An Incomplete and Highly Subjective Guide to Dallas Area Bookstores

Howdy, bookworms. I’ve had the idea for this compilation for several weeks but am just now getting around to getting it started. I was going to wait until I could make it more extensive and visit more area bookstores. But a list like this has got to start somewhere, and perhaps you kind commenters can suggest other, overlooked booksellers.

And, before we jump, let’s get this part out of the way: I’m not interested in discussing book-buying from Amazon or Powell’s or the like. I mean, on occasion I am, but not here. I agree and admit it’s nice to get something in the mail. But instant gratification is nicer. My dad swears by Amazon Prime, which is cool, but it doesn’t replace the actual experience of going to an actual bookstore. Plus, no matter how well Jeff Bezos thinks he knows me, I’d rather tilt my head 90 degrees, walk sideways through the stacks, and browse randomly and alphabetically versus clicking through a bunch of recommendations.

That being said, click to the jump and check out a bunch of recommendations.


Here’s what I look for in a bookstore:
U2 Factor — Can you found what you’re looking for? This factor factors in most with new releases, but it also pertains to the backlog. And, for me, it’s all about the Fiction. (Or, Fiction/Literature, as some stores categorize it.)
Eminem Factor — Are you able to lose yourself? When not looking for something specific, I’m looking to get lost. Find a cubbyhole and read a random chapter. Discover a subject I never knew would interest me. Meander, dawdle, and futz.
Dolly Parton Factor — How does the magazine rack rate? I’m a magazine nerd. Even though I subscribe to too many (a dozen or so, at last count), I still like looking.

Now, on with the reviews.

Barnes & Noble – Lincoln Park (Northwest Hwy. and Central Expwy). Might as well start at the top. On average, this B&N is my favorite bookstore in Dallas. When I’m looking for a new hardcover novel — forgot to mention, I’ve become a hardcover snob — this is the spot. Fiction area is expansive and upstairs, where it’s quieter and tidier than the cafe/travel section/music stuff below. Comfy chairs on the landing at the top of the escalators are nice. True, it feels like someone else’s crowded den when more than three or four people are gathered, but that’s okay. And the magazine rack is the best in the city now that Tower Records is gone — huge wall covered in covers, with plenty of benches for sitting. U2F: 8. EF: 6. DPF: 9.

Borders – Lovers Lane. This location underwent a mini-redesign a couple of months ago. The center of the store is now a circle of music download stations. More like Border’s Music & Books, am I right? (crickets) Point is, this Border’s has friendly and super-helpful booksellers, but the store itself seems to suffer from an identity crisis. I seem to remember more comfy chairs strewn about back in the day, but those seem to be replaced by end-caps of James Patterson thrillers. U2F: 7. EF: 5. DPF:8.

Half Price – Northwest Highway. I had a great comparison going in my head: Borders is to Whole Foods as Barnes & Noble is to Central Market. But where does that leave Half Price? A signature Tom Thumb? There’s something almost antithetical to a big-box-retail version of the little-independent bookstore that could. Of course, Half Price is no longer little. And, as anyone who has spent countless hours here can attest, it works. Great selection, with plenty of hardcover copies of not-quite-yet-classics. Magazine rack is perfect … if you are looking for back issues of National Geographic. The “current” periodicals ain’t. U2F: 8. EF: 7. DPF: 2.

Barnes & Noble – Mockingbird. Seems almost unfair to knock this B&N. It’s more of the SMU bookstore than a self-sustaining shop. It doesn’t even show up on the “Dallas” search of the corporate site. Short stacks mean cramped isles and not much in the way of selection. The magazine rack will do in a pinch, that is, if you need a big circ title and you don’t want to drive any further. U2F: 4. EF: 2. DPF: 3.

Paperback Plus. This isn’t so much a bookstore as it is a labyrinth of books that happen to be for sale. As the name implies, this East Dallas joint has mostly non-hardcover books. I like it anyway. The layout is cramped and confusing, but that’s part of the charm. If Paperbacks Plus were a person, it’d likely call Half Price a sell out. Eminem Factor is off the charts. I’m tempted to give the magazine rack a pass, as there were two semi-recent issues of D prominently displayed, but there wasn’t much to choose from (just one, double-decker rack) and I wasn’t sure the mags were for sale. U2F: 3. EF: 10. DPF: 2.

Borders – Uptown. Much like the B&N – Northwest Hwy., the fiction area is upstairs. And much like the B&N – Northwest Hwy., I like it. I’m not sure this next sentence is going to make sense, but here goes: This is my favorite bookstore to go to during the weekday. Granted, I haven’t made a lot of weekend visits, but it just seems more suited for an aprés-business-lunch browse. Location helps. U2F:7. EF: 6. DPF: 8.

Borders – Preston-Royal. I remember when this Borders was the first “superstore bookstore” in Dallas. I lived with my parents at the time, about five minutes away. I spent a lot of time at that Borders. The last time I went — about six months ago — it still felt like home. But it also felt like a million people were there. A crowded bookstore does not a bad bookstore make. And I like the segregation of books and music. I’m making myself wistful. I must revisit. U2F: 8. EF: 6. DPF: 7.

Barnes & Noble – Preston-Royal. Perhaps the beancounters at B&N saw a million people at Borders – Preston-Royal as well and, a la the Burger King location strategy, opened up a store across the street. (Okay, fine: catty-corner.) I’ve been in this B&N exactly once, but it seemed to have the exact layout of the Bookstop in Austin where I worked for several months out of college, which was similar to the layout of the Bookstop next to Inwood Theater. [Sigh] I miss that Bookstop next to Inwood Theater. [Sigh] Austin, too. The following rankings are highly suspect: U2F: 7. EF: 6. DPF: 6.

Half Price – Preston. I end up at this Half Price location about two or three times a year, convinced that I’m going to stumble across a rare find or a first-edition classic. Which is odd, since I don’t hunt down rare finds or first-edition classics. Still, this Half Price has the intimacy that the Northwest Hwy outpost lacks. I also have a theory that selling your books here versus NW Hwy. gets you more money. Note: I have no basis for this theory. U2F: 6. EF: 8. DPF: 2.

Barnes & Noble – Irving. Years ago, I worked at American Airlines Publishing, with headquarters out by the airport. Lunchtime meant a trip to Belt Line. Often for me, it also meant a stop at this Barnes & Noble, part of — but not really — Irving Mall. As mall bookstores go (remember Waldenbooks in Northpark), this one is huge. Good selection. Open layout. Not worth the drive if you don’t work/live in the vicinity, though. U2F: 6. EF: 6. DPF: 6.

As the title of the post says, the list is incomplete. I’ll be adding to it someday. There’s a newish B&N where Prestonwood used to be. There’s There was a Borders on Coit (thank you, commenters). There’s a children’s bookstore in Snider Plaza. I need to get out there. Check back if so inclined.

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56 responses to “An Incomplete and Highly Subjective Guide to Dallas Area Bookstores”

  1. Mike says:

    Agreed that the SMU bookstore is not great for regular shopping, but on Christmas Eve, when everywhere else in Dallas is packed, it’s the best place for last-minute gifts. Don’t tell anybody.

    I believe the Borders on Coit closed.

    How can you not want to talk about online book shopping at this time? I love bookstores – wandering the aisles, enjoying the smell, etc. – but the works are cheaper online, you save gas money, and you have better access to reviews.

  2. Melody says:

    The greatest of bookstores is opening this fall in the Shops at Legacy. Legacy Books is one of only a few independent bookstores….like Book People in Austin….and will be a tremendous addition to those who love bookstores!

  3. billh says:

    I feel a little badly about it, but like Mike, I prefer online book buying. I’m pretty purposeful about what I read, so I’m usually looking for something specific. I buy 90% of my books on Amazon.com. I like the convenience, the fact I get the book quickly and often can get a used copy cheaper. I also like the customer reviews.

    If I go to a bookstore, I prefer Borders, because of its customer access computers.

    For book browsing, I love half price books and the Borders on Lemmon and Mckinney, I can walk their from my office at lunch. I once bought my college age son a book for his birthday and he was on a break from the Magnolia, I just handed him the book, that was fun.

    Also, Logos Books in Snyder Plaza is a wonderful small bookstore for religious books. The staff is quite helpful.

  4. Wes Mantooth says:

    The Borders on Coit closed at least a year ago, maybe 18 months. Great blowout sale on the way to shutting its doors though.

    There’s a Borders in Plano just north of Plano Parkway. It’s pretty much like the one at Lover’s, but maybe slightly larger. Great kids section, the rest of it is pretty much standard. My favorite Borders is still the mothership at Preston/Forest.

    My big rap on B&N is that you have to ask someone where to find a book. I like the terminals at Borders; I can either try to look it up or ask a real person, depending on what I’m trying to find. Some books you don’t want to have to ask for, you know what I’m saying? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more.

    There’s also a Books-A-Million at Grapevine Mills, but I wouldn’t go there unless I was trying to kill some time before heading over to DFW.

    This is, of course, ignoring the biggest bookseller in the nation: Wal-Mart. The one at Arapaho and the Tollway has a very large periodical section, plus all the bodice-rippers one could ever need. Should one ever need a bodice-ripper.

  5. Bill Marvel says:

    Trying to compile a guide to best bookstores is like trying to put together a list of best passenger trains. Anything that survives is best by default. I have some hope for the new store at Legacy. Corporate greed has overtaken Borders and Barnes & Noble. Both have cut back on stock — Borders more drastically than B&N — and bloated on junk food (remainders and cheap picture books).
    That said, I think the staff at the Borders at Preston and Forest is struggling mightily to soften the worst decisions from the home office. I try to give them as much of my business as possible.

  6. AK says:

    I too miss that Bookstop… and going even further back in time, I miss the Bookstop that was at Mockingbird and Matilda, next to the Premier Video and Burger King.

    I also miss the Original Magazine and Bookstore that was in Inwood Village. Amazing periodical section.

  7. Daniel says:

    I agree, Adam, there is no substitute for the new-book smell, or old-book smell — these are different — to stoke your thirst for a good read and to deliver you into the kind of fugue state where all human knowledge seems within grasp and entire new worlds are discovered casually, at leisure.

    Online is fluorescently lit clinic.

    At City Lights Books — uncontestably one of our continent’s great bookstores — there is a quote painted on the wall: To buy more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching for infinity.

    Can’t remember who said it.

  8. Andrew says:

    I loved going to the Borders on Lovers/Greenville because they had a very broad range of books in history, photography, nature, and travel, which are the categories I like to read. However, ever since they remodeled and put in all those computers, that I never see anybody use, it appears that they reduced their shelf space and therefore the number of titles they carry.

    I live across NW Hwy from Half-Price so that is my usually my first choice to pick up a book I want, though it’s very hit and miss. Borders is now my second choice. And if those two fail, it’s on to Amazon, which is becoming more and more the norm. I cannot abide by B&N.

  9. mlh says:

    I think Half Price Books smells. Can not shop there.

    For the same prices I buy on Amazon “Used”.

    I also, miss that Bookstop on Lover’s.

    Overall, I go to the Borders at West Village the most for my needs and for the locale.

  10. James says:

    When I moved to Dallas in 1998, I only knew two people in this city and spent a lot of time at Barnes & Noble. Today, I know a few more people in Dallas but I still regularly and frequently choose Barnes & Noble when I want to get away from the house and chill out somewhere. The magazine rack and a frappacino (light, no whip) and I’m good for an hour or so. I try to rotate through a couple of Barnes & Noble locations though, so I don’t become “that guy.”

    I live closest to the Montefort and Belt Line B&N, so I go there most often. It’s where I buy my British car magazines (because they are infinitely better than American car magazines) and copies of Monocle. Comfy chairs are in ready supply and its café area is full of guys playing chess. I like that its got “regulars.” Sometimes, I go to the Preston-Royal B&N to shake things up a bit and to the Stonebriar Mall location in Frisco because their magazine selection seems a little bit different.

    The Borders at Park and Preston in Plano has for a long time been my favorite place to find new music. For whatever reason, I could always find something that worked for me. Frequently, it was a band or album that I’d never even heard of before. Sadly, when I went there last, I found that they’d cut their music section to one-third of its former size and it was all the weird, more obscure stuff that had gone.

    These days, I buy most of my hardcovers from Amazon, but for magazines and for paperbacks ahead of a trip, I typically opt for the brick-and-mortar stores.

  11. Anne says:

    Really miss the Bookstop at Mockingbird/Matilda. And there was a book store downtown in the early ’80s I used to go to during lunch. I wish a bookstore would come downtown. Browsing through one after lunch is a great start to the afternoon. And miss the History Merchant on Routh. How great is it to have a fireplace in a book store???

  12. Wes Mantooth says:

    @James:

    In regard to the really important topic here, car mags. Agree with you regarding Motor Trend, Car & Driver. Maybe not so much with Road & Track. Definitely don’t agree with you about AutoWeek (which is great, especially for being a weekly) and Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car (which is consistently excellent if you’re a true car nut). Cheers.

  13. Since we are now talking about stores we miss, let me add to the list The Original Magazine and Bookstore in Inwood Village. A happy evening it was when you could grab a take-out order of Kung Pao Chicken from Lovers Egg Roll next door and some obscure reading material from their extensive magazine section.

  14. Dave says:

    Mike – good effort here. Unfortunately, it says a lot about this town that there are so many Borders & B&N’s on your list. Not sure too many people in Dallas know what a good independent book store looks like.

  15. Ed says:

    I’m really feeling my age – does anyone remember Taylor’s books at Preston Center, Century Books that was at Mockingbird and Central, and also on Oak Lawn and Lemmon? And for periodicals the Commerce Street Newsstand downtown?

  16. ROJ says:

    Adam – As a new father you will soon discover that the B&N at Preston Royal has best children’s section in town (why is it better than the one at Lincoln? I don’t know, but it is). I miss the Enchanted Treehouse (I am mostly positive that was its name) that was a fabulous kids bookstore at Mockingbird and Abrams. Other than that I’m a Borders guy. And yes, I used to be a Taylor’s guy. Making me old and sad.

  17. billh says:

    Agreed about Century Books, great store. I went to a book signing by Joe Coomer, anyone recall him?

    Also, the Shakespeare and Company on Greenville, great small store, very knowledgeable staff.

    So, Dave, any suggestions on good Independent bookstores in Dallas?

    It’s a sad fact these are dying all over America.

    In Houston, Brazosbooks, is a great store. I once drove to Houston for a poetry reading by Robert Pinsky there. Wonderful place.

  18. AK says:

    Ed — good call on Taylor’s. I went there for years, then kept going when it had a brief run just outside of Northpark. (Which holds a special place for me, because I got in my first and only car accident driving to Taylor’s at Northpark to get a copy of “The Once and Future King” for school.)

  19. Brian says:

    I worked at Century on Spring valley and coit in high school, Then At Taylors (with blue and brown wraps) on belt line, then in college helped open the first Bookstop Bookstop with most of the Taylor’s crew.
    I now use amazon and it makes me feel good and bad when I do.

  20. Daniel says:

    Ed,

    As a young’un, I worked at Taylor’s in Preston Center and also Century on Oak Lawn. The latter did about a third of its business in racing forms and another third in gay skin mags –usually the covers had a man in full construction garb with the crotch of his pants cut out (so I presumed; a censorious sticker blocked the view, felicitously enough for me, I might add). The combination of crusty old drunken gamblers and tart swishy libertines made for an interesting clientele.

    Hey, how about Shakespeare and Company on Lower Greenville? Now there was an indie long before such a word was coined.

  21. Brian says:

    and when i helped open Bookstop bookstop ( in joke) i got card number 6 the beginning of the discount card. thanks to the stevies! and Dudley and were are you Jackie Green? Century had a sci-fi store on oakLawn (earthbase) that was cool too. Bookstore was good work ( I liked working at Page drug, Soundwarehouse and the DMN too, but wasting time working your isle at Taylors while looking for Dudley (that might catch you goofing off) was heaven.

  22. Daniel says:

    (billh beat me to it)

  23. AJZ says:

    To be honest, I don’t miss Taylor’s in Preston Center too much. It was a neat place to visit at the time, but in retrospect the selection was poor, the low-shelf layout was odd, and ‘70s design (not that they had much choice there) made it feel like you were shopping for books inside an episode of Logan’s Run. The Dallas bookstore I miss the most is Half Price Books in the early years, on Mockingbird, near Campisi’s, when it was a real warehouse of things waiting to be discovered–picture the final crane shot in Raiders. Seems like after that, the flagship Half Price moved to McKinney near Knox, sort of where Chuy’s is, and I liked that spot too. There was an army/navy store next door. The pirate ship location on Shadybrook never really floated my boat, and when they crossed the street and moved into Sterling’s, all the charm was officially gone. I can’t stand the “big box” feel, with the ceiling that’s way too high and the gymnasium lighting. Finally, as others have mentioned, I also miss the Bookstop next to the Inwood. Great place to spend time before and/or after a movie. Time and again I ended up carrying a bag of books into the theater with me.

  24. AJZ says:

    Oh–and the long-gone Waldenbooks at Northpark deserves mention. Always a very limited selection, due to space limitations, but a great place to hang out in the late ’70s and look at the new Star Wars books while my mom shopped at the department stores.

  25. Jack S. says:

    The new bookstore coming in Legacy sounds great. But, does it make sense to have it in the suburbs. Not to knock Plano, but it says something about this town that the effort to have a large indie bookseller is in the suburbs. Typical Dallas. How about Lakewood Village. Now, that would make sense, too much sense, I guess. For Lakewood denizens, the closest are the Borders’ at Lovers or WV.

  26. wk says:

    I still miss the BookStop at Inwood Village.

  27. Mandy says:

    I love Paperbacks Plus, and I miss living right around the corner from it, definitely within walking distance. Now that I live in Oak Cliff, I have to time my bookstore runs during lunch or after work. Is there a good book store in the Cliff? I haven’t found one yet…

  28. Jack S. says:

    Second on the Inwood Village Bookstop.

    Perfect way to make an evening of it. Have dinner, browse the bookstore, then a movie at Inwood Theater. Park once and do all three, without being in a mall. Nice, but alas…

  29. Laurel says:

    I miss the smaller children’s boosktores like The Enchanted Forest at Mockingbird and Abrams. I remember being shocked that everyone knew about it when it was featured in Entertainment Weekly around a Harry Potter release. That aside, I love the Borders at Preston and Royal. It was the first bookstore I visited with my own money and I still drive across town to frequent it.

  30. LakeWWWooder says:

    While googling back my memories of erstwhile bookstores I came across Bill Marvel’s piece on the end of The History Merchant:

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/columnists/ourtown/stories/DN-NSL_ourtown_0129liv.ART.State.Edition1.3ee2305.html

    Loved going there, Mr. Hazlett’s son went to school with me.

    Shakespeare Books was in Lakewood Shopping Center (behind Harrell’s) before it moved to Greenville Ave – owner Patty Turner was the ultimate in East Dallas cool.

    Taylor’s was started by E. Dallasites but it just became too North Dallas for me.

    I miss that Bookstop on Mockingbird too – wasn’t that also a Bookstop on Oak Lawn? I remember running into Lawrence Marcus in there.

    Can’t get into Half-Price on NW Highway, I keept thinking it’s Sterling’s Jewelry. Was better next to Campisi’s.

    Paperbacks Plus is good and they might even let you take a few books to The Wine Therapist or Tipp to peruse.

    Barnes & Noble on NW Highway is nice but you have to dodge The Cheescake Factory types.

    Borders on Lover’s has been my shop for some time and I’m not too keen on the changes. But I was in there Monday and I get some comfort from remembering how it was T-TOT (Tom Thumb Old Town).

  31. publicnewssense says:

    How about the great Mystery Book Store in Snyder Plaza with the chalk outline on the sidewalk in front of the door?

  32. Bethany says:

    Half Price Books on Northwest Highway is where I go to find additions to my collection of old etiquette and homemaking books, including the one that tells me how to get blood stains out of shirt sleeves.

  33. Ann says:

    How about Rootabaga Bookery in Snider Plaza? Great children’s bookstore, and teacher books.

  34. matt says:

    As a book store junkie I assert B&N lincoln to be head and shoulders above the rest. All Borders’ are red headed disorganized step children to B&N and the Uptown Borders might as well say HIV positive on the door.

    Great as a it might be I have no interest in anything as far as Legacy.

  35. diahh says:

    Half Price books on Northwest is where i usually go. I just found a stamp a few days ago on an old paperback that said Big D Books and Comics on Centerville. I don’t remember ever going there so i probably picked it up somewhere else, but it appears to still be in business at the same location so it should be fun to check it out. Haven’t been to Paperbacks Plus in a while either, need to stop by there too.

  36. LM says:

    There is not a bookstore in Snider Plaza except for Logos, a Christian store. There are some stores, however, that sell books in addition to their regular stock.

    Why do you dis Half Price? It is an awesome place to hang out, get a massage, eat some yummy treats in the coffee shop, attend a community group meeting, and sell your books you don’t want. The staff is great, you never have to wait long for a cashier, and I don’t think it smells funny (except the bathrooms.) I think you could compare it to a Sprouts using the grocery analogy. We always take out-of-town guests there who never fail to be amazed with it.

  37. Dave Moore says:

    diahh: If you’re into Half Price Books and independent bookstores, check out Recycled Books Records CDs on Denton’s square. It’s worth the drive (even at $4 a gallon). And don’t forget to load up on caffeine at Jupiter House nearby.
    http://recycledbooks.com/

  38. Josh says:

    Here’s a second to Dave’s recommendation. I used to live in Denton and was at Jupiter House at least twice a day. I can’t say that I frequented Recycled quite as often, but it’s one of the best (and coolest) bookstores I’ve ever been to. The employees are all very helpful and well-read. It’s a place that you can lose yourself in for hours at a time. And when you tire of looking at books, there’s an excellent selection of CDs and RECORDS! It also has a great selection of first editions and other cool bookish memorabilia.

    There’s only one other place that ranks as highly — and I’ve never been there (and heard that it was going to close down a few years ago) — but if it’s still there, I hear Larry McMurtry’s used bookstore in Archer City is the most amazing place ever, if you’re into books. But don’t expect to go there and find a specific selection. The store comprises several buildings around the town square, which house hundreds of thousands of books. And there’s no rhyme or reason as to how they’re shelved. At all.

    Hope this helps!

  39. billh says:

    http://tinyurl.com/6ng26l
    McMurtry’s Bookstores are still there:
    http://www.bookedupac.com/
    It was closed sadly the one time we drove through though.

    Now that we are talking about other cities, I like Marfa Books, nice small bookstore. (and close to Big Bend!)
    http://www.marfabookco.com/marfabk_store.html.

    This was a fun discussion today. It was bitersweet to recall the many bookstores of my youth.

    Maybe a record store discussion next!

  40. the cynic says:

    If we don’t spend a little money now and then at Paperbacks Plus and other independents, they will all soon disappear. I am partial to Half Price simply because of location. But, as mentioned earlier, I guess they are no longer really an independent.

  41. Peterk says:

    ‘does anyone remember Taylor’s books at Preston Center,”
    you betcha! I can well remember visiting when it was called Preston Books in a small storefront on Villanova. I worked for Taylors in PC for about 2 years, was there the day Arnold Schwarzeneger came to autograph his autobiography. We had lines out the door. Steve Matthews really knew how to pick out books.

    “…in retrospect the selection was poor, the low-shelf layout was odd,” I will have to disagree with the comment about poor selection. Henry Taylor wanted to have the largest selection possible when I was there and I believe we did. As clerks were expected to make suggestions for books to sell. I was sorry to see them close down

    but face it I’m a bookstore junkie. I love visiting them and working in them. So much so that I worked part time at the Alabama Theater Bookstop in Houston. What a great place that is/was. hard place to work what with the balcony and sloping store, but we sure got our share of celebrities coming to do signings and to buy books.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2574211580/
    whenever I’m in Dallas I head over to HalfPrice on NWHighway. I worry they I may have to start bringing an extra suitcase just to hold the books I buy.
    when I’m on business travel I seek out bookstores to visit. and HalfPrice has numerous locations around the country.

  42. Peterk says:

    Forgot to mention Aldridge’s which was on Cedar Springs for the longest time then it moved to Maple. Could always find something there

  43. Peterk says:

    “Dolly Parton Factor – How does the magazine rack rate? I’m a magazine nerd. ”

    oh lordy the magazine rack. Unfortunately most magracks in bookstores and airports today are too homogenous. nothing unique. but i will say that the magrack at the Alabama Theatre Bookstop was truly eclectic in its selection. It truly represented the clientele that shopped there from university students to River Oaks fashionistas to the movers and shakers of the houston.

    yup give me a good mag rack

  44. Jason says:

    As a former employee of the Borders on Lovers & Greenville, I’m still partial to it when I need new books or magazines.

    There used to be a dance club (Detour) behind that Borders, and some of the clientele would hang out in the store before going to the club. It made for some nice people watching/flirting. And we seemed to draw a good share of celebrities shopping in our location. Not sure why.

    Nowadays, I mainly shop at Half Price locations and Paperbacks Plus. And you’re correct, Adam, about Half Price Preston paying more for books versus the NW Hwy. location.

  45. diahh says:

    @ Dave & Josh

    Thanks for the recommendation, definitely looks like a place worth checking out.

  46. publicnewssense says:

    LM, that was a lament, not a statement regarding Mystery Book store. Our household wept when it closed.
    Same thing for Maxwell’s Books in DeSoto.

  47. mm says:

    Josh, a slight clarification to “And there’s no rhyme or reason as to how they’re shelved. At all.”

    It actually IS pretty well organized, with different buildings devoted to specific genres, and books within those buildings organized fairly well. So don’t be discouraged from going.

    I was amazed, when I went, by the fact that he has one entire building filled with old books, like 100 yrs and older and many with hefty price tags, and the nearest employee was across the street and down the block. You won’t find that in Dallas!

    My only complaint was the sore neck I got from walking around for hours with my head turned sideways.

  48. Barbara says:

    I was at the B&N at Lincoln Park yesterday morning. It is my favorite,too. I was surprised to find the chairs at the top of the escalators gone. I hope it is only temporary. Upstairs is usually best but travel/cafe area is the place to be when 50 preschoolers start chanting ‘who wants to read books’ over and over and over. Or perhaps at a table outside in 103 degree heat. anywhere except in that children’s section.

  49. Brian says:

    steve Matthews is a god, were is he now. Steve Price too. and Taylor’s and Bookstop Bookstop #1 in Austin were the fondest of memories. I miss Dudley Jankhe.

  50. billh says:

    Seeing that Alabama Theatre Bookstop inspires me, wouldn’t that be a grand sue of the Casa Linda Theater?

  51. billh says:

    I mean “grand use”, sorry

  52. John says:

    Now this may be beyond the scope. But Richardson is home to the BEST technical on-line web-site: http://www.nerdbooks.com

    The warehouse is on Firman Drive (between Collins and Campbell just East of Central). The owner has retail hours with the caveat this is a warehouse and the owner’s Labrador Retrievers are present. So if you are canine-phobic please only use their web-site to order and ship titles.

    GEEK FACTOR = 10
    U2F = 2
    EF = 5
    DPF = 0

  53. Zelda Rose says:

    The B&N at Lincoln Park and the Borders at Uptown are the best new bookstores in town. Half Price Books on Northwest Highway is good if you need to find something out of print. And now, a rant:

    Dallas is a wasteland, and the fact there are no independent bookstores just proves the point. People do not read here-unless it’s a best seller, or something to put on their coffee tables. It is an embarrassment that a city this size cannot support either an independent bookstore or a good newsstand.

  54. Grace says:

    I love Paperback Plus!! I remember going there with my dad when I was younger. I was just in there a couple of months ago and loved how hardly any of it had changed. My dad always has some random out of print book on his Christmas/Birthday list so thats where I go to look for it. I love Half Price books on NW and I do love the Barnes and Noble on NW too but I’m really getting tired of the Northpark type of people.

  55. Cissy Schutee says:

    If you like paperbacker thrillers, mysteries and romance novels there’s a great little resale shop called The Bookmark at Coit and Beltline. If you bring in books that fit their inventory, they’ll give you a credit of half the original price on your “account” toward purchasing books from their stock.
    The ladies who run it are sweeties — and they’ve read most of the authors they carry I think — It’s fun to talk books with them!