Whether you’re looking to pick up something new to read while you spend the day at home during a snow storm or are trying to dig deeper into a topic you’re interested in, books are an excellent resource. And, in a time with e-readers and online book stores, it’s never been easier to access these textual tools.
However, many still prefer to go into a brick-and-mortar store for a true book-buying experience. Heading to your local book store lets you flip through the new arrivals, talk with community members and maybe even find a steal on a used book. If you’re a bookworm living in Long Island, you’ll definitely want to check out some of Alure Home Improvements’ favorite local bookstores in the area.
“Make sure to check out American poet Walt Whitman while you’re in his hometown of Huntington.”
Located in Huntington, Book Revue is one of the most famous and beloved book stores in Long Island. Book Revue was started in 1977 as a small independent book shop, but it has since expanded to a massive 17,500 square feet. Family-owned and still independent, Book Revue prides itself as a cultural and social center as well as a book retail shop. There’s plenty of room to read, browse and discuss literature in this store, as well as attend events such as readings and author visits. There’s a reason it has been voted as the best book store on Long Island in the Best Of Long Island contest for the past 6 years.
With three locations in Long Island, BookHampton is an independent book store institution throughout the region. In East Hampton, Southampton and Mattituck, BookHampton gives residents in the east great places to come in and peruse a selection. In addition to the knowledgeable, friendly staff that can help you find that perfect new read, the store has cats at some locations for an even homier feel.
The Dolphin Bookshop
If you’re looking to grab a cup of coffee or bring the kids along while you search for a new book, The Dolphin Bookshop is an excellent choice. Located in Port Washington, The Dolphin Bookshop caters to many of the cultural features that book-lovers want. The store features art exhibits, local music, a cafe and writing workshops.
Dead End Books
If you love thrillers, mysteries and detective books, Dead End Books is your paradise. This Hicksville shop has plenty of great horror and crime books, both new and old. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of scary books, this store also features a variety of rare and used books that aren’t available at other places.
Whether you’re new to Long Island and trying to get your cultural bearings or just looking to give your business to a local store, these are great independent book shops that you’ll enjoy visiting.
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