There's something about stepping into a bookstore with packed shelves that's satisfying for us bookies. This massive bookstore in Detroit houses over 1 million books & is the perfect spot to get lost while beefing up your reading list.

Wandering the aisles of this bookstore is nothing short of a treat β€” the million-plus books are spread out over 4 floors, making for a literary labyrinth worth the exploration.

When you step into this store, you'll be greeted by teetering stacks of books bathed in dim & cozy lighting. A worker will hand you a map β€” and you're gonna need it to navigate your way through the maze.

There are thousands of topics and you just might find a new interest that you hadn't even known existed.

While there are plenty of very reasonably priced books, some as cheap as $1, there are also literary treasures that may tickle the interests of English majors or history nerds β€” like this signed copy of To Kill A Mockingbird with an inscription from the year after it was first published.

If this interests you then you might want to fluff & pull out your wallet because this book falls into the "rare" category & is going for $4,500!

You can also browse their inventory online and get books delivered if you're not in the area. If you're on the search for a fun novelty gift for someone, we might suggest looking through their catalog & sending them something unique based on their interests. 

You could also look through their huge collection of coffee table books and illustration books if you want something extraordinary to hang on your walls.

The John K. King Rare & Used Bookstore has been a staple of the city for almost 40 years too, being voted one of the world's best bookstores.

John King opened his first shop in 1971 after a lifelong obsession with used & rare books. He later moved his collection into its current location in 1983 when it was an abandoned glove factory that had fallen into disrepair. 

Buying used books is a great way to reuse, repurpose, and recycle and it keeps money in the community! This Detroit staple has survived some of Michigan's most difficult times and its current survival is a tribute to how far the city has come.

In a world where most brick and mortar stores are struggling to keep the lights on, John K. King's store is basically a miracle for having only 10-15% of its business come from online sales.

Its impressive collection remains one of the many reasons to take a stroll through this store.

An overview of John K. King Used & Rare Books can be found below. If you're looking for more Michigan adventures, check out this enchanting rock-island hidden in The Mitt that feels like something out of Disney's 'Avatar' or experience the magic of the holidays at this garden park that's transformed into a winter wonderland.

John K. King Used & Rare Books

Price: Free entrance. Books are available as cheap as $1. You can also purchase books from their collection online here.

Address: 901 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226

Why You Need To Go: It's a fun and relaxing way to spend an afternoon and bulk up your bookcase. 


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