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Readers rejoice: 6 Austin bookstores reign in Yelp’s Texas Top 25 list

(Jennifer Lee)

A beloved, sustainable Austin bookstore topped the charts for best local bookstore in Texas.

Used book shop Recycled Reads claimed the top spot on Yelp’s Texas Top 25 Local Bookstores. Austin is also the city of bookworms, with more stores on the list than any other Texas metro.

Austin had six spots on the list, Houston and Dallas both had four, while San Antonio and Fort Worth each had two. Businesses were ranked using factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews.

The best local bookstores according to Yelp:

#1. Recycled Reads | 5335 Burnet Rd.

Recycled Reads receives materials retired from the Austin Public Library system and public donations including books, CDs, LPs, DVDs, art, board games and puzzles. Most of its inventory is priced under $2 and proceeds go to benefit the public library.

#6. BookPeople | 603 N Lamar Blvd.

A famous independent bookstore that has been serving the city since the 1970s, BookPeople has been voted the best bookstore in Austin for over 20 years and has been visited by two presidents. BookPeople and Waterloo Records were the first businesses to popularize the saying “Keep Austin Weird,” with the message of shopping local.

#8. Book Woman | 5501 N Lamar Blvd.

The woman-owned and LGBTQ+-positive place to buy your books has been serving North Lamar since 2008, but it has been open in various locations throughout Austin for 46 years.

#9. Malvern Books | 613 W 29th St.

Named after Medieval poet William Langland’s “The Vision of Piers Plowman,” Malvern Books specializes in visionary literature and independent poetry. Malvern often hosts book clubs, musical performances and poetry readings.

#20. South Congress Books | 1608 S Congress Ave.

This tiny bookstore tucked away on South Congress specializes in used, collectible and vintage works, as the owner has been collecting for more than 30 years. This is a great spot to enjoy that signature book smell.

#25. Black Pearl Books | 7112 Burnet Rd.

This Black-owned business serves a “multicultural, multi-generational, multi-socio-economic community,” and frequently highlights authors of color, hosts chess club, children’s reading time and book clubs in a cozy location in a house.


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