There are bookstores of every shape and size in the Mid-South. From big national chains to small local shops, you can find just about any book you need. There are also some historic bookstores that have been part of the Memphis social scene for generations. Here are some of the best bookstores the Memphis area has to offer.
Formerly known as The Booksellers at Laurelwood (and Davis-Kidd before that), this locally-run bookstore now called "Novel" in East Memphis has big plans for a third iteration set to open in late summer 2017. If it maintains many of the features of past versions, Novel will boast a knowledgeable staff, a children's department, an extensive section of books by local authors, a gift shop and a cafe.
Burke's Book Store has been a fixture in Memphis for more than 100 years (It likes to brag it has survived two World Wars!) This unique Midtown shop offers both new and used books, plus a nice collection of first edition and out-of-print books. More importantly, they will assist you if you are in search of a particularly hard to find book. If for no other reason than to experience its true bookstore ambiance, it would be worthwhile to plan a trip to Burke's.
South Main Book Juggler
Whether you're looking for new books, used books, children's book, or gift items, South Main Book Juggler can help you out. This cozy, brightly-lit shop is just around the corner from the Arcade Restaurant in the South Main Arts District. It's a fun place to spend the day browsing even if you don't know exactly what you want to buy.
Barnes and Noble
Barnes and Noble is a nationwide chain of stores and as such, lacks the charm of some of the local independent shops. However, being such a large store also offers some advantages. Barnes and Noble carries a huge stock of books and if they don't carry it, they can often order it for you. Plus, they have comfortable reading chairs and a nice coffee bar. Best of all, there are three locations in the Mid-South.
Tiger Bookstore opened in 1964 to provide textbooks for the students and faculty of The University of Memphis. Since then, they have grown, expanding their stock to include school and office supplies, clothing, and Tiger merchandise of all types. Whether or not you're a student, the Tiger Bookstore is a fun little store in which to browse and shop. It's also a great place to people watch as you'll see many lively students.
Lifeway Christian Stores carries a full line of inspirational products including books, gifts, music, DVDs, and church supplies. They have friendly and knowledgeable staff who are happy to make recommendations based on your shopping needs. Lifeway has two Memphis area locations for your convenience.
Two Rivers Bookstore
Two Rivers opened in 2017 in Midtown's only dedicated science fiction and fantasy bookstore. On Young Avenue in the Cooper Young District, readers can find both used and new books as well as a gift shop stocked with items from other local small businesses.