About Us

BookPeople has been Texas’ leading independent bookstore since 1970. Located in the heart of downtown, BookPeople has been voted best bookstore in Austin for over 15 years. The rest of the country has caught on too; BookPeople was voted Bookstore of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly in 2005. With visits from some of the most interesting and important authors of the past 35 years, as well as by Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, BookPeople is the destination bookstore in Texas.

603 North Lamar
Austin, Texas 78703
(512) 472-5050

57 thoughts on “About Us

  1. I’m a long time ago BP veteran and just started a group on Facebook for the exes, the currents, and the wanna be Book People. Do a search for “Book People People” and come on over!

    1. Hello

      I have just returned back home to Sydney following a 2 week stay in Texas. I was lucky to have found you while staying in Austin. I saw a book that was located in the motoring section and had a black hard cover and I thought it had the word Speed on it. It also had drag racing hot rodding and more in with lots of cool pics. Can you plz tell me if you still have this and or what the title was


  2. good that bookpeople & the chronicle run the short story contest, though it seems they of all entities would value struggling writers and understand their worthiness. You would think they could allocate better prize money?!

  3. I have recently moved to Austin and am researching things of interest. I moved to Austin because of the free thinking spirit. I applaud the concept of an independent bookstore and that you have achieved such success. In this industry, the “big corporations” can chew us up and spit us out! I am self published and have experienced the challenges of trying to market my book. With stores such as yours, I now have renewed hope that I will have an opportunity to read excerpts of my book to book lovers. It’s short but potent and has left previous readers wanting more!!


    Walter Smith
    Young People Press

  4. please give this to Ellen on Wednesday:


    I am contacting the family now for their permission.

    We are anxious to speak to you or your agent

    B. Ritz Barnes and Nobel Booksellers – Irving Texas
    Hamshire Class of 1971

  5. Can I just email Bookpeople a question about a material or book’s availability?

    I want to know if they carry the magazine Men’s Ex. (fashion)


  6. Congratulations on your 40th!! Keep on, keeping on! To whom should I speak about my Book Consignment, “Daddy King and Me,” non-fiction, about The Forgotten Father of the Civil Rights Movement, Jimmy Carter, Griffin Bell, Andrew Young are a few who appear on these pages!

  7. Month after month, I’ve made my trek down to BookPeople because it was the place to find a wider span of reading choices. It was a rare month when I didn’t rejoice in finding something literally unavailable elsewhere in Austin. Now that joy is tainted. I found out that my friends and members of a very large and old respected group that help found Austin aren’t welcome. This is apparently because of some ignorant fundamentalist church teachings about the group that some of the staff (and perhaps the management based on the BookPeople blog) adhere to personally. It surprised me. And, it disappointed me greatly.

  8. It would be a fabulous thing to combine the beautiful expericne of wandering through your store with the ability of buying the book I fall across in an electronic form on the spot, just as I would its paper version. RFID point and download? You all get your cut. Google gets their’s.

    I’m actually a kindle person at the moment, so that is really my dream – that I could spend my money with Book People and you get the same cut as you do from the publishers as when I buy a paper version. I miss the “surprise” books I found on my regular Saturday morning meander through your store. But I am hooked on the electronic tool.

    1. Sorry to hear you feel that way, Mark. We host authors with a variety of viewpoints, on a variety of subjects. We believe in providing an open forum for discussion and do not censor or discriminate. We believe everyone is entitled to their opinions and to free speech, just as you’re entitled to voice your opinion of Mr. Flynt

  9. Your support of KXBT-FM 98.9 and Glenn Beck, the liar and hatemonger, is the reason I will never patronize your store. I hope other Austinites will join me.

    1. Not sure what you mean by “support” of the radio station and Beck – do you mean because we sell Glenn Beck’s books? We sell a wide variety of books on every subject. BookPeople is a bookstore, a business, we are not making political statements with the books we stock on our shelves. The books you or anyone choose to read are a matter of personal opinion; a bookstore doesn’t make that decision for you simply by stocking a variety of titles. Some bookstores cater to a very specific reading taste, but BookPeople is a general bookstore, servicing as many readers as we possibly can.

      And if you talk to our booksellers, you’ll be hard pressed to find one who will recommend a book written by Glenn Beck.

  10. My name is Missionary-Tracey Elaine Blair, a writer, and a write-in candidate for U.S. president,2012. Whenever convenienced….go to facebook.com to review my campaign platform. I love you and may God bless you too!

  11. I was in Austin for SXSW in March 2013. My wife, a book lover, was not with me, but she wanted a report on the bookstores in Austin. First bookstore I hit was BookPeople. She was looking for a Mary Oliver title. On the phone with her, I was reading off the (extensive) Mary Oliver titles in the poetry section. As I recited titles, bookseller Julie Gold placed “Why I Wake Early” — the one my wife wanted — in my hands.

    That is exemplary service. Thank you, Julie.

  12. Bam. You’ve been given a Leibster award from me! I’m passing this torch and responsibility over to you because Book Peoples Blog is one if my favourites blogs and makes me feel smarter. Your mentioned on my blog but I still don’t know how to do fancy things like link it.

    1. I just want to mention I am just newbie to blogging and aboslutely liked your page. Most likely Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm likely to bookmark your blog post . You absolutely come with impressive articles. Thank you for sharing your blog site.

  13. Hello, I have enjoyed visiting your site. I looked over the various types of books that you read and talk about and I like that you cover a wide range of topics. I am currently reading The Visitation by Frank E. Peretti. It is an amazing book. What I didn’t notice was e-books on your list. I have recently written and published an e-book with Barnes and Noble called To God Be The Glory. It is about the journey I took moving from Tennessee to Virginia and how it was a step of faith considering that my family and I did not know what awaited us. As I was writing it, what I found incredible was how much my step out on faith mirrored the account of Abraham as found in the Bible. I hope I am not being presumptuous in asking that, when you get a chance, you can please read my book and tell me what you think of it. I have gotten such a great response already from friends and family. I would love to get a response from your team. Here is a link to my book: http://abasilenceministries.wordpress.com/book-previews/to-god-be-the-glory/

  14. Hello Book People

    I am the author of the new epic fantasy series Through the Ages of Guiniloupay. My first book The Battle for Guiniloupay has been on sale since June of 2013 and hasn’t been getting good exposure to my knowledge. I would like to ask your people for a review or to just check it out at thebattleforguiniloupay.wordpress.com. If you could give me any advice I would greatly appreciate it.

    Joe Brown

  15. Hello Book People!
    I have recently published and e-book of my Mom’s (Gwen E Campbell) called “Always Going.” I would love to have someone there review her book. It is her auto-biography on her life in Texas as a child in the 30’s and 40’s. I think it would be a wonderful book for your Texas audience.
    Please let me know,
    Alexis Campbell Jansky and Richard Jansky
    Solo Press II

  16. Hi there, if you are interested in reading unpublished works, feel free to browse my (somewhat limited) blog! I have posted the first chapter from my new novel on there. Looking forward to hearing from you, Tom.

  17. As she is publishing through the Kindle Select program, there is a 90-day-waiting period before the book can be available other than through Amazon, but I simply wanted to highlight a terrific debut novel, “The Waiting Room” by a Texas author (from San Marcos), Alysha Kaye. I received a pre-publication promotional copy in exchange for my review, but I think she’s a terrific new author to watch! http://ebookbum.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/the-wait-is-over/

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  19. Hello! I just wanted to stop by and tell you guys, this blog is amazing! I love to read and write, and this blog keeps me up to date, and gives me ideas of what to read next. Keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Dear Book People: would you like to review Snowbirds, an inspirational book about rv’ing? It’s fresh. It’s fun. Appealing to those wanting to take an rv trip or who HAVE done so. Jo Ann Bender

  21. Hi, I just started a blog called Readers R Right which encourages teenage girls to read and I wondered if you could follow me or maybe like my first post. Don’t worry if you don’t want to, that’s fine.

  22. If anyone wants a book reviewed (even though I’m unknown D:) leave a reply! I’d be happy to review any book aslong as they’re like PG12 or something xD

  23. Hello,

    I’ve noticed that you’re very similar to me and my thoughts etc. I’ve recently published a self-help book about breaking the effects of anxiety, depression and stress. I was wondering if you would be interested in sharing my book in one of your posts in order to help your followers/my target audience? I’d appreciate it and it could really help some people. Thanks, email me at authorsrcrawford@gmail.com if you are interested ๐Ÿ˜€ good day and no worries if not! x

  24. I have recently returned home to Texas after living many years in Los Angeles. I self published a book several years ago that has been well received. Can you tell me how I might go about getting the book exposed through Book People?. The details and reviews about the book can be found at http:/byhisownblood.com Or, on Amazon. The movie rights to the book have been acquired by a Texas producer, and the screenplay is currently being written. I would also welcome any comments from other bloggers. Thanks, very much.

  25. I’ve been researching independent bookstores online in Ireland and, my research skills being somewhat rusty, stumbled across you guys in the US. With so many business going becoming impersonal and global it is great to read about an independent book store that’s been on the go for almost 50 years. Just thought I’d say ‘hi’ and send best wishes from Ireland where, incidentally, we have more literary greats per capita than anywhere else in the world. With the amount of rain we get I suppose there’s little else to do than stay indoors and write ๐Ÿ™‚

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