Bookstores in Jacksonville, FL
Imagine lounging in the sunshine lapping up a great new novel while the cool, salty waves lap at your toes. Just a block from the Atlantic coastline, the BookMark in Neptune Beach is a favorite among local and visiting beach-goers. Known locally for its carefully chosen selection of new fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and gifts, the BookMark hosts more book signings, readings and related events than any other bookstore in Northeast Florida. Best-selling national and international names hosted include Pat Conroy, Amy Bloom, Steve Berry and David Baldacci. And owner Rona Brinlee is a frequent contributor to NPR’s Independent Bookseller’s Recommendations.
Want to buy a new novel, journal, pen or other bookish gift for a friend? The BookMark can special order, gift wrap and ship a gift for you.
Book lovers living near Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach often can be found lounging it up in the Kozy Koffee Corner or nestled in the mound of comfy cushions in the gazebo that serves as the focal point of Book Plus in Amelia. Surrounded by walls of children’s books, the gazebo is a favorite spot for local parents and kids enjoying some bonding-over-books time. And tourists stop in for a look at a complete selection of books focusing on the flora, fauna and history of Amelia Island.
If history’s not your thing, no worries. You’ll also find shelf upon shelf lined with the latest reads by national and international best sellers as well as up-and-coming local and regional authors.
Gently used donated or withdrawn books from Jacksonville’s Public Library system find their way to Bookique, a volunteer-run book shop located just inside the Main Library in downtown Jacksonville. The shop itself is a cozy little affair overlooking the River City’s historic Hemming Plaza, but its online collection boasts upwards of a million titles. Booktique also offers a unique selection of new release books, movies and music.
Booktique is a project of the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the library and its initiatives.
Chamblin Bookmine has been Jacksonville’s go-to spot for rare, collectible and used books since 1976. More than two million books (98 percent used or rare, two percent new) the family-owned business’ two retail locations and warehouse. It all started at the original Chamblin Bookmine in Jacksonville’s Ortega neighborhood, where you’ll wander through a maze of literally wall-to ceiling shelves crammed full of books – many you’ll remember reading as a kid.
More recently, the Chamblin family opened Chamblin’s Uptown, a smaller bookstore with a sleek coffee shop and eatery with a view of downtown Jacksonville’s Hemming Plaza.
The Museum Store inside Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art (known as MOCA Jacksonville) features a small, but amazingly varied selection of books on multiple genres of art, art theory and both famous and obscure-but-intriguing local, national and international artists. At press time, a top feature at the MOCA Museum Store was a limited number of signed copies of High Fashion Crime Scenes by Melanie Pullen, a debut monograph of breathtakingly beautiful works based on vintage crime scene images, first-hand accounts and documents mined from the archived files of the Los Angeles Police Department.