While many book lovers have transitioned from reading hard copies of books to listening to audiobooks or reading digital versions on electronic devices, like Kindles or iPads, there are still plenty of people who prefer to hold an old-fashioned book in their hands. If that’s the case for you, here are four places to visit here in Lexington when searching for your next read.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers

Joseph-Beth has it all: popular books, great gifts, and an in-store eatery called Bronte Bistro. The two-floor Lexington Green location hosts events with bestselling authors, celebrities, politicians, and other well-known figures. They have a wide selection of books for both children and adults. If you can’t find the book you’re dying to read, be sure to ask whether or not they can order it for you.

Black Swan Books

Best known for promoting the talents of local Kentucky authors, Black Swan has books about the Bluegrass state, equestrian history, southern history, Kentuckiana, and more. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the store, the charming shop offers special ordering services, so you can still support a local business instead of ordering from the internet.

sQecial Media

This independent book and gift store has a wide variety of reads to choose from. They do have a website where you can shop or browse their inventory but keep in mind that not all of the in-store options are listed online. If you’re looking for something specific, you can contact them by sending an email to sqecial@gmail.com. It’s also a great spot to find unique gifts, like tapestries, soaps and body products, and incense.

Half Price Books

The cost of books can really start to add up if you’re an avid reader. Instead of buying brand-new reads, consider shopping at Half Price Books where you can find bestsellers at reduced prices. They also have a clearance section full of incredible deals. The paperback books tend to be less expensive, but you can save money on hardcover options, too. The best part? You can sell your old books for cash and use that money to purchase new ones.