Ebooks and Amazon are convenient, but nothing can adequately replace the feel, smell, and weight of a cherished book. When you’re next looking to experience your read, consider our list of delightful emporiums.

The Book Nook, 127 South San Juan Avenue, Buena Vista

Buena Vista’s Book Nook offers used books, pieces by regional artisans, and vintage finds. Expect a cozy store with treasures around every corner in the 1930s cottage. The Book Nook was started nearly 10 years ago with books from three family libraries. Today, the book selection is curated by the owners, who chat with customers to learn the preferences and desires of their clientele. Owen and Kathy are also passionate about local folk artists and are thrilled to offer a place to showcase and sell their work.

Visit their website for a complete listing of their book inventory or stop by next time you’re spending the day on the Arkansas River in beautiful BV.

The Book Haven, 135 F Street, Salida

The Book Haven is an independent bookstore in the historic downtown of scenic Salida, just blocks from the Arkansas River. Surrounded by shops and restaurants, The Book Haven reminds visitors to slow down and enjoy the comforts of a good book.

The Book Haven is cozy, welcoming, and full of gems. The atmosphere, complete with coffee and tea, encourages guests to peruse the shelves. Everything is a little slower in Salida, and The Book Haven embraces that pace. In addition to new and used books, The Book Haven carries cards, calendars, and other gifts for book lovers.

Check out The Book Haven’s large selection of regional titles, which cover the stories and histories of the people who have shaped Colorado, and popular local authors. The Book Haven prides itself on locating unusual and hard-to-find titles and will special order anything you need at no extra charge.

Books Again, 622 South Union Avenue, Pueblo

Pueblo’s Books Again is a sight to behold. Books Again has a huge selection—over 50,000 titles comprising 1,300 yards of shelves filled with books! That kind of offering means it is nearly impossible not to find something perfect, including out-of-print copies of your favorites or books by local authors. Such a vast inventory might seem overwhelming, but the staff is helpful and the store is orderly. Most used books sell for 75% off the original retail price, and a huge selection of kids’ books is priced at only $1 each.

Shopping at Books Again has the added benefit of supporting the Pueblo City-County Library District, which keeps books in everyone’s hands and helps the district with upgrades and improvements.

After you find your perfect book, head to the nearby Pueblo Riverwalk and find a bench on which to enjoy your treasure.Bungalow Books, www.bungalowbooks.comPueblo

Bungalow Books is a hidden Pueblo bookstore off off off the beaten path. You need an appointment to look through the rare books they offer, but that shouldn’t hinder a collector of fine literature, and the extra effort is worth it.

Bungalow Books is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association. Their collection includes rare prints, signed copies, out-of-print books, and other collector

books you will be proud to own.  They have recently offered Writings by Alexander Hamilton, a first edition hardcover from the New York Library of America, and The Call of the Wild by Jack London, a New York Macmillan copy in very good condition and copyrighted in 1944.

Bungalow Books is worth the call (719.948.8736) if you are a rare-book collector, have a desire to become one, or know someone who would live for a unique first edition book.

Cheryl’s Book Nook, 404 Main Street, Cañon City

Cheryl knows her books, and Cheryl’s Book Nook is the type of place you find bibliophiles browsing day after day. Thousands of titles are stacked up throughout the store—enticing visitors to find a hidden novel or a historical period piece in the dusty covers and well-worn pages. The stacks are some of the most promising in the state.

Don’t rush through the nook, as you might miss something wonderful. With such an excellent selection of titles, anyone can find a new favorite, an old favorite, or something completely unexpected in Cheryl’s Book Nook.

Local patrons say that Cheryl will find what you are looking for if she doesn’t have it already on shelf—which is hard to imagine—and the staff at her Book Nook is top-notch, ready to help if you have something in mind. Stop at Cheryl’s Book Nook before a road trip, mountain excursion, or long hike to find the perfect companion for your journey.

Poor Richard’s Bookstore, 320 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs

From best sellers to classic novels, Poor Richard’s shelves more than 150 categories of books. A cornerstone and longstanding small business in the heart of Colorado Springs, this bookstore is a local favorite with great titles for giving, local trail guides and maps, and a lot of quirky postcards to send home.

Poor Richard’s combination of new and used books means you can find a current bestseller right along with a classic or first edition collectible title. Journals, pens, notebooks, and jewelry are available, too. You will find fair-trade, recycled, and natural merchandise, as well as Colorado, made products. Poor Richard’s supports local artists and operates on an environmentally sustainable business model, reducing their own impact on the environment and offering patrons ways to do the same.

Poor Richard’s is part of a unique shopping experience. The bookstore connects to a cafe and wine bar… which connects to a memorable toy store… which connects to a pizza restaurant. When you stop by Poor Richard’s find
a favorite title or new interest, grab an expertly made cappuccino and discover an inspiring selection of toys for any age before finishing with a slice of New York-style pie.