The 10 Best Bookstores in Kansas!

Kansas’ bookstores invite us to walk in, browse the vast selection and stay for a while. Whether you’re picking up a rare print from decades past, or grabbing at the new bestselling novel, Kansas’ bookstores will keep you perusing all day long. The state has many unique and friendly local bookstores that offer a perfect place to unwind and lose yourself in a good book. Here are our 10 favorites.

1. Ellen Plumb’s City Bookstore, Emporia, KS

This must be the bookstore everyone dreams of and it isn’t over the rainbow it is in Emporia. A best selection of books for everyone in the family, book reviews, events, lectures, and something special. This old little, new bookstore is home to an Espresso Book Machine. A little machine that prints, collates, covers and binds a single book in minutes, so anyone can be a published author.

2. Christian Book House, Dodge City, KS

A wonderful place to find a collection of Christian and well-thought-of books for everybody. Also to be found is anassortment of Bibles in various print sizes and languages that can be personalized. On the shelves of this book store are fiction and nonfiction books, devotional books, religious reference dictionaries and study guides, and a host of children’s books. An inspiring selection of books for motivating, stimulating and encouraging the soul.

3. Rainy Day Books, Fairway, KS

A unique bookstore offering the best rainy day fiction and nonfiction books to its patrons and always welcomes new readers, every day in Fairway, a suburb of Kansas City. This well-knownbookstore also hosts hundreds of book authors annually, providing a way for readers to understand and delve deeper into books authored by local and national writers. The atmosphere is relaxing and the staff is helpful.

4. McDonald’s Used Books, Arkansas City, KS

It doesn’t matter if you are an avid reader or a once-in-awhile reader, you are always welcome to browse the books shelved at McDonald’s Used Books in Arkansas City. A wonderful selection of “half priced” read fiction and nonfiction books in a plethora of genres—westerns, mysteries, action, adventure, science fiction, fantasy, biographies, Christian and children’s books.

5. Clark Crossing Co., Goodland, KS

Clark Crossing Co. in Goodland is an interesting bookstore with an interesting name and interesting books. Lots of cozy places to lounge in while reading your favorite book with enjoy a smooth cup of coffee. The used book selection offers all book lovers a story that needs to be read or re-read.

6. Claflin Books & Copies, Manhattan, KS

The Claflin Books & Copies bookstore in Manhattan individuallyhandpicks its book selection and has been intriguing its customers for over 20 years. This unique store has lots to offer customers who are looking for a specific book or spend their time browsing the shelves for Kansas authors or interesting local and state history.

7. Raven Bookstore, Lawrence, KS

Are you looking for your favorite masterpiece book collection? Then the Raven Bookstore in Lawrence can help. A unique literary spot to spend time browsing literary fiction, mysteries and regional books. A truly independent book merchant that offers readers of all ages mythical and mysterious books as similar as its namesake. Every month enjoy book reviews by known authors and share interesting novels at book club meeting.

8. Watermark Books, Wichita, KS

A favorite book store in Wichita is Watermark Books located in the neighborhood of College Hill. An enjoyable bookstore that offers a quiet place to look for a sought after new novel or let the staff entice your senses with a book that fits your favorite reading genre. Stay and appreciate the atmosphere and the enjoyable on-site café.

9. The Book Barn, Leavenworth, KS

The Book Barn in Leavenworth is committed to providingan extensive range of fiction and nonfiction books from various genres. This bookstore also has an awesome line of children’s book and cozy, comfortable places to lose time for a while. Completing this local favorite are events, story times, book reviews, reading groups and writers groups.

10. Rivendall Books, Abilene, KS

A great bookstore for locals and area book junkies is the Rivendell Bookstore found in Abilene. Housing new and used books on its shelves and offering customers a complete selection of categories for both the young and mature readers. The staff is accommodating and helpful, and can help patrons find the book they are looking for or give extraordinary options about any collection of books that interest their customers.

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