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Best Book Store

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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
A Cappella Books

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Eagle Eye Bookshop

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Little Shop of Stories

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
A Cappella Books
Having moved from place to place during its 25-plus year history, A Cappella finally calls the Haralson Avenue location home. Frank Reiss's used and new shop has weathered the storm as books have gone in and out of vogue and those buying them have moved from storefronts to online purchases back to amore...
Having moved from place to place during its 25-plus year history, A Cappella finally calls the Haralson Avenue location home. Frank Reiss's used and new shop has weathered the storm as books have gone in and out of vogue and those buying them have moved from storefronts to online purchases back to a good ol' visit to the store. A Cappella's wide selection of new and used titles in such a small place is a wonder to behold. less...

Best bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
A Cappella Books
Against all odds, A CAPPELLA BOOKS has persevered the winds of change that Amazon and the internet hath wrought upon the land. Since 1989, owner Frank Reiss has maintained the small and seditious bookstore by keeping close ties with the community. From the folks behind the counter to the compelling titlesmore...
Against all odds, A CAPPELLA BOOKS has persevered the winds of change that Amazon and the internet hath wrought upon the land. Since 1989, owner Frank Reiss has maintained the small and seditious bookstore by keeping close ties with the community. From the folks behind the counter to the compelling titles that line the shelves, A Cappella is, as the website boasts, “the smartest bookstore in town.” It’s that word quality that keeps the operation moving in strides, as the small but well-stocked Inman Park shop doesn’t offer a whole lot of elbow room while negotiating the aisles. But when dust jackets boasting tales about the life and times of jazz provocateur Sun Ra, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, the myriad problems defining America’s sordid politics, and loads of top-shelf fiction practically jumping into your grasp, it’s impossible to walk out empty-handed. When everyone from local and up-and-coming touring authors to David Sedaris needs someone to sell a whole bunch of their books at their signing events, A Cappella is on speed dial. The shop is woven into the fiber of city’s literary culture, and one of few remaining, truly independent institutions keeping intown Atlanta well-read. 208 Haralson Ave. N.E. 404-681-5128. www.acappellabooks.com. less...

Best book store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Book Nook

Best local bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
A Cappella Books

Best bookstore to reignite your passion for the printed word BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Atlanta Vintage Books
The printed word might seem like a dead art in the 21st century, but that's what makes Atlanta Vintage Books' niche so sweet. Husband-and-wife team Bob Roarty and Jan Bolgla purchased the bookstore seven years ago as a passion project to take them well into retirement. Featuring approximately 70,000more...
The printed word might seem like a dead art in the 21st century, but that's what makes Atlanta Vintage Books' niche so sweet. Husband-and-wife team Bob Roarty and Jan Bolgla purchased the bookstore seven years ago as a passion project to take them well into retirement. Featuring approximately 70,000 books in 7,000 square feet of space, the store has broadened its customer base by specializing in hard-to-find and out-of-print editions of nonfiction and more than 3,000 books on horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. Other treasured finds include a first-edition copy of Gone With the Wind for $7,000, LIFE and National Geographic magazines dating back to 1936 and 1926, respectively, and an old tome printed on rag paper from the year 1632 on "The Historie of Great Britain." In the kind of lived-in space meant to while away a weekend afternoon - complete with five house cats - the store hosts literary salons on the third Saturday of every month for local author discussions and writer workshops. Local television productions such as "The Vampire Diaries" and "Devious Maids" have rented books here to complete their on-screen sets. The books, however, are the real stars. less...

Best bookstore for browsing BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Book Nook
There are places you go to find exactly what you're looking for. Then there are places you go to find what you didn't know you were looking for until you actually find it. Does that make sense? Anyway, it will when you carve out a couple of hours from your busy schedule and visit one of Book Nook's threemore...
There are places you go to find exactly what you're looking for. Then there are places you go to find what you didn't know you were looking for until you actually find it. Does that make sense? Anyway, it will when you carve out a couple of hours from your busy schedule and visit one of Book Nook's three area locations. Before you even walk in the door, it's obvious this place is great, thanks in no small part to the logo on its sign, which features an anthropomorphized book and CD, jauntily walking atop some musical notes, the latter of the two wearing a bow tie and a fedora. What the books and CDs inside lack in human-like qualities and fancy dress, they make up for in sheer quantity. The Decatur store - the closest to intown Atlanta - is a biblio- and discophile's treasure trove spilling over with gently used DVDs, comics, records, and, of course, books. (More than 150,000 of them, the Nook says.) And from the 45 rpm records - some of which are still in their original sleeves - to a stack of vintage Rolling Stone and Premiere magazines, you could spend all day flipping through everything in the store. Book Nook also offers money and store credit for your used media. So it's also a place to get rid of the things you didn't know you didn't want anymore. Does that make sense? less...

Best bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Eagle Eye Bookshop

Best Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Barnes & Noble
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Old-School Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Books Again (Permanently Closed)
Traditional used bookstores — the kind with a mix of recent hardcovers, classic fiction and obscure old tomes with gotta-have titles such as I Was a Soviet Worker — are going the way of the 8-track, thanks to the Internet. That’s why BOOKS AGAIN is so refreshing. It carriesmore...
Traditional used bookstores — the kind with a mix of recent hardcovers, classic fiction and obscure old tomes with gotta-have titles such as I Was a Soviet Worker — are going the way of the 8-track, thanks to the Internet. That’s why BOOKS AGAIN is so refreshing. It carries Southern literature, mysteries, first editions, signed novels, children’s books and so forth, ranging in age from last year to the late 19th century. And its downtown Decatur location is appropriate, given that our most progressive suburb has become a literary center with its own annual book festival, an antiquarian book fair and more than its share of independent bookstores. Books Again reminds us of why we like used bookstores in the first place: You never know what you’ll find. less...

Best Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Borders (Permanently Closed)
And other metro area locations.

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
2900 Peachtree Road 404-261-7747; and other locations www.barnesandnoble.com

Best Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Chapter 11 Books (Permanently Closed)
The best thing about CHAPTER 11 BOOKSTORES is what they aren’t. Though often located in strip malls, they manage to avoid being big-box stores. With books ranging from the newest Harry Potter to your favorite Charles Dickens novel, they offer a smart, broad selection without being snooty, intellectualmore...

The best thing about CHAPTER 11 BOOKSTORES is what they aren’t. Though often located in strip malls, they manage to avoid being big-box stores. With books ranging from the newest Harry Potter to your favorite Charles Dickens novel, they offer a smart, broad selection without being snooty, intellectual havens. They aren’t trying to be cool with cappuccino bars and mood lighting, and yet they are cool in our book. Seriously — these people sell really cheap books. With four locations in Atlanta and 12 locations OTP, Chapter 11 has won us over with convenience, knowledgeable staff and books at an everyday discount of 11 percent.
6237 Roswell Road, 404-256-5518; and other locations. www.chapter11books.com.

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Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Picked By » Readers

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