There are few items that can so readily transport us to another era, mindset or persuasion than literature. Literature has been used in one form or another since humans could talk. In fact, the great epics of "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" were originally relayed only orally by storytellers who memorized the details of these incredible tales well enough to explain them to audiences.
Today, literature is shared in a different way entirely, with the entrance of e-readers on the market, and seeing individuals with actual physical books is a rare thing. Nevertheless, there are certainly plenty of bookworms out there who crave the feeling of a hardcover and the pages in their hands -- not to mention the opportunity to browse the aisles looking for a perfect read.
If you are one of those people, here are 15 mighty independent bookstores that you must visit in Denver.
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Tattered Cover Book Store
1628 16th St., Denver, CO 80202
Tattered Cover has the books and the ambiance needed to make it a jewel.
City Stacks Books and Coffee
1743 Wazee St., Denver, CO 80202
City Stacks features a great coffee shop and large book selection.
Capitol Hill Books
300 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80203
Capitol Hill is a well-loved spot, and carries a great selection of books.
4280 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212
Bookbar is a fun combination of a wine room and bookstore, perfect for hosting book clubs or for an intellectual date night.
The Hermitage Bookshop
290 Fillmore St., Denver, CO 80206
The Hermitage Bookshop has a selection of classic books and first editions worth the extra price.
Broadway Book Mall
200 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Broadway Book Mall is affordable and stacked to the ceiling with all sorts of literature.
West Side Books
3434 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211
West Side Books offers a large selection of used books.
1454 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
Gallagher Books will make you feel like you've time-traveled to the 1920s, with its many shelves packed full of leather-bound books.
Mutiny Information Cafe
2 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Mutiny Information offers a great experience, including books, live music, coffee and tea.
624 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO 80203
This is the perfect spot to nerd out, thanks to their huge selection of comic books, science fiction and cult authors.
The Books Rack
4061 E. Wesley Ave., Denver, CO 80222
The Book Rack has low prices, but the quality of the literature is sound.
Printed Page Bookshop
1416 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
Customers love the character that this bookshop possesses.
4315 E. Mississippi Ave., Denver, CO 80246
This independent bookstore does customer service right, and you can bet they'll always be stocked with a wide selection of classic books and today's best sellers.
Park Hill Community Book Store
4620 E. 23rd Ave., Denver, CO 80207
Grungy though it may be, Park Hill Community's charming book lined aisles will pull you in.
210 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Always well-stocked, Fahrenheit's has a wonderful array of vintage literature... including some Ray Bradbury classics.