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A list of notable North Texas book stores

Posted 6:45pm on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Here are some additional places in North Texas to do some actual brick-and-mortar book shopping. (Comic book shops, of which there are many in North Texas, aren’t included.)

Barnes & Noble

The chain recently closed two of its Fort Worth stores — the landmark Sundance Square location and one in University Park Village — and has been struggling financially. But it’s still the preeminent bookstore chain in the U.S. and, in terms of North Texas, its 15 locations are often the spots where touring authors will have their appearances/readings. Go to www.barnesandnoble.com to find locations.

Barber’s Back Door Book Shop

901 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth. 817 336-1021.

With stacks upon stacks of old books across a variety of topics, a visit here is like rummaging through a bookworm’s closet. Hours are limited (11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday) and the place doesn’t take credit cards. But that just adds to the feel that you might stumble across something really cool.

Books-A-Million

Grapevine Mills, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway. 972-691-6420; booksamillion.com.

While this is a national chain — in fact, it’s now the second biggest book chain in the U.S. — it only has one store in the Metroplex, so it never got as much attention around here as Barnes & Noble or the now-defunct Borders.

Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library Book Store

5332 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth. 817-346-2255.

This nonprofit, which raises money for the library, sells a range of fiction, nonfiction and children’s titles. Speaking of kids, the Central Library sports a children’s bookstore, Chapters.

Half Price Books

This is the region’s leading used-book and CD/vinyl store chain with locations in 16 states, 43 in Texas alone. Go to www.hpb.com for locations.

Lucky Dog Books/Paperbacks Plus

10801 Garland Road, Dallas, 214 827-4860; 633 W. Davis St., Dallas, 214 941-2665; 108 E. Davis St., Mesquite, 972-285-8661; www.luckydogbooks.com.

The small used-books chain and East Dallas mainstay expanded into Oak Cliff two years ago, meaning residents there no longer had to hike up to North Dallas or down to Cedar Hill for Half Price Books. It stocks a large selection of hardcovers and paperbacks (or “books without batteries,” as they call them), magazines, comics, DVDs, CDs and LPs.

Recycled Books

200 N. Locust St., Denton. 866-651-5688; www.recycledbooks.com.

This sprawling space devoted to used books and music is 17,000 square feet of pure awesome. Chances are, if you’re looking for something, you’ll find it here.

Rosedale Rare Books

3416 Rosedale Ave., Dallas. 214-682-0889; www.rosedalerarebooks.com.

Rosedale bills itself as the area’s “only storefront antiquarian bookshop,” specializing in collectible books that date back seven centuries.

Dallas Theological Seminary Book Center

4005 Swiss Ave., Dallas. 214-887-5110; http://bookcenter.dts.edu.

More than a religious bookstore, the DTSBC takes an academic and encyclopedic approach to the study of religion and theology, with more than 20,000 titles.

Museum gift shops

All of the major area museums have gift shops selling a range of art- and culture-related books.

— Cary Darling

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