I love browsing big box bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders, and I like looking up books online, but I still love my Independent Booksellers. Yep, it’s great having the big boys in town, but we have to remember those local book-loving entrepreneurs who made sure we had a place to buy books before the corporations discovered the Oklahoma market. They’re still great places to discover new authors and pick up favorite reads.
This article from the Tulsa World is a great round up of local bookstores in T-town, (including one of our all-time favorites, Steve’s Sundry, Books and Magazines), and even includes some shout-outs to local booksellers from the past. Remember Novel Idea? Was that a cool store, or what?!
There are other great independent booksellers around the state, and it’s a great time of year to throw your patronage their way.
Here are some links to some of our other favorite local booksellers. Be sure and tell ‘em the Okie Reads blog sent you!
Brace Books & More is a Ponca City institution, and it sells much more than just books. It’s a good place to see and be seen while you’re browsing the aisles with a hot cup of coffee.
Best of Books in Edmond turned 26 years old this year! Julie and staff are always ready to help you find the right book, whether for you or as a gift. They’ll even wrap your holiday gift for free. Plus, they are big supporters of the annual Oklahoma Book Awards each year.
Could we be more in love with Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City? Probably not. It’s our favorite for discovering classics, Oklahoma authors, and the latest fiction and non-fiction bestsellers.
If you’re looking for used and rare books in OKC, be sure and make a stop at Aladdin Book Shope. I remember the big old store that used to be on 23rd Street. You’ll now find it at Mayfair.
OK, folks… now it’s your turn. What Oklahoma Independent Booksellers do you love?