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Atlanta has a history of excellent book stores. Over the years our readers and critics have highlighted a few of the standouts. Here's the list of past winners of best book store in Atlanta.

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Eagle Eye Book Shop (Featured)

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

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

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

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

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
A Cappella Books (Featured)
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 independent bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Little Shop of Stories (Featured)

Best bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
A Cappella Books (Featured)
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 independent bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Charis Books & More (Featured)

Best book store BOA Award Winner

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

Best independent bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
A Cappella Books (Featured)

Best local bookstore BOA Award Winner

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

Best independent bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
A Cappella Books (Featured)

Best independent bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Charis Books & More (Featured)

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 (Featured)
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 (Featured)
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 independent book store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
A Cappella Books (Featured)

Best independent bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
A Cappella Books (Featured)

Best bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Eagle Eye Book Shop (Featured)

Best independent bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
A Cappella Books (Featured)

Runner-up: Bound to Be Read Books


481-B Flat Shoals Ave., 404-522-0877, www.boundtobereadbooks.com

Best independent bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
A Cappella Books (Featured)

Runner-up
Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse
991 Piedmont Ave., 404-607-0082, www.outwritebooks.com

Best Independent Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Bound to be Read Books (Permanently Closed)

Best Independent Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
A Cappella Books (Featured)

Best Place for Author Readings/Signings BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Wordsmiths Books (Permanently Closed)

Best Independent Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse (Permanently Closed)
When OUTWRITE BOOKSTORE & COFFEEHOUSE opened in 1993, it filled a major void in Atlanta's independent book scene. Outwrite didn't just have a gay/lesbian section – the entire store was dedicated to books aimed at those readers. Even now, the Outwrite top 10 bears little resemblance to the Newmore...
When OUTWRITE BOOKSTORE & COFFEEHOUSE opened in 1993, it filled a major void in Atlanta's independent book scene. Outwrite didn't just have a gay/lesbian section – the entire store was dedicated to books aimed at those readers. Even now, the Outwrite top 10 bears little resemblance to the New York Times list of best-selling books. When the shop moved to its current location 12 years ago, it became a center for the LGBT community, and the host of frequent author signings. Outwrite is uniquely Atlantan and an outstanding example of why independent bookstores still matter. less...

Best Old-School Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Books Again
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,more...
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 » 2007
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Barnes & Noble
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Barnes & Noble

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 (Atlanta Stores)
2900 Peachtree Road 404-261-7747; and other locations www.barnesandnoble.com

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Barnes & Noble Booksellers

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 Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Borders

Best Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Borders

Best Bookstore to Cave in to Corporate Control BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Borders Books Music & Cafe
Those big corporations are consuming the little guy at such hypersonic speed there'll soon be no independent stores left. But if you must favor chain stores over the mom-and-pop's, if you really need the latest "New York Times" best seller and an OutKast CD, BORDERS BOOKS MUSIC & CAFE is your best bet.more...
Those big corporations are consuming the little guy at such hypersonic speed there'll soon be no independent stores left. But if you must favor chain stores over the mom-and-pop's, if you really need the latest "New York Times" best seller and an OutKast CD, BORDERS BOOKS MUSIC & CAFE is your best bet. It seems there's something about abundance that makes people giddy (or maybe it's the quality caffeine served by perky barristas), because the store permeates with such a pleasant vibe you could contentedly browse for hours. And with its overarching displays of Harry Potter and diet books smack in the middle of the store, the folks at Borders won't give you a withering, book-snob stare while you peruse the vast selection of tombs recommended by Oprah. "3555 Gwinnett Place Drive, Duluth, 770-495-4043, and other locations. www.borders.com" less...

Best Place to Find Vice Magazine BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Wish
Have you been hunting high and low for that most unholy of unholy magazines? No luck? That's the trouble with free mags that rock. They're snatched up as fast as pills accidentally spilling out of your pocket onto the dance floor. Even at the clothing store WISH, the most reliable purveyor of "Vice"more...
Have you been hunting high and low for that most unholy of unholy magazines? No luck? That's the trouble with free mags that rock. They're snatched up as fast as pills accidentally spilling out of your pocket onto the dance floor. Even at the clothing store WISH, the most reliable purveyor of "Vice" magazine we could find, there's a slim chance you'll actually snag a copy. Word has it the shipment usually lasts less than a day on the rack. Well, what do you expect from a magazine with feature stories about bands that suck, machines that fuck, geriatric techno and guides for giving oral sex - separate ones for him and her, no less. It's enough to make you want to cough up $30 and subscribe to something you're technically not supposed to pay for. "447 Moreland Ave., 404-880-0402." less...

Best Books for the Broke BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Beaver's Book Sale
Building a book collection beyond the stuff professors forced upon you is a necessity for any self-respecting adult. At BEAVER'S BOOK SALE, you can snatch up bargain books that not only will enlighten - they'll suggest an intellectual prowess above and beyond that of your friends and neighbors. The storemore...
Building a book collection beyond the stuff professors forced upon you is a necessity for any self-respecting adult. At BEAVER'S BOOK SALE, you can snatch up bargain books that not only will enlighten - they'll suggest an intellectual prowess above and beyond that of your friends and neighbors. The store has everything from highbrow literature to books you'll actually read without coercion. And the books are less than half of what they'd cost new. With inventory broken up by genre, such as "pop fiction" and "quality fiction," as well as region, it's easy to round out - or begin - your home library. Beaver's so well-organized you'll hardly believe it's a used book store. "696 Clebourne Terrace, 404-876-1068." less...

Best Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Barnes & Noble
We the "edgy" alternative weekly are supposed to rage in the face of all things corporate, skewering the establishment at every turn. That said, we'll risk being called a sellout and give props to BARNES & NOBLE for bringing something new to the city. It was a group of B&N community relations managersmore...
We the "edgy" alternative weekly are supposed to rage in the face of all things corporate, skewering the establishment at every turn. That said, we'll risk being called a sellout and give props to BARNES & NOBLE for bringing something new to the city. It was a group of B&N community relations managers who made this year's Atlanta Literary Festival possible. Barnes & Noble stayed on board as a major sponsor, even as festival organizers invited competing bookstores to take part in programming. So boo to the store's Borg-like presence, but hooray for boosting the city's literary profile. "2900 Peachtree Road, Suite 310, 404-261-7747; and other locations. www.barnesandnoble.com." less...

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Borders

Best Book Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Critics
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Borders (Permanently Closed)
Border Book Music 650 Ponce de Leon Ave 404 607 7903 other location. What can we say Sure it chain but face it people Oxford ain't coming back Border has everything. You can get jacked up coffee from Cafe acute Espresso, read few hundred magazines, including German & French versions of Playboy. Get schooledmore...
Border Book Music 650 Ponce de Leon Ave 404 607 7903 other location. What can we say Sure it chain but face it people Oxford ain't coming back Border has everything. You can get jacked up coffee from Cafe acute Espresso, read few hundred magazines, including German & French versions of Playboy. Get schooled in a mini workshop. The new location at Ponce packs a walloping amount of stuff. less...

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