How do we love thee, Tattered Cover? Let us count the wins: 13 years of Top of the Town supremacy. Multiple locations.
In the age of the e-reader, it's easy to find specific titles. Sometimes, though, you want to leisurely thumb through a few paperbacks to figure out what you want. That's where this charming 42-year-old Park Hill co-op comes in. Its three stories are packed with new and previously loved tomes—classics, cookbooks, children's standbys, you name it—categorized by genre. Members ($15 per year for individuals, $20 for families) get 10 free used volumes annually and can trade in their own books for credits; guests can score hard copies at bargain-bin prices.
We know we’re not alone in loving the smell of old books. That old leather and yellowed paper aroma hits you as soon as you walk into the Hermitage, an underground bookstore with 22,000 volumes, including rare copies, first editions, and exciting finds. We picked up a copy of Thoreau’s Walden the last time we ventured below; with its worn jacket and bright red binding underneath, it adds a timelessness to our collection and looks so distinguished on our bookshelf.
2526 E. Colfax Ave., 303-322-7727; 1628 16th St., 303- 436-1070; 9315 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch, 303-470-7050; tatteredcover.com
Our office is on the same block as the LoDo branch of this venerable palace o’ books, so we spend a lot of time browsing the shelves, drinking coffee from the cafe, and lounging in the armchairs. But we felt a little awkward about reading from our iPads in the store. Not anymore. The Tattered Cover is hip to the changing literary world, meaning that as of December, Google eBooks are part of the LoDo site’s inventory.