Asheville is a booklover's dream with a big variety of books offered at some great independent bookstores (and some big chain stores).
Malaprop's Bookstore has thrived in downtown Asheville since 1982. In fact, they opened when most of the downtown area was boarded up. The now 6,000-square-foot bookstore was founded by Emoke B'Racz from Hungary and has been honored as Publishers Weekly Bookseller of the Year. Its vast book selection includes major sections devoted to local authors and regional titles, fiction and nonfiction, and poetry, a particular passion of B'Racz as well as many of the store's patrons. Poetry events are hugely popular and frequent. The store also runs a number of book clubs for customers of different ages and interests. The cafe is a great spot for coffee while you browse your new purchase. They run author events Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Open every day, until 9 PM on Monday-Thursday and 10 PM on Friday & Saturday. 55 Haywood Street.
The Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar is a must stop for any book lover for this wine bar meets library. Located in the Grove Arcade, they have more than 22,000 books to peruse while enjoying a glass of wine or espresso. They specialize in books about North Carolina, American History, the Civil War, and the American South. Check out gardening, architecture, poetry, or psychology. Whether it’s fiction or foreign language, cooking or transportation that interests you, they have something for everyone. Open late on Thursday-Saturday nights. 1 Page Avenue.
The Captain’s Bookshelf was established in 1976, buying and selling secondhand and rare books on an international level. Their stock includes numerous signed books, first editions and fine leather bindings as well as a generous collection of quality secondhand material. Occasionally they hold exhibitions of original art and contemporary photography. 31 Page Avenue, Downtown Asheville
Downtown Books and News has 35,000 used books along with American and European magazines and the largest selection of newspapers in town. Open everyday 8 AM- 6 PM (open until 8 PM on Thursday-Saturday), 67 N. Lexington Ave, downtown Asheville.
Mr. K's Used Books is a terrific place to find those great books, CD's, DVD's, and games you want at a price you can afford. 800 Fairview Road in east Asheville. River Ridge Shopping Center (near Exit 8 on I-240), open Monday-Saturday 9 AM - 9 PM and Sunday 12-6 PM.