The glory days of the bookstore seem to be fading into the past, but you can still find a few cozy independent shops around Atlanta. Sometimes you need to put down your Kindle and give in to the satisfaction of real pages, the weight of an actual physical book. While surfing online is one way to find a new literary adventure, there’s nothing quite like browsing a live collection and letting the titles and cover art catch your eye. We’ve chosen a few of our favorite local indie bookstores with a knowledgeable staff who can put the human touch back in the book-buying experience. Another tip: check out your local library, as many of them have sales several times a year where you can purchase all the used books you can fit into a paper bag for around $7.
A Cappella Books
208 Haralson Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 681-5128
www.acappellabooks.comWhen you think “independent bookstore in Atlanta,” most likely the first place that comes to mind is A Cappella. The space is intimate, located now in Inman Park after a recent move, but it provides the perfect small bookstore experience. You won’t leave empty-handed. The staff are ready to help you with their own favorite picks, and if you’re looking for something they don’t have, they’ll happily order and ship it to you. It’s also a great spot for book signings and other events, and there is a collection of signed books available for sale at reasonable prices.

Charis Books And More
1189 Euclid Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 524-0304
www.charisbooksandmore.comCharis Books and More is one of the proudest and most enduring members of the Little Five Points neighborhood. This feminist bookstore can order any book you desire, but their specialties are off-the-beaten-path children’s books, feminist and cultural studies topics and LGBTQ works, both fiction and non-fiction. The store has been around for over 40 years, and it fits perfectly into the stridently independent vibe of the area. It’s a must stop during any trip to Little Five, and there are often readings, open mics and other events held on site.

Book Nook
3073 N. Druid Hills Road
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 633-1342
www.booknookbookstoredecaturga.comFor many kids growing up in Atlanta, the Book Nook has long been a favorite shopping spot, as it is chock full of inexpensive used books. This is particularly great for those just discovering reading, as you can tear through entire series of novels without breaking your budget. The store has been around since 1973, and it continues to be a popular haunt with local bibliophiles searching for some new tomes. They also carry used DVDs, CDs, comic books and toys and collectibles. It’s also a great place to sell back some books that you’d like to put back into circulation for other readers.

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Little Shop Of Stories
133A E. Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-6300 Little Shop of Stories is a charming children’s book shop located right off of Decatur Square. Parents will quickly find themselves enchanted by the unique and magical stories and the helpful staff. There are book groups associated with the store for both children and adults, and during the summer the shop hosts weekly camps in its upstairs loft. It’s also a fun spot to host a children’s birthday party, and the store works with local schools to help parents find everything on the required reading lists.

Engineer’s Bookstore
748 Marietta St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 221-1669
www.engrbookstore.comIf you’re looking to chat up a GA Tech student, you’ll find a slew of them in the Engineer’s Bookstore, which functions as the independent alternative to the Tech official store. This spot deserves recognition, as it has survived since 1954 and has become the largest bookstore of its type in the Southeast. If you’re looking for books with a technical bent, you’ll be in heaven with this comprehensive collection. Prices are generally a bit better than the store’s big box competition.

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