What To Read: Detroit Bookstores Selling Must-Read Books Online

Modified: July 08, 2022 | Story by The Content Team | Photos by Vault of Midnight; Source Booksellers by Alyson Turner

As our self-isolation continues, many people are finding time for activities that they wouldn’t normally do. And for many, that means they finally have time for books! Now is the perfect time to organize a to-read list, and your favorite Detroit bookstores are here to help. Most bookstores in the city are offering online ordering, that way you can #supportlocal and also get your hands on some fantastic books. Without further ado, here are the Detroit bookstores recommending must-reads and offering online ordering.

Detroit Bookstores Offering Online Ordering

Vault of Midnight

Downtown Detroit’s comic shop provides the best in geek entertainment, and breaks the barriers on what a conventional comic book shop should be. 

Vault of Midnight doesn’t have an online store, but they are taking orders over the phone and by email. They can ship your order to your house, or you can do a curbside pickup. Head to their website for more information.

As for recommendations, Amanda from Vault of Midnight has a comic book with a great Detroit storyline. “We definitely recommend ‘Abbot’ by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivela,” she said. “The story is set in 1972 Detroit and focuses on Elena Abbott, a black reporter following a trail the police have brushed aside. When dark occult forces threaten to destroy her career and unearth secrets about her past she must vow to investigate and destroy them.”

Vault at Midnight comic books

John K. King Used & Rare Books

This Detroit staple has four floors of used and rare books of every genre you can think of. They also have a location in Ferndale. 

Currently, John K. King Used & Rare Books sells about 20,000 of their rare books through their online store. If you can’t find the book you would like online, or if your book isn’t considered “rare”, you can call the store and they will personally check their selection for you.

Tom from John K. King offered some book recommendations, saying “It’s hard for us to recommend titles–we  have a million books, and recommend every one of them!  But, if  pressed, we would recommend books like the Foxfire book series (back to the land, farming, make it yourself projects–valuable for the new urban farmers), and great Detroit history books like Hawkins Ferry’s ‘The Buildings of Detroit’,  Thomas Sugrue’s ‘The Origin of the Urban Crisis’ and the classic ‘American Odyssey’ by Robert Conot.”



View this post on Instagram


A post shared by John King Books (@johnkingbooksdetroit) on

Pages Bookshop

Located on Grand River Ave., this independent bookstore is home to a wide range of novels and to Pip the bookshop cat.

Pages Bookshop is offering online ordering on their website, and both free delivery and curbside pickup. You can also order gift certificates online for future shopping.

Susan from Pages Bookshop offers her recommendation: “For a fun read to get outside of current events, I recommend ‘The Authenticity Project’ by Clare Pooley, a book about sharing your true story, friendship, new beginnings, and a bit of a love story.”



View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Pages Bookshop (@pagesontheave) on

Source Booksellers

The Cass Corridor’s non-fiction book store has a new online ordering system up and running.

Source Booksellers is offering phone orders and online orders to its loyal customers. Owner Janet Jones is also recommending ordering audio books from the store at libro.fm (just search for Source Booksellers when you sign up) or at bookstorelink.com.

If you’re looking for an uplifting read, Janet suggests “The Book of Awakening” by Mark Nepo, which offers an inspirational quote for every day of the year. As for children’s books, “Ruby Finds a Worry” by Tom Percival is a great read for little ones. Both are available through Source Booksellers.

Source Booksellers book display

Source Booksellers

Was this article helpful?

Yes No
Mentioned Attractions And Venues

  1. 1
    Vault of Midnight
    1226 Library St., Detroit, MI 48226
  2. 2
    John K. King Used & Rare Books
    901 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
  3. 3
    John K. King Used & Rare Books North
    22524 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI 48220
  4. 4
    Source Booksellers
    4240 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
  5. 5
    Pages Bookshop
    19560 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223, USA