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Houston - Books, magazines and music shops

 There are many bookstores and record stores. The possibility of finding books in languages other than English in the main book stores is limited, but due to the large Chinese and Spanish speaking communities, the selection is good for those two languages in particular.

You can also buy videos and dvd in supermarkets and chain bookstores. Video rental stores, like the Blockbusters chain, do also sell videos and dvd.


The concept of the newsstand in Houston is not common. You can buy a large variety of magazines in bookstores, but you will also find a smaller selection of the most common mass market magazines in supermarkets.
In the Galleria you can find international press and magazines.


The vast selection of bookshops in the States can be overwhelming for foreigners. Books are a way of life here and many a bookshop are like a second home, with cozy chairs and sofas to sit on, while thumbing through a book or a magazine. Some bookstores have Coffee Shops, book signings, meetings with the author, lectures and so on. 
Most malls or shopping centers have bookstores; the list below offers some of the more unique ones.

Chain bookshops are situated all over the Houston area.

Murder By The Book
2342 Bissonnet St.
Houston, Texas 77005
Monday thru Saturday 10am to 6pm
Sunday 11am to 5pm

Detering Book Gallery
1324 West Clay Suite 4 
Houston, TX, 77019
 +1 713 526 6974
Opening hours: Wednesday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 05:00 PM
Collecting quality used books for a personal library? Prefer hardcovers to paperbacks? Looking for obscure or out-of-print titles? Chances are, Detering's has what you are looking for. If not, they will be happy to find it for you. Detering Book Gallery features a large selection of titles to choose from—including rare and antique tomes, and offers a search service to help you track down that must-have book. This is the place to go for over 40000 titles that could be extinct. Warm and welcoming, Persian carpets hush the floors and used and rare hardcovers line the walls, Detering is a bibliophile's dream. 

Barnes and Noble
Chain of bookstores with a music department and café; call for store nearest you. Usually with comfortable reading areas, and relaxed style.

Galleria area
5000 Westheimer
Houston,  Texas
Tel: +1 (713) 629 8828
Tel: +1 (713) 629 2888 \

Borders is a chain of bookstores usually with a music department and café. Please call for the nearest store to you. Generally extensive, welcoming and well laid out.

570 Meyerland Plaza
Houston, Texas 77096
Tel: + 1 (713) 661 2888

9633 Westheimer 
Houston, Texas 77063
Tel: + 1 (713) 781 6066

The Fountains
Stafford, Texas 77477
Tel: + 1 (281) 240 6666

3025 Kirby
Houston, Texas 77098
Tel: + 1 (713) 524 0200

9595 Six Pines Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77380
Tel: + 1 (832) 585 0051

Books a Million
Chain of book stores, some with cafés. Has children's corner.
Katy Mills

Half Price Books 
As the name suggests, these cavernous, packed stores buy and sell books, CD's, cassettes, LPs (yes!) and videos amongst other things. As an expat a place to keep in mind when packing, you might want to take there your pile of books you are not taking along with you. Various locations in and around Houston area.

2537 University Blvd
Tel: +
1 (713) 524 6635

1011 Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas 77006
Tel: + 1 (713) 520 1084

Children's books

Libraries have good children's books sections and many hold story time sessions during the week. It's best to check the library nearest you.

The majority of toy stores and grocery stores sell children books.
Some book stores, such as Barnes and Noble hold reading sessions and meeting with the author.

See also Libraries

Book clubs
Many communities, subdivisions and stores have book clubs.

Beside Borders, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million and Half Price Books which all have quite a selection of children's book and a often also a children's area try out  Waldenbooks,  a large bookstore with a vast selection of children books.

Foreign Books

Major bookstores like Barnes and Noble, Borders and Half Price Books carry a few books in foreign languages.
If you, dear Paguro member, have discovered any other bookstores, please let us know.


You can find CD's in bookshops, specialized stores and in larger supermarkets, like WalMart, Target etc. If you are a lover of vinyl, you can most definetely find them in Half Price Bookstores.

Best Buy 
Chain of stores with everything electronic, computers, music etc.
Go to website for a store location near you.

F.Y.E. Entertainment
Katy Mills Mall
Katy, Texas

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