Read more
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressJune 20, 2013
    Meet Douglas Corleone on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new thriller Good as Gone. Read more
  • Courtney A.
    Courtney AnneJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    There is no extra charge for the signed edition of a book, If you find one.
  • Matt F.
    Matt FerrariApril 4, 2016
    Local bookstore. A rare sight!
  • Rebecca C.
    Rebecca ChulewSeptember 21, 2013
    Great place to get books signed by the author.
  • R.J. J.
    R.J. JohnsonMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Real analog books. A great store!
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxNovember 14, 2013
    Meet Ishmael Beah on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his debut novel Radiance of Tomorrow. Read more
  • Dave F.
    Dave FloydFebruary 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the employee recommendations.
  • C B.
    C BlatchleyNovember 8, 2013
    What a treasure! Books, gifts and authors...
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet John Darnielle on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new novel Wolf in White Van. Read more
  • Tor/Forge
    Tor/ForgeDecember 11, 2012
    Meet Cory Doctorow on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new novel Homeland. Read more
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet Jeffrey Eugenides on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new novel, The Marriage Plot.
  • Nick S.
    Nick ScottSeptember 3, 2015
    Best bookstore in Austin
  • John S.
    John SheffieldJune 25, 2015
    Staff are really great!
  • Brenda T.
    Brenda TaylorNovember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Aztec Iced Mocha. :)
  • Montanna S.
    Montanna SmithNovember 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Keep an eye on their events!
  • Kate A.
    Kate AndersonMarch 25, 2012
    best bookstore in austin.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxOctober 12, 2011
    Meet John Jeremiah Sullivan on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new book, Pulphead.
  • Matthew J.
    Matthew JJanuary 22, 2010
    Nice outdoor patio where you can read and have a picnic at the same time.
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressJuly 1, 2011
    Meet C.J. Box on Friday, August 5 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new novel, Back of Beyond.
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KApril 4, 2016
    Helpful staff
  • Julius D.
    Julius DegesysFebruary 27, 2010
    Support your local bookstore! Buy a copy of the Fearless Critic's guide to food in Austin. Read more
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