Sundog Books is an independent bookstore that’s located in an unassuming, old building. Don’t judge a bookstore by its exterior, though. You’ll find a wealth of unique books and records once you step inside.
While you can find the latest bestseller here, don’t expect to see the shelves stacked high with the titles that you find all over large, chain bookstores. Instead, Sundog Books focuses on independent authors and small presses. You’ll find a variety of perhaps unfamiliar titles and names on the shelves, and in those unfamiliar books is bound to be one or two gems that you’ll love.
In particular, the bookstore is known for its regional, comic and kids’ sections. No matter what you like to read, though, there’s probably something new to try here. Although the store is a little small even for an indie bookstore, the staff make good use of the space and always have a wide variety of titles in stock.
If you’re into music more than pages (or like both), there’s a solid selection of records upstairs. Covering jazz, rock, country and more, the vinyl selection is nearly as broad as the book selection on the first floor.
Before you head to the cash register, make sure to also check out the games, toys and souvenirs available. While this isn’t the only place to pick up some local paraphernalia, the variety of souvenirs is as unique as everything else.
If you find reading to be a quintessential vacation activity, Sundog Books is the independent bookstore for you. Stop by early on your trip, and pick up one or two new titles to try while relaxing on the beach.
A few of our favorite sections at Sundog Books include:
The comics here go far beyond your famous superheroes of Marvel and DC. Fall in love with a non-standard hero, reread your favorite novel in graphic form style or learn to cook via a comic book. There are lots of options for comic readers of all types.
The kids’ section takes up a disproportionate part of the bookstore, affording more than enough space to showcase fun and engaging titles targeted toward different age groups. If you’re tired of kids being engrossed with their screens while traveling 30A, pick up a few books and show them how people passed the time on road trips when you were a kid.
Whether you want to learn more about the Florida Panhandle’s ecology or prefer to read a novel by a local author, the regional section has both. Including nonfiction and fiction, this part of the store has lots to share with readers interested in the area.
You’ll find staff picks both concentrated together and sprinkled throughout the other sections of the store. Anytime you come across something that’s highlighted by a staff member, the book is worth checking out. The employees here love reading and know their books.
If you’re an audiophile, don’t forget to go upstairs and peruse the extensive selection of records. You might even want to head up here first so that you’ll definitely have enough time to look at all the bands you’re interested in.
– Should you have a question about anything, the manager’s is known among locals for being a great help. He always dresses in a suit and bowtie, so you can’t miss him.