One of the largest and best independent bookstores you’re likely to find these days, BookPeople expanded in the mid-1990s from its New Age roots, but remains stubbornly quirky and independent, stocking more than 250,000 titles ranging over a wide variety of subjects. It also sells technical videos, audiobooks, and gift items, including lots of KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD merch. Intimate sitting areas and an espresso bar prevent this huge store—the largest in Texas—from feeling overwhelming. More than 200 author signings and special events are held here every year.