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  • Writer's pictureJenna King


This Saturday is World Book Day and Idaho has great bookstores across the state, no matter where you may be traveling. Here are some of our favorites.

World Book Day is an annual event organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to promote reading, publishing and copyright. The date was chosen because it is the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and prominent Spanish chronicler Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.

Bargain Books Boise

Bargain Books Boise is a small business with the goal of bringing used books into the hands of avid readers. The owners believe every book has value and they do their best to make sure books do not end up in the landfill by recycling and repurposing any damaged books. When entering the store, you’ll be greeted by Daisy, the Bargain Books Boxer, Greeter and Local Celebrity. Bargain Books Boise is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is located at 76 N. Cole Road in Boise.

Chapter One Bookstore

Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum has been open since 1970. The store has best sellers, local authors, children’s books and a lot of used books for you to peruse. If you are not finding the book you are looking for, you can request a book that is not listed for a special order. The store holds author events regularly along with other community organizations. The current location is the sixth since 1970 and has had iconic customers like Ernest Hemingway. Chapter One Bookstore is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The store is located at 340 Second Street in Ketchum.

The Barn Owl Books and Gifts

This bookstore is McCall’s indie bookstore with a wide selection of current, classic and curious books, along with unique gifts. The Barn Owl has community space available to present author book readings and signings, and other literary-related activities and special events. The Barn Owl Books and Gifts opened in 2017 and people are encouraged to browse, sit and read. You can also shop online if you do not want to make the trip out to McCall. The Barn Owl’s summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Once and Future Books

Once and Future Books in Boise helps people find books at low prices. The store is locally owned and its booksellers are there to help match people to the right book for them.

The bookstore buys used books by appointment and will buy any book as long as it is in good condition and they have the space available. They also donate books they did not take to the Boise Public Library. Once and Future Books is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is not open on Sunday. The store is located at 1310 W. State St. in Boise.

Rediscovered Bookshop

Rediscovered Bookshop is probably the most well known bookshop in the Boise area, with locations in Boise and Caldwell. The independent bookstore has been open since 2006 and the owners took over Once and Future Books. In 2019, they opened a second location in Caldwell. Rediscovered Books helps organize community book clubs and hosts and organizes the Human Rights Book Club. The store buys and sells used books and places special orders if they do not have the book you want in stock. Rediscovered Books in Boise is located at 180 N. 8th Street and in Caldwell at 802 Arthur Street.

If you ever have any questions about the ever-changing marketplace or know someone looking to buy or sell, please do not hesitate to reach out!

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