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Best Cincinnati Bookstores

Infamous home to the Reds and the Bengals, Cincinnati is also full of amazing bookstores (outside of your standard-issue chains). The following three bookstores cater to lovers of the written word as a whole as well as certain niches.

Ohio Book Store

Named after its home state, the Ohio Bookstore takes up a whopping five floors, catering to the best-seller junkie and classic book lover alike. Since 1940, this famous Cincinnati book store has been operating a retail section along with a book repair operation for older finds as well as a custom binding service for self-publishers and collectors. Open 6 days a week, you never know what you’ll find in this Cincinnati landmark, and half the fun is the exploration of it.

Joseph-Beth Book Store

Part bookstore, part cafe, Joseph-Beth makes buying books an experience rather than an errand. Just about every week, the store features some kind of event, from readings to sales. In fact, this Saturday (March 24), Joseph-Beth is hosting a Community Appreciation Day with everything from face painting to giveaways. With its knowledgeable staff and wide selection, Joseph-Beth is an outstanding bookstore in Cincinnati.

Blue Manatee

If you’re a parent, you know that for most kids, reading books is just as much about the interaction with their teachers and caregivers as it is the story itself. At the Blue Manatee in Cincinnati, this philosophy is at the core of this children’s bookstore. With a wide selection of classics and current favorites, you and your young one can spend hours perusing the shelves. If you’re looking for kid-friendly activities, the Blue Manatee has everything from story time to children’s yoga!

No matter what your passion, Cincinnati has a bookstore for you!