Support Austin’s Independent Bookstores

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Austin’s independent bookstores are an incredibly vibrant resource for local readers. Show your support by stocking up on some new books to enjoy reading in our Austin apartments. Check out three bookstores that offer curbside pickup or delivery to Cole Apartments. 


This downtown Austin bookstore has been a major book destination since 1970. BookPeople is not just a store, it’s the center of a community of local readers. You can even join one of their several virtual book clubs or participate in virtual author readings that happen every week. Most importantly, you can shop the store’s extensive inventory online. BookPeople’s online store has a curated selection from different genres, but you can call in with your order to get many more options.  

South Congress Books 

This beloved bookstore is the perfect choice when you want to treat yourself to something special or need the perfect gift for a bookworm. South Congress Books specializes in vintage and collectible books about everything from art and literature to cooking. Many of the books are signed or beautifully preserved first editions. You’re sure to find something unique on the online shop, which includes a section for books under $25. You can also call the store to get full access to their inventory and make an order for curbside pickup. 

Malvern Books 

This local gem is known for having an inventory of amazing books from independent publishers, lesser-known authors, and new voices worth reading. Due to popular demand, Malvern Books has now placed a selection of their inventory online with the Bookshop platform. Shop for graphic novels, poetry, translations of international titles, and so much more. You can also call the store to arrange curbside pickup on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

For a fun reading challenge, check out our roundup of books about Austin. After you enjoy your new favorite book from Austin’s independent bookstores, learn more about everything Cole Apartments has to offer by contacting us

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