A visit to John K. King Books is like stepping back into time. The stockroom of the main bookstore is not digitally cataloged. Computer searches for a specific title are not possible, the bookstore is full of knowledgable employees who can happily help locate books.
Floor managers keep books organized by category, subcategory, author, and title. To ease confusion, the categories flow down the shelves towards the windows. Being a rare store, be prepared to use a handy store map to navigate through the rows of publications. And if you still need some help getting around, use a centrally located telephone to ring the front counter. Founder and owner John K. King has had a lifelong penchant for buying and selling books and antiques. It is thanks to the encouragement of his high school guidance counselor that he turned his passion into a successful profession. Since opening his first store in Dearborn in 1971, King has built a reputation among book lovers that speaks for itself, even earning the distinction of one of Business Insider's "World's Best Bookstores". Over the years, King has handled a myriad of books, autographs, and archives, including books and papers by auto barons, authors, athletes, celebrities, and collectors known and unknown. He has even discovered original photographs of Mark Twain, tucked away in a Twain biography and a pamphlet from the 1950s signed by then junior senator, John F. Kennedy.
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